At the turn of the 20th century, Apalachicola was a booming seaport on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

To protect the commercial interests of its citizens, France established a consulate on the second story of the Grady Building located on Water Street. It shared space with a U.S. Customs office and the Captain of the Port while the first level housed a hardware and ship supply store.

Following an extensive three-year renovation that began in 1995, the majestic building became a place to stay and was renamed The Consulate. Four luxury suites with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and full designer kitchens are available for nightly or weekly rental.

The front suites provide an excellent view of the ships docked on the town’s waterfront, while the others overlook gardens & courtyard. A shop downstairs, the Grady Market, carries a selection of clothing, antiques, and specialty gift items.