Just back from our sixth or seventh visit to the Marquesa (I've lost track).
LOCATION: The property is conveniently located at Fleming and Simonton, in the middle of Old Town and just two blocks from Duval. Half a block away is Fausto's, a market with an extensive beer and wine selection, as well as groceries and specialty foods (sushi, meats, cheeses, etc.). You're close to the action, but also far enough away to retreat for some peace and quiet at the end of the night. Overall, a nice, fairly upscale section of town.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: I'd characterize the Marquesa as an Inn or small hotel. The rooms encircle a compound including two pools (one heated, one not) and beautiful landscaping. I've read others describe it as an "oasis," which is apt. We've stayed in the Poolside Standard rooms and most recently, for the first time, a Junior Suite (more on this later). There is an on-site restaurant (pricey and a bit stuffy), but no poolside bar (no matter, get your libations at Fausto's and BYOB poolside). No guests under 14 yrs old and no cell phones by the pool. Clientele runs the gamut from twenty-somethings to senior citizens.
POSITIVES: Very pleasant check-in process, which includes complimentary wine or beer. Beautiful surroundings. Great location. Rooms are clean, tastefully decorated, and well-appointed. This could be a plus or minus for some, but definitely not a "party" atmosphere. Not to say we didn't sip our fair share of drinks by the pool and in Key West at large, but the Marquesa environment is designed for tranquility (most of the time...see comments that follow).
NEGATIVES: A bit pricey. The Junior Suite wasn't worth the premium (I think these are hit-or-miss...some are larger and better-located than others). We were in 106, which had great privacy, but was in the back of a building, small-ish, and a bit cave-like. We'll stick with the Poolside Standard moving forward. Because the Marquesa is a relatively small property and built for quiet, it only takes one poolside bigmouth to really shatter the environment (acknowledging that this observation isn't actionable).
Overall, Marquesa is top-ranked for a reason. A nice alternative to the "big box" hotels.
If selecting a Junior Suite, assuming they aren't fully-booked, asked to look at a couple upon a...
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