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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
Contributors
Rhys Thomas
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Danielle Goldstein
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Planning a trip to Key West includes a lot of research on the best things to do and best restaurants in the area, but the most important part of any vacation – or staycation for that matter – is finding the finest hotels in the area. Looking for something within walking distance of Duval Street (ideal for for bar hopping and rum runners)? We've got you. Need the ease of jumping on and off the Key West trolley? We know just the spot. Seeking something a little more subdued where you can hear and see the beach when you wake up? Check!

There’s something for every traveler on this list. From an abundance of amenities, including award-winning restaurants, to fab attractions, and even an adults-only B&B that's ideal for those traveling without the little ’uns. We’ve pounded the boardwalks to bring you the best hotels in Key West for ultimate island vibes and total relaxation in the Conch Republic.

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Best hotels in Key West

Reach Key West is an island paradise that offers modern accomodations just steps away from the ocean. The hotel is nestled along the shore of Key West’s only natural sand beach. While some of the rooms boasts ocean views, others offer views of Old Town or the resort’s lush courtyard. Each of the rooms have plush bedding for a relaxing nights sleep after a long day of exploring the island and enjoying the beach.

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.

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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 revellers 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.

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. Everyday 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 sea plane, which the resort concierge team can set up for you.

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What would make your dream Key West vacation? A private cottage with an ocean-view? Yeah, we'd say that about sums it up. The name kind of gives it away, but Sunset Key Cottages provides just like that. Not all cottages offer ocean-views, but they all have wrap-around porches and beach-friendly white-wood decor. Sizes range from one to four bedroom properties that come with modern living amenities. Sunset Key Cottages is located on a barrier island from Key West and is accessible by ferry. 

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.

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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.

Taking over where the former Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina once stood, Opal Key Resort is located along the waterfront of Old Town and just one block from Duval Street. Each of the 178 guest rooms have stunning views of the ocean and nearby cruise ship port. After exploring all that Key West has to offer, head to the onsite bar Castaways where you can indulge in a tropical cocktail while lounging in comfort outside on the patio.

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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.

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