Key West Resorts
When it comes to the Florida Keys, Key West resorts are some of the nicest, most luxurious that you'll find anywhere. But as you might expect, they are also more expensive than much of the rest of the Florida.
Still, there are a lot to choose from, especially for such a tiny island! And what wonderful resorts they are. If you plan on spending a weekend, do consider a resort if you can swing it. I can certainly vouch for them, having spent some very memorable days there.
One thing kind of interesting about the Key West resorts is that you have an option of renting a whole island for your very own. Or at least a small piece of it. How cool is that?
Things to Consider
There is something that you need to be aware of when you are staying at a Key West resort hotel. Parking is at a premium on the island, so many of the resorts ask you to pay a daily parking fee. Which can get quite hefty.
A suggestion here -- if where you want to stay makes you pay for the parking, see if they have complimentary bicyle rentals. Why? Because the parts of the city that are most interesting to visit also have the worst parking! Kind of a catch-22, but it's something you will have to decide for yourself.
Just another thing to keep in mind when you look for a hotel or resort is that there is a "bed tax" that is an extra 11.5% (at the time of this writing) that is on top of the actual room fee. Sorry about that -- it's one of those pesky laws we have. And that 11.5% sure can add up on a multi-night stay. Not trying to keep you away, just want to make sure you account for it in your budget.
Instead of putting a list of general prices marked by $ (like I have for other cities in the Florida Keys), Key West resorts all have the same price range. Based on one room, double occupancy, the rates are from $250 per night up way past $450 a night.
You'll likely only see prices on the low end of the spectrum ($250/night) in the off season. The off season runs from around June through just before Thanksgiving. I tried to get a reservation once in February, and couldn't seem to find one for under $400 per night (yikes).
On the flip side, I once got a very, very, very nice Key West resort room for less than $200 per night in July. It pays to look around and see what specials are available!
In many cases the Key West resorts "rooms" actually means mini-suites. In any case, they tend to be nicely large and spacious. Many of the resorts are on the water, so most of them have a private beach for guests - an added bonus for you.
Key West Hotel Resorts
Keep in mind that Key West is a pretty small island, only 4 miles square. Since this is Mile Marker 0 (zero), resorts are listed with their street addresses.
So let's see what's available for Key West hotel resorts!
- Banana Bay Resort, 2319 N Roosevelt Blvd -- At Banana Bay Resort in Key West, you are just 6 blocks from the Historic District and 1 mile to Duvall Street. There are three kinds of rooms -- standard, mini-suite and a one-bedroom suite. Hey, in the standard room, ask for a king size bed -- they have canopies! This is an adults-only resort. The rates include a continental breakfast served beachside. Boat dockage is available. As an aside, this resort gets mixed reviews (some love it, others don't), but it is one of the least expensive of the Key West resorts. Find best deals.
- Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina, MM 601 Front Street -- This is one luxurious resort. Really pricy, but really special. The rooms are large (460 square feet) and the views are spectacular! A pool is on-site, along with a hot tub. You can rent a scooter or bicycle here, and avoid the congested traffic. Activities also include parasailing, diving, waverunners and more! On-site restaurant, snack bar/grill/bar and of course, in-room dining. Dig around some, and if you can find a good deal on a reservation -- book it! Find best deals.
- Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Zero Duvall Street -- One of the biggest draws for Ocean Key Resort and Spa is the location, location, location. At Zero Duvall Street and near Mallory Square, you can see the ocean, Mallory Square and the famous Key West sunsets without leaving the resort! Both standard rooms and suites are available. The on-site spa will leave you relaxed and refreshed, with a multitude of treatments available. On the premises is also a bar and grill, restaurant, waterfront pool and a marina. At the marina you can reserve a fisting trip, take a snorkel or dive boat or relax on a glass-bottom boat. Find best deals.
- Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa, 1 Duval Street -- Pier House is on the Gulf of Mexico side of Key West. Originally the on the site of the old Porter Doc Company, a $4.5 million dollar renovation turned Pier House into a luxurious spa resort. Most of the accommodations at Pier House are rooms, but it also has 16 one- or two-bedroom suites. You should see the two-bedroom suites - all except the Seabreeze suite are two-story! Amenities include a beach (of which one part is topless), full-service spa, pool, restaurant, bar and grill and concierge service. The location is on Duval Street, so you are just footsteps from all Duval has to offer. And before I forget, wedding services are available, all on-site. Find best deals.
- Reach Resort Key West, 1435 Simonton Street -- Close to the activities in Key West, the Reach Resort is also has the only natural sand beach in all the island! There are 150 rooms, of which 76 are suites. The suites come in "boutique" and "executive" sizes. Amenities include a restaurant, bar and grill, spa services, fitness facilities, heated pool, whirlpool and sauna. And of course don't forget the beach! Rentals of all kinds (jet skis, kayaks, snorkel gear, bikes and sailboats, to name a few) are available. Charter fishing can also be arranged through the resort's concierge service. Find best deals.
- Sheraton Suites Key West, 2001 S Roosevelt Blvd -- If you want to visit Smathers Beach while you are in Key West, the Sheraton Suites Key West is just a block away from it. There are 180 suites (actually more like mini-suites, but spacious nonetheless) with options like a terrace, balcony and a jacuzzi tub. There is a lagoon pool on-site, as well as a restaurant and a bar. Free shuttle service is available to the Historic District. If you're thinking about getting married in Key West, they have a concierge service that is in touch with local vendors. Find best deals.
- Sunset Key Guest Cottages, 245 Front Street -- Perhaps you'd like a little seclusion at your Key West resort. Have I ever got the place for you -- Sunset Key Guest Cottages! Imagine being on a lush, tropical, seven acre private island for your stay in Key West. You're just 10 minutes offshore by private launch, which operates 24 hours a day. The launch operates from the Hilton Resort.) All cottages are 1-, 2- or 3-bedrooms and offer a separate kitchen and living/dining spaces. There is a restaurant/cafe on the property, as well as room service. A small grocery (limited number of items) is also on-site, if you choose to do your own cooking during your stay. Oh, and before I forget, there is a beach, pool, hot tub and tennis courts. Find best deals.
- Westin Key West Resort and Marina, 245 Front Street -- Great location, close to Mallory Square and other Key West hot spots. The Westin has something kind of unusual -- the whole resort is smoke-free (something you may want to keep in mind before booking). Being this is a resort, there are the usual amenities -- pool, hot tub, exercise room -- but also more. Book a tour (snorkel, dive), do some parasailing, rent a boat. Then, when you are done, get a massage. Parking is either $9/day for self-park with one in-and-out per day. Valet parking is $12/day with unlimited in-and-out priviledges. One other nice thing is the "Heavenly Bed" which is ultra-comfortable. Find best deals.
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