Blue Parrot Inn
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... the wedding.
It seemed a good opportunity to get The Magic Carpet, my Ford F-350 diesel dually, and its onboard Lance camper, Windsong out of mothballs and back on the road in preparation for the summer journey. The trip to Key West was longer than I expected- it's 1300 miles one way from Shreveport- but an enjoyable one, and I had never been to the Keys.
Lacey, of course, went along and enjoyed her first opportunity to get her ...
... cigar stores. There are also a lot of stores selling key lime pie & flavoured products as key lime pie originated here. The town is packed with tourists and Americans on vacation. There are lots of cafés & bars to visit, we had a beer at a bar called The Bull on the balcony terrace where we could people watch. A few youngins had started arriving for Spring Break, which made us feel very old. Explored ...
... or hot tub or walked 20 feet to be sitting on the beach. It is a gorgeous location. We liked it so much I asked for a late checkout the next day so we could spend as much time as possible enjoying the amenities. After a few hours of relaxing, we were picked up for our Paddleboat Sunset Cruise. We had a great time on the boat. It is just a few guys who take you out for a few ...
Well, sure enough we just thought the first one was THE storm, but the next day it was really a big one. Not supposed to happen, but you know how that is!!!! We were out fishing and all of a sudden we realized that there were black clouds. We did make it back to the inlet, BUT that was as far as we could go.....................no visibility.....We had to HOLD for about 1 ...
... gimicky, Buffett always recalls our very first travel adventures south from Maryland in the early 80s - we enjoy the music and the memories that the whole Parrothead experience recalls. Surprisingly, the food was quite good, the boat drinks were pretty potent (and not outrageous) and we had a great time "drinking all the carrot juice and soaking up the rays."After lunch, Nancy and John headed off to Hemingway's house (been there) and we joined Jacquie and Steve for the ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Parrot Inn Key West
A great place to stay in Key West
We spent two very enjoyable nights in the Blue Parrot Inn.
The location is very good just a five minute walk to all the action but in a quiet residential road. Room was basic but comfortable and the staff were very friendly.
The breakfast around the (small) pool was limited in choice but adequate.
Blue parrot inn - try across the road
Just back from a holiday in key west where my partner and I stayed in the Blue parrot in for three nights. Although our room was "nice" it really was'nt that fantastic. Especially given the price. Friends of ours stayed across the road in the Chelsea House hotel and their room, although as nice as ours was at half the price. The staff in the blue parrot were slightly odd and did'nt seem to give a toss that you were staying there. The pool is lovely but there were about five cats lingering around the place the whole time which I thought was kinda manky. It is in a great location but the staff and price have put me off from returning.
Your own private oasis!
I visited this BNB on a vacation I took by myself, just to get away from it all. It's very quiet and the gardens and enormous amount of vegetation make you feel like it's your own private oasis. You wouldn't even guess that Duval St. is just a few blocks away. The room I stayed in was just a few steps from the pool and it's a great place to be mellow. If you're looking to be chummy with the owners or fellow guests, this may not be the right place for you. However, everyone I met was friendly and more than willing to help me out if I needed ideas on what to do or where to go. But it's Key West--just relax, you're on vacation, where do you really have to be?! This is not a 5-star hotel, but I experienced clean, well-maintained and was very satisfied with the place. A great spot to escape.
Relaxing, wonderful time
We stayed here March 6 and 7th. We enjoyed our time at the Blue Parrot and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to relax. The heated pool was a blessing as we walked all over Key West and wanted to just relax. Spent hours one night talking in and @ the pool with others. We arrived late the first night and the checkin went without a hitch. Like a previous reviewer stated the rooms were a little small but we didn't spend much of our time in the room either. Slept well as the beds were comfortable. The location is as close to prime as I could have wanted, two blocks to Duval street but far enough down that we were not kept up with the noise from the bars on the main drag. The entire uproar about parking didn't affect us as we found a spot on the street in front of the church when I went to park the car so we didn't have to pay anything. The upstais wraparound porch was nice as the breeze in the afternoon was refreshing during our break.
Lighten up people
I stayed at the Blue Parrot Inn March 1st through 3rd and it was fine. The last review states "poor location" ??? Poor location? it's 2 blocks from Duval Street, how can that be a poor location? And as for the 5.00 a day for parking at the church, it was better than driving all over old town looking for a place to park (most of the parking in the area is for residents only). And the church is a 2 minute walk lighten up!
The smaller rooms at this guesthouse are about $ 115.00. per night There are other guesthouses farther away that charge $ 150-170 per night for the same quality and sized room. besides there is alot to do in Key West, we weren't in the room much, I didn't go all the way to Key West to sit in my room all day.
The Blue Parrot Inn was clean, and the front desk staff was helpful, what more can you ask for? The nice wrap around porch on the 2nd floor was nice to sit out at night, and the pool area was quiet at night. We sat out poolside one night talking to 2 other couples drinking wine. It was very relaxing.
I'd recommend the Blue Parrot Inn, it's a great location, and is perfect for people on a budget.
I will admit to having higher expectations, but was very discouraged by the small room, poor location and completely inadequate parking (I parked -- for $5 a day -- in a church parking lot three blocks away from the inn).
