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Historical Traveler Reviews Knowles House B&B Key West
While visiting my sister in south Florida, we planned on taking a side-trip to Key West as we like to do. Not having made reservations anywhere proved to be a little unsettling, but after a brief review of a local tourist guide, I contacted the B&B myself and was treated wonderfully by one of the owners, Les.
We'd booked two nights that, through a course of various events, turned into five! Our caretakers were more than accomodating and gracious, even though we had to change rooms more than once as a result of our own poor planning.
The weather was perfect, the food was delish, the resident kitty "Eaton" was sweet, each guest room was uniquely and superbly decorated, attractions were close enough to walk , and gosh, did I mention that weather was perect? To top it off, although we were there off-season, it was a bargain!
As I am a fairly private person, I did NOT think that I would like or appreciate staying at a B&B, but I was just amazed at the ease at which they brought me out of my shell.
The moment I landed back home, I contacted Les and Paul and made reservations for the very same time period this year, although this time with my favorite sweetie. The time can't go fast enough.
Like staying with friends
We stayed at Knowles House for 3 nights in January. It is a lovely traditional Key West house a short walk from Duval Street and all the attractions nearby. Les and Paul were very welcoming and helpful. They suggested some excellent chef -run and owned restaurants a few minutes walk from the house which were some of the best meals we have had in Florida. We rented bikes 1 block from the house.Our room was comfortable ,quiet ( very important to us)and well furnished. The courtyard is a tropical oasis away from the hustle & bustle of Duval Street. We enjoyed the hot tub and the small pool. A delicious continental breakfast is served in the courtyard. There is a really friendly atmosphere among the guests because the hotel is so small. Les and Paul are perfect hosts and we look forward to returning. We can highly recommend Knowles House- an outstanding B&B which really made our trip to Key West.
Outstanding Hospitality !
!Recently I spent 9 nights at The Knowles House on Eaton St. in Key West. The rooms were clean and generously appointed. The pool (B&B size) was attractive, the whirlpool hot, the AC cool and the sundeck was an inviting oasis. The hosts, Les and Paul were/are gracious in their attention without being overbearing. I felt more like an invited friend than a guest.
This was my/our 7th visit to KW in the past 3 years (stayed in 3 other hotels/B&B's) and because my trip was booked last minute, I chose the Knowles House sight unseen; what good fortune .
Walk to Pepe's, Schooner Wharf Bar, walk to Duval St., or rent a bike (Eaton Bike shop, two blocks away). I will definitely return to KW as it has become an adopted home for me. In the future, The Knowles House will always be my first choice as long as Les and Paul are running the place.
Knowles House ~ Key West's best kept secret
Knowles House is the best kept secret at Key West. If you are looking for the perfect getaway, off the noisy beaten path, with the perfect personal touch ~~ Knowles House is your place. We found our innkeepers, Les and Paul, to be very helpful in their suggestions of places to see, where to eat and the must do's of Key West. The inn itself is very quaint and the perfect spot to escape ~~ yet near enough to be in the middle of the activities in an easy stroll downtown. Be sure to check it out but don't have my room booked when I want to go back!!!
Craig and Nancy Aldrich, Savannah, GA Oct 2006
I would never stay here again !!!
There are so many great places to stay in Key West don't stay here. The room I stayed in was nice, but you felt like you were being treated like a child. When you arrive you are shown your room and then guided through the rules of the house. I'm middle aged and a professional. Les and Paul need to get out of the business of operating a B&B..........please. Last but not least they do lock up the fridge at night with chains and a lock. I guess their afraid someone is going to steal the hard boiled eggs they will be serving you for breakfast.
