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Santa Maria Suites
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   1401 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Best Decision Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We finished a conference in south beach Florida and headed to key west. This hotel was great. The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and nicely designed. We were concerned it was not on the beach, however, the hotel design is clever with all rooms facing the pool and into this quaint oasis. We travel a lot and stay in many 4-5 star hotels. this one had a great boutique feel to it and we especially enjoyed having a full kitchen. Location is great. The south end is much more quiet and picturesque rather than the north end where the cruise ships arrives. Steve the manager gave us some nice tips on places to stop along the highway.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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winnipeg canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

it's always risky booking an unknown hotel in an unknown location but Santa Maria Suites turned out to be a welcome surprise from all points of view. From the warm welcome through the fabulous accommodations, we couldn't have been happier. The accommodations were immaculate and very contemporary and actually better than we expected. The pool area and restaurant on site were fabulous . The staff were always frIendly and accommodating and the location was happily beyond the mayhem yet easily walkable to everywhere. We shared the suite with friends and each couple enjoyed the exact same room with ensuite along with the living space and kitchen on the main level. There is a laundry room in the unit as well. Our only problem was the wooden bed frame at floor level that was a constant source of painful encounter when getting in and out of the bed or going around the room to the bathroom or the balcony. That could easily be solved by the management. Would happily recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Very clean, friendly, quiet, and attentive. Front desk was outstanding. Loved the Nordi. He had great restaraunt recommendations. Location was perfect. Close to the fun. Yet far enough from the mayhem. again, Loved Nordi!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

My partner and I stayed at Santa Maria Suites for 3 nights during a short trip to Key West. We arrived quite late on Saturday night and Wolfgang greeted us at the front desk ready to check us in (we were the last to check in for the day). Wolfgang was a character, regaling us with his various travels from Germany through the US. Very friendly and funny guy. It set the tone for the rest of the stay.

We were quite pleased with the room and the hotel in general. The room we had booked was a '1 Bedroom Garden View Suite'. There was a lot of space for the two of us. It was up a flight of stairs which was a little bit of a pain since we had one heavy bag (we were packing for both warm Key West weather as well as cold New Jersey weather). The suite we had was very narrow with a living room, half bath and kitchen downstairs and then the bedroom and full bath upstairs. Definitely more space than we needed since we were out and about just about all day, but still it was nice to not be in a cramped room. We had been debating between Santa Maria Suites and a gay resort and I'm glad we chose the SMS. While we didn't make use of the pool(s) or lounging around the courtyard, we saw a good number of people that were. The grounds are very well maintained and the pool looked very nice, if a little bit small. There was a bar where there were towels and spa water (although we're not sure if it was complementary or pay, we think complementary).

The only minor annoyance was the size of the shower in the full bath. It's very narrow in one direction; turning around in the shower you would easily bump into the fixtures which were modern with edges that you bang your elbow into. It had dual rainshower fixtures which I personally don't like, but if that's the worst I have to say about a room, that's pretty damn good. The suite was spotless and well-kept.

When we're traveling we enjoy walking and the SMS were just right for us. It's located at the south end of the more touristy areas where it's rather quiet, which we also like. Walking 5 or 6 blocks gets you to the south end of the touristy area on Duval Street. From there you have plenty of restaurants and attractions within walking distance, but you need to like to walk if you want to go all the way up to the north end of Duval Street. It could certainly get tiring if you aren't a walker, although there are plenty of bike taxis available or you could rent your own scooter or bike to get around. .

All in all, we were very happy with the Santa Maria Suites and would certainly return if we find ourselves back in Key West.

Room Tip: Room 29 is just off the main courtyard, up a flight of stairs with a second flight to get to the bed...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This was our first time in Key West. I found SM Suites on Jetsetter. It looked wonderful - and reality did not disappoint. Our one (king) bedroom suite was clean, well stocked and perfectly located in the corner - away from some of the late-night rowdiness by the pool :-)
The resort was very accommodating, allowing us to schedule our room service time depending on what our plans were for the day. The provided free bottled water, ice cream bars in the evening, muffins in the morning and free non-alcoholic smoothies at the pool. 4 p.m. is happy hour when they offer free wine at the pool as well. Really nice!
Location of SM Suites is perfect - it's off the main traffic of Duval, but still an easy walk to some great restaurants (Louie's Backyard a block away) and local attractions (Southernmost point a few blocks the other way.
We spent a full week here - and I could easily see coming back!

Room Tip: If you want more privacy - ask for one of the rooms in the corner. We had room 11 (on the ground fl...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Excellent suites, very clean. Great facility. The bed was super comfortable. Had a great night sleep. A bit pricey but worth the money. The showers were very very clean and felt like you were standing in rain.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 1401 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Key West
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Key West
#3 Green Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Santa Maria Suites 4*
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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