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"When you stay here, you are paying for location. Very few amenities. Dragging your luggage up/down stairs is not fun. Loud music next to the hotel. Ex ... " More

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Hotel Description

Colonial guest house near Duval Street

City center stay

At this Key West Historic District guesthouse, you'll be well placed to visit Duval Street and Mallory Square, both within a 5-minute walk. Southernmost Point and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Restaurant, bar/lounge

This guesthouse features a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, and a bar/lounge. WiFi in public areas is free. Self parking, a coffee shop, and a garden are also offered.

Free WiFi, kitchenettes

The individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and ceiling fans. Other amenities include kitchenettes, sitting areas, and TVs with cable channels.

Standard Studio, 1 Queen Bed (#4)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$249* Per night/room Jun 7 - Jun 8

Standard Studio, 1 Queen Bed (#1)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Studio, 1 Queen Bed (#3)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Studio, 1 Queen Bed (#2)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Cuban Suite

Bed Count 3 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Key West Suite

Bed Count 3 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Smallest Bar Inn ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Smallest Bar Inn

Everyone (5) Couples (2) Family (2)
3 out of 5
When you stay here, you are paying for location. Very few amenities. Dragging your luggage up/down stairs is not fun. Loud music next to the hotel. Extremely small shower. No blow dryer. Average at best.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 24, 2021 by j

Yes you are payng very nominal rates here and get to stay in historic old town where we are located in downtown Key West, all amenites are posted on our site and 3rd party sites such as this one. You need a BIG shower? we do not have one, lol. Truth!

4 out of 5
I would never stay here again. The music from a bar next store was deafening. No one said anything about the loud music. There was no outdoor space as shown on line. Every Venetian blind in the place did not work and was missing slats. Bathroom needs a complete overhaul. The closest door had a big whole in it. The curtains looked like rags thrown up. Never again 👎

Posted by on Apr 15, 2021

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Apr 15, 2021 by j

our apologies that the room did not meet your standards and thx 4 bringing this to our attention. While we strive to give our guests the best, sometimes things get overlooked or forgotten

3 out of 5
Pros: I will say, location, location, location. This place is prime, right in the thick of it all! Really quaint atmosphere tucked back in behind a little cuban restaurant. Cons: Room was bright, needs blackout curtains. Bed and pillows were uncomfortable. Shower was TINY. It's probably in the fine print, but, no hair dryer. My wife was not happy about that. Be aware, no place to store luggage before or after checkout before your flight. Need to drag it around with you. I would stay there again, it would not be my first choice though.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 30, 2021 by j

"CHECK IN & OUT INFO Our check-in time is anytime after 4 pm for arrivals. You may check in at The Smallest Bar located at the front entrance of the building on (124) Duval St. Should you plan to arrive prior to check-in time we will accommodate you by allowing you to store your luggage, provided you notify us in advance. Check-out time is prior to 11am.

5 out of 5
Inn owner was very friendly and helpful. Room was great. Excellent location that is close to everything. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Key West

Posted by , from Jacksonville, Fl on Jul 17, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 17, 2020 by j

thx so much for your stay and the kind review. we are happy that you enjoyed key west & the inn !

4 out of 5
We loved that it was very central and easy going, but definitely needs updating and possibly some toppers on the matresses to off set the fact that they're on plywood. Maybe some bars in the bathroom to hang towels to dry. Hardly any lighting and definitely need to fix the bathroom light

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 16, 2019 by j

thanks for your review & suggestions!!

4 out of 5

Cool hotel

Love the hotel. On Duvall. Beds were ok. All blinds broken lol. 4/5 experience. Would return.

Posted by , from Miami, FL on Oct 12, 2015

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4 out of 5

Charming Hotel in the heart of the Activity!

We would stay here again. Hotel matched the description. Some updates would be nice but wouldn't stop up from staying here. Bed was not great but room was cool and comfortable to retreat from the hot August sun.

Posted by , from Clinton Township, MI on Aug 13, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 27, 2015 by j

thanks for your review and your stay!

2 out of 5

BEST location on all of Duval, that's about it.

