We stayed a week in the Ocean Room May of 2005 and didn't really know what to expect. The entire building is unusual which is what drew me to it. As we were told, the Barnacle was originally built by a French couple and the unusual architecture, into which the rooms are "fit", is designed to depict a Star of David when viewed from above.
Making us feel right at home were Richard (who greeted us, gave us helpful suggestions and directions on what might be intersting that day) and Debbie (who really hustled cooking up a fantastic full complimentary breakfast which was served on clean well set tables with plenty of coffee and juice then straightened our rooms while we ate). Be punctual for breakfast (around 8:30am) or you will miss out on a great start for the day. And they mean it!
Richard gave us a tour of all the other rooms one morning after breakfast when a French travel agent, who was staying overnight, asked to be shown around. All the rooms are unique and quirky in character. The upper rooms are much brighter than the Ocean Room, which we rented and probably wouldn't again. I opted for the private patio and the opportunity to experience the key deer up close. It wasn't worth the trade off. The room had flying ant wings all over the floor and the shelf at the head of the bed and the bathroom was not adequately lighted. We had to keep the drapes drawn when people were enjoying the beach. It's not all that private when people are about.
If we went again, I would probably opt for one of the rooms in the main body of the building. The trade off of the private patio for the option of going to the roof or the breakfast balcony to relax and enjoy the view is not worth considering. The kitchen is very clean and open for use and the hot tub is in a beautiful lobby setting with foliage and interest. We felt very much at home down to the request to remove our shoes/sandals before entering the lobby so we didn't track in the tree droppings.
All in all, this is a very secluded and peaceful place to rest and recoup from an active day. We loved having breakfast with the other guests and hearing about what they had been doing in the area. Some days we changed our plans to try something else. It's also nice to have a quiet, away from everything, place to rest after a busy day and the location was terriffic for trying what the keys has to offer. I posted some of the pictures I took of the Barnacle but they aren't attached to this review.
There are plenty of restaurants within a short driving distance. Don't miss the pizza and atmosphere at the "No Name"!!
- Also Known As:
- Barnacle Hotel
- Barnacle b&b
- Barnacle Hotel Big Pine Key
- Barnacle Bed And Breakfast Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Barnacle! We are a bed and breakfast in Big Pine Key, FL which is about 30 miles from Key West. Our place is peaceful and very quaint. A perfect place to get away from the hustle of everday life, but still close enough to Key West to enjoy a day downtown. We pride ourselves on making your stay the most memorable and relaxing experience that you have ever had at a b&b, with excellent gourmet breakfasts and bbq's in the evening to reflect on the days activities while you watch the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean. ... more less