If you stay at this B & B, avoid room # 3. While La Pensione is located in a quaint historic building, in a convenient location on Truman Street, I was dismayed when I walked into my room and encountered dungeon-like darkness. When I asked about it (right after checked in) I was told "that's the way the rooms are downstairs" and there were no vacancies. Actually, the room next to mine (4) did not have the same kind of shutters, so this was not really true. The only light that streamed in, came through a stained glass panel located on top of the door frame. This was appreciated, until the night, when light from the pool streamed in from the opening and around 6 am, when the sun came up, it got even brighter. Added to this problem was noise from motoring cars and motorcycles on Truman street and crowing roosters; Needless to say, I did not get a very good night's sleep. If you get room #3, take eye shades and earplugs. I also cound hear someone clomping around the kitchen, getting ready for breakfast one morning around 7, adding to my dismay. On the plus side, this is a pretty house, the staff was very helpful and the pool area nice and clean (although I didn't use it.) There are beach towels to use for the pool, a soda and ice machine and coolers available to pack portable meals in. Bikes are available to rent at $14 a day- cash only. There is no TV in the room and the decorations are not fancy antiques, as in some B & B's, but hey- this is the Keys. There is also no closet, or even an armoire, just plastic coated wire rack to hand your clothes on. The shower was not very big (think cruise ship size) and was a pre-fab plastic joby. The soap in the little basket of toiletries was very hard to open, wrapped in a vellum like cover; someone with arthritus would have a hard time opening them. Breakfast, served from 7 to 10, was more self serve than most B & B's I've stayed at. There was fresh cut fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs, breads, OJ, coffee, water, tea. Waffles are also available, made by the staff. The coffee was good. The staff was helpful, giving restaurant recommendations but when I mentioned the light/dark problem of my room I was told stories of crazy things done to cover up the light. I myself tried to cover it up with a towel, standing on a chair after a couple glasses of wine- I'm lucky I didn't break my neck. When I left I mentioned (to another person about the problem and suggested maybe they could get a cover for the opening, she said she would pass it along to the owners. Overall, this place was OK. Next time in Key West, I will look for a quieter street and room that is light in the day/ dark at night.
- Also Known As:
- La Pensione Hotel
- La Pensione Hotel Key West
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- 1891 Victorian mansion - Directly in the center of Key West's historic old town. ... more less
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