Potentially a beautiful place to stay, the Blue Parrot Inn needs quite a bit of work before it's an acceptable option.
New owners, new attitude, and much improved
I was nervous about booking a room here after reading some of the other reviews, but we booked a place on short notice and there wasnt much available. I am happy to report, you can (mostly) ignore the earlier post about the Blue Parrot. In the summer of 2003, the owners of another B&B in town purchased the Blue Parrot and many of the problems mentioned are gone. From what I gathered, the previous owners, who lived on site, had been running it for quite a few years and was pretty much over the fun of running a B&B.My wife and I stayed there during Fantasy Fest this fall, which may not be the ideal time to evaluate a property. Every place in town is packed to rafters with people partying for the week, so if anything, this week should have amplified the management and attitude problems mentioned in the earlier reviews. I am happy to report that the staff was very friendly and helpful. The property seemed clean and maintained even in the mist of the Fantasy Fest chaos. We arrived about 11pm and had no trouble arranging a late arrival; they just left a note on the door and keys in the room.The location is just off Truman as you come in to town and about three blocks to Duval. This puts it closer to the southern end of Duval; this is nice if you want something quiet and closer to the beach, but a bit of a walk to the Mallory Square end where more of the bars and restaurants are locatedTo be sure, there still are some issues; the place does need some "sprucing up", the decor in the rooms looks a little dated and well used. The breakfast is fairly lame -- retail English muffins and bagels, coffee and juice, and (sometimes) a little fresh fruit or some other item. This is not a B&B with a full, homemade breakfast, but it's enough to get you moving in the morning and the shady setting around the pool is a nice place to get the day started. One nice extra, the rooms have mini-refrigerators, so you can buy your own juice, beer, snacks, or whatever and keep them around. The rooms do not have any safes for valuable and the door locks are basic. Also, since the owners are no longer living onsite, management is only there from 8am to 6pm. Parking is onstreet, so find a place and leave the car parked for your visit.This is not some opulent (and overprice) B&B, but overall, we were quite happy with what we got for the price and I think the place with only improve with the new owners. We would recommend the Blue Parrot to anyone looking for a nice moderately priced place to stay.TIPS: If you want some killer coffee, stop at the little (and I mean little) coffee/espresso bar on Truman as youre walking to Duval. Sorry, dont remember the name, but you cant miss it, its past a scooter rental place and usually has the music cranked. Get the café con leche.If you leave your room door open for any length of time, you will probably return to find a cat sleeping on the bed. They recently adopted some cats from the shelter and they (like all cats) assume they own the place.
Terrible Bed & Breakfast
My idea of a bed and breakfast is a place where you are made to feel like you are guests in someone's home. The Blue Parrot Inn is nothing like that. At check-in, you are presented with a list of rules that you are to follow while staying there. We were made to feel more like a nuisance than a guest. The accomodations are laughable. All towels are collected early in the afternoon so showering is sometimes not possible after a trip to the beach. The bed was hard and not even level. The pictures on the internet are not representative of the real thing. Almost everything is old, dull and faded, including the paint, and the linens. Another suprise, was that the detached, private bathrooms are not air conditioned -- a problem in FL. There is also very little water pressure in the showers, and I actually had to jump in the pool to rinse shampoo off because there was literally no water coming from the faucet in the shower at all. The hosts are best described as creepy. They are not at all friendly and one of the rules forbids guests to be in the pool area before 8:30 each morning because the guy that sets out the meager breakfast gets nervous if there are people around. Finally, they have a strict no-refund policy -- so beware before putting down a deposit.
Discourteous and rude
My husband and I have always prefered to stay at beds and breakfasts in our 25 years of married life and so it was with complete assurance that I reccomended to my son and his girlfriend to stay at this inn in Key West. I had personally not stayed at it before, but it certainly sounded warm and welcoming on its internet site. My son and his gf are 19 and I was deceived by the page on the internet which said that all adults ( 16 + ) were welcome. The owner was very hostile and unfriendly. The morning they left the owner stormed into the room, ripped the sheets off the beds, yelled at them and told them they were holding up laundry. ( They were a few minutes past check out and were on their way out the door. ) The holding up of laundry story was just that , a story, when my son got the car packed up and realized he had not taken the key down to the front because of being so rudely evicted, he went back to the room and found the laundry still in a heap where the owner had dumped it. The owners of this establishment are rude, or perhaps it is mental illness? They yelled and hung up on me when I called to inquire about what had happened. "If this is a complaint I will hang up on you!" is what I was told. I do NOT reccommend this. It is not worthy of the name of bed and breakfast.
Ok but better choices available
Basic B& B; well located; on street parking only - onwer graciously moved his vehicle to accommodate our vehicle as no space left on street; lots of foliage around property; no views from the room we had; the room (Sunflower) we chose did not match the picture on internet -very deceiving. I would not have chosen to have an air conditioner at the head of the bed - right behind our pillows - noisely blowing cold air on our heads all night. We ended up having to sleep with our heads at the foot of the bed. I would not have spent another nite in this room. Staff are civil but not outgoing; cats are not friendly. Breakfast is meager self-serve even at 8:45am (started at 8:30am) with a couple of containers of yogurt, very bad coffee, english muffins, luke warm quiche...Pool is small and not inviting.