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"The Popular House at Key West."

A May 2002 trip to Key West by elliss

Quote: Aahhhh...the senses. Vibrant art splashes authentic Key West style. Key rythems lightly echo off the tastefully decorated walls. A beautiful maiden figurehead spies courageously beyond. From the tropical garden, the sleepy verandas, the explosion of artworks that duel for your attention, the Popular House is a sensuous comfort.

"The Popular House at Key West."

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The delight of Key West is found in its style. The beautifully restored Victorian mansions line lush lanes and converge with the periodic humble cabin. All sport tin roofs, storm shutters, and a lazy atmosphere. The entirety verges on the bizarre. I saw cars adorned with seashells, bottle caps, or whatever. At sunset, street performers keep the spirit of Vaudeville thriving with fire eaters, contortionists, and more. The food is world class. Small cafes offer pasteris and Cafe con leche. The Blue Heron restaurant atones the tastebuds with Cuban delights. The rustic patio atmosphere makes one imagine they have stepped into another world of mystery and decadence. The shopping is a delight...Read More
The William Russell house, built circa 1898, is a Victorian Mansion lavish in all the slendor of yesterday and today. The open mahogany doors circulate breezes and a friendly atosphere. The extinct white pine walls were exposed, with intermittant displays of vibrant Key West artworks. My room was on the first floor, looking out onto the veranda and street. The fifteen foot ceilings and ceiling fans ensured cool comfort with a delightful colonial feel. A brightly colored painting of a young woman on the beach took up about 7x10 feet of the wall behind my bed. It was wonderfully unique. The private bath was small yet fully accomodating. The entire house was a visual adventure; each turn brought a surpri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

Key West Bed and Breakfast - The Popular House
415 William Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-7274