Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, Florida 33040, USA

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A whopping seven acres on the Gulf of Mexico, this is the place to stay if you love to earn your Marriott points and you enjoy the finer things. Hop on the free shuttle to join the fun on Duval Street and see for yourself what Key West is all about.

YOU SHOULD KNOW While it’s in Key West, it is void of the Key West vibe. The good news is, there is no resort fee, although self-parking is $19.50 a day.

room

Marble floors, dark wood furniture... not a hint of Keys tropical but it does ooze with Marriott style. Suites are super spacious and will spoil you in every way. Gourmet kitchens (in suites only) have a Sub-Zero refrigerator, real china, and fine cabinetry. Marriott bedding, thick blackout drapes, Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, and bottled water are all great perks. You will share a foyer area with another room, and will hear your neighbors coming and going.

Upgrading to a suite is highly recommended (and finagle your way into getting free breakfast vouchers if you can).

bathroom

Bath tubs are long and deep. Some showers are glass enclosed while others have a curtain. The floor-to-ceiling natural stone tile in the shower/tub area is attractive, as are the new vanities and backlit mirror. Thann hair and body products smell and feel so good (especially the wood scent). Velour robes are cushy soft.

YOU SHOULD KNOW if you’re not in a suite the bathroom will be small.

lobby

Absolutely stunning with marble checkered floors, tray ceilings, crown moulding… not your typical Keys’ lobby. You’ll also be offered a glass of champagne.

pool

Their heated, oversized pool with a view of the Gulf is surrounded by 3-story-tall buildings and stately date palms. The brick paver deck is lined with plenty of loungers, and a few private cabanas that can be rented. Towels are provided. There's a pool bar at the far end and music makes for an enjoyable afternoon.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The resort has a locals-friendly policy till early evening, meaning locals can hang out and use the facilities.

spa

No onsite spa, although the concierge can arrange massages and other treatments for you.

gym

It's not huge but it does offer beautiful water views while you work out on treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes. There is also a room with balance balls. Towels, a doctor's scale, and water are provided.

dining

Lucky you, Tavern N Town is their open-kitchen, upscale bar and restaurant and it's right onsite. The food and drinks are very good, albeit pricey. Grab a very comfortable bar stool and catch the game or make a reservation for a memorable meal.

drinking

Blue Bar is poolside (like a glorified tent) but the drinks are expensive, even by Key West standards. Tavern N Town also has a full liquor bar.

beach

Even though they advertise a 'private beach,' you should know that it is basically a big lot, covered with imported sand. While it’s great for sun-worshippers, it is totally manmade, so don’t be disappointed. You can access the water, but there is no swimming, and you’ll need beach shoes because of all the rocks.

activities

Rent kayaks, paddle boards, and Fun Cat electric catamarans onsite at the far end of the beach.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The free shuttle will make your life very easy, but if you don’t want to wait (or you miss it), just call a cab. There is not much to walk to from the resort.

Restaurants

Hogfish Bar & Grill (7-minute drive) is a little tricky to find on Stock Island, but worth it. Locals love it for their hogfish sandwich. Yellowfin Bar & Grill (8-minute drive) is also on Stock Island, at the new Oceans Edge Resort. Dine overlooking the marina and be sure to have the conch chowder. Want to dine where the Key West chefs eat? Make a reservation at Santiago’s Bodega (15-minute drive). It’s tapas style dining and the sangria will make you happy. One more: SALUTE! On The Beach (10-minute drive) is on the east side of the island, serving casual Italian seafood, and is a sister restaurant to Blue Heaven.

Bars

Take the free shuttle to Duval and experience Sloppy Joe’s (14-minute drive). It’s legendary, loud, and a must-do. Hogfish Bar & Grill (7-minute drive) has a big bar on the interior, under the ceiling fans. Sit by a local and get the scoop. Margaritaville Key West (15-minute drive) is where the free shuttle will drop you. Stop in and have a cold one.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The top reason why we like Key West Marriott Beachside is because good service is hard to find, but you’ll find it here. And being away from the crowds and debauchery of busy Duval adds unexpected serenity. Stay here and you can make your vacation what you want, from relaxing to rowdy, and every stage in between.

Just know that you won’t escape the noise completely. Being at the entrance to the island, you will hear cars, sirens, and the morning trash trucks.

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 305-296–8100;800-546–0885

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