Knowles House B&B
Key West is a great experience just not at the Kowles House. My friends and I meet each year on Thanksgiving to get together to enjoy Key West. We have stayed at the Douglas House which was a great experience and recently we decided to stay in a B&B. In 2004, we stayed at a great B&B and became great friends with the owners. Unfortunately, they sold the B&B before we returned the following year. We heard about the Knowles House and we were very excited about staying there. When we arrive in Key West we typically bring Thanksgiving dinner from various parts of the country. We had asked Les and Paul if that would be alright with them. They said it would be fine. When we arrived there were a series of rules that we had to adhere to while staying at the house. We never felt comfortable because Les and Paul would stay until very late and it felt like they did not trust us. We are all professionals in our 40's and not a rowdy crowd. They had padlocked the refrigerator so that when we made our Thanksgiving dinner we had no where to put the leftovers. We ended up giving it to some locals to take home with them. We had also made desserts and when we returned from an outing we found that Les and Paul had been eating the desserts. As for the breakfast in the morning it was toast, cold cereal and hard boiled eggs much different from the prior year. There are many great places in Key West but unfortunately this is not one of them. Also it was very hot and we would have our air conditioners on and Les and Paul were continously going behind us and turning them off. When you would come back to the house the rooms were hot and stuffy. I hope this is helpful to you in your search for the perfect B&B.
Knowles House B&B
Would not stay again
I have stayed in several Key West Guest Houses. The Knowles house was not as welcoming as the others I have stayed in. The accomidations were good. Felt like Les and Paul were watching every move, did not feel comfortable and welcomed. Put chains and locks on the refrigerator and freezor in the kitchen. Would not stay at Knowles House again.
Knowles House B&B
What a Great Place!!!!
Let me start by saying that the Knowles House is absolutely amazing. The house is very cozy and the decor is excellent. WeI definitely got the feeling we were in the Caribbean, but weI felt at home at the same time. Our room (the Malibu Room) was a wonderful surprise. It was colorful and very comfortable. The bathroom was well proportioned and large enough for me (I am not a small guy)! The air conditioning was top notch and cooled the room very quickly (Thanks for that!).
The breakfast was tremendous with all of the fresh fruit, breads, bagels, muffins, juice and very strong delicious coffee. Breakfast is served out on the patio next to the pool (which by the way has a nice little fountain like waterfall at one end) and hot tub. This was a perfect setting to just sit and enjoy the fresh air or get to know the other guests and share experiences.
Les and Paul the inn keepers (and owners) were wonderful as well. They left us to ourselves when alone time was the order of the day and they were always nearby with dinner or tour suggestions when adventure was on our minds. They were also two of the most pleasant and friendly people I have ever met (and being in sales - I have met a lot of people).
Our only regret at staying at the Knowles House was that we had to leave and could not make it our permanent home. Overall, our stay was wonderful and we look forward to a return trip to paradise in the very near future.
Mike and Molly
I stayed at Knowles House for two nights in August of 2005, and found it to be a wonderful B&B find. Les and Paul, the proprietors, were gracious hosts, friendly, helpful, and full of great suggestions for restaurants and activities. They welcomed us with cold beers upon check-in. The room was spacious and uniquely appointed, with comfortable TempurPedic beds. They provided ample towels, bath robes, and nice soap/shampoo. The pool is tiny (it's really just enough to dip into and cool off), and situated on a lovely, shaded tropical patio where the continental breakfast (don't get me wrong, the breakfast food served is far better than the buffets at your typical place) was served. The next time I return to KW, I will stay here again for the friendly, unique atmosphere and great value.
One of the best B&Bs I've stayed in.
I first stayed at Knowles House 6 years ago with a friend of mine on a driving tour of Florida. We found it quite by accident as we'd not pre-booked any accomodation.
This time round, my husband and I were doing a similar tour and I suggested we return to this hidden gem! It hadnt changed a bit - it was still as fantastic as the first time I stayed, and as I come to write this review I'm so surprised no one else has posted about Knowles House already.
Its run by Les and Paul - both very welcoming and friendly hosts who make you feel entirely at home. Each room has a different theme - we stayed in the English Colonial room - it was small but as its a traditional Key West Conch House its unsurprising. Perfectly furnished however with everything you could ever want incl Air Conditioning.
Breakfast is served daily on the back porch overlooking the small plunge pool and Hot Tub and usually involves some freshly baked bread by Les the previous day which tastes out of this world!
Its an intimate B&B and you cant help chatting to the other guests which I found really nice and helpful to get recommendations for dinner / things to do.
Its located on Eaton Street, so is a short walk to all the happenings at the Wharf and Duval street without being noisy at nighttime.
I can't recommend this place highly enough.
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