Top 5 Key West Resorts
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