After numerous stays in 'Old Town' Key West, my wife and I opted to try the Ibis Bay Resort in 'New Town' for our January vacation and brought some family members along for the fun. We had a blast and couldn't have enjoyed the resort more! The lobby welcomed us, with bright colors and a friendly Macaw gracing the entrance. We stayed in a courtyard room with a single queen bed, our family in one of the two-bed rooms facing the waterfront; both were beautiful and clean, with tropical designs and colors. The beds were comfortable and well-kept and the rooms include flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. The resort staff cleaned our rooms and refreshed linens daily.
Ibis Bay includes its own activities desk, with on-site kayaking, paddleboarding and watercraft tours. We've never stayed at any Key West lodging with as many available options for fun! The large pool area has lots of chairs, a great view, a poolside bar and is directly connected to the Stoned Crab restaurant. We enjoyed a couple of meals at the restaurant, as well as the complimentary coffee in the morning. Visitors could easily enjoy an entire visit without leaving Ibis Bay (but you can't go to Key West without heading to Old Town!).
The resort is located on North Roosevelt, just before the Sigsbee Rd. entrance to the Navy residential area on Dredgers Key. It's a 2-mile drive or cab ride to New Town and a slightly shorter trek to Smathers Beach and Key West International Airport on the south side. Within a half mile walk are two Publix supermarkets (and liquor stores), Dunkin' Donuts, K-Mart, Walgreens, Home Depot, Ross, CVS, and Mr. Z's Pizza & Cheesesteaks. Parking is plentiful on the resort.
Ibis Bay is a refreshing and fun place to stay in Key West, away from all the hustle of Duval Street, but close enough to go enjoy a sunset cruise or a Pirate's Punch at Capt. Tony's.
NOTE: I booked our room via Kayak; my family via Orbitz. Ibis Bay does charge a $10 per day resort fee for bookings not made directly with the resort. While I'd have preferred to have that disclosed up front, it was not a problem for us. Even with the additional fee, it is a great value for anyone visiting Cayo Hueso.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Bay is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Key West. It's a friendly, quirky resort with design and colors inspired by 1950s Havana. The landscaped white sand beach leads right up to the beachfront guest rooms, and guests can jump right into the beautiful bay for swimming, snorkeling and take jet skis, kayaks or paddle boards right from our dock! The staff are all Key West locals who love the island and want our guests to enjoy their stay. We have exclusive attractions like our poolside Dive-In Movies every Wednesday night on a 20ft screen by the pool, plus Nightboarding nightime LED-lit paddleboarding and kayaking! Wildlife abounds on our grounds including huge tortoises, lots of large colorful parrots, local iguanas (don't touch!) and our namesake, the very pretty ibis birds. In the mood for some fun? Ask our Fun Desk concierge about our jet ski, scooter and electric car rentals on site plus paddle board, kayaks and kiteboard rentals on the beach. They can also recommend off-site activities, restaurants, tours and local attractions. We have 80 hammocks for lazing about, and an amazing restaurant called The Stoned Crab that has two of its very own fishing boats delivering fresh crab, shrimp, lobster and fish every day! What are you waiting for? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Bay Waterfront Hotel Key West
- Blue Lagoon Hotel