First the good: Charming old building, restaurant dining inside and outside nice, upstairs balcony to watch the city, nice garden courtyard outside. Things seemed clean and there was plenty of hot water. All the important fixtures in the bathroom worked.
The bad: The bed was un-sleepable. The mattress was shot, the bed was shoved up against the wall so you could only get out from one side, the mattress cover and sheets were so shrunken that they would not stay on the bed. It also tilted at a charming 30 degree or so angle. For a B and B, the bed is at least 50% of the equation, and this one got a zero in my book. The service was at best odd. The waitresses were fairly friendly and speedy, but not very well-trained or informed about things to do. The people at the front desk were OK, but also sort of indifferent--when we checked out, the woman did not even ask the basic question "how was your stay?" It doesn't seem like they want to know about problems. The woman at the desk at night seemed flustered when we asked for a cup of tea and dessert to have on the balcony. Just not very well-trained in taking care of guests. They seem more oriented toward catering to the local drinking crowd. The guy who appeared to be the owner didn't seem very friendly or interested in taking care of us when we talked with him at the desk.
The restaurant food was pretty good, but not amazing--no fresh fish from the Gulf here, as I would expect. I think my seafood dish was microwaved. The bar was full, but not being a drinker this was not much of an attraction. I'd say it's an OK place for dinner, drinks if you are a drinker, but definitely not a good place to sleep. Next trip I would try the other island B and B, where we rented bikes, and which seemed much more friendly. This place is not worth the fairly hefty prices they charge.
- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel And Restaurant
- Island Cedar Key
- Is Hotel Cedar Key
- Island Hotel & Restaurant Cedar Key, Florida