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Authors Guest House / Authors of Key West

725 White Street At Petronia , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)
39 Reviews
$100 - $295
per night

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Authors Guesthouse is a private compound of historic Conch style houses, suites and rooms, dedicated to authors who called Key West home. All rooms are air conditioned with private baths, cable television,and refrigerators. Authors is located in the historic Old Town district of Key West, close to all activities. Come, relax and enjoy our pool, tropical gardens and sun decks.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining3.4

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Quaint and Quiet

3.2 on January 02, 2015

Great clean rooms with a great little pool. it is a bit out of the way from the beaten path and a far walk from Duval


4.0 on December 29, 2014

Loved this place. Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Duval street. Nice and quiet. The staff were very friendly and accomadating.

Author's guest house

2.6 on December 12, 2014

Nice room, great location. Staff were very nice and helpful. Only problem was with a plugged toilet (and that is enough of a problem...).

Beautiful hideaway!

4.6 on November 14, 2014

Authors Guest House is a beautiful hideaway tucked just 1 mile away from the crazy fun of Duval Street! Far enought to be secluded but close enough to walk! Beautiful rooms and a nice continental breakfast every morning!

def going back...

4.4 on October 20, 2014

this property is definately a value for the price... we had the artists room and was surprised at the size and cleanliness of the room. the breakfast was the standard fare but a bit upgraded with yogurts, peanut butter, and decent coffee. (throw in some hard bopiled eggs and this wouldve been perfect) staff was very helpful and friendly. will definately stay again!

Great stay

5 on August 31, 2014

It was a great stay , we enjoied the time in Key West , Thamk you for your kindness.

Very Nice Key West Feel

5 on August 30, 2014

First time in a bed and breakfast and it was a very good experience. Nice fully working kitchen, living room and master bedroom at a very good price. Staff was very nice and breakfast was out in the courtyard which gave you that island feel. We are going back for sure.


3.6 on August 18, 2014

My husband and I loved this place. In my opinion the price was perfect it was clean and best of all had air conditioner. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only thing I would say about the hotel is the breakfast was a bit poor but I'd much rather eat at a local restaurant.

Nice place

4.0 on August 07, 2014

Nice place we friendly staff. A walking distance to Duval street, but far enough to be a calm place. A good hotel to chill out and rest.

July 39 - 31 2014

3.4 on August 05, 2014

Quiet B & B far enough off the main drag where you can get some R & R. Plenty of shade to escape the heat. Recommend bicycles to get around town. Most parking will be on side street curb.

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Rooms & Rates

#1B Artist (V)

Originally part of the residence quarters, Artists Room is a lovely sunny yellow with crown molding. Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#1A Library (Q)

The Library is a sunny room with gloss white woodwork and soft green walls. Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge to keep the beer or wine chilly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#4 McCullers (V)

Carson McCullers was only 23 when her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, became a literary sensation. This pink and white wicker room combines a compact interior with a small outdoor seating area. Mini Fridge in the room to chill your beverage of choice

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#3 Herlihy (Q/T)

James Leo Herlihy, author of Midnight Cowboy, acquired an intense love of Key West and used it as a setting for many of his short stories. Queen Bed, Twin Bed, Private Bath, and a Mini Fridge. Just steps away from the pool spa.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#2 Hellman (Q)

Lillian Hellman, one of America's leading female playwrights, is best known for such classics as The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour, and Watch on the Rhine. Queen Size Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Enjoy the early evening in the Pool Spa directly outside your front door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#9 Williams (C)

Relax beneath a cool Bahama fan and read A Streetcar Named Desire or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, two of the many plays written by this Pulitzer Prize winning author. This cottage has a living room with a trundle bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and full kitchen and bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

#5A Harry Truman (Q)

Harry Truman, our 33rd president, cherished the tranquility of Key West. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Enjoy the morning on your private deck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#8 Hemingway (C)

You can imagine "Papa" pounding out The Snows of Kilimanjaro or For Whom the Bell Tolls on the old typewriter that sits on the desk. Hemingway won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. This cottage has a living room with a trundle bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and full kitchen and bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

#7 Kirkwood (Q/T)

James Kirkwood co-authored the musical, A Chorus Line, while relaxing in these cozy tropical surroundings. Enjoy reading one of Kirkwood's many plays or novels. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Located off the upstairs sundeck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#6A Audubon (Q)

John James Audubon was one of the most renowned residents of the Florieda Keys and author of Audubon's Florida. This room features a Queen Bed, Private bath and a Mini Fridge. Located as the last room off the sundeck, it is quite private. Can be connected to the Wilder Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#5 Margaret Truman (Q)

Margaret Truman, President Truman's daughter, enjoyed Key West as her father did and became a well-known mystery novelist. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and Mini Fridge. It can also be joined to the Harry Truman room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#6 Wilder (Q/T)

Thornton Wilder is the author of The Matchmaker, on which Hello Dolly was based, and the very popular Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. The Wilder Room, the largest in the main house, provides a very elegant setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#1 Poet Room (P)

Our largest room. King Size Bed, Private Bath, Full Kitchen. Excellent for a long stay in Key West!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Meeting Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 1


Location Type

Island, Tropical


Key West, FL (EYW)

Directions to property:

3 blocks off US 1 located in historic preservation district of Key West

Area Attractions

Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wave Runners, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-4 nights on Special Event Weeks
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 Night Security Deposit
  • Cancellations: Our cancellation period is 14 days prior to your arrival date (30 days for Holidays and Special Events). Cancellations made prior to this period may obtain a deposit refund, less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of your arrival date (30 days for Holidays and Special Events) forfeit the entire deposit. There is no refund for shortened stays or early departures. Room numbers for specific rooms can not be guaranteed. "No Shows" will have the remainder of the reservation canceled after the first night.



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  • Serving Location: Garden


725 White Street At Petronia , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)

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