This is the second Bed & Breakfast we have stayed at so far. Last year our choice was the KWHI when it was ranked #1 on TA and this year it was Key West Bed & Breakfast aka The Popular House which is now ranked #1 according to TA. I can see how both earned their rankings.
I absolutely loved it. The decor is light and vibrant with white paint and splashes of color surrounding you everywhere and with the outstanding art that Jodi has hung throughout the house and rooms. The decor epitomizes Key West to me.
We loved our third floor private balcony room. It was spacious and even its private bath was filled with quality art. The sheets were high quality and the bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed the balcony with our morning coffee and in the evenings before we retired.
The fresh squeezed orange juice and Richard's baked goods were worth a stop even though I always first grabbed an early morning cup of Cafe con Leche from Sandy's Cafe or Cuban Coffee Queen before the 8:30 breakfast offered here and also went out for breakfast either before or after as well. That is simply because I am an early riser and a breakfast lover and Key West has so many great breakfast stops.
But what I really loved here was the staff. Jodi, the owner, has assembled an unbelievably great group of people down to Tanya, the housekeeper, who always wore a smile and wished a good morning. She was a ray of sunshine each morning. Jodi herself is a fascinating woman who came to Key West in 1974 and was a bartender at the Chart Room originally at the same time as Tom Cocoran. She then moved to every department at the Pier House for training in becoming the excellent and delightful owner of this establishment. We had a long and delightful converstaion after check-in. She was amazed I knew every place she mentioned. Liz also was a friendly face and we shared the medical problems of her cocker Buddy who was there every day and my cocker Lady Berg. I missed her on her days off. And then there was Tippi, the newest addition to the family, only having been there two months. Tippi was a delight. I told her many times how much I loved her and she begged a hug when I left. We cracked each other up all the time throughout my stay and she teased me about catching me one morning in my Key West Harbor Inn t-shirt, which I was sure no guests or staff would see since I was simply wearing it on my early bike ride to Sandys for my Cafe con Leche, and no one else got up that early. But, alas, Tippi drove by in her black SUV and hailed me a good morning and later a gotcha moment. LOL
It doesn't have a happy hour, nor a pool where everyone gathers to meet your fellow guests. It tends to be very quiet throughout the day except for me yapping away at Jodi, Liz or Tippi. So it isn't for everyone, but it was very much for me.