I arrived on a rainy, nasty day in Key West. It was pouring. Duval Street was flooding. The temperature was in the 50s. But I was in Key West, so it couldn't be all bad.
It wasn't. Seashell Cottage was the perfect retreat from the absolute brain drain that was the Key West Literary Seminar. A beer, a book and the front porch swing were all I needed to recover from learning more than my head could absorb every day. The light sounds of music from several local bars and the smell of night blooming jasmine put me in a state of mind that only Key West could bring. I've stayed in many places in Key West and this was the closest to Paradise I've found yet. I felt local, and after 2.5 weeks I didn't want to leave.
The bed was comfortable. The lane it is on is quaint, cozy and quiet. The back patio area was perfect for breakfast in the morning. The outdoor shower, even on a cold day, was glorious. The couch was excellent for an afternoon nap before going out to evening events. If I had too much to imbibe at functions, Mr. Z's was only 2.5 blocks away. Groceries? Fausto's is only 3 blocks away. Duval? Just around the corner from Mr. Z's, yet when you're at the cottage you feel miles away from that insanity.
Perfect. That's the only word I can use to describe Seashell Cottage. Perfect. I've been trying to find a way to get back ever since I left.
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I cannot find anything negative to say about the Seashell Cottage. Everything was better than expected and the location was excellent. Carolyn and Cindy really went above and beyond. This is where we will be staying when we return.
Better than I expected! =) Very clean, very quiet, very private, very safe, had everything we needed and more. Loved the roosters in the morning, a couple very friendly kitty cats made their daily rounds to check on us. Activities were all within walking distance. Parking was perfect if you don't bring an SUV or minivan. Other properties had cars cramped in or on the narrow street but the Lazy Lane had the perfect two spots with no risk of damage by anyone else squeezing in or out around yours. We liked how the property had a locking gate. One added feature that we wish we had known about was the bike rack inside the locked property...we would have brought ours if we had known. Jacuzzi was cleaned daily and towels replaced as we needed. We will never stay in a Key West hotel ever again!! I loved the true Key West experience in this cottage. =)
Very Key Western. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, complete kitchen, washer, dryer, centrally located to Duval St within walking distance to beach. Quiet pool. Definitely would stay here again. They even provided dish washer powder, toaster oven, blender, microwave.
We decided to get away from mid-Atlantic cold and repair to the Keys for two weeks this winter. We took the ground-floor unit of Poinciana Place and it's been perfect. Bruce, the owner, is friendly, helpful, and thorough in addressing all needs. The bedroom is comfortable, the kitchen efficient and the deck with hot tub marvelously restorative. The patio in back has a fine gas grill, washer and dryer, and two friendly resident cats.
We brought our computers to do some work, and the wifi while not lightning-fast, was perfectly adequate for e-mail and basic web searches.
We got into a pattern of having one meal (L or D) out and one in each day and there are many really good restaurants within easy walking distance.
The last two days of our stay turned cool (it was frigid back home!) but the place is equipeed with a nice space heater that took the chill off and made us comfortable.
This is a great place and we hope to return in the future.