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Atlantis House's Garden Suite... voted top 25 in USA - Steps from beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Atlantis Guest House - 3 night minimum stay

Welcome to Atlantis House the most private and unique Guesthouse in Key West. As the only guesthouse along the beaches, we offer just 2 exclusive suites (rented individually or together) both featuring private over-sized Jacuzzi baths, perfect for Romantic getaways and Honeymooners! Recently awarded '2014 Travelers' Choice' for the top 25 best Inns in the United States. Also awarded by our Guests with the 'Certificate of Excellence' for 2009-2018 and awarded in 2012 as the Best overall 'Top 10 in the US.' Contemporary architecture houses beautiful decor and gardens.

The Garden Suite which sleeps 2 ranges from $169/night -$250/night. The Master Suite VRBO # 968938 which sleeps 2 ranges from $225 off season-$325/night in season. Both rooms together can sleep a total of 4 and ranges from $394-$600/night.

Garden suite

The Garden suite at 350 sq. ft enters through French doors from the deck into a sitting room has a daybed that is covered with overstuffed pillows over which hangs a cranberry tulle netting, an etagere with 40 in HD Flat screen TV, music system with a choice of 50 channels of commercial free music, small library & a collection of gold gilt mirrors surrounding a sunny windowsill. The bedroom has a queen bed w/Jamaican wicker nightstands, Ipod Docking Station, wet bar area with fridge, coffee maker and microwave. The 8x10 bath is tiled with an open shower & bench, vanity, 9 ft vaulted ceilings, skylight, and a large Jacuzzi tub for 2.

Master suite

The Master suite at 600 sq ft, has a king size bed, 17 ft vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans and recessed lighting on dimmer switches, central AC, tiled floors, Ipod Docking Station, 40 in HD Flat screen TV, music system with a choice of 50 channels of commercial free music, kitcenette w/wet bar, large wrap around bar, wet bar, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, with an oversized 10x16 bath featuring a 9 ft vanity with double sinks over which hang Baroque framed mirrors, make-up vanity, separate water closet, spacious clear glass shower, and a huge Jacuzzi tub with a skylight overhead.

More Details

Capt. Steven and Kayla Kessler
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About Capt. Steven and Kayla Kessler

Steve, a licensed USCG Captain, with over 9,000 hrs on the water, charters his Contender and takes guests on private fishing trips and exclusive to Atlantis House, Steve and Kayla will prepare you dinner with the 'catch of the day'. He also offers private guided snorkeling tours at the only coral reef in the Continental United States. And for those with a taste for Lobster, Steve will hand catch you lobsters for dinner. For couples with a sense of adventure that want to get away from it all, Captain Steve with an extensive Marine biology background offers private island adventure/eco tours to secluded natural beaches where you can take a peaceful stroll along the beach and pass the time having lunch and snorkeling for marine life and seashells. NBC. Com Travel featured Capt. Steve's Eco-Tours as a best kept secret of Key West and the Florida Keys!

Kayla, a licensed massage therapist (LMT and NMT), with over 15 years of experience offers relaxation 'island style'.

Living in Key West for 21 years and operating the guest house for 20 years, both Kayla and Steve are dedicated to making your stay as enjoyable as possible and are happy to make suggestions and arrangements for myriad of island activities from casual to fine dining ideas, sunset catamaran or tall ship sails, diving and water sports, to private secluded island adventures to wile away the day while basking on a tropical sandy beach. So come find yourself again at Atlantis House.

Capt. Steven and Kayla Kessler purchased this guest house in 1993

Why Capt. Steven and Kayla Kessler chose Key West

Atlantis House is the closest private home to the Beaches in Key West!

Guestbook comments from the owner

5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We stayed in the Master Suite at the Atlantis House for four nights in March, during the St. Patrick's celebration, although every day is a party in Key West. The Atlantis House was a great "retreat" from the party on Duval Street. You always wonder about the photos on a site, but the suite was even better then the pictures. The place is immaculate and there was a certin peacefulness, not only withn the suite, but in the "patio" area as well, which was more like a Buddha garden of serenity. Kayla and Steve are wonderul hosts and are available to answer questions, as well as share a piece of Kayla's wonderful key lime pie. We could go on with the reivew, but a lot has been said in previous ones as far as location, restaurants, etc. At times we felt that we could just stay at Atlantis House and not go anywhere in Key West because of its serenity and wonderful accomodations.

