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The 10 best hotels in Key West

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

Written by
Megan duBois
Contributors
Danielle Goldstein
,
Rhys Thomas
,
Ella Doyle
&
Alex Floyd-Douglass
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Ahhh, Florida. 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.

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. 

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Best hotels in Key West

Reach Key West
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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. 

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.

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Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
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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. 

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.

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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.

Ocean Key Resort and Spa
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6. 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.

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The Mermaid & The Alligator
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7. 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.

Opal Key Resort and Marina
Photograph: courtesy Opal Key

8. Opal Key Resort and Marina

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 has 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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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. 

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