I stayed at this hotel over Christmas in 2012. I have stayed at a lot of 5 star resorts. Although this place had its assets there was a lack of attention to detail that I felt was sad given the reputation of the chain. The room we had was booked very last minute so it was a small corner room. It was nicely furnished and clean even though it was triangle shaped. The room and hallways were so quiet you could hear a pin drop - a big plus as far as I'm concerned. The hallways themselves were a bit worn and in need of an update - the carpet was pretty faded and dirty in many places - something I have seen at a number of "beach" type resorts. Not a big detractor.
As far as lack of detail I am specifically referring to the fact that the tables around the pool were never cleared or wiped off - each time I went out I had to clean up other's cups, papers and cigarette butts. Tables were often sticky. Also - this is a seaside location but the presence of bird excrement on walkways and walls/dividers was a bit unseemly. It's a 5 star resort - someone should be cleaning that stuff off daily if not twice a day.
Overall I do think this was a nice place and would stay there again. It was a convenient walk or bike ride to the local attractions, the rooms were clean, and the place was quiet (and I am told was booked to capacity when we were there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Mediterranean-inspired hotel sits on a 1,100-foot private beach a mile from Duval Street. Our historic beachfront resort combines 1920s ambiance with a chic, contemporary flair, features sophisticated accommodations, complete with LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, and an in-room espresso, coffee, and tea maker. Amenities include: two tropical pools, water-sports activities, spa services, poolside cabanas, Sun/Sun Bar & Grill serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and The Lobby Lounge for tapas and libations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Key West
- Waldorf Astoria Key West
- The Waldorf Astoria Collection
- Casa Marina Resort Key West
- Casa Marina Key West