11 Top-Rated Resorts in Key West
For sunseekers wanting a Caribbean vacation without actually having to leave the United States, Key West - the southernmost tip of the country - is just the ticket. Here, you'll find superb accommodations and the perfect confluence of everything that's great about a US-based vacation, but with the great tropical climate; crystal-clear waters; and extremely laid-back, casual attitude to life that people crave from the Caribbean. This relatively small city straddles both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea (you can walk from one to the other in less than 30 minutes), with a variety of world-class places to stay. You can choose from extremely luxurious brand names, such as Waldorf Astoria, the company behind the The Reach Key West, and Hyatt's Centric Key West Resort & Spa to lovely locations run by smaller hotel groups that are certainly worth considering. Find the best place to stay, relax, and unwind with this list of the top-rated resorts in Key West:
1 The Marker Waterfront Resort
One of the top luxury resorts in Key West, The Marker Waterfront Resort is also one of the newest vacation destinations in the Florida Keys (it opened in 2014). Located in the northern part of Key West, close to the city's top attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment, The Marker sits on a two-acre parcel of land overlooking the water and consists of 96 bright, spacious guest rooms, each with its own balcony or porch. Options include king or double queen rooms featuring large bathrooms with separate soaker tubs and rain showers (the comfy bathrobes are a classy touch).
The resort's amenities are equally luxurious and include three swimming pools (one for adults only), a gym, and dining at the Cero Bodega restaurant. Guests also have access to valet parking plus staff assistance with booking activities and adventures including scuba diving, sailing, and fishing, to name but a few.
Address: 200 William Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: The Marker Waterfront Resort
2 Ocean Key Resort & Spa
Located at the top end of Duval Street (its address is "0 Duval St, Key West"), the extremely elegant Ocean Key Resort & Spa is as close to the city's entertainment and dining action as it is to the Gulf of Mexico, each just steps away. Not that you'd need to leave this luxury resort, as Ocean Key offers everything from world-class, gourmet dining in the Hot Tin Roof; plenty of pampering at its full-service spa, SpaTerre (be sure to try the couple's massage); a gift shop; fitness center; swimming pool with private cabanas; kids' programs; and direct access to the famous Sunset Pier.
Accommodations come with top-notch perks and services, too, including pool and beach towels, free daily newspapers, comfy bathrobes, and concierge services. The rooms themselves are elegantly decorated throughout and feature local artwork, king or queen beds, pull-out couches, large bathrooms with jet tubs, and good-sized balconies. Larger deluxe suites - some up to 600 square feet in size - come with marble bathrooms and separate showers.
Address: 0 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Ocean Key Resort & Spa
3 Santa Maria Suites Hotel
When your check-in includes free ice-cream, you know you're staying somewhere special. And that's certainly the case at the opulent Santa Maria Suites Hotel, where that much-welcomed ice cream is just the tip of the proverbial pampering iceberg. Other nice perks include chilled towels at the two heated swimming pools, along with complimentary bottled water, fresh fruit, and tasty smoothies when the urge strikes; fresh-baked muffins every morning plus candies at the evening turndown service; and, down at the beach, friendly attendants are always available to provide chairs, umbrellas, and towels. Add to this great on-site dining, a concierge service, and a well-equipped fitness center, and you'd be forgiven for never wanting to leave.
The attention to detail is equally evident in the hotel's beautifully decorated luxury suites. Consisting of two-bedrooms and full designer kitchens, these homes-away-from-home also include HD TVs, separate living rooms, spacious balconies/patios, en-suite bathrooms with bathrobes, and large closets. If your budget allows, try one of the even larger split-level units.
Address: 1401 Simonton Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Santa Maria Suites Hotel
4 Southernmost Beach Resort
Spread across six-acres and two city blocks of prime Key West real estate, the aptly named Southernmost Beach Resort offers guests great luxury accommodations in a tranquil setting. On-site amenities include access to sandy beaches and beach chairs, lush gardens dissected by pleasant pathways, fantastic water views (and hammocks to rest in while you enjoy them), three swimming pools, dining, live entertainment, and a gym offering a variety of fitness programs. Off-site fun includes easy access to great shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
One of Key West's larger vacation properties, Southernmost Beach Resort consists of 261 luxury rooms, each featuring a private balcony and superb water- or city views (binoculars included). A variety of accommodation options are available, including an adults-only building offering rooms with larger king beds and spacious bathrooms. Breakfast is included in your stay.
Address: 1319 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Southernmost Beach Resort
5 The Perry Hotel Key West
Another of Key West's newer boutique resorts, the 100-room Perry Hotel on Stock Island offers guests plenty of things to do. Highlights include a lovely waterfront swimming pool with private cabanas, fire pits, two restaurants offering a choice of indoor or alfresco dining, water activities, a fitness center, a lush garden to relax in, as well as concierge services and a gift shop. There are also a number of artist studios on the property, along with displays of local artworks. When the urge strikes to explore the rest of Key West, the resort provides a free shuttle service. Those wanting to take a boat tour or rent a vessel for themselves can do so at the neighboring full-service marina.
A variety of room types are available at the Perry Hotel, most boasting great views over the water or adjacent park. Popular options include the double queen or single king rooms, some of which come with outdoor showers. Larger options include studios with pull-out sofas and large, wraparound porches, or the nearly 700-square-foot Commodore Suite. Pet-friendly hotel rooms are available, and the hotel is close to two dog parks.