The Old Customs House Inn definitely has the best location on all of Duval. It is closest to the bars like Sloppy Joe's, Rick's & Irish Kevin's. However, it is by no means a "hotel"... The staff are all very nice & courteous, so zero complaints there. & because of how nice they are, I actually feel bad writing this, but people need to know. Issues: •The floors are sticky, literally felt like they'd never been cleaned. •There are HUGE cracks in the walls that lead outside, •The AC unit is not big enough for the size of the room (which doesn't help the fact that there are holes in the walls to let any cold air out) •The shower is probably about 2 square feet. Hardly enough room for one person & I'm 5'1 •A few of the pillows had a woman's name embroidered onto them, so they're obviously just left behind by previous guests. •No ventilation in the bathroom. If you shut the door while you're in there, there's a good chance you'll sweat to death or feel like you're about to suffocate. •As they state, there is no on site parking, which is fine if you know where to park (we chose a garage about a mile away near Dante's, just so it would be covered but there are other options). One review said that this is not a hotel to stay in if you're planning on spending time in the room & I second that. There are better options for the room for the same or slightly higher cost. The location cannot be beat though, so just weigh your priorities! (And bring extra towels!)

Posted by , from FL on Aug 3, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 27, 2015 by j

this review is by far inaccurate when it describes the rooms !

4 out of 5

Great location

Great location in the heart of key west. The room is typical keys with basic furniture but very clean. Big bathroom but the shower you couldn't turn around in. Its not the place if you want a good nights sleep. It's a party town and you will hear it all night. I would stay there again but in another room not one on the street.

Posted by , from miami on Jul 1, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 12, 2015 by j

definitley try a different room ! thanks for your stay

4 out of 5

Unexpected and nice

Pros: Convenience of staying on Duval. Room was clean and comfortable. The bird! We unloaded and parked at the city lot for $13 a day...not a bad walk.
Cons: A little more privacy on the front window covering. There was a hole in the wall of unit 1 in the bathroom that needs to be fixed.
After reading the reviews I was really afraid of what we might find...but all in all it was a great stay in a fantastic location on Duval St. for a Wed/Thurs night stay. We are not youngsters, so we were thinking this might be a rowdy place to stay. But, it was quiet even at night with the bars so close. (Our usual place 5 blocks off Duval was booked full with a wedding party) It was weird though not having a front desk staff--the bartender was not a great font of info, an email the day of arrival went unanswered...but we muddled through with not having any batteries in the remote, not knowing where to leave our keys, and no real info in the room about wifi and such. The A/C worked fine, the bathroom was clean, the bed was supremely comfortable (for us) and the kitchen was a nice perk. Pickles the bird was adorable. Be aware the room deposit was manually run for just the room amount and no taxes--not per what the Travelocity receipt said. All of the money end of things went just fine with no glitches exactly as per the email after the deposit was run. A couple things for your information: 1. We were checking this place out for a trip with our 10 pound dog--and we won't be doing that as there is not a blade of grass where she could have been walked at 2 a.m. without getting dressed and going around a block or two or three. 2. There is a restaurant right outside the lower two units front doors...and there was only a lace curtain up in the window of unit 1.

Posted by , from Orlando on Oct 5, 2014

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/cafe. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. A rooftop terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are also featured at Smallest Bar Inn. For a fee, parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Colonial Key West guesthouse.

  • 4 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Built in 1882
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Convenience store
  • Garden
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Dining venue


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Smallest Bar Inn offers 4 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature ceiling fans. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas. Kitchenettes offer refrigerators, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers. This Key West guesthouse provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with cable channels. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Sitting area
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Smallest Bar in Key West - This bar overlooks the garden.

Cuban Cafe - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in Cuban cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:30 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 48 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Smallest Bar Inn


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 25 years old

This property accepts credit cards

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 25 years old. This property accepts Visa and Mastercard. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Property follows sanitization practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • Staffed front desk
  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property is not currently implementing any guest safety measures


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Spring Break deposit: USD 500.00 per stay (for stays between 01 March - 31 March)

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Secured self parking fee: USD 25 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Nearby parking fee: USD 25 per night(500 ft away; open 24 hours)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Customs House Inn
  • Old Customs
  • Old Customs House
  • Smallest Bar Inn Key West
  • Old Customs House Inn Key West
  • Old Customs Key West
  • Old Customs House Hotel Key West
  • Smallest Bar Key West
  • Smallest Bar
  • Old Customs House Inn
  • Smallest Bar Inn Key West
  • Smallest Bar Inn Guesthouse
  • Smallest Bar Inn Guesthouse Key West

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.