If you're willing to go first class and spend the money for your quiet, private tropical island escape from noisy party-town Key West, this is the place for you! Making our way down for the weekend from Key Largo to Key West, with stops along the way, we were only spending one night in Key West and decided to go for the best. We were very happy with our choice. It was very expensive but we loved our stay there. PROS: private island, only guests, homeowners, and diners allowed. Ferry service from the island every half hour and quarter hour coming back. Very quiet (we wanted to whisper when outside!), private, breezy, nice views, beautiful grounds. The cottages were nicely appointed, the king beds heavenly, and the porches had nice seating to enjoy the breezes and a drink. Don't sit inside and watch TV, get your money's worth and enjoy the amenities, the island, the sunsets, etc. They had a private sand beach, with a raft in the water, chaise lounges, umbrellas, and towels. The zero entry pool was very large and they had a poolside bar. There were waterfront hammocks throughout the resort - a nice touch. The open-air bar and restaurant was nice, as was the concierge service. The refrigerator in the cottage was well-stocked and the prices were reasonable. They provided one bottle of water per guest upon arrival and dropped off orange juice, muffins and breads in the morning on your porch. The entire island had nice paths for walking or running - be sure to check out the island homes and nice views.
CONS: Expensive! The cottage was starting to show some minor wear and tear - nothing major -but for the price, they should look brand new every day. Bring some snacks and drinks to the island with you! There is no food or drinks to buy in the gift shop, only the items in your refrigerator, at a charge. At the beach, walking into the water just near the shore was difficult with the small coral rocks (explained in fine print in the brochure --back in your cottage!), so bring water shoes or walk in with flip flops like we did and then toss them back to shore. The bottom of the pool was dirty in some spots - again, for the money - it should be spotless. The pool bar closed around 4-4:30, quite early. We didn't see any bar service on the beach. The resort noted that it was not suited for small children and we didn't expect to see any but there were quite a few children and a couple babies there, and they made a lot of noise in the pool area. It is so quiet there, I would not recommend a cottage around the pool.
So overall, if you want to splurge on a quiet, first class paradise, this is the way to go. If you're looking for a loud party atmosphere, stay in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Key Cottages is a secluded tropical island sanctuary located just 500 yards off the coast of Key West, featuring private cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Hotel Key West
- Westin Key West
- Key West Westin
- Sunset Key Cottages Guest