WISH WE WERE THERE NOW!!!
Yes, we will stay here again, or at the sister house, Red Rooster Inn. That is where you check in.
The people were so nice--Jayson, Amy and ALL the others, not one unfriendly person to be found. Well, maybe ----- Kitty (the name we gave her) could change her attitude. She slaps your hand during the day, but will come to your room at night for leftovers!! As we were leaving we saw a picture of the cats and their names. Her name? Evil--of course!!
We wish we had stayed longer. The next time we will not waste a day staying in Key Largo or Miami Beach. Hey, it was our first time--we didn't know we would find our new FAVORITE PLACE!!
Our room was nice, the bed was very comfy--especially after the one in Key Largo!! The grounds were pretty, the pool area--where you get to meet the other guests over free breakfast, was enjoyable. The location is great, we walked almost everywhere. When I wore heels, we got a cab :)
Key West to us was like a tropical New Orleans (our old favorite place). Just wish it wasn't so far from Chattanooga.
Great little affordable place! Don't believe everything you read!
First off, let me say that the negative reviews here gave me and my not-so-long-suffering boyfriend some pause -- so imagine our surprise when we discovered this lovely little inn so well-placed in Old Town.
We were contacted three separate times before arriving -- once to confirm our reservation and deposit; a second time to touch base with us the day before our departure (we were visiting just after Hurricane Charley's pass thru Florida); and again the day of our travels -- all to make sure that we were indeed able to leave and get to Key West as planned.
We had booked R11 -- a double bed room on the third floor with a private deck off the back -- at a VERY reasonable rate on the Rooster's website. When we arrived, we were offered an upgrade to a larger room on the second floor with a full bathtub and queen sized bed. However, after looking at both rooms (which the staff was happy to let us do), we opted to stay in the third floor room, as it was more private.
Now, let it be said, the room was small -- dormered with a slanted ceiling, a bath with a commode and glass-block shower stall that was very European in scale, and a pedestal sink in the room itself. There was a tall, narrow chest for clothes; an armoire upon which the TV was nestled; a small side table with a lamp and clock/radio by the non-headboarded double bed; and a wicker side chair. Those spending large amounts of time in their hotel rooms might have found it claustrophobic, and those of ample, er, girth would probably not have been comfortable in the shower. But for us, who are neither big nor prone to using hotel rooms for more than sleeping and freshening up, it was cozy and more than adequate for our needs.
We could have quibbled with some things: for example, it would have been nice to have a second towel rack, and an additional shelf space in the shower. And as for the odd foot print on the dormered plaster wall slanting above the bed, we found it very amusing trying to figure out how it got there . . . . :-) But the private deck was a wonderful place to sit outside and enjoy the night air or morning sunshine. And frankly, for the deal we got, we had NO problem hanging towels on doorknobs, just like at home. :-)
The grounds were nicely landscaped, and the pool, while certainly not Olympic sized, was just what the doctor ordered after wandering about Old Town in 90+ heat. The breakfast was nothing extraordinary -- and, to be fair, we often slept past serving time of 8 to 10 am! -- but everything was fresh and yummy, and the belgian waffles looked very decadent.
The Inn is also well situated -- two blocks off Duval, and conveniently nearby an Eckarts/CVS for last minute needs. We didn't mind walking the distance to Mallory Square, but for those who do, there are plenty of easier conveyances on the way (Moped Hospital, a bike place that fixed our loosening handlebars even when it wasn't THEIR bike, bike taxis, and the like). We enjoyed the fact that it was towards Lower Duval, where a lot of the fun galleries were.
Actually, we enjoyed everything about the trip, except the 100+ heat index, but that's what you get when you visit the tropics in August. ;-)
I cannot say enough about Amy, Fran, Tony, and all the staff there. They were friendly, they were helpful, they let us check out late gratis when our trip to the beach was delayed by an unfortunate encounter with a jellyfish whilst snorkeling (and this when there was another reservation for the room that afternoon), they arranged for bikes and taxis and anything else we needed . . . . they were just terrific.
Long story short: having paid far more for far less elsewhere in terms of service and accommodations, we were quite pleased with Red Rooster Inn, and hope to return soon. If you expect Ritz-class gargantuan-spacious rooms and wait-on-you-hand-and-foot-service, don't stay here. However, if you aren't high-maintenance and want an affordable, neat, clean, and entirely pleasant place to rest your weary head in Key West, I'd recommend the Red Rooster Inn very highly!
Love It - great for the money
Okay, our room was a little small and could have been better maintained around the edges - but then again, we were only paying a little over half what people at other guest houses were!
This is an amazing place for such a low price! The grounds were picturesque, the pool refreshing, the breakfast each morning was wonderful, the fellow guests we met were great, the sundeck was enjoyable, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
As long as you're not expecting the $200/night experience, you should be quite happy staying here for under $100.
The only thing I could suggest to make it even better would be making the pool clothing-optional!
We loved it!
Unfortunately we only had time to spend 1 night at this wonderful B&B. Friendly staff, very well maintained property, inviting, clean pool. Our room was luxurious, simply lovely, with a wonderful large balcony. Breakfast was hearty and versatile, served poolside. Private parking for most of the guests, otherwise in the street, but no problem.
It was a good value and a wonderful place to stay, not only for sightseeing in Key West but also for just relaxing on the property.
We would stay there again.
My wife and I spent 4 days and 3 nights in the Inn. The staff was incredible, the facilities and the grounds were immaculate! Make sure when you go to the keys, that if you don't stay here, you at least stop by and check it out. The appearance of these B&B's are outstanding. Red Rooster is by far one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Trevor and Denee Echerd
A great getaway for couples
Our first experience at a B&B, it was wonderful - very clean and I am very picky when it comes to cleanliness, I didn't want to leave!
We stayed in the Tropical Suite July 17 -21, 2005. Our room had a private balcony, a small living room, a king size bed, small refrigerator, two tv's, a large closet with a dresser inside and two dressers in the bedroom. Our bath had a rainfall shower head with a soap/shampoo/conditioner dispenser which was very convenient. There was extra pillows and blankets in the closet if we needed them, it was nice having them in the room without having to ask. If we needed a hair dryer or iron/ironing board it was available upon request.
The breakfast was buffet style where you could make belgian waffles with a choice of syrup (regular, chocolate, strawberry) and whipped topping, they also had cereal, muffins, bagels, cream cheese, bread for toasting, hardboiled eggs, jelly/jam, butter, fruits in syrup, coffee, milk, orange juice. You wouldn't go hungry!!!
The pool was kept clean and they provided floats and noodles, you don't get that at any hotel. The upper sun deck had a toliet so you didn't have to run to your room all wet.
Thanks to everyone at the Chelsea House for a great experience, especially Glen for the suggestion of our favorite place to eat, The Deli, a place owned by the same family for 55 years. Great food, friendly staff and you get your moneys worth.
The Chelsea House is centrally located, only a couple blocks from Duval street, just park your car and walk. The staff is very friendly and helpful, several times we asked for suggestions of places to eat and they gave us directions and/or menus. I suggest staying at the Chelsea House whenever visting Key West.