OK...so now we are believers on how great this little B & B is, and can easily become "repeat offenders"! What can I say that has not already been said here over and over? If I write something, it's going to seem repetitious....but, it is all so very true!
So I'll write about what impressed us the most. We arrived July 5, staying 6 nights:
- Cleanliness! Skylee and Susanna keep your room and bath very fresh and clean! We especially noticed this the first day we walked in. Also liked the fact that the girls are friendly and make you feel at ease in "their" home. The bed was comfortable, and the most important thing was that the pillows did not smell! I'm sure you have been to plaes with smelly pillows and it's just gross. Not here.
- THE man - Steverino! We needed a few things taken care of and - BOOM! - done! Great guy, right on top of things, no reminders. You could set your clock to his schedule, as Happy Hour and breakfast are waiting for you spot-on time! The front porch is always clean. The breakfast area is always organized and ready. You feel good about staying here.
- The c/o pool, the people! We had a great group of like-minded guests! Met new friends, got together later in town a few times to party! Everyone has such great stories and you end up having a lot in common. Broad range of ages from 30s to 70s. Some of the nicest folks we've ever met and hung out with.
-Happy Hour! Great way to meet new guests and converse with new friends as well.
What would we suggest for improvements to make it even better?
- iPod, Android docking type clock radios so you could play our own music and charge your phone in your room.
- Happy Hour at the pool maybe one weekend night? (Maybe it's against an insurance regulation?) Everyone seems to want this.
This was our first time to Key West, and we were happy we chose Marrero's. It's location makes it ideal to walk to everywhere. We followed Steve's suggestion to leave our car parked two blocks West by the Municipal buildings for free, so our car sat idle for free all six days! Everything is walkable, and for this, you will not gain a pound as you eat seafood and Key Lime pie all week!!!
We had room 14, with the closest entrance to the pool, but you still have to cover up from there. Room 12 is right on the pool, and covering up isn't required. If you get any of these rooms, I'd advise ear plugs, as anyone hanging out at the pool late will keep you up. And the roosters, Jesus. They start at 3:30 - 4:00 A.M. It's ridiculously loud, as roosters roam all the parking lots and unsecured back yards. The cacophony is insane! Be prepared and you'll do alright.
Key West Tips:
I'm one of "those guys" that researches new places we visit deeply beforehand, so I can weed out the bad stuff and take in the good stuff. I use TripAdvisor and Yelp the most because of the photos and common folk opinions, but I also talk to locals once I get there for even more tips. We really avoided the touristy heart of DuVal Street for many meals, and opted to go into the neighborhoods and backstreets as often as possible. This is where the chef-owned restaurants lie. My wife and I also decided to sample the Key Lime pie at every opportunity, to find the best ones! So I'd like to pass on a few suggestions to you.
If you are driving into the Keys from Miami, make a lunch stop midway on Marathon Key at the Island Fish Company. The Gulf Oysters were awesomely fresh and plump, and they had one of the best Key Lime Pies we have had among the eight we tried on this trip.
For dinner, the Stuffed Lobster at Grunt's in Key West was over the top, at about $38! It's a large lobster split in the center and stuffed with pure crab meat! If that ain't enough, they then cover it with lime Hollandaise!! Sooo decadent! And a 5 minute walk from Marrero's. We rated their Key Lime pie as second best, if not tied. It was really very good!
Café Sole (So-Lay) 15 minute walk from Marrero's. Unbelievably fresh seafood! The entrée they are known for is the Hog Snapper, which was delicious. Impressive appetizers were the Tuna Tartare, and the Conch Carpaccio.....simply the freshest!
To splurge or surprise your significant other....Latitudes on Sunset Island. You have to reserve well in advance!! I booked a table in the sand for a surprise for my wife in April for a table in July. You meet at pier 29 in Key West, and the Westin's boat takes you to the Island for your dinner reservation. The service, seafood and view are for a lifetime memory. Trust me! There was nothing like enjoying a few martinis as we watched the setting sun. Priceless.
Key Lime pies to avoid: Kermits Key Lime Pie Factory and also Key Lime Pie Company. I don't know what they heck they served, but it was no where near as good as the aforementioned.
Healthy eating does not leave you many choices here in Key West. Seems like all the good stuff is covered in Hollandaise! Breakfasts and dinners especially. Nothing against it because we love it, but sometimes you got to cleanse the arteries and give 'em a break, ya know?
So for this:
Sarabeth's Kitchen for breakfast. Walk time is 15 minutes form Marrero's. Get the Porridge - Slow cooked, real rolled oats, served with your choice of the following: whole milk, or fresh cream, organic honey, raisins, sliced bananas, strawberries, wheatberries, butter, brown sugar. Excellent!!
Also, Help Yourself Organic Café and Market - 20 minute walk rom Marrero's -
Oatmeal Power Bowl $6.25 Slow cooked oat groats, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries,
cinnamon, palm sugar, coconut milk
Fruit Parfait $9.50 Organic mixed fruit, homemade granola, house-cultured coconut yogurt
Granola $7.95 Homemade granola with fresh fruit and house-made coconut milk
I booked a Sunset Wind and Wine cruise with Danger Charters, $80 p/p 2 hours, and it was truly the best. They serve a large variety of really good wines, and appetizers. Sit on the left side of the boat (as you are looking from the steering wheel) to assure a view of the sunset as you make the last leg of the cruise! The crew is so down to earth and made it pleasant...especially Sunshine!
The Butterfly Conservatory is actually pretty cool to visit in the morning when the butterflies become active.
And now the fun part. Be sure to stop in at the Garden of Eden, the c/o rooftop bar, after 10:30PM. We went there as our last bar with our group after we were primed at Kevin's Irish Bar, and took full advantage of the bars policy! Woo Hoo!! You may have to get the party started, but once you do, the dance floor gets crazy as everyone else joins in. What a great time we all had!!
So, book that stay at Marrero's! You'll have a nice, laid back taste of Key West!
Message me with any questions anytime.
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- Marrero's Guest Mansion is a historic mansion that has been converted into a Bed and Breakfast. Breakfast is served daily from 8:30-10:00 am and Happy Hour is served daily from 4:30-5:30 ... more less
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