I first came across the Marquesa Hotel in 2001 while staying at another nearby hotel and right away admired the tasteful restoration and adaptation of this 19th-century structure, something that I always appreciate when visiting a preservation district like Key West's Old Town.
Four years ago we stayed there for the first time in one of the standard rooms overlooking the pool area. The gardens and two pools are a tropical delight, and the experience of stepping out onto the deck at first light to be bathed in the soft warmth of Key West before the heat of the day is a marvelous experience. I know waking up early can be a challenge on vacations, but it's worth it wherever you stay in Key West.
We just returned a few days ago from our second stay at Marquesa Hotel. This is worth noting because I almost alway say to my wife "Let's come back here someday" whenever we stay at a place we enjoy -- and we never do. Marquesa is now the exception.
Part of the reason we returned, after considering some other hotels and inns, was the location: just two blocks north (or is it east?) of Duval Street, Key West's main drag, and in easy walking distance to landmarks such as Sloppy Joe's bar, Hemingway's house, Mallory Square (the gathering point for watching the sun set), dozens of restaurants, or even Southernmost Point if you're feeling ambitious.
This time we stayed in a standard room in the main building -- the only one available when we made the reservation. It was comfortable and well-appointed. However, my wife had the presence of mind to ask for an upgrade, to which the person who checked us in said we could if we didn't mind changing rooms midweek. We made the switch and were glad we did, since we ended up with a junior suite, a king-size bed, two-sink bathroom, and a pool-side entrance and outside lounge area, where we ate breakfast one morning.
My only complaint -- our room was on the ground floor and apparently a brontosaurus was in the room above -- an insomniac one at that. Although I usually tumbled into bed at night exhausted after a day of running around all day in the sun, I was disturbed once or twice by the heavy footsteps of the beast above us. (Then again, the same happens at home sometimes, not that I'm happy about that either). I'm not sure there's anything to be done about this, since this is an older property and there are obviously some limitations to what can be done to isolate one room from another. So, in the grand scheme of things, I see this as a forgivable glitch, but not everyone might be so tolerant.
When we left this time, rather that saying we needed to come back, I asked my wife if she would like to stay at Marquesa again. She gave an unequivocal, yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury hotel with friendly staff, two pools, great Cafe, and premiere location one block from Duval St. Free coffee, water and ice tea poolside. Turndown in the evenings. Complimentary wine at check-in. We welcome children age 14 and older only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marquesa Key West
- Marquesa Hotel Key West