Address: 7001 Shrimp Road, Stock Island Marina, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: The Perry Hotel Key West
6 Pier House Resort & Spa
One of the few vacation properties in Key West to have its very own private beach (there are a number of large public beaches), the historic Pier House Resort & Spa can trace its roots back to 1968, when it opened as a retreat for creative types. The same retreat-ethos remains today, with the focus very much on sun, sea, and serenity. Everything that's needed for a restful stay can be found on-site, including a waterside heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, a full-service spa, Caribbean-influenced dining, entertainment (Jimmy Buffett played here early in his career), and a conference center. The resort's location at the top end of famous Duval Street also means there's plenty to do nearby, from great shopping to superlative dining and plenty of entertainment options (a friendly concierge can make reservations for you).
All told, Pier House comprises 142 luxury rooms and suites. If you can swing it, go for one of the larger suites, many of which come with private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Notable features of the largest units include over-sized bathrooms with separate tubs and rain showers, along with seating and living areas. A 1,200-square-foot, two-story, two-bedroom unit is also available, complete with two bathrooms, a large living room with entertainment center, and a waterfront balcony.
Address: 1 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Pier House Resort & Spa
7 Oceans Edge Key West Resort Hotel & Marina
Billing itself as the city's newest and biggest luxury vacation destination, Oceans Edge Key West Resort Hotel & Marina offers guests no end of fun things to do. The resort boasts six swimming pools and plenty of waterfront activities (including one free hour of paddleboard and kayak usage), and outings can be organized by resort staff, including exciting fishing excursions, snorkeling adventures, guided jet-ski tours, bike rentals, dinner cruises, and even airplane rides over the Keys. The resort also has a marina. A must-do while staying here is enjoying an alfresco gourmet meal in the charming waterside restaurant.
Guests have a wide choice when it comes to accommodations. Perfect for couples, the romantic ocean view king-rooms come with their own private balconies, while a much bigger two-bedroom suite is ideal for larger groups of friends or family members. Highlights of these larger, nearly 1,000-square-foot, six-person units include en-suite bathrooms, a separate living area with a pull-out couch, plus an expansive private balcony with table and chairs.
Address: 5950 Peninsular Ave, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Oceans Edge Key West Resort Hotel & Marina
8 Sunset Key Cottages
Set on a 27-acre private island and easily accessible by boat from Key West (it's just an eight-minute boat ride away), Sunset Key Cottages offers a truly unique and tranquil Florida Keys vacation. Guests can choose from a variety of one- to four-bedroom standalone cottages, each with its own spacious wraparound verandas complete with comfy seating and tables. While all cottages come with living and dining areas, pull-out couches, and full-kitchens (pre-stocked with your choice of food), the huge four-bedroom, two-story units take opulence to a whole new level. Capable of sleeping up to nine guests, the units include private ocean-view plunge pools, access to a private beach, laundry facilities, and a master bedroom with a Jacuzzi tub and its own balcony.
When it comes time for fun things to do, there's much to make you want to stay on the island. In addition to its own beach, the resort has a large gradual-entry swimming pool (complete with waterfall), full-service spa, tennis courts, and a fitness center offering a variety of programs including yoga classes. There are a lot of on-water activities to enjoy, too. Some of the most popular are kayaking, diving, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, and sailing, all of which can be booked by resort staff. And when it comes to food, Sunset Key knows how to spoil its guests. In addition to a superb on-site restaurant, guests are provided with complimentary breakfast baskets delivered to their cottage, as well as free afternoon ice-creams. It doesn't get much better than that!
Address: 245 Front Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Sunset Key Cottages
9 Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
Consisting of 120 guest rooms, the lovely Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa is perfectly situated for those wanting to explore Key West's old town area. There's also much to do on-site, including a great waterside restaurant, the full-service Jala Spa, a gym, large swimming pool, and a spacious sundeck that's perfect for sunbathing. Resort staff can also facilitate a variety of water sports, from sailing and fishing excursions to kayak and sea-doo adventures.
Each of the resort's rooms encompass an area of 460 square feet and come with two queen beds or a single king, as well as a good-sized balcony. A number of units are available for those with mobility issues and include lower shelving and light switches, as well as wider bathroom doors, grab bars, and a raised toilet. Traveling with pets? Be sure to ask in advance for a pet-friendly unit.
Address: 601 Front Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
10 Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina
Situated at the top end of Key West close to Mallory Square (famous for its daily sunset festival) and the city's cruise port, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina consists of 178 roomy accommodations. Couples will love the cozy and bright standard rooms, complete with ceiling fans and balconies, while groups should consider one of the luxurious two-bedroom suites. In addition to much larger balconies, these spacious 750-square-feet units can comfortably sleep up to five guests thanks to an additional sofa bed. They also come with a separate dining area.
On-site amenities include a waterside restaurant, live entertainment, a large swimming pool with hot tub, a full-service spa, a marina, and a fitness center. Guests also have access to Sunset Key Beach, where they can rent a private cabana and enjoy beachside snack services.
Address: 245 Front Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina
11 The Reach Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Located near the quiet southern end of famous Duval Street, The Reach Key West provides guests with a classy place to call home while they enjoy everything the city has to offer. Here, you'll find one of Key West's only private beaches, the perfect place to experience the thrill of swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Other on-site amenities include an oceanfront swimming pool, hammocks, a restaurant (in-room dining is available), a fitness center, and concierge services. Nearby fun includes guided snorkeling and diving adventures, deep-sea fishing, and jet skiing.
Standard hotel-style rooms start with units with a king-bed and furnished balcony, with a number of easy-access units suitable for those with mobility challenges. The larger king studio suites come with bigger balconies, pull-out couches, a dining area, and spacious bathrooms with glass showers. An even larger unit, the ocean view king suite, comes with nine-foot ceilings plus a living area with a sofa bed.
Address: 1435 Simonton Street, Key West, Florida
Accommodation: The Reach Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort