|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
This caretaker's apartment is in Old Town Key West, removed from the noise but close to all the attractions. Four blocks from Duval, two blocks from Truman; six blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and beaches. Bike or walk to all that Key West has to offer!
This charming home was built in 1918 so it has historical charm with high wood ceilings.
Old Town Key West, just 6 blocks from Duval Street, yet a very quiet neighborhood. Off street parking for two.
NO SPRING BREAKERS PLS!
This is a small two room caretaker's apartment on the second floor. There is a separate entrance for this apartment. It has a queen bed and a futon which will sleep two.It has a full bath and a pullman kitchen. The porch overlooks the pool area.
See Main House: You can view the house at Homeaway property #180167
My expectation was completely off on this one - I thought given the very high price, the quality would also be high, it wasn't.
First the positives :
- The owners - very, very nice people, couldn't be more welcoming and helpful
- The location - fantastic, parking space right at the door, a short walk / bike ride from the center, Key West is beautiful
- Comfortable bed, clean pillows (improved from a previous review)
The roof was too low for us, at 5'10" I was too tall (I do not consider myself tall). I thought the smallness was quaint at first, 3 days of banging my head cured me of that. At 5'4" my wife also had a few bumps on her head
- Furnishing - well used, minimum investment, reminiscent of a student flat, very old TV , no microwave, minimal silverware
- Bedroom - cramped ... but- those charming key west roosters roaming wild in the neighborhood crowed all night long - they're loud, I thought I could sleep through anything - I was wrong.
- Bathroom - shower - not practical - the bath is under the smallest part of the roof - there's just no room... if you are tiny you can maybe shower, bathing was a nightmare. The open air outside shower offered as an alternative... when it came down to it, we didn't want to use it.
Price - way overpriced - once you include tax & cleaning this is more than I've paid for very good hotel rooms. At the price I would expect this to be chic and exclusively furnished.
Overall - we loved key west - and you are very close to the action here. This property however was not for us, we shouldn't have booked it - I felt misled by the previous glowing reviews which is the reason I am even writing this.
I'm sorry - we would not stay there again or recommend it
We have rented places through VRBO in the U.S., Canada and France. Our experience at the "Caretaker's Apartment" marked the first time we wish we had stayed elsewhere.
The ceiling height was not a big problem. (We are both 5'6".) The combination tub/shower was a little inconvenient. The height ranges from maybe 3'6" to 4'6", which means one must either shower sitting down or bath (after filling the tub with the shower head as the tub faucet only leaks water). The owner compared the experience to being in an MRI, which was not far off. There is an outdoor shower but it is not enclosed; we took a pass.
A greater issue for us was an awkward, low buildout on the far side of the bed, which probably hides something mechanical that was not moved when the attic was converted. After getting in on the near side of the bed I had no idea it was there, tripped over it and fell hard during the night when I got up to use the bathroom. Future renters might take note. One other issue with the sleeping situation-- in an effort to find a decent pillow I took the pillowcase and sham off two in order to switch them. Both pillows were badly stained (with sweat, I suppose). Neither had a washable pillow protector so whether they had been laundered was debatable. I elected to use my fleece jacket as a pillow.
The location was great; bikes would have been fun but were not necessary if you enjoy walking. It should be noted that this space is over the home with young children that are up before seven, even on Sunday-- balls bouncing, blender buzzing, with no apparent concern for renters that might be asleep. The owner did warn us on arrival to expect the morning "alarm". I would have preferred to be made aware of the "alarm" in the property description.
We came away feeling the owners were far more interested in the renters' money than their comfort. Spending a couple nights' income on clean pillows, fresh bed linens, a couple towel bars (one 14" bar is not adequate in an apartment that sleeps 4), a tea kettle whose lid still has a handle, and a magazine or two newer than 2011 would go a long way to improve a renter's experience. One could even go crazy and buy a set of towels that actually matched. The time and money would be well spent, at least from this renters' point of view.
My wife and I stayed in the apartment for 9 days, and it was the absolute perfect spot for us! From the very beginning when speaking with Dick, I knew that this would be the place for our first stay in Key West. Dick and Betsy are very welcoming hosts and their recommendations for places to see around town were spot on. The apartment is located right around the corner from the best Cuban restaurant in town, and just blocks from both the beach and Duval St where all the action is in Key West.
The air conditioners kept us cool when we needed them, and the apartment itself was exactly as it appears in the pictures. The bed was extremely comfortable and the kitchen served us perfectly for our morning breakfasts and small cooked meals as well. The balcony is a great space to read or relax the morning, and the grill on the side of the house was perfect for cooking up some meals in the afternoons!
It was very easy to communicate with Dick and Betsy during the entire stay, and you can tell that the property is well maintained. We would highly recommend anyone to stay in the apartment!
My husband and I stayed in the apartment with our 8 months old son. It was a great place to call home, while visiting Key West. The apartment had everything we needed for a 3 days stay, the little porch was great to sit on at night.
The location was perfect. On a quite street in walking distance from everything in Old town Key West. We walked to ft. zachary beach and it took about an hour, so there one might want to take the car. A supermarked was also close by.
Betsy and Richard were great hosts. Very friendlý and welcoming, from the first contact over email and phone back home, and during our stay there. We would definetly stay there again!
Great place to stay in an accessible location. As written in other reviews, the owners are excellent- although they weren’t physically in Key West during our visit, they were extremely helpful before arriving and had promised to be easily accessible throughout our stay. They gave great recommendations to us (first-time visitors to KW). The location is perfect- far enough from the tourists and commotion but close enough to both Duval/Whitehead streets as well as the beach (within walking distance). For those wondering, there is a tiny refrigerator, a 2-burner stovetop, a toaster oven, coffee maker, and a limited number of pots/pans and plates, cups, and eating utensils available. There is also cable TV in the living room and high-speed internet (secure connection). As others said, the ceilings and doorways are low, and the bathtub is interesting (but showering is still feasible), but overall an enchanting place to stay. We’d love to come back!
I have red all reviews before we rented the place and I was very impressed but little skeptical. Everything looked too nice to be true. We still decided to rent it and was the best decision for our vacation. The apartment was as we expected. I do not want to repeat what everybody already described, but I still want to emphasize that the price is well justified for what the apartments offers. Even a short walk to the Duval street with all restaurants, we still choose to cook quick dinners and breakfasts and was not a problem after we decided that the shortest stay in front of the stove. The grocery store (few blocks from apartment) was very handy. We enjoyed walking almost everywhere in the city, but a bicycle, scooter or electrical car rental is very popular. Dick and Betsy were so welcoming and friendly, we felt that we knew each other for long time. At departure was pretty hard to break our conversation and leave. We really enjoyed and promised that we will return soon.
We certanly reccomend this appartment.
Other Activities: Duval Crawling
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$65 + Tax|
You can view the main house at property #180167 on Homeaway.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.