We didn't start thinking of booking a stay for early April in Key West until quite late, about a month before our trip. By then it seemed that all the choice places were long sold out, leaving only the larger pricier resorts and a handful of overpriced B&Bs. The Harbor Inn didn't appear in any guidebooks or booking sites, it was purely a TA find and was one the few properties where just about all the reviews were positive. We were lucky to discover that it still had availability, provided we move rooms during our stay, which was no problem at all. This inn deserves all the great reviews it gets. It's in a superb location, within walking distance to everywhere, yet secluded and quiet once you step through the front gate. The small pool area is so pleasant surrounded by an abundance of trees and greenery you could just hang out all day and do nothing (and quite a few of the guests seemed to do just that). That's also where you have the morning continental breakfast – consisting of a good selection of fresh fruits (papaya, pineapple, melons etc), cereals, a large assortment of bakery items such as bagels, muffins and pound cakes, as well as the afternoon happy hour with a variety of drinks and snacks. There is also a water machine dispensing cold as well as hot water all day (a very convenient thing to have).
We stayed in two different rooms, both had wood floors, wet bar and safe, ceiling fans, exquisitely decorated with updated bathrooms (shower only). Curacao was in the back with only one side attached to the main house, probably the most private of all the rooms. It might also be the smallest (no furniture other than the bed, a night stand and a plant stand – not much room for luggage), but the bathroom in comparison was quite large with bright tiles. Aircon was a bit loud, otherwise a very cute room. Antigua was one of the two first floor rooms in the Pool House. A bit larger with more furniture, but the bathroom's smaller and lighting not as bright. One corner of the bottom bed frame came very close at an angle against the bathroom door – must be careful not to bump into it. Not as private as Curacao since it faces the pool area, however the building has enough of a setback and also a few steps above ground level, shielded by the trees and plants you can't really see the people in the pool area. In any case, although some of the regular guests might have specific room preferences, as far as I can see, it really doesn't matter which room you get – would be great to try them all!
About wifi – there was a problem with Comcast the first day or so, due to a storm – however, the signal seemed to be better at the Pool House.
Parking is public on the street in front. Elizabeth street's one of the few where parking is free – best to leave the car once you've secured a space as most parked cars tend not to move very often.
- Also Known As:
- Key West Harbor Hotel
- Key West Harbor Hotel Key West