Top 5 Key West Resorts

by Meg Massie 
Posted Jan 20th 2011 11:01 AMUpdated Feb 2nd 2011 02:41 PM

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Key West Resorts

To many people's minds, Key West is among the finest resort destinations in the Caribbean, and the best of what Florida has to offer. And with beautiful beaches, friendly locals, hip bars, and classy architecture, that's a hard estimation to disagree with. So go! All you need now is a place to stay, and we've selected our top five key west resorts to get you started.

1. Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Expect top-notch service in an absolutely stunning locale at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada. Its 27 rooms and suites are a paragon of laid-back elegance, wicker meeting hardwood and tasteful island-themed artwork and delicate lighting. It is, dare we say, romantic. The Cheeca resort also has one of the best private beaches in Key West – never too busy with so few rooms – and sumptuous Atlantic vistas from sunup to sundown. Be sure to check out the resort's Atlantic's Edge restaurant, which proudly features inventive and ever-changing dishes made from local catch and produce.

2. The Inn at Key West

While the Inn at Key West doesn't have an ocean view like most of the resorts on the island, it makes up for it with a large, palm- and flower-ensconced pool that wends its way around the center of the resort. Just three miles from Duval St., the hotel benefits from the best of both worlds: Quiet and relaxing on site, but not too far from the heart of the action. Best of all, the Inn is affordable, and a great way to relax in Keys luxury without breaking the bank.

3. The Moorings

Sure there are cheaper hotels on Key West, but the Moorings offers unparalleled calm and intimacy in a place where such idyll is at a premium. Of course, you can always hit downtown, but at The Moorings you can just easily spend days on their perfect private white-sand beach, have a bite at Chef Susan Ferry's renown "Cafe Marquesa," and experience the best the American Caribbean has to offer.


4. Marquesa Hotel

Behind an unassuming Colonial facade lies the Marquesa Hotel, a small boutique hotel in Old Key West. A couple blocks from Duval St., the hotel walks the tightrope between hopping downtown resort and quaint bed and breakfast. If you can imagine the Key West of a more refined era, the Marquesa will help you realize it. Its staff is both attentive and conscientious, and its location keeps the resort just far away enough from the revelry to make it a perfect place to rest after a busy night downtown.


5. Pier House Resort and Spa

Located at 1 Duval St., you can't top the Pier House Resort and Spa for location. What's more impressive is that the Pier manages both lovely Key West waterfront accommodations and convenient walking distance from the hopping downtown center. With Pier House you get six acres of tropical flora, the Atlantic Ocean, and all the bright lights and bustle of Duval in one convenient location just a skip away.


Photo by The Inn At Key West via Flickr
Filed Under: Hotel, Best Of, Luxury

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barbsbaby

all of the ravels sounds nice....howerer ther is no mention of howm much it will cost to stay there....

April 11 2011 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dmjgastro

I live in Key West. The Cheeca Lodge is 80 miles away. I've never heard of the Moorings. The Marquesa and Pier House are indeed nice. I don't think I would rely on this web site, certainly for Key West and probably not for anywhere else. They seem to lack accuracy!

December 08 2012 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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lisa.michalek

So as a resident, can I ask what you would recommend for a hotel? We're a group of 16 adults (40+) looking for somewhere to stay next Sept. I was looking at the Marriott's and Westin's. The Westin looks like there's no beach front to speak of (bulk heading). We have to have a place with a beach where we can swim, an area where there's a night life, good restaurants etc. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

December 10 2012 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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