Cypress House B&B
Location: Key West, Florida
My two nights in Key West were spent at Cypress House, a cozy bed and breakfast inn just a few blocks off Duval Street, the heart of the city’s nightlife area. Cypress House is within walking distance of the Southernmost Point and all the other attractions in Key West.
We stayed in a spacious second-floor room with a large bed, small reading area, flat-screen tv, dressers, and a bureau with robes. Who doesn’t love robes?
One sure way to win my favor is with a nice breakfast spread, and Cypress House had that. Besides tons of fresh fruit, cereal and muffins, they had biscuits and hot sausage gravy, one of my favorite food items. I admit I ate an embarrassing amount of this stuff.
There’s a late evening happy hour with free drinks and snacks. We took part in this one Sunday evening as they showed an NFL game on the tv outside in the gazebo. I love taking advantage of these perks. If you’re paying for them, you might as well get your money’s worth!
The happy hour takes place at the pool, which is open 24 hours. It’s small and narrow, and only gets to about four feet deep all the way around, but it does the job if you want a late-night dip in the pool or need a quick cool off from the heat.
Though it’s not a huge hotel, Cypress House has a locking gate on the front door for security. Much like being carded at a bar, having to unlock a gate to get into your inn is kind of annoying at first, when you stop and think about it, you’re actually happy about it.
The lobby and kitchen area have plenty of information about local restaurants, beaches, watersports attractions, and nightlife, which included some program discounts for guests at the inn.
There’s also an outside balcony, which I loved. It was nice to sit outside on the porch swing and people watch. I don’t know why, but I’m addicted to porches. The balcony is attached to the two front second-floor rooms, but anyone staying at the B&B can walk upstairs and go out there, so it’s accessible to all.
The atmosphere was friendly and the guests clearly loved owner Dave Taylor, who was busy campaigning for the king of Fantasy Fest 2011, an annual Key West event, which he ultimately won. Cypress House has a couple friendly kitties and dogs roaming around the premises, adding to the homey atmosphere.
As for criticisms, I can’t come up with too many. The television remote control wasn’t working (do those things ever work anywhere?) We could occasionally hear voices at night in the hallway, but they weren’t too distracting and that sort of thing is expected when you’re in the party town of Key West.
I happened to come to Key West on a bad weather weekend, with torrential downpours that made wandering around the city a very wet endeavor. It was nice to come back and feel at home at Cypress House – and to relax and stay dry on the porch swing while it rained. When you’re unfamiliar with a city, it’s hard to choose where to stay based solely on websites and online descriptions. I’m glad we ended up at Cypress House.
Cypress House provided me with discounted accommodations. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.