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Heron House
Ranked #54 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 3, 2009

My husband and I just returned from a 10 day trip (April 10 thru April 20) to Key West and we stayed at the Heron House. Wow. The "house" itself is actually a bed and breakfast and hosts only about 20 or so rooms. It is quite private and lushly landscaped. It is also gated so no unwanted intrusions. Also no one under 21 and no spring breakers!! The staff was quite accommodating. Michael was there of serve us breakfast every morning. What a wonderful young man. Breakfast consisted of various breads, croissants, bagels, etc. with all the condiments to go with them. Also cereals, danish, coffee, tea, juice, milk. On different days sometimes there were hard boiled eggs, french toast or even omelettes. The rooms were nicely furnished, ours had a small fridge with a second sink next to it. The closet space was surprisingly large (most I have ever had anywhere but home!) It included a free safe. Also provided extra towels for the pool and we were told to feel free to take them to the beach if we wanted. They also provided us with bathrobes (which were for sale if you chose). The chambermaid came each day with fresh towels and cleaned up our room. One evening she noticed a bottle of wine we had and left us two wine glasses without us even asking. Outside of our room was a nice little setting of two comfy chairs and a table. Our room overlooked the ENORMOUS fish tank which was such a nice touch. Josh and Jeff at the front desk could not have been more helpful. The provided us with discount tickets to various places we wanted to see and one day Josh even reheated some leftovers for us to enjoy for lunch that we had from dinner the previous evening! (Eating and drinking around Key West can be a little pricey. Nice to have breakfast included each day.) The pool is located in the middle of the property and there was a nice sun deck above for those who wanted to sunbathe. Watch out, the sun down here is very strong. The location of this particular B & B was perfect. We did not have a car nor did we rent scooters. We are walkers anyway so that is what we did. We could get just about either end of the island in 12 or 15 minutes. Walking to a beach took a little longer. Speaking of the beaches, they are not the greatest. This is an island of coral so the beaches are a little hard on the feet. Especially the state beach Fort Zach Taylor. Remember to get water shoes if you go. The best thing we did was the Butterfly Conservatory. This is a must see if you like butterflies and birds. I was fascinated. The Pirate Museum was also worth the money. DO NOT TAKE THE WALKING GHOST TOUR. WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!! Also took a snorkel /sunset cruise that was very enjoyable. The weather was perfect. Each day was sunny, dry and about 85 degrees. Perfect for me!! All in all, We loved it and would definitely stay here again if we chose Key West.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2009

The grounds are beautifully manicured and lush. Zen-like atmosphere. Great attention to detail. Even when we had already checked out, the staff took care of our bags and called our cab. I don't think I could ever stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Heron House, our first stay at this inn, and we will definitely return. We stayed in room 9B, which was on the opposite side of the pool, which we enjoyed for its privacy. Great high ceilings in our room; very comfortable. Breakfasts were just right: good coffee, a bagel or cereal, and orange juice. That's all I really need in the morning. Very nice pool; perfect for cooling off after strolling around town. Location is perfect. We only took a cab back & forth to the airport; we walked everywhere. Our entire time, I kept remarking how lush and beautiful the grounds of the inn are. My ONE complaint: we were enjoying the last 20-30 minutes of our stay before check out, laying by the pool, completely relaxing...and the man from the front desk (I forget his name) said, "You know check out is 11, right?" When we replied yes, and that we were already all packed up, he replied, "Oh, I just wanted to make sure--you looked very relaxed." Needless to say, we just got up, returned to our room, and brought down our bags. It just made us feel a little bit awkward & rushed out. But as I said, that is the ONLY complaint I have about the Heron House! We will return!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lilsalty
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Reviewed April 10, 2009

