- Audra Clemons
Florida is well known for its natural beauty, outstanding climate and southern charm. As a popular vacation state, there is never a shortage of accommodating hotels. From bed and breakfast inns, to mansions with historical value, here are 10 boutique hotels every traveler can enjoy.
Little Palm Island
Selected as one of the Top 10 US Small Resorts by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an intimate resort in the Florida Keys,accessible only by seaplane or boat. Guests of this property have access to their own private island. They also have access to a world-class spa and delicious dining as well as snorkeling and poolside lounging.
Little Palm Island, 2800 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, Florida, USA +1 (305) 515.3019
Postcard Inn on the Beach
Set on a quiet strip of white sand 35 minutes south of Tampa, the Postcard Inn on the Beach is as if the Florida Keys has washed up onto the mainland peninsula. The 196 rooms have been wallpapered with surfing photos and accented with vintage lamps. The lobby has its own macramé art installation and colorful surfboards decorated throughout. The effect gives off a casual vibe that continues out into the garden, where Adirondack chairs surround a fire pit. Meanwhile, the beachfront bar serves blackened tilapia sandwiches and bacon-and-jalapeño-wrapped shrimp to compliment the hotel’s ‘dive-in’ movie nights, where films are projected above the pool.
Postacard Inn on the Beach. 6300 Gulf Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL, USA +1 (727) 367-2711
The Raleigh Hotel
The Raleigh is nestled amidst the Art Deco landmarks along South Beach Miami’s Collins Avenue strip, offering its guests timeless glamour and contemporary comfort. Designed in 1940 by acclaimed architect L. Murray Dixon, the hotels offers 105 rooms with Art Deco accents and decor overlooking a beautiful pool and world-class beaches. The Raleigh is also home to Restaurant Michael Schwartz, one of the most talked about, al fresco dining options in the city.
The Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA +1 (305) 534-6300
The Driftwood Inn Resort
Established in the early 1900’s by Waldo Sexton in Vero Beach – and named in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1994 – the Driftwood Inn Resort offers accommodation accentuated with an abundance of fascinating artifacts from Waldo’s personal collection, rich in historical overtones. The Inn shares the easy feeling of ‘Old Cracker Florida’, yet is comfortably situated directly along the Atlantic Ocean with private boardwalk access.
The Driftwood Inn Resort, 3150 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL, USA +1 (772) 231-0550
The Gasparilla Inn
The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast since 1913. It offers 137 rooms, suites and cottages, in a pristine environment at the tip of Boca Grande Island. Gasparilla takes its name from the legendary Spanish pirate Jose Gaspar, who reputedly plundered the surrounding waters in the 18th century. The Inn has hosted many famous guests throughout its history, including Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Katharine Hepburn, and the George H.W. Bush family.
Gasparilla Inn & Club, 500 Palm Avenue, Boca Grande, FL, USA +1 (941) 964-4500
The Florida House Inn
The Florida House Inn is a vintage 1857 Inn located in the heart of the historic district of Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Inn was originally built as a boarding house by David Yulee, who was there attempting to build a railroad from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key. Each day, the Florida House Inn begins with complimentary coffee in the parlor room, followed by a home cooked breakfast in the breakfast room. Happy hour is also available between 5pm -7pm Mondays through to Saturdays.
The Florida House Inn, 22 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL, USA, +1 800-258-3301
Orchid Key Inn
The Orchid Key Inn is located on Duval Street, the most happening street in the area. Upon entering the Inn, brick paths lead guests through a lush tropical garden that surrounds 24 elegant, amenity-filled guest rooms and suites. The Inn offers complimentary breakfast, parking and a daily happy hour. The Orchid Key Inn is consistently ranked as one of the top boutique hotels in the nation by various magazines from Travel + Leisure to Conde Nast Traveler.
Orchid Key Inn, 1004 Duval St, Key West, FL, USA, +1 (305) 296-9915
Elizabeth Point Lodge
Elizabeth Point Lodge is a Nantucket-style luxurious Florida beach bed and breakfast resort that offers a unique seaside experience. Located on Amelia Island, it close to 13 miles of pristine beach untouched by development. Guests enjoy delicious daily breakfast, complimentary all day coffee, lemonade and fresh baked cookies. From 5:30pm to 7:00pm the lodge offers complimentary wine and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.
Elizabeth Point Lodge, 98 S Fletcher Ave, Amelia Island, FL, USA +1 (904) 277-4851
The Curry Mansion
The Curry Mansion was named for William Curry, a penniless Bahamian immigrant who made his fortune by salvaging shipwrecked travelers in Florida’s pirate-infested waters. Curry attained status as Key West’s first millionaire and built the Curry Mansion in 1899. The architectural details incorporate the widow’s walk of New England, the ornate trellises and balustrades of New Orleans and the columns and colonnades of the Deep South. The Curry Mansion offers daily breakfast, afternoon open bar cocktail parties around the pool with live music, a hot tub and swimming pool, off street parking and wireless Internet.
The Curry Mansion, 511 Caroline Street, Key West, FL, USA +1 (305) 294-5349
The Chesterfield Hotel
The Chesterfield Hotel blends Palm Beach’s regal architecture with timeless English values of discretion and attentive service. Located in the heart of a residential section of Palm Beach, two blocks north of the famous Worth Avenue shopping area, The Chesterfield offers prestige along with comfort. The hotel boasts 52 uniquely themed and decorated guest rooms and suites that feature rich decor and lavish amenities. Guests receive complimentary valet service, and can enjoy delectable meals at The Leopard Room, the hotel’s award winning restaurant and wine bar.
The Chesterfield Hotel, 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, FL, USA +1 (561) 659-5800