Tucked in a tropical garden one block from bustling Duval Street, this Victorian mansion was built in 1889 by cigar producer
Francisco Marrero, who wanted to entice his new bride, Enriquetta, to settle on the island. With 13 spacious bedrooms—some
with private verandas—who could blame her for taking him up on his offer? Francisco's other wife, back home in Cuba, perhaps.
After he died (from mysterious causes), wife No. 1 arrived in Key West and promptly evicted Enriquetta and her children. As
Enriquetta was escorted from the property, she vowed to the gathered crowd that she would never leave. In spirit, she may
not have. After her death, guests have reported the sounds of crying children—odd indeed, because the B&B doesn't allow children
today. Repeat guests are not surprised when they think they see Enriquetta's shadow passing through walls. The only sight
that might cause a start these days is the clothing-optional pool area.
Last Reviewed February 2012