Back in 1986, Carol Whiteman transformed a lovely pair of 1880s clapboards into a four-building complex that today houses a pair of Key West’s most cozy, fetching, and pricey small hotels and restaurants (see Café Marquesa) that are close to, yet apart from, Duval Street’s bustle. Rooms are good-sized, appointed with a tasteful mix of the antique and the contemporary, and more often than not have porches for enjoying room-service breakfast, a glass of wine, or just some veg-out time. They’re arranged around a pair of pools (one heated) and lovely landscaping (love the hanging orchids), but apart from the elegance and blessed tranquility, what takes the experience to the next level is the low-key but friendly and attentive service from staff. One caveat: Those with mobility issues should mention that when booking, because there are no ramps or elevators.
- Frommer's Staff