My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights. I will preface by saying that if I return to Key West I would likely choose to stay here again because I enjoyed being away from the tourist action, but within reach so that we could go to dinner and do other activities. The boat back and forth was totally easy, and the boat captains were extremely friendly. We rented bikes and kept them locked up at the Westin Key Resort on the other side--this made getting around the whole of downtown/old town really easy and fun, particularly because the "Westin" end of Duval and Key West is a bit more loud and clubby. The end of town near the Southernmost resorts was much more our style.
What we liked about the resort:
Being away on a separate island.
Nice pool (you can't really swim laps here if that is important to you)
Beach with chairs and umbrellas (2 caveats: the beach is rocky so bring waterproof sandals if you mind that. Also the beach service only goes until 2 pm. This didn't bother us too much but seems like a loss for the hotel as we would have gladly continued ordering!)
Having your own separate cottage with little kitchen area.
Lattitudes bar for sunset is unbeatable
What we didn't love about the resort:
If you are looking for luxury--this hotel is not it--but I am not sure anywhere on Key West actually is. I have certainly stayed in nicer Westins. This resort is not at all on par with places like four seasons, ritz, etc...
Service was spotty--some staff lovely, others were not. Not consistent as in other $$$ resorts.
Amenities in cottage were sort of motel quality
Fitness room is adequate but is just that--a room--no spa amenitites like showers, sauna, steam, etc (PS Sunset Key--why not put some fruit in the fitness room?)
I think some of the cottages have been updated/renovated. Ours wasn't but it was beachy, clean, and comfortable--bed was very nice.
Our cottage ("Sea Oats") had an ocean view from the front (was not beachfront)--from the back though it had a view of the island trash bins, and we got to hear the dumptrucks every morning from around 8:30 to 10:00 am. May not bother you if you are not sensitive to noise and if you keep the back blinds closed so you don't have to view the trash.
I agree with the other reviewer who said that the resort is "noisy" in that you hear quite a bit of boat motors--this didn't bother me too much but you definitely hear this the entire time you are on the beach, although it is better later in the afternoon. I don't think there is a "quiet" beach resort in key west though so it may not be your choice of destination if that is your main priority.
Please feel free to PM me if you have more questions. All in all we had a great time on vacation!
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- Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, is a secluded tropical island sanctuary located just 500 yards off the coast of Key West, featuring private cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Hotel Key West
- Westin Key West
- Key West Westin
- Sunset Key Cottages Guest