I must confess… I’ve hesitated to write about our favorite little bed & breakfast in Key West for a very selfish reason. Today, my conscience won out, and I find myself compelled to share with you the hidden gem my husband and I discovered on our fourth getaway to the Conch Republic.
So why the hold out? Well, my reluctance was based on Economics 101 tenets. Supply and demand tells us that if more people know about a place , the more who may want to stay there than there are rooms available. And the cost will rise. If that were to happen at the Grand, we’d be thrilled for them but sad for us. The rates could stretch beyond our budget, or worse yet, shut us out altogether.
The Grand Guesthouse was the second bed and breakfast we ever booked in Key West. Since we enjoyed our stay so much, we continue to return each year. That’s not to say there aren’t other small establishments that are as deserving of a recommendation. We’ve toyed with the idea of booking a different place on occasion yet, so far, we haven’t chanced it. The Grand is a known, beloved quantity. To be fair, a friend of mine vacationed in Key West this past summer and gave rave reviews of another bed and breakfast. I hope to convince her to allow me to interview her for a future post. (No pressure, Kathy!)
Of course, you may prefer staying at one of the island’s luxury resorts such as the Marriott Beachside outside Old Town. My brother’s family stayed there recently and enjoyed all the amenities–especially the pool atmosphere. If you want luxury and be in the middle of the action, La Concha Hotel on Duval or the Ocean Key Resort overlooking Mallory Square are great options.
Should I be the lucky winner of the Mega Millions lottery, I’d lodge with my extended family on Sunset Key in a posh rental home (Scroll up to see Header Photo. Nice, huh?) Until then, I’ll stay at the Grand.
Here are my top ten reasons why I think you’d be a satisfied guest:
10. clean, comfortable efficiency suite for a reasonable rate
9. five blocks from Duval–not too close, and not too far from all the action
8. Conch Cruisers onsite for rent ($10 per day, vs. $15 one way taxi ride w/tip)
6. complimentary continental breakfast and water cooler
4. residential neighborhood that makes you feel part of local Key West life
3. excellent, personalized customer service (Derek is an all-around great guy and manager. )
2. the carefree bike ride back to your home-away-from-home each night
1. a serene escape from daily life–no clock watching. A perfect way for Livin’ on Key West Time.
What little gem of a place have you kept to yourself? Divulge your secrets now, and free your conscience. It feels good, I promise!