Having never traveled to Key West I really had no idea where to stay or how much to spend to get a decent room and experience. We spent the first night at the Oceans Keys Resort (adjacent to Mallory Square) in a two bedroom suite with an incredible ocean view. We checked into the $925/night suite late in the evening only to wake up to two massive cruise ships blocking the entire view. The Ocean Keys never told us this and we checked out immediately. We than checked into the Santa Maria Suites and could not have made a better decision. I am not a travel expert but have traveled to over 150 countries and have seen the good with the bad. The Santa Maria is one of the most uniquely cool hotel experiences ever. We had a 2 room suite (#10) in which we had 4 adults and one teenager. Amazing professional kitchen in unit which lacked nothing and throughout the suite everything was practical,comfortable, and done with incredible style. Our friends stayed at the Southernmost Hotel complex next door. They wish they had stayed at the Santa Maria also. They paid far more and had a rather sterile experience in the Southern Most which is an oversized yellow corporate monster that takes up several city blocks. Stay away from the Southern Most and stay at the Santa Maria. I truly don't think I can say that strongly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the eclectic and sophisticated charm of Key West with out the hustle & bustle of a large hotel at the Santa Maria Suites Resort. Barely a block from Duval Street and the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Maria is an elegantly refined all suites hotel designed for the discriminating traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel Key West
- Santa Maria Resort