Florida’s southernmost city, a part of the Florida Keys archipelago, Key West is world-famous for its quirky spirit, colorful houses, crumbling mansions, quaint conch houses, charming palm-lined streets, spectacular diving on the nearby coral reef, and long history of interesting characters making it their home. Key West is a must-stop for the cruise ships and the ultimate romantic place for a honeymoon, a fun weekend, or a memorable trip with the family.
Where to Stay in Key West
The tropical paradise of Key West has some wonderful small hotels, B&Bs, lavish resorts, and luxury private homes. There is something for everyone for an unforgettable stay.
★★ Courtney's Place Historic Cottages & Inns, Key West, USA
Walking distance from the famous Duval Street, Courtney’s Place is a charming, informal, family-owned and run B&B. It is located about a mile from the Southernmost Point and is only a few minutes walk to the Ernest Hemingway House. The Smathers Beach is about 1.9 mi away and Mallory Square shops and restaurants are a 15-minute walk away.
The bright, breezy fairly simple rooms and cottages at Courtney's Place have private bathrooms, fans, air-conditioning, Free WiFi, and cable TV. Cottages also have kitchenettes or kitchens, sitting areas, and some even have private porches and/or a view of the pool. Guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, an outdoor pool surrounded by a tropical garden, a BBQ area, bike rentals, and off-street parking.
This charming, romantic place is very popular with couples.
★★★ The Laureate Key West, Key West, USA
The Laureate Key West is a relaxed hotel liked for its wonderful bay views. It is located about three miles from the Ernest Hemingway House and less than four miles from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Smathers Beach is 1.4 miles away.
Airy rooms have bright, island-inspired décor, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a wardrobe, a desk, and a flat-screen TV. Suites also have balconies, sofa beds, full kitchens, and washer/dryers.
The guests enjoy a business center, bike rentals, a heated outdoor pool, and grocery delivery upon request.
The Laureate is popular both with families and couples.
★★★ Douglas House, Key West, USA
Douglas House is a relaxed guest house about a 9-minute walk from the lively Duval Street, a four-minute walk to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and a five-minute walk to the Southernmost Point Monument.
The rooms at the Douglas House are bright and comfortable, with colorful, island-inspired décor. All have TVs, mini-fridges, free wifi, coffee machine, and microwaves. Suites also have full kitchens, and/or separate living rooms. Many rooms and suites have private balconies or porches.
Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical gardens and a lily pond, a sun deck, complimentary tea and coffee, and free parking.
This lovely inn is very popular with couples.
★★★ Southernmost Point Guest House, Key West, USA
Southernmost Point Guest House occupies four historic 1894 Victorian houses, beautifully restored and renovated. They have been converted into an upscale small hotel with 13 comfortable, cozy, beautiful rooms. The Guest House is located on the famous Duval Street, next to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. It is also walking distance from South Beach, just around the corner from the Southernmost Point Monument. Sunset Pier is only a mile away.
All of the Guest House's luxuriously decorated rooms have a flat-screen TV and private bathrooms with a bath or a shower. Some rooms have a private patio or balcony.
Couples love the romance and convenient location of this charming, small hotel.
★★★ Avalon Bed and Breakfast, Key West, USA
Avalon Bed and Breakfast is located right on historic Duval Street, in a historic, meticulously restored 1895 building. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is located just across the street. This charming island-style B&B is only a short walk from the beach and Ernest Hemingway’s House.
The elegant, opulent rooms have private bathrooms, canopy beds, hardwood floors, free wifi, mini-fridges, and cable TV. The small cottage has a private porch.
Guests here enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast served on the inn’s front porch, overlooking the lively Duval Street. There is also a plunge pool with a deck.
Avalon is the ultimate spot for a romantic getaway or a private celebration.
★★★★ Simonton Court Historic Inn & Cottages, Key West, USA
Located only a block away from the famous Duval Street and its action, shops, and restaurants, Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages is sprawled on a two-acre, beautifully landscaped property. This adults-only luxury hotel offers accommodation in cottages and several attached buildings, including one historic 1880 former cigar factory.
The rooms are upscale and individually decorated. They have unique features such as antique spiral staircases, whirlpool tubs, private balconies, and wet bars. Some of the cottages have kitchenettes or full kitchens. The two-story townhouse has private suites arranged around a courtyard and a shared pool. All rooms have a TV, telephone, a refrigerator, a private bathroom, and some have a private patio.
The guests enjoy free Wi-Fi in the entire property and complimentary continental breakfast by one of the four pools.
★★★★ Opal Key Resort & Marina, Key West, USA
Overlooking the ocean, Opal is a luxury waterfront hotel resort offering all amenities in the heart of the Key West action. The resort is only a short walk from Mallory Square, the Key West Bight Marina, and an 11-minute stroll from the popular Duval Street. Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society & Museum is across the street from the resort, and Key West Aquarium is right next door to the hotel.
Large, bright, airy rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, work desks, ironing facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have balconies and/or spectacular ocean views. The one and two-bedroom suites have separate living rooms, pull-out sofas, and large dining tables. Some suites also feature whirlpool tubs.
The guests enjoy a poolside bar and a casual restaurant with wonderful water views. There is also a spa, a gym, a pool, a hot tub, and an adjacent marina. There is frequent live entertainment. A business center is also available, as well as on-site shops and water-sports.
Bistro 245 serves American fare and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Castaways Pool Bar has a lighter poolside dining menu.
★★★ Truman Hotel, Key West, USA
Truman is a trendy, modern boutique hotel located in the heart of Key West, a five-minute walk to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, a half-mile to all the action on Duval Street, and a walking distance from South Beach.
Modern, stylish, wonderfully decorated rooms have built-in desks with leather chairs, wooden floors, iPod docking stations, free wifi, flat-screen TVs, a fridge, a private bathroom with marble countertops and large vanities, and the nightly turndown service. Some rooms also have balconies and separate sitting areas. Each floor in the hotel has a nicely furnished sundeck.
Guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, covered parking, a courtyard with an outdoor pool, and a sundeck. The hotel is surrounded by a lush garden with stately palm trees and tropical plants. A minimum-stay might be required.