Being a young couple, 7 months pregnant with our first, my husband and I decided to take one last vacation with just the two of us. (The new term for this is a "babymoon".) We chose Key West, as it seemed both relaxing, and a short distance from our home in New Orleans.
After scouring the internet for the perfect place to stay, we came upon the Tropical Inn. It was centrally located, offered tons of privacy with it's exclusive cabin rooms, and was an "adult only" resort. How relaxing! I called and spoke with Brandi, who helped me find one of the two rooms with parking. The room was $298 a night. We booked 5 nights.
We knew that parking on the isle was scared, but wanted to have a vehicle in case of exhaustion, emergency, or on the chance that we would find a spot near places of interest. We booked a rental car, and even wrote the Tropical Inn, this time speaking with Jane, to ensure that we had a parking space. AT NO TIME was I told that we would be blocked in during the entirety of our stay.
On our first full day there, my husband and I decided to try out the beach. It was only a mile, and since we were blocked in, we'd just walk there. Being so pregnant, I was in pretty bad shape by the time we reached our destination. I was quickly overheating, and breathing heavily, had a red face, and was sweating profusely. After walking me to the shade, my husband ran the mile back to the Tropical Inn to get the car, but of course, was blocked in. He went inside to find the owners, but couldn't find EITHER. By the time he had run across the street, paid $95 to rent a two person scooter, and drove out to get me, I was in tears, trying to waddle back home myself. As he drove me back, I became hysterical. I asked my husband to go and talk to them about this, to ask the owners if we'd be blocked in each day and to tell them about the rental we had to pay for. Their response? "Oh you can just come get us when you have to get in and out." NO mention of refunding us any amount to cover the scooter.
At this point, I wanted to cancel our reservation and go home. I couldn't go out in the heat and NOT have a backup plan to get back to the room if need be. However, we checked the cancellation policy, and there were no refunds!! We were stuck.
The next day we decided to take the car out early, go to a different beach altogether, off of the isle. When the owner moved his truck to let us out, he had the nerve to ask "How long do you think you'll be?" I responded, "Well, I'm 7 months pregnant. We could potentially be coming and going all day." His response? "Well, I'll just take your spot. Come and get me when you get back." I almost lost it. How courteous would we be to not block HIM in.
The rest of the days, we just walked to the nearest places and hung out by the pool. What else could we do? By Friday, I had relaxed and was not feeling so trapped. However, we were soon greeted by a 12 year old chasing the resident iguana up a nearby tree.
Great. Let's go back to the room. Again.
Here's the thing. There were other cabin-type rooms at Tropical Inn which did not include parking. They were half the price. We could have gone with that option and simply paid the $20 parking fee for the lot down the street. OR, we could have gone to a bigger resort, and had known ahead of time what to expect. We travel often, and are now seriously reconsidering our usual B&B approach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The most romantic bed and breakfast in Old Town Key West. Relax in a tropical garden oasis of tranquility with multiple pools, tucked incongruously away amidst the high energy of legendary Duval Street. This sophisticated yet informal historic inn features comfortable rooms, cottage suites with private outdoor spas, and a delectable, tropical breakfast buffet of healthy choices and delectable temptations. Enhance your Key West vacation with lasting memories -- choose the distinctive ambience of the Tropical Inn! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropical Hotel Key West