Spring break weeks aren't the best time to visit Key West if, like us, you're more into the laid back "locals" lifestyle and cool, quirky people and great, life-affirming experiences the island affords. So to find an oasis like the Heron House Court - which doesn't allow spring breakers - is a pure joy. Not that it's not a pure joy otherwise. This is our 8th stay at the Heron House Court. It remains our favorite lodging experience in the entire world. I kid you not. Small, quaint, quiet, secluded, we'll attended and well appointed...you couldn't ask for more. But the heart and soul of HHC - for each of the 8 years we've been there - is Roman, the Court's Concierge. He makes you feel welcome, he handles everything and anything you throw at him from special requests to bike rentals to dinner reservations to theater tickets to simply making you feel so at home. To us, Roman is as much a part of our annual visits as the sun, sea and the sky. Other reviews here are critical of the quaintness and simplicity of the HHC lifestyle. But that's what we love about it. If you want room service and an on-premise gym and only English-speaking fellow guests and to be called "sir" and "Ma'am" or you'd rather have dinner at Margaritaville than Colombian Grace, well, you probably don't want to be staying at HHC. But I also have to ask why you bothered to come to Key West in the first place. At HHC, you can live like a local for a short while - and be accepted as same. You are within walking distance of Paseo (new Caribbean restaurant), the Old Town Bakery, Eaton Bikes, the Key West ferry, Finnegan's wake, the Armory (art center), Five Brothers, the Coffee Plantation, Blossoms, BOs fish wagon, Sarabeth's, Sunbeam Market, HelpYourself...you name it. Also, if you don't know any of these places, then re-read my last comment - why on earth are you in Key West? Roman can hook you up - and he really really cares! During our stay, a group of tourists from Europe ran into some scheduling issues when their travel agent accidentally cancelled their room reservations. Roman not only booked the rooms he could at the HHC, he also arranged for additional rooms at another hotel (during high-season/spring break no less), and PERSONALLY escorted the group not only over to the other hotel, but to a dinner rendezvous he had arranged so they could all meet at a central location before going to their respective hotels. What does he expect after such excitement - and a 14 hour work day? A smile and a thank you. He is a gem and the hub around which the entire HHC world revolves. There is nothing I'd change about the HHC. If you go there and don't like it, may I humbly suggest that there's something wrong with you? Truly...we're going back in August and again next April. And we wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else. It truly is our home away from home and, I say again, the single best lodging experience of my very extensive travel life.
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- Heron Court Hotel