Farewell from Runi & Walter

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To our crazy, cool, and steadfast guests,

Walter and I, after 9 years of ownership and management, have decided to sell the business and explore new adventures.  It is difficult to say goodbye to 9 years of meeting interesting people, hosting weddings, and working with our caring staff.

The new owners are a family with hospitality in their blood.  The Zerby family currently owns a hotel, restaurant, and bakery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  As visitors to the Keys for years, they “get” Key West.  More importantly, they recognize that our staff’s dedication is unparalleled and will continue to support them in providing top notch customer service.

We will miss our guests.  October 2006 seems like yesterday when we first met our loyal Fantasy Fest guests, who have continued to stay with us every year since: Cosmo and Susan from Massachusetts, Andrew from Florida, and John from Michigan.  The wedding of Jessica and Joe from California in May 2010 was one where I wished I was an invited guest. The Jersey Girls who ditch their husbands and visit every Christmas make me laugh. There is no January unless Mr. Kennedy from Chicago comes for his annual monthly visit.  Patty and Rick from Oklahoma and Charlie from Virginia visit Key West so often, they’re practically locals! There are so many more guests who have made an impact on us.  We remain grateful.

On a deeply personal note, to say I was touched to receive your condolences over the passing of our dog, Izzy, is an understatement.  When she passed in April 2014, we collected $5,000 in donations to support the local Key West SPCA from where she was adopted. We were reminded then that our guests were more than customers.

We would not be successful were it not for the supportive community of Key West B&B, Guesthouse, and hotel professionals.  Our weddings would not exist if our local world-class professional photographers, wedding planners, and caterers didn’t “bring it” for each event. Our food and liquor vendors, our FedEx and UPS drivers, our local utilities, and the restaurants that delivered our lunches – everyone played a part.

It’s been a rewarding 9 years. We learned and grew but not without challenges (who could forget the 2010 Oil Spill that never reached Key West?).  With backgrounds in engineering, Walter and I never would have guessed that we would become hoteliers, and I can’t say where we’ll land next.  For us, there’s beauty in the unknown and we look forward to whatever opportunity is ahead.

We hope you will continue to visit and enjoy Old Town Manor, Rose Lane Villas, and the William Skelton Home.  We are leaving you in good hands.  Thank you for everything you have given us.  Who knows, maybe we’ll cross paths on Duval Street and share a drink together.  That would be cool.

Runi and Walter