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The 9 best hotels in Key West

Enjoy island breezes and idyllic views at the best hotels in Key West

Written by
Megan duBois
Danielle Goldstein
Rhys Thomas
Ella Doyle
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Where to stay in Key West? We have what you need. This is the best place to enjoy the ocean, hop in a kayak, and relax all day by the sea. And whether you’re a diver, snorkeler, or certified chiller, Key West has got something great for you. But don’t just plan out your activities in meticulous detail. Make sure you choose the absolute best hotel going, to suit every kind of trip, whatever you want from your Key West stay.

Lucky for you, we’ve made it easy and picked out the very best hotels that Key West has to offer, close to a whole host of great restaurants, bars, and attractions. Read on for exactly where to stay in the Conch Republic, making sure your Key West stay is exactly what you need.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

The best Key West hotels

Reach Key West

1. Reach Key West

This spectacular hotel will have you never wanting to leave. From the huge outdoor pool with magnificent views of the Key West sunset to the restaurant right on the beach, this is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and get comfy. Oh, and enjoy a few cocktails (or ten) by the sea. Each room has an en suite, bathrooms, and a flat-screen TV, and there’s the Key West Golf Club just 5 miles down the street, as well as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving. 

Mood? Tropical paradise.
Location perks? Hmmm... the beach is on your doorstep.
Budget range? On the pricey side.

Casa Marina Resort
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2. Casa Marina Resort

The laid-back vibes of Key West are combined with modern luxury at the 100-year-old Casa Marina Resort, which is a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. As a guest at the resort, you’re privy to a private pool and beach that can only be accessed by guests. While staying at the resort you can also scuba dive or snorkel around the only living barrier reef in the United States, enjoy sand sculpture workshops, and experience Key West nightlife – all within staggering distance.

Mood? High-end luxury.
Location perks? Your very own private beach is pretty spectacular, right? 
Budget range? Surprisingly affordable.

Parrot Key Hotel & Villas

3. Parrot Key Hotel & Villas

Located along the idyllic Florida Bay, the Parrot Key Hotel has so much to offer guests visiting Key West. There are plenty of activities to join in (think kayaking or spa day – your pick), as well as a casual cafe and a poolside bar. All accommodation here features a 55" flat-screen TV, kitchenettes, and private terraces complete with stunning ocean views. From lush landscaping to four palm-tree-lined pools to choose from, this is laid-back luxury at its best. 

Mood? Minimalist vibe.
Location perks? A recurring theme here... but beachfront access, of course.
Budget range? Very well priced.

Oceans Edge Resort and Marina
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4. Oceans Edge Resort and Marina

Ocean’s Edge Resort and Marina is located on Stock Island which is just minutes from downtown Key West. The resort offers a 165-slip full-service marina where you can charter boats for fishing excursions or a romantic evening alone with your partner. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary bikes, paddle boards, and kayaks, along with "dive-in" movie nights where family-friendly films are shown near one of the six on-site pools. When it’s time to get away from the resort consider a planned adventure to Dry Tortugas by seaplane, which the resort concierge team can set up for you.

Mood? Dreamy vacay.
Location perks? They mean it when they say 'oceans edge'...
Budget range? A great range of options.

Eden House
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5. Eden House

For those headed to Key West for the city-beach-nightlife trifecta, Eden House is ideal. This affordable art deco guest house has been taking care of revelers since the 1920s, providing Mediterranean specialties at in-house restaurant Azur and crazy good cocktails that are best sampled during the complimentary cocktail hour. Rooms start from as little as $205 per night and, if you book directly through the hotel, you could benefit from one of Eden House's regular deals.

Mood? 70s chic. 
Location perks? In the heart of downtown. 
Budget range? An absolute steal.

The Marquesa is located in the heart of Old Town and just one block from Duval Street. The hotel has three sparkling pools and a quiet garden that offers refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. A 19th-century conch-house-turned-hotel, The Marquesa features rooms and suites, all of which are furnished with relaxing, nautical colors, and modern amenities like a coffee maker and refrigerators. The hotel is also home to one of the best restaurants in the area, Cafe Marquesa, which serves new American fare.

Mood? Coastal charm.
Location perks? Duval Street is two minutes away on foot.
Budget range? Decently priced.

Ocean Key Resort and Spa
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7. Ocean Key Resort and Spa

The vibrant Ocean Key Resort and Spa is located on Duval Street and is perfect for those looking for a hotel slap bang in the middle of the action. The resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and every room has a panoramic view of the water. Don't pass up the hotel's 'Sunny Side Up' promotion, where breakfast is served daily on your private balcony. The resort also offers Florida residents discounted rates for those planning a staycation in their own backyard.

Mood? Eclectic aesthetic.
Location perks? All the ocean views you could dream of.
Budget range? Spennnny.

The Mermaid & The Alligator
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8. The Mermaid & The Alligator

The Mermaid and the Alligator is an adults-only escape for guests aged 21 and up. The bed and breakfast is a ten-minute walk from Duval Street, where you’ll find some of the best shops and restaurants on the island. Each of the nine guest rooms has a distinct theme, ranging from tropical gardens to a treetop escape. Each morning a hot, fresh breakfast is served alongside juice, homemade muffins, and coffee from local brewers.

Mood? A little slice of Bali.
Location perks? 11 minutes walk from South Beach. Dreamy.
Budget range? A truly great deal.

Hyatt Vacation Club at Windward Pointe
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9. Hyatt Vacation Club at Windward Pointe

Have a holiday full of sun-soaked sea vistas at this beachside hotel, which is made up of a collection of self-catered villas, each with its own fully-equipped kitchen and seating area. Enhance your stay with the onsite barbecue facilities or by hopping on one of the bicycles available for hire. There’s also fishing, scuba diving and parasailing available nearby. When you’re tired of doing it all yourself, head to the Abbey Road Snack Shack for sundowners or soak in the infinity pool. 

Mood? A beachside retreat.
Location perks? Right on the seafront and just 3.5 miles away from the Southernmost Point.
Budget range? Caters to various budgets. 

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