Key West – the southernmost point in the United States – is a classy and chic destination in Florida’s keys. The beach town offers great parties, an endless sandy coastline, lush tropical foliage, an amazing barrier coral reef, and year-round warm weather that served as inspiration to many famous American writers, including Ernest Hemingway. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful 8-square-mile town, check out these five sophisticated hotels.
1. The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection
Located in the heart of Old Town Key West, The Saint Hotel Key West is a small boutique hotel with only 36 rooms. All rooms are designed in the Saint’s signature cobalt blue and white color scheme, and feature blue LED lighting and white sheer drapes to recreate a sophisticated atmosphere and an intimate chic vibe. The entire hotel is characterized by contemporary and classy details, including Frette linens and Niven Morgan toiletries. The hotel is only a minute away from the famous Duval Street and all it offers: live music, art galleries, coffee shops, great restaurants, small shops and much more. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon stay. Guests are mainly couples, and there are almost no kids.
2. Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
Parrot Key is a luxury hotel located in the neighborhood of New Town. The hotel boasts a restaurant, water sports, a fitness center, exclusive white-sand sunbathing terraces, sculpture gardens and artwork, and four pools cleansed with minerals instead of chlorine. Parrot Key also offers water sports equipment such as kayaks, paddleboards, and Waverunners for an extra rental fee. The hotel is about two miles away from Duval Street, but there is a shuttle that takes guests there. The new and refurbished 148 rooms and suites feature an elegant interior design, with elegant textiles in different shades of whites and light colors. The rooms may have three different views: garden, garden/water, and waterfront. Additionally, all rooms and suites have either a porch, a patio or a balcony, and they all include L’Occitane products. The Grove Kitchen & Bar is a casual restaurant serving small plates, wraps, pizza, and burgers to satisfy small appetites.
3. The Marquesa Hotel
The Marquesa is a boutique hotel located in Old Town Key West, a few steps away from the ocean and major attractions. The hotel is made up of a collection of four historic properties: the main house (the original Marquesa) and three newly renovated buildings (including a cottage), known as 4-1-4- Marquesa. The four properties are located around a gorgeous pool and a fountain and are painted in a light blue color. In total, there are only 44 rooms. All of them are decorated with attention to details, and include peculiar furnishings with antique reproductions, West Indies objects, cherrywood floors, and colorful fabrics. Additionally, the hotel boasts three pools and one of the finest restaurants on the island, the Café Marquesa. The Marquesa Hotel is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
4. Ocean Key Resort
Situated between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, Ocean Key Resort & Spa is synonymous with elegance and tropical decor. The rooms and suites feature local art and hand-painted furnishings, and have large furnished balconies with spectacular views over the Gulf of Mexico or Mallory Square. Additionally, all rooms include Spa Terre bath products. The resort boasts a private pool named LIQUID, a bar, a lounge, and a colorful Sunset Pier serving casual dining and drinks. There is also an upscale restaurant offering fine cuisine including lobster cocktails. The hotel’s Spa – called Spa Terre – specializes in exotic Balinese treatments and Thai body ritual, offering to its guests a chance to relax mind and body.
5. The Perry Hotel Key West
Situated on Stock Island, the Perry Hotel is an award-winning luxury resort that was named after “Commodore Perry.” The hotel style recalls the seafaring and shipbuilding days of Old Key West, as it is decorated with various woods, brown textiles, and white linens. The 100-room hotel is an ideal place for extended stays as it is the ideal place for fishing, boat tours, and nature lovers. The Perry Hotel also features dockside restaurants/bars, a gym, water activities, two waterfront pools, access to weekly yoga and bootcamps, and two dog parks. The restaurant Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar offers not only a sophisticated menu, but also live music every Friday and Saturday nights. Although the hotel is located on an island five miles to the center of Key West, there is a shuttle that brings guests to Old Town.