Really a wonderfully relaxing stay at one of the few hotels in Key West that has beach access. As a previous reviewer noted it's a young, hip hotel that has a wonderful history. I won't bore you with too many details about a good choice for Key West.
If you're a student, party animal or looking for a low-key guest house this is not the place for you. But if you're a couple, or in my case a solo dad traveling with a 7-year-old, you've got a nice hotel to use as a base while exploring what there is to explore in Key West. It has two identical, wonderful pools, set amid beautiful palm trees. It's on the beach, or what passes for a beach in Key West, which is a little sand and a rocky access point. The hotel has a nice pier which goes a way out, with stairs, for access to the water.
You'll find a fair amount of seaweed, but hey, that's the Florida Keys.
The staff is warm, accomodating, friendly and highly professional. It's a hip place but that doesn't mean pounding discos and a party atmosphere. I was very pleased by the lack of music poolside. Sometimes I just want to totally relax, listen to the beach and not have to listen to Caribbean music, Jimmy Buffett or other resort-themed music.
The hotel reeks of history and why it's been renovated into a modern hotel is another topic for another time. I'm sure historians are freaking out at the modernization of this hotel and I'll leave it for the architects and history buffs to debate whether they've done the best thing for the public spaces of this classic hotel.
Our room was modern, the beach views wonderful and had absolutely no complaints about anything at this hotel. There's a bike, boat and moped rental place at the hotel and there is also a paid shuttle service to the airport. The taxi ride, all of five minutes, will cost you a shocking $16 (two passengers @ $8.00 each) from the airport. I'm from NYC and a lengthy car service or cab ride to or from the airport, as of this writing, will cost you about $40. A metered cab ride in NYC for an equivalent journey would have cost $5.00 tops.
If you're a newlywed, a couple or traveling with kids this is a great choice for Key West. Just wish I'd been able to afford it a lot earlier in life, although certainly can't complain at the roughly $150 a night rate that we got shortly after Labor Day.
As others have pointed out, and the Hilton website makes abundantly clear, there is a $20 per room "resort fee" attached to your stay. Why they just don't jack up the room rates by $20.00 and skip the "resort fee" is beyond me.
All in all a memorable holiday, my kid loved the beach, the boce ball, the volleyball and the pools. I'd definitely recommend this place.
- 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