Room Tip: The Master Suite is well worth it. Bikes are provided and a great path is available along the water...

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple

5 of 5 stars Value

5 of 5 stars Location

5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality

5 of 5 stars Rooms

5 of 5 stars Cleanliness

5 of 5 stars Service
Apr 2014
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Key West Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No aerosol sunscreens allowed to be dispensed in rooms.
  • No oils allowed in Jacuzzi tubs (bubble bath is provided)
  • No wet/sandy beach towels in room. Leave outside on deck.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Large 8x10, fully tiled with separate make-vanity
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Garden Suite - 1 queen , 1 of 2 suites
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Atlantis House's Garden Suite... voted top 25 in USA - Steps from beaches
average rating of 4.862069 based on 47 reviews

Beautiful property- we loved staying there.

  • 5 of 5

Steve and Kayla were fantastic hosts. They have a beautiful home and we loved our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place! Right in the middle of the island! The host graciously shared bikes, beach chairs, beach towels,recommended great adventures, key lime pie and even a lobster which was caught that day on his boat! We road the bikes everywhere we went. Did not use the car at all and the accommodation is super clean and comfortable with all the comforts of home. We also enjoyed the quiet garden patio which is beautiful! Loved it here. Super nice people! Loved visiting with them!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! It was our pleasure hosting you and glad you loved staying with us! Capt. Steve and Kayla
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The Garden Suite and Garden are wonderful!

