I had read the reviews on Tripadvisor and decided we wanted stay at an upscale resort like Casa Marina away from the craziness of Duval Street. I was nervous about getting stuck in one of those dumpy trendy little hotels on Key West.
We arrived a few hours before the scheduled check in time (4PM) and they did not let us check in one minute before (check out is 11AM). Parking was a little confusing (across the street from the resort) and it was not well secured. I had heard many stories of people's cars getting broken into and was a bit nervous about parking the car not directly in front of the resort, but the car was ok.
We stayed in room 3010. The one bedroom ocean front vista suite. A huge room with a great bathroom, sitting room and nice bedroom. It was close to $300 per night with a discount! A couple of things with this room. There no no real view of the ocean because you are eye level with the tops of the palm trees!! All of them right in front of the balcony. So, no sitting on the balcony to watch the sunset. They should have called it the palm tree view and not the ocean view. The other problem was that it was very windy while we were there and the window in the bedroom had a gap between the window and the sill so it made a whistling noise all night. I couldn't figure out until late in the night where the sound was coming from.
The grounds at Casa Marina are beautiful. The staff was very friendly. The location was not near the heart of the action (which was the intent). The beach was packed and fairly rocky (coral).
We felt like we didn't want to move the car and ended up renting mopeds (from the resort) to get around the island. It was much easier without a car, traffic is terrible. But, the mopeds were expensive.
When we checked out, I told the front desk about the window. The apologized and took like $10 off the bill. A month later, I got a charge on my credit card from the resort for $11. What the ??
So, for the money, I would say it was okay. I've stayed at 4 and 5 star resorts before and while Casa Marina was very luxurious, I think I may have expected more since it was one of the most expensive places to stay on Key West.
- 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