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The 9 best hotels in Key West

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

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Megan duBois
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Planning a trip to Key West includes a lot of research on the best things to do and the best restaurants in the area, but the most important part of any vacation – or staycation for that matter – is finding the best hotels in Key West. Looking for something within walking distance of Duval Street (ideal for for bar hopping and rum runners)? We have an idea. Need the ease of hopping on and off the Key West trolley? We know some good spots. Seeking something a little more subdued where you can hear and see the best beaches right when you wake up? There’s something for every traveler on this list.

The best hotels in Key West offer an abundance of amenities like award-winning restaurants, proximity to attractions, and even an adults-only spot that's ideal for those traveling without kids. There’s plenty of historic buildings that have been revamped into boutique stays as well as more modern accomodations with an island twist. We’ve rounded up the best hotels in Key West to bring you island vibes and total relaxation in the Conch Republic – even if you don’t have a margarita in your hand at every moment.

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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 walking distance.

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For those headed to Key West for the city-beach-nightlife trifecta, Eden House is ideal. The inexpensive hotel has rates starting as low as $205 per night but regularly offers deals if you book directly with the hotel by calling the front desk. The resort boasts multiple styles of rooms from a basic spot to sleep with no TV or fridge all the way up to a fully furnished apartment. Each night Eden House has a complimentary cocktail hour at the bar, and the hotel is also home to one of Key West’s best restaurant’s Azur.

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 Tortuga's by sea plane, which the resort concierge team can set up for you.

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The thought of a private cottage while vacationing in Key West is right out of a dream. At Sunset Key Cottages that dream becomes a reality where anyone can rent a one- to four-bedroom cottage, some of which have ocean views. Each of the cottages also have a beautiful wrap-around porch and modern living amenities that will have you soaking up the beach life from the moment you step inside. Sunset Key Cottages are located on a barrier island from Key West, and is accessible by ferry. 

The Marquesa Hotel is located in the heart of Old Town Key West and just one block away from Duval Street. The hotel has three sparkling pools and a quiet garden that offers a 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 beach and nautical colors, and modern amenities like a coffee maker and refrigerators. The hotel is also home to of the best restaurants in Key West, Cafe Marquesa. 

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Ocean Key Resort and Spa is located right on Duval Street and is perfect for those looking for a hotel right 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 can be served from the privacy of your balcony. The resort also offers Florida residents discounted rates for those planning a staycation right 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 Key West, 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 people ages 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 house-made muffins, coffee from a local coffee shop, and juice.

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