  • 3 of 5

We liked the Atlantis House Garden Suite very much. It was the perfect size and price range for us. The AC was a bit noisy and is positioned so it blows right on the bed but it was only mildly annoying. We enjoyed the garden and the bicycles the most. Although the bicycles are well used, they were very comfortable and useful. I bet we rode them 3 times a day, every day! Steve and Kayla were both warm and accommodating. We enjoyed the fabulous Key Lime pie very much. We didn't make use of the jetted tub or the nice robes but we did enjoy the Turkish towels. We didn't hire Capt. Steve for chartered boat services or Kayla for a massage and that was a mistake. We made that mistake not understanding that the beaches are less than desirable because it is a coral island. (How did we miss that point when researching our vacation???) If you are going to go to Key West, for goodness sake, do some scuba diving, boating, etc. Do not expect a nice beach experience. We chose to schedule a couples massage on the beach instead of with individual massages on-site with Kayla. Big mistake!!! There had been a storm which caused decaying plant life buildup on all the beaches which stunk. (Beaches do not get raked ever on Key West!) We ended up paying $350 for an indoor couples massage instead of the $200 we would have payed Kayla and that experience could not have been better than Kayla! The only disappointment about the place we stayed was that we chose this location because it was the closest house you could rent to be on a beach. It is not "On a beach". I would argue that it was not 50 feet from a beach because the Garden apt. is at the back of the house with the front of the house being nearest the beach but the beach is across a major road and there is a large building being renovated between the beach and the road with a large construction barrier fence between the road and the building. On top of that, the beach was closed because they were renovating the sea wall on that beach. I think that Capt. Steve and Kayla should have warned us about that but they didn't. We could not see or hear the beach but we could occasionally smell the rotting decay. We did find a pool open to the public called Dante's and as long as you bought food or drink from the bar, it was free. Dante's was a wonderful experience, although, we did spend about $70 for food and drink from the bar each of the days we swam there. The apt. was definitely clean and comfy!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the Gardens, the room and Kayla's complimentary pie. And we are happy you took advantage of the FREE bike use. It is the best way to get around the island. Sorry you didn't get out on the water with us or enjoy Kayla's massage that you had booked and canceled with us. That is what we are known for … A guesthouse with boating and optional massages. And Key West is known for it's diving, culture and fishing. The AC you could have turned the vents to change the direction or asked for our assistance... a very simple fix. We do not have any control over the weather and how the sea grass collects on the beach but the City does rake it daily and only happens when we have an odd South/Storm wind in the Summer. The Rest Beach renovation (70 ft from the edge of our property) is to be completed in Sept, 6 weeks from now and only started a month ago a week before you arrived. However, Higgs Beach and Key West Marine Park is 1 block from us. The new Beach is going to be beautiful with over 4,000 plants to be planted and new walk ways and pavilions! Thanks again for staying with us. Capt Steve and Kayla
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Great Garden Suite Retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have gone to Marco Island for the past few years and this year decided to try Key West. When our dates changed I was delighted that the Garden Suite was available based on the positive reviews. It did not disappoint and my husband was surprised and super happy with our accommodations. The Atlantis House is close enough to enjoy all of the island activities and far enough to enjoy the tranquility of the beautifully well kept garden and patio. The complimentary beach bikes were the perfect transportation option for us and we chose not to get a rental. Best decision ever! We walked some to enjoy the beach and dinner; however, the bicycles were our go to. KMart, Publix, Duval St., the Eco Center and Fort Zachary beach are all within a 10minute bike ride. We got lost numerous times but it turned out to be a bonus adventure for the trip. Captain Steve and Kayla were so warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived with complimentary airport pick-up and a cold libation upon check-in. We booked a fishing excursion and Captain Steve went above and beyond for our day on the water and we caught yellow-tail snapper which we enjoyed for lunch the following day with a piece of Kayla's fabulous homemade key lime pie. It is indeed something to rave about. There were several other restaurant recommendations that we tried and even had a late snack delivered from Sandy's Cafe. The Garden Suite accommodations were well kept, clean and the warm colors made for a super relaxing space. The room flowed and was separated perfectly to create a feel of going from room to room despite the size. It had all of the expected accommodations including a fridge with freezer, microwave, complimentary coffee and sets of wonderful towels with organic soaps and shampoos. While there was a TV with a large array of channels, we only watched an hour of shark week. Captain Steve and Kayla had an umbrella, beach chairs and even coolers for daily use. This made daily outings more cost effective and convenient. We truly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended it to several folks planning a visit. A great experience and Atlantis House is on our "go to" list for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about Capt.Steve & Kayla's hospitality and property. Very helpful with suggestions on places to see and eat. Kayla was so kind to share some of her homemade Key Lime Pie with us, which was like eating a slice of heaven. The backyard/deck was like being in your own private paradise. Everything in the garden suite was super clean, plus they supplied alot of amenities that most places do not. The bikes were a major plus as well as the free parking spot if you have a rental car. The organic soaps, shower gels & shampoo were wonderful! I could go on & on, but you definitely need to try one of their suites out for yourself. I highly recommend it! Thank you Capt. Steve & Kayla for being such wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you both. Thank you for the wonderful review and taking the time to write it. We wish you the best!! Capt. Steve and Kayla
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Beautiful oasis a block from the beach

  • 5 of 5

If you don't want to stay in the hustle-bustle of Duval St, Atlantis house is perfect. Just down the street from a nice beach and Salute restaurant, and a quick Uber ride to all the action. And your host is Captain Steve, who can take you out on the water for various excursions! The deck area just outside your door is a lush oasis - lovely!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Key West International
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Salute On The Beach
Nearest Ferry
1.25 Miles
Key West Express
Nearest Golf
4.3 Miles
Key West Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Salute On The Beach
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Rest Beach
Car: not necessary

The owners, Capt. Steve and Kayla, living in Key West for 24 yrs personally assist and offer suggestions from Dining to Island activities. Kayla is a licensed massage therapist. Steve is a USCG certified Captain and charters his Contender offering snorkeling trips, fishing, dolphin watch, Sunset and island eco-discovery adventure trips. The only guesthouse in Key West and Florida that will prepare your catch of the day after fishing or hand catch you lobsters for dinner while snorkeling. So come find yourself again at Atlantis House.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80

Cancellation Policy:
Because of our small size, cancellations affect us significantly. Your deposit is non refundable. In the event you cancel your deposit is credited towards a future stay. We must know 20 days before your scheduled day of arrival if you will be canceling. If you cancel after that point, you will be liable for any days, up to the entire length of your booking, that we are unable to rebook. There are no refunds for early departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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