We arrived on 4/5/09 and were very pleasantly greated by Jeff. We were about 2 hours early, but our room was ready and Jeff said, Check in now, no problem. Great beginning. Our room #49 was wonderful. Great size, decorations and location. Our own private deck overlooked the pool and gardens. We asked Jeff if there was a local store to buy some beverages and Faustos was just around the corner and down the block. You can get just about anything you would need in there. Very convenient. The pool was just perfect to cool off after a bit of shopping and sightseeing. Lovely chairs and tables all around the pool to lounge. But, the best was the roof top lounge area. Great reclining chairs and tables and umbrellas. Good for being in the sun or in the shade. Nice place for conversation. In the morning we were greated by Michael, who was taking care of the breakfast.Nice selection of bagels, english muffins and fresh bread, all for toasting or not. Every day we had a different hot dish which was just right. Coffee and juice were delicious. He was so helpful and pleasant at all times. He asked us what our plans were for the day and even recommended a place to rent those electric cars.The B&B was very centrally located, no problem walking all over town. Had a great mini vacation and would definitely return to the Heron House. Try dinner at LaTrattoria on Duval and lunch at Santiago's Bodega. Both worth the visit.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

My wife and I recently went to Key West to escape the harsh NE winter. We booked 4 nights at Heron House to enjoy a quiet and relaxing holiday in the Florida sun, with an emphasis on quiet.

As we familiarized ourselves with the island, we found the location of Heron House was perfect. Settled on a quiet street it offers easy access to the loud and bustling Duval Street, Mallory Square as well as several restaurants tucked away on the quieter streets nearby.

The property is kept in immaculate condition and tastefully furnished. There are palm trees and lush plants to provide a feeling of tropical paradise together with a clean pool area, sun deck and outdoor lounge area to provide great comfort.

The breakfast was fine, nothing fancy but exactly what we wanted - cereal and toast with orange juice.

We found the staff to be very helpful and responsive to our needs. They arranged to have bicycles brought to us upon our arrival, told us all about the restaurants, places to go for cocktails and when we did have one complaint (a noisy guest using his cell phone at the pool), they dealt with it quickly and discretely.

Our room was one of the suites and we were very happy with it. Large and spacious, it had direct access to the sun deck. It also came with our own private deck which we used immensely. Every evening my wife and I sat on our little deck playing scrabble over wine and cheese that we bought at the grocery store around the corner. (note: you may want to bring your own wine, it is expensive in KW)

We left after 5 days feeling very relaxed, Heron House paid off perfectly. The policy of no kids and no cell phones was heaven sent for this vacation, it really allowed us to disconnect and enjoy ourselves.

Just a few things you should know about Key West before you come here: the beach is not really great, if you want beach there are better ones in Florida. There are also cruise ships that dock at Mallory Square daily, dumping loads of passengers into the bars of Duval Street, which was not really to our liking. We found the South end of Duval, far from the docks, to be nicer. And finally, we found the food to be disappointing. Most restaurants tend to dress up their seafood with lots of spices, which is a shame when you know how fresh it is! Our preferences for food were with the simpler restaurants where their fish was prepared simply rather than the "faux haute cuisine" too many places seemed to promote.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Brkln71
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Reviewed February 22, 2009

stayed four nights at the heron house inn. very quaint little haven set amongst leafy trees and shrubs and only few minutes walk to duval street. with each of the rooms being centred around a small pool and reception area. loved the upper sunbathing decking area. whilst the decor of the rooms are a little outdated, they are cosy and in keeping with the laid back atmosphere of key west. there was a good shower and the big bed was very comfortable.
although the room was perfectly clean, there was a slight musty smell which was a bit off putting at first. no tea/ coffee making facilities in room either although a continental breakfast is available in the courtyard every morning.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ppmaiden
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Reviewed January 29, 2009

My wife and I have just returned from 4 lovely weeks touring Florida. We spent the last 10 days at Heron House. We did enjoy our stay albeit was rather too long in Key West. The main issue was the room. We paid $200 per night and the room was so small.It was set up as single room with a double bed one bedside light and single wardrobe. The shower room was small.The room was set underneath the upper decking and therefore got no sun during our stay, it was very cold and had a musty smell. We had to get a heater to warm it up. Josh on reception did not want to know when we complained, in fact he was most unhelpful and did not know how to smile, not what we would expect from concierge. Parking was extremely difficut.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank RobertEdinburgh
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Address: 512 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-6832
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range: $172 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Heron House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private Retreat situated in the heart of Old Town; 1 block from Duval Street & 4 blocks from Hemingway House. ... more   less 
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