This was our 4th visit to Key West as a couple, having stayed previously at Heron House on Simonton and twice at the La Concha Crowne Plaza. We really feel like you don't get the true essence of Key West unless you stay at one of the funky, friendly, unique guesthouses. We love the harborfront area so selected Knowles House for our recent stay (to be honest, also chose it based on some of the hotel's hilarious responses to negative reviews here on TripAdvisor). We enjoy visiting Duval but not staying too close; we like it to be an option rather than a constant battle against the tide of spring-breakers to get where we want to go. We love to walk, but if you're more of a riding person there are many options for renting bicycles, mopeds, golf carts, even the old-fashioned "taxicab" method if you're so inclined.
At first, we spent 3 nights in the Country Cottage room, which is spacious and light and homey - so many people recommended it their reviews that I had to go for it! The king bed was VERY comfy, with all kinds of pillows (including some antique embroidered throw pillows to complete the look of the vintage quilt). There is only a shower (no tub) in the bathroom, but having 24-hr access to the small pool and the outdoor jacuzzi made that a non-issue! Though the house itself is quite old, the rooms are well-appointed with a mini-fridge, flat screen TV, and other thoughtful amenities like Q-tips, makeup remover pads, bathrobes, and importantly: earplugs! I had heard the Cottage room could be a bit noisy due to it facing busy Eaton St (the room also has its own porch on Eaton, with chairs for people-watching). Honestly, there was not much street noise between midnight & 7am, other than the occasional rescue-vehicle siren, but there is a very vocal rooster who lives right next door and wants to serenade right into your window from 3am-6am! It was kind of hilarious and very Key-West-ish, but at some point a person needs to sleep, and the earplugs worked just great. There is a small, pretty window near the ceiling that lets in plenty of morning light, so bring a sleep mask if that bothers you. The room also comes equipped with a cute teddy bear in case you forget yours!
We realized a few weeks before arriving that we would be able to stay an additional night, and unfortunately the Cottage Room had already been sold for that night but they were able to book us into the Caribbean Room for the last night. They kindly moved all our luggage for us and gave us new keys before we wandered off for the day, and offered to move any food in the mini-fridge to the one in the new room. The Caribbean is upstairs inside the house, facing the pool, and much quieter (it was also hotter on our last night so the A/C unit ran a lot more too, nice for white noise). It's smaller but still very comfy and adorable with pink Hawaii-themed bedding - a location ironically NOT in the Caribbean, but when a room is this cute who can argue? The bathroom is teeny and up a small step - I could really have used a nightlight but surprisingly managed to get around in the dark without stumbling (who can say THAT after 4 days of partying in Key West)?
The property is lovely with tons of character. The pool is TINY but refreshing (Christina looked at us with absolute seriousness and warned "No diving!" - we laughed out loud), and the jacuzzi after dark was just what the doctor ordered. There's also a rooftop deck with chaise lounges for sunbathing or moonbathing after your swim. Breakfast is served daily with a variety of hot and cold treats, included with your room fees and quite delicious. But the best part, truly, are the hosts. Christina greeted us upon arrival as if we were old friends, and made us feel like we were welcome and trusted pals with the run of the kitchen, patio, pools, etc. She even offered us a glass of beer or wine to sip while we settled in, which was much-needed after a long rush-hour drive down US-1 on a Friday afternoon! Each day she seemed very happy to see us and help with anything, including arranging our transportation to the airport on the last morning so we wouldn't have to worry.
Though there is some road/chicken noise if you're facing the street, the walls are virtually impenetrable! I've never stayed anyplace so quiet, in that respect - if I hadn't seen other guests milling around at breakfast, I never would have known we weren't the only ones there! It was just wonderful - friendly, interesting, romantic, fun - we would stay there again in a heartbeat.
- Also Known As:
- Knowles House Bed And Breakfast
- Knowles House Hotel Key West