Every once in a while, if the stars align and negotiations are successful, parents can, after months of careful planning, take a trip without their kids! It’s a rare and glorious occasion when you can choose a location based on your desires rather than the needs of the children. Traveling to Key West, sans enfants like we did recently, we wanted to see what it’s like staying in the heart of the action at a hotel that catered to adults and boy did we find it! Located just steps away from the Old Town Key West attractions, Lighthouse Court is chic, sexy and central to everything.
When you walk into a hotel room you can’t form a more thoughtful and intelligent reaction than “whoa, niiice”, then you usually have a hit on your hands! I loved how sophisticated the décor was; perfect for an adults only getaway! Our room was humongous with marble bathroom, comfortable bed, flat screen TV, comfy seating area and my must-have; a great, free Wi-Fi connection!
Part of the Historic Key West Inns hotel group, Lighthouse Court is made up of 10 wood frame buildings built in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s surrounding a lush tropical courtyard. The inviting courtyard includes a heated pool where a tasty continental breakfast is served daily to guests, complimentary with your stay. With many lounge chairs for relaxing I can attest to the fact that the courtyard is a great place to take a post mojito nap. The mojitos from the poolside bar, appropriately named Mojito Bar & Café are definitely effective…
On the other side of the pool courtyard is a lush games area with more tables, tree swings and a cornhole court where you can relax or challenge your spouse to a game for supremacy. I found it quite by accident after I took a wrong turn towards the pool one morning, and it was so enchanting that I had to sit for a moment and just drink it in.
One of the best things about Lighthouse Court, aside from its tropical and historical charm is simply the location. Walking distance to everything from Duval Street to beaches to the Truman Annex, you can access all the local attractions via a short walk. The lighthouse in the name is the Key West Lighthouse which is just next door (in full view of our room) while another Key West landmark, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum sits across the street.
However its biggest feature also contributes to its big drawback; very limited parking. Parking in Key West is challenging in general and Lighthouse Court does not have a lot of parking spots. If you drive in as we did, you will need to leave your car keys with the front desk when you are not using it and there is no guarantee your car will be where you left it. Fortunately walking is a great way to explore a new town and Key West is very walkable!
The centre of the action in Key West is Duval street, just one street over from Lighthouse Court, and it takes mere minutes to walk over to the main part of the action. Aside from visiting tourist attractions such as the Aquarium and taking part of the Sunset Celebrations, we enjoyed delicious meals, dancing and many great cocktails; secure in the knowledge that home base was a short walk away.
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Lighthouse Court Contact Details:
Address: 902 Whitehead Street Key West, Florida
Reservations: 800.549.4430 or 305.294.5229
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