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The 9 Hotels for the Best Nightlife in Key West

Jill Martin | December 27, 2017

Ocean Drive on Miami Beach, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, The Strip in Vegas… every party city has its iconic road, and in Key West, it’s Duval Street. This is celebration-central, where music, libations, and sexuality explode onto the sidewalks nightly, from the wild assortment of bars and nightclubs that front this fabled thoroughfare. Want to stay just steps from the excitement? Here’s where you need to be--these Key West hotels will have you right in the middle of all the best nightlife.


The Gardens Hotel

Why it made the list

Perhaps you’ve stumbled past and wondered what’s behind those walls? Paradise, that’s what. If you haven’t stayed, you simply must, or at least treat yourself to a serve-yourself glass of wine at their d’vine Wine Gallery. The botanical gardens, brick pathways, and upscale rooms are remarkable. Ask to see their tinajones--the only ones in the U.S. And you’re steps from the many soirees on Duval.

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Merlin Guesthouse

Why it made the list

This is local living. You’re in a residential neighborhood, yet you’re right around the corner from popular bars and attractions (wait, the bars are the attractions, right?). But seriously, on the outside it’s pure Key West; on the inside, the rooms are clean and completely updated. You’re only one block from Duval, and six blocks to the beach. And the staff are like old friends.

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NYAH: Not Your Average Hotel

Why it made the list

You can’t always get what you want… except at NYAH. Here, you can get what you need, thanks to their unique BYOR (Build Your Own Room) concept. You’ll also get modern conveniences, an onsite bar, free breakfast, and an authentic Key West vibe--all just four blocks from Duval and a 4-minute walk to the Historic Seaport.

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The Banyan Resort

Why it made the list

If you long to stay in a typical ‘conch’ home, The Banyan has what you seek. Eight different Victorian-style houses, including a former cigar factory, combine to create this beautifully Banyan tree-shaded property. You’ll be just one block from Duval across from Truman’s Little White House and a five-minute stroll to Sloppy Joe’s.

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The Marker Waterfront Resort

Why it made the list

Old Town Key West has a shiny new addition, the first newly built hotel in 20 years. While you’re sure to enjoy that new hotel smell, three sparking pools, and your balcony over looking the historic seaport, you’ll also love being a thirty-second walk from some of the most popular and fun local hangouts, like the Schooner Wharf Bar and B.O.’s Fish Wagon.

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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Why it made the list

Their private sundeck that overlooks Key West’s harbor is the perfect spot to toast your good fortune for choosing to stay here. You are just a block from Duval, and on the marina, which puts you closer to enjoying an adventure on the water, including a sunset cruise.

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Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Why it made the list

Zero Duval is a memorable and extremely desirable location, but what you’ll probably reminisce about the most after your trip is the fact that you were in the midst of Key West’s Sunset Celebration each night, right from your balcony (ask for a sunset view room!).

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Pier House Resort and Spa

Why it made the list

Lots of history, fun onsite bars, waterfront dining, a private beach, exceptional service… there is a long, laundry list of why to stay at the Pier House, including its address of One Duval. And when you don’t feel like walking the few steps to the action, catch a ride on their free shuttle.

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La Concha Hotel & Spa

Why it made the list

With a luxurious spa on the top floor (the highest point in Key West), a chic wine bar on the bottom level, and a centrally located Duval address, La Concha is an excellent choice for revelry-seekers. You don’t even have to leave the hotel to be a part of the action--you can get a room overlooking Duval.

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