To preface, this was a ladies vacation for our 40th birthdays, so the expectation was relaxation and fun. I should also note that we are from Boston, and winter has gotten the best of us - ugh! We arrived at Southernmost after dark, to a very receptive and helpful Frank. He gave us room #630 and said it was "a great room" - I told him he said that to all of the girls, but he was not kidding. The room was beautiful - standard two queens, immaculate, huge bathroom with enormous glass doored shower, huge flat screen tv (that we never turned on), and bay window overlooking the balcony. Management had also left us a birthday card and cookies :) After grabbing a quick bite and Key Lime margarita (must drink!) at the cafe we slept in the most comfortable beds ever.
When we woke up, we were stunned by the GORGEOUS view from our balcony! Not only was there a huge palm tree of happiness, but the sun was shining and the ocean and beach view were just a few rooms away. We sat out there every morning with our Cuban cafe con leche (purchased across the street) just soaking in the sunshine (our room was east facing). I had previously read "complaints" that the view was not good because you had to step outside of the room to see it - as far as I am concerned, the entire atmosphere was beautiful - I could hear the ocean from my bed and sitting on the balcony was delightful - not a solitary complaint (but just note it if you are expecting otherwise).
In addition, the staff were wonderful - Frank (as mentioned above), the concierge Julie (our "cruise director"), Doug & James (at the Pool Bar), in addition to just all around friendly, helpful and nice people. The vibe is definitely relaxed, they take the time to chat with the guests (if that is what you want) and they really want you to enjoy your stay and explore the island. My one complaint (if you can call it that) was that the concierge seemed to only recommend Fury boating activities - it made me feel like she was getting a kickback. I asked if there were other options and she kind of hemmed and hawed - and never recommended other companies - I didn't push it either, so it's on both of us. Just an observation. We still did them (sunset cruise and snorkel) and had fun, but in the future I will seek out smaller, less "corporate" style boat experiences.
Sadly, we were only there for 3 nights so we did not get to check out all of the pools or beaches very well, but I would highly recommend the Southernmost. It is also perfectly located at the quieter end of Duval, but a short walk from all of the nightlife. I cannot WAIT to go back!! Thank you for a great vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located where Duval street meets the Atlantic Ocean in historic old town, Southernmost Beach Resort stretches over 6 acres across 2 city blocks on the quieter end of Duval Street, away from the hustle of Key West activities, but close enough to the excitement when you want it. The resort offers many on-site amenities such as 3 pools, 4 bars, a private oceanfront beach with tanning pier, access to public South Beach, an oceanfront restaurant, fitness center and petite spa. Southernmost Beach Resort now encompasses the Southernmost on the Beach, Southernmost Hotel and La Mer Hotel and Dewey House all part of the former Southernmost Hotel Collection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southernmost On The Beach Hotel Key West
- Key West Southernmost Beach
- Southernmost Beach Hotel