The best hotels in Key West

 

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Sometimes weird, often wacky, but always wonderful — that’s
Key West in an alliterative nutshell.

The southernmost island of the United States, Key West lies in
the temperate Florida Straits surrounded by lush, tropical foliage
with paradisiacal weather and warm waters ideal for diving,
fishing, paddle boarding and more. Key West is also a port of call
for cruise ships, and famously only 90 miles from Cuba.

The Conch Republic, so nicknamed because of its Bahamian
ancestry, welcomes characters of all kinds, and was once home to
the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Bishop, and Tennessee
Williams.

Every time I visit this magical place I come away deeply
impressed by the commitment locals have made to preserving historic
homes. Generally called conch houses and built from wood, the
architectural style also includes Victorian with gingerbread trim,
pastel-painted cottages, and roomy double-stories with wraparound
porches.

These looks are replicated in the many hotels that dot Key West.
They range from quirky and eccentric to elegant and sophisticated,
whether in Old Town or New Town, or the waterfront. Still, many
smaller spots, though charismatic, don’t include amenities like
pools. Because Key West is not known for its beaches, being without
a pool can make a stay rather sticky in the summer.

We chose the following highly-rated four and five-star hotels
based on our personal experiences and the ratings and reviews of
trusted travelers on sites such as
Trip Advisor
,
Booking.com
, and
Hotels.com
. We also looked at criteria like architecture and
decor, amenities (that coveted pool!), location (most people walk
or ride bikes because parking is limited) and, of course,
budget.

In summer, room prices can fall as low as $130. In winter,
expect them to rise a few hundred dollars. March is generally the
priciest month, averaging $385, according to statistics compiled by
Key
West Travel Guide
. Also keep in mind that most, if not all,
properties have daily resort fees, usually ranging between $30 to
45. 

Here are our top picks for style, activities, views, and on-site
dining, priced between $130 and $319 to start in low season.

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Read on for the best hotels in Key West sorted by price from low to
high.  The Perry Hotel Key West Book
The Perry Hotel Key West starting at $130 per night

Rustic and handsome, this award-winning resort is named after
the Commodore Perry. The hotel’s decor scheme is made up of a
variety of dark woods, warm brown textiles, and white walls and
linens, and recalls the seafaring and shipbuilding days of Old Key
West.

Relaxed and roomy, The Perry Hotel Key West is an ideal place to
sprawl out for an extended stay, especially if you’re in town to
fish, boat, or otherwise take advantage of nature. That’s because
the 100-room hotel is located in Stock Island Marina Village, which
has 288 private slips and plenty of opportunities to book
charters.

You may also swim in two attractively designed waterfront pools,
decked out with white umbrellas and teepee-shaped daybeds, and dine
at three dockside restaurants. Concierge services help to plan
water activities including snorkeling, diving, sailing, fishing,
and more.


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
11 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
8.9 out of 10

Pros: The menu at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen
& Bar is reason enough to visit, but the restaurant also
features live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Additionally,
Key West Distilling, also located at Stock Island Marina Village,
gives complimentary tours to Perry Hotel guests every Friday at 3
p.m. A welcome glass of Champagne at check-in tells you everything
you need to know about the hospitality here.

Cons: The hotel is located on an island that’s
actually adjacent to Key West, and it’s five miles to the center of
town. You’ll need to take the shuttle service to Old Town. Also,
the website says all rooms have ocean views, but that’s not true.
Plenty overlook the street and parking lot.

Parrot Key Hotel & Villas Book
Parrot Key Hotel & Villas starting at $159 per night

Parrot Key & Villas, with new and refurbished lodgings,
offers one of the best values on Key West. The rooms and suites
feature three different views: garden, garden/water, and
waterfront, and every glance brings a feast for the eyes,
especially if you’re facing the Gulf of Mexico. The inside is
soothing as well, with breezy textiles in shades of whites and
neutrals, which makes for a pleasant canvas next to all the outdoor
colors. Conch-inspired artwork completes the Key West charm.

While a standard garden king or double queen begins at $159 in
the off-season, I suggest booking a garden suite for $214, or a
waterfront king for $230. Regardless, all rooms and suites have a
porch, patio or balcony, in-room Keurig coffee makers, L’Occitane
products, and come with access to four beautifully landscaped
pools, which are cleansed with minerals instead of chlorine.


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
29 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
8.9 out of 10

Pros: A fitness center is on-site, and a
complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach departs daily at 10 a.m.,
noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. The Smathers Beach trips include towels,
chairs, and return service.

