When you visit Key West, you will quickly learn that everyone has a story. Here’s ours…
Andrews Inn was formerly a single-family home built in the early 1900’s. Our neighborhood in the physical center of Old Town used to be one of Key West’s more affluent suburbs in the 1930’s and was home to Ernest Hemingway who lived for many years right next door to Andrews Inn.
In the early 1980’s Andrew Cleveland purchased the property and hired a team of carpenters who lived on-site and used it as an art studio while they worked on its restoration. Andrews Inn opened its doors as a bed and breakfast in the early 1990’s. Although it has had several different owners since then, all have carried on its special blend of intimate lodging and laidback luxury. Andrew was well known for having the “happiest happy hour in town” and we continue on with that tradition as we strive to get to know our guests personally and welcome them into the Andrews Inn family.
Tom and Nancy Coward have owned Andrews Inn for over ten years. Originally from the Northeast, they immediately fell in love with Key West the first time they visited, which just happened to coincide with Fantasy Fest. Tom and Nancy were quickly welcomed into the Key West community when they bought the Eyebrow House (one of our cottages) in 1996 and Seascape Tropical Inn (located across the lane from Andrews Inn) in 1998. When they purchased Andrews Inn in 2003, they realized that this was their dream place, and they have worked extensively to update and improve it ever since.
While Tom and Nancy are still involved with every aspect of the inn, they have a wonderful staff who are also a treasured part of the Andrews Inn family. Our repeat guests will share stories about Sally, Jorge, and Blanche that always add some color to the afternoon happy hour. Lisa Berglund, a native Key Wester, is now our full-time manager and has already earned a reputation of her own, adding her unique sparkle and shine to every corner of the inn. She not only pays attention to all the details that make your stay so special, she is also a wealth of local knowledge, having grown up here and experienced all the changes in Key West throughout the years. We are also pleased to have Christina Cummings, who has helped us over the years, as a a member of our front desk staff. Guests who have stayed with us before will remember her warm smile and cheerful outlook that brightens anyone’s day.