Let’s start with the reservation process. I found the website to be very useful. I would like them offer more flexibility on the viewing of room availability. Currently, you can only view two weeks at a time. If your dates straddle the two week view, then you either have to wait until your stay appears in one screen (and potentially lose your stay), or you have to move back and forth between the views to see what room matches your potential stay dates. This is only a minor inconvenience, and is only mentioned for the owner’s edification.
About 10 minutes after I made my reservation (at about 9 PM), my phone rang. It was George, the Inn’s manager. He was calling to let me know that I had booked four nights, and a fifth night was free. I have never had this type of service before. It’s unheard of for a hotel or B&B to call to tell you they really owe you more. Other constraints kept us from taking advantage of their sale, and I declined the extra day. I told George we were looking forward to the great breakfast. He knew I had been on TA, and had seen the pictures. This is another good sign: They pay attention to what customers are saying.
The stay: On our way to the Inn, George called my cell phone to inquire about our arrival time. He and his wife were going out for provisions, and didn’t want to lock us out. I gave him an ETA, and he thought we would be fine. He called back five minutes later to provide instructions in case we arrived before they returned. What service!
The room we rented was immaculate and comfortable. Here’s a side note, though. The wall lights and bathroom light are on a wall switch dimmer. The dimmer is directly adjacent to the toggle switch. It is almost imperceptible. My wife and I were almost going to complain about the lighting when she finally noticed the dimmer. (we felt soooo stupid).
We rented one of the three least expensive rooms. This was a mistake – but only because we forgot to bring a beach umbrella with us. I got burned on the first full day, and that meant we spent a lot more time in the room than I had planned on. The Scallop Shell room appears to be the best value of the B&B, but it is also directly off of the breakfast area (shouldn’t be a problem for most people, but should be noted).
This leads me to another point: Breakfast! It is superb! George and Betty outdo themselves in providing a phenomenal breakfast for twelve or more people. I recommend eating with everyone at the main dining table. Meeting the other guests is such a treat. Everyone is willing to tell you about their experiences and give tips on what to do. It is well worth your time to make the acquaintances that have shared your same interest in the B&B.
Here are some other observances: The wifi goes out whenever the B&B main phone rings, or when they are on the phone. I don’t know why this is, but I wasn’t the only one to observe this phenomenon. This may account for why people have to keep trying to log onto the network. I would like to see the owner put sweeps on at the door bases to the rooms to help reduce the noise transmitted into the rooms. There is an outside shower on the left side of the building (looking from the street) for washing off from the beach (George missed this piece of info until I asked him about it). The B&B has two great beach chairs that can be carried like backpacks (I carried both by handles until my wife showed me the backpack straps). They are on a first come, first service basis. The trading post across the street is so friendly, it’s almost scary. Lastly, if you are a klutz like me, bring plastic drink ware. I broke one the B&B’s wine glasses late at night. Any glass dropped on the tile floor (downstairs) is going to shatter in a million pieces. I cleaned it up, but I should have known better in the first place. Save yourself the potential problem, and pick up some plastic cups on the way to the B&B.
Everything about this place exudes value and cleanliness. We loved it, and will stay there again on another visit. Thank you to George and Betty for such a great stay, and great breakfasts!
Also – If you have a question, ask! They will let you know what they know and tell you if they don’t know. Great folks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Cape San Blas Inn, located on the pristine Gulf Coast of Florida. Built as a Bed & Breakfast in 1999, the Cape San Blas Inn is situated on the east side of St. Joseph Peninsula. Overlooking picturesque St. Joseph Bay and across the street from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn is situated 25 miles west of Apalachicola and 14 miles from Port St. Joe. Graced by the natural beauty of this yet-unspoiled part of Florida's Gulf coast, the Cape San Blas Inn can be enjoyed year-round with equal enthusiasm. Come stay, relax and experience everything this unique locale offers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape San Blas Hotel Port Saint Joe
- Cape San Blas Inn Port Saint Joe, Florida