Cons: While water sports equipment such as
kayaks, paddle boards, and Waverunners are available on property,
they cost an extra rental fee. Parrot Key is also over two miles to
Duval Street, but again, the shuttle will take you there.

Key West Marriott Beachside Book
Key West Marriott Beachside starting at $210 per night

Tropical outside, majestic inside with stone floors, polished
dark furniture, and marble bathrooms, Key West Marriott Beachside
is a good all-around destination resort, especially if you’re
traveling with a family or group. A 16-slip marina allows ocean
access for water sports rentals (kayaks and Jet-Skis) and boat
charters. A tiny beach allows for tanning — or sweating —
opportunities only, but you can slip into the waterfront pool to
cool down. The 24/7 fitness center also looks out over the Gulf, so
you feel like you’re running outside even when while on the
treadmill. Bike rentals are also available. 

In September, book a standard King room for as low as $210. But
these lowest-priced rooms are sometimes the locked-off extra rooms
of suites. It might be wise to indulge in a Presidential Suite with
a resort view, which includes a full-service kitchen and dining
room, for less than $100 more. You can also request grocery service
so you don’t have to take time out of your day.


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
28 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
8.4 out of 10

Pros: Positioned on seven acres, this resort is
large and able to host destination weddings and other events. Live
music Thursday through Saturday makes you feel like you’re in the
heart of Key West. The breakfast buffet, on-site dining at Tavern N
Town, happy hour, and room service are all good and helpful
options.

Cons: More corporate and less charming than
other local entities, the resort is about 3.5 miles from the center
of Old Town. Guests can bike, use cars or ride-share services, or
take the complimentary shuttle, though it is frequently full.
Recent reviewers have complained about rooms needing attention and
staff issues.

Pier House Resort & Spa Book
Pier House Resort & Spa starting at $219 per night

For some of the most comfortable pillowtop beds and updated rain
shower bathrooms in Key West, check into the 142-room Pier House
Resort & Spa. While a traditional Double Queen starts at $249
in sultry September, for an extra $100 you can score an Island
Suite with a patio or balcony.

Rooms come with plantation shutters to keep the room cool or let
in as much light as you choose, coffee and water, bathrobes, and
umbrellas for the unexpected tropical storm. Morning coffee at the
beach bar, fruit-infused water stations, and a welcome drink all
speak to the hospitality to be expected here.

The spa is also one of the finest on the island, with 10,000
square feet and 10 treatment rooms offering everything from the
signature “Milk and Honey” treatment, which includes an
exfoliation, body wrap, and scalp massage, to a Thai foot massage.
The facility includes a full fitness center, Vichy showers, and
cosmetic services.


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
19 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
8.6 out of 10

Pros: Located at One Duval Street in an ideal
waterfront setting, Pier House is one of the very few hotels to
boast a private beach, as well as a pool surrounded by tropical
landscaping. At both, towels, chairs, umbrellas, and attendants are
available, and a 24-hour front desk with express check-in and
check-out is helpful for travelers coming and going at odd hours. A
Tesla charging station is an unusual plus. 

Cons: The busy downtown location is not for
everyone and the beach and pool get crowded quickly, so plan to
stake your claim on a chair early. There’s also live music on the
beach so if someone also wants to listen to their own music it
becomes a noisy competition. Housekeeping doesn’t always show up
early enough in the day. 

Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages Book
Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages starting at $219 per
night

Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages provides one of the
most authentic and charming lodging experiences on the island. Stay
in your choice of reclaimed historic buildings that range from an
1880s cigar factory to a shotgun Conch house. Room categories are
numerous, and include double occupancy in the Victorian mansion to
quadruple occupancy in wood-framed, pastel-painted cottages. 

Follow the brick pathway through the grounds, which are
extraordinary and well-maintained, to explore all four pools and a
lovely, complimentary breakfast is served poolside,
Continental-style, every morning. Aside from free Wi-Fi, that’s
about it for amenities. But the inn is a block from Duval Street,
and concierge services will help arrange whatever tours and
charters you like; the staff overall is extremely helpful and
well-meaning. 


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
17 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
9.2 out of 10

Pros: For adults only, Simonton Court Historic
Inn and Cottages can easily accommodate groups of many different
sizes and configurations. The location especially is ideal if
you’re in Key West for a bachelor, bachelorette party, or
reunion. 

