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The Caribbean House, located in Key West Florida, has 10 rooms available year-round for guests to stay in. Each room has an occupancy of two people, with private entrances available for every room. There are common areas outside on the property where guests can socialize and view the plants native to the region. There are no children under 16 allowed to stay at the house, as the owners try and provide a peaceful and quiet stay for guests. There are 12 bikes available to rent at the house, as parking is limited in the city. The property is minutes from the beach as well as the Southernmost Point of the United States. The property is pet-free, although service animals are allowed.
The Caribbean House is located in Key West Florida. The property has 10 rooms available for guests, and each room has a two-person occupancy. The building is two stories, and all the common areas for guests are located on the outside of the house. The theme of the Caribbean House is tropical. The owners try to match the theme with the city, keeping with the tropical pattern. There are multiple seating areas outside on the property, including a breakfast area decorated with tiki huts. The house is white, with pink, yellow, and teal trim to fit with the theme. The property has multiple palm trees across the area, as well as potted flowers and other trees native to the area. Outside, there are also signs that show the mileage to different places in the area such as Mallory Square, Southernmost Point, and Hemingway's House. There is seating for guests on the front side of the building, as well as a bistro-style table in the back corner of the property, and the breakfast area.
Each room has a slightly different décor style, all fitting within the tropical theme overall of the establishment. There are multiple options for the size of beds in the units. The house has rooms with king beds, queen beds, or two twin beds. Each room has air conditioning units as well as fans so guests can moderate the temperature of their rooms. There is also a private entrance to each room through the patios on both levels of the house. There is high-speed internet available on the property that guests can use as well. Every room at the Caribbean House has a mini-fridge, hairdryer, and outlets that guests can use to charge their devices. There is maid service available as well so guests can have clean rooms. Also provided in every room are a television, linens, body wash, and shampoo.
Breakfast at the house is complementary and served buffet-style every morning from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The owners refer to breakfast as an "expanded continental breakfast," which serves eggs, bagels, muffins, waffles, and pastries. The breakfast is served outside in the back of the house, and the area can be used by guests at all times of the day.
The Caribbean House is located in Key West Florida, which is an island off the coast of Florida. The building is located on the west end of the island, near Truman Waterfront Park. Bikes are available to rent on the property, and owners encourage guests to use them to see the city. The house is located minutes away from the Key West Lighthouse that has tours available for guests to see the historic building. The city of Key West has a variety of activities for adults both during the day and at nighttime. During the day, the city has a variety of beaches guests can visit, as well as the Southernmost Point of the United States, located nearby the property. At night, there are multiple music and entertainment options guests can see. The city has multiple festivals and music events that are free for patrons to attend. Many local establishments pay for musicians to perform so that those who visit can enjoy the music with no additional costs. There are many water activities to do in Key West as well. Locals and guests can enjoy sailing off the beach, as well as relaxing on the beach.
Guests who stay at the Caribbean House comment on the breakfasts, overall cleanliness of the establishment, and the location of the property. One guest said "The location is just close enough to Duval Street for easy access but far enough away to have a quiet evening. The service and attention to needs were wonderful." The owners of the Caribbean House strive to provide guests with a casual and fun environment where guests can relax and have a quiet vacation. Other guests have mentioned the service of the owners, Dave and Marci, as being very thoughtful and helpful.
The Caribbean House has a staff member present every day from 9 AM to 5 PM to be available to guests, either to help find a place to eat or help with anything on the property. There are 12 bikes available to rent at the house, and owners recommend them as an alternative to trying to park in the busier part of the city. There is also a bus system, called the Duval Loop, that has a stop nearby the property.
At the house, guests are free to socialize as much or as little as they desire. There are seating options available outside where guests can get to know each other, and the breakfast area is available for guest use at all hours of the day. Socializing is not mandatory at the house, and each room has its own entrance that guests can use without having to walk through the entire building if they choose.
At the Caribbean House, there are no children under 16 years old allowed. The owners do this to allow for couples and other adult patrons to have a relaxing and quiet stay. There is also no smoking allowed inside the property as well. There is a two-night minimum stay at the Caribbean House, and there are no pets allowed at the house except for service animals.
The property is open year-round, and the busiest seasons of operation are normally January through April, especially during Valentine's Day and Presidents Day. While there are no events hosted at the house, there are many festivals throughout the year that the city of Key West puts on. During October there is the Fantasy Fest, which locals compare to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There are other festivals that take place at various times of the year, which can be found online. The owner's favorite restaurants nearby include Firefly Key West which is across the street from the property. Santiago's Bodega is nearby as well and serves soup, salad, and tapas. They also recommend Prime 951 for special events.
Dave and Marci Zensinger have been working in the hospitality industry for the past 22 years. They worked in the corporate world before they switched to the hospitality industry, and they have enjoyed their time ever since. The Caribbean House is the fourth property they have owned and they came out of retirement to run the property. They saw a lot of potential in the space, and love being able to continue in the business. Since they purchased the property 5 years ago, in 2017, they have updated all the furniture and artwork in the rooms, as well as made structural improvements to the building.
The building was built in the 1950s and before it was converted into a bed and breakfast it was a store. The city of Key West has multiple historic sights across the island that guests can visit to learn more about the city.
Tropical Bed and Breakfast
Dave and Marcia Zensinger