Cons: For some accommodations, a minimum stay
is required. Noise from the neighborhood may interfere with the
sleep for those who retire on the early side, and the vintage
nature of the buildings means the occasional maintenance issue does
crop up. 

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina Book
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina starting at $226

Jimmy Buffett practically owns Key West, in both the overarching
philosophy that his feel-good music provides and in the very real
sense of his local businesses. Margaritaville Key West Resort &
Marina manifests Buffett directly, with quotes from songs painted
on the aqua and blue walls, and bolster pillows emblazoned with
slogans like “attitude” and “latitude.”

Stay on-site for activities ranging from sunbathing at the pool,
where complimentary popsicles and fruit kebabs are served every
afternoon, to spa treatments on manicured patios. You may also
purchase a $20 day pass for a short boat ride to Margaritaville’s
sister resort, Sunset Key Cottages, which offers a white-sand beach
with tiki umbrellas and food and beverage service. 

In low season, standard rooms begin at 375 square feet with a
balcony and complimentary Wi-Fi for $226. Upgrade to a pool view,
marina view, ocean view, oceanfront view for better vantage points,
though, the best deal is a recently renovated one-bedroom suite
with a family room, sleeper sofa, and dining table, starting at
$303.


Trip Advisor
 Ranking:
38 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Booking.com
Rating:
8.7 out of 10

Pros: Bistro 45 for brunch is delicious, and
drinking margaritas on Sunset Deck while watching the sky change
hues is positively serene. From Sunset Deck, you can also watch the
arguably more crowded nightly celebration at The Pier, or just join
them. There’s really nothing like it.

Cons: Margaritaville Key West Resort &
Marina itself can be like one big block party thanks to a 37-slip
marina on one side — one of the three cruise ports — and Duval
Street/Mallory Square on the other. If the masses aren’t your vibe,
miss this one. 

Southernmost Beach Resort Book
Southernmost Beach Resort starting at $241 per night

If your idea of Key West is lounging on a brightly-hued
Adirondack chair while gazing at the calm Florida Straits, then
Southernmost Beach Resort will deliver. 

The resort, located in between Duval and Simonton streets, is in
a prime location and one of the largest in town, covering six acres
and two city blocks. Formerly known as the Southernmost Hotel
Collection, it comprises two properties with similar names:
Southernmost on the Beach and Southernmost Hotel, as well as La Mer
Hotel and Dewey House. The last two are adults-only. The website
doesn’t really clarify this, so it’s best to call and ask about the
differences in room styles and prices when you go to book.

Charming and relaxed, the waterfront resort features a number of
opportunities to park yourself waterside, including two beaches
(one private, the other public) and three pools. While there’s a
fitness center with the usual treadmills, ellipticals, and weights,
the beach and aqua yoga sessions are much more appealing. Likewise,
the Petite Spa offers plenty of treatments, but you can also get a
massage in a three-sided oceanfront cabana on the beach.


Trip Advisor
Ranking:
27 out of 52 hotels in Key
West


Hotels.com
Rating:
8.6 out of 10 

Pros: The Key West Old Towne Trolley, which
offers tours of the island, stops at the resort, and you can also
buy tickets at a counter there. Not into group activities? Get a
coffee from Starbucks, also on-site, and walk to all the
action. 

Cons: The room categories are not only
confusing but range in size, too, so you might end up with
something as small as 290 square feet. And, despite a $45 resort
fee, a lounge chair on the beach — if you can get one — costs
an additional $10. You should also plan to get up early to score
seats at the pools.

Marquesa Hotel Book
Marquesa Hotel starting at $250 per night

The Marquesa Hotel is my favorite place in Key West. I even
seriously considered naming my daughter after it. This boutique
resort is made up of a collection of restored historic properties:
the main house, or the original Marquesa, and three newly renovated
buildings (including a cottage), known as 4-1-4- Marquesa. Situated
across the street, they’re clustered around a gorgeously landscaped
pool and fountain.

All told, the resort offers three pools, which you have access
to wherever you stay, and furnishings reflect the environment with
antique reproductions, lots of wicker, and airy, colorful fabrics,
as well as updated bathrooms.

Although a standard Queen in the main house with a city view
goes for as little as $250 in summer, I suggest upgrading to the
more private, fresher rooms. A Balcony Deluxe with a King bed,
private covered balcony, two lounge chairs, and a table is only $50
more during the same time period. Likewise, the Poolside Standards,
on the first and second floors adjacent to the main house, feature
either a terrace or balcony.

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
The best hotels in Key West