Luxury can be fun, especially when it’s at the edge of everything Key West. Even if you’re more of a watcher than a player, with an address of Zero Duval Street, you can get in the game without even trying (especially if you order a liquid jelly monkey love cocktail).
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s a $27 a day resort fee, which, when you see the list of what it includes, might make you roll your eyes--Wi-Fi, coffee in the lobby, robes in your room… you know, regular hotel stuff.
Guest room, suite, or penthouse? All are completely colorful and well appointed, with bright accent walls and pillows, comfortable beds and robes, hand-painted furniture, tiled floors, high wood ceilings, and French doors that lead out to your balcony. You choose the view. Balconies have teak chairs, a small table, and some of the best views on the island.
Upgrade to a suite, even a junior suite, and you can double your floor space.
Beautiful and spacious, with elegant marble floors, sconces, vessel sinks, a separate water closet (toilet), some have spa tubs, and all have a delightful Key West flair. SpaTerre bath products are provided but don't take the big bottles in the shower or you'll be charged for them.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The large jetted tubs are nice, but some are in the middle of the room, while others are just behind a sliding door, or shutters.
Valet park and come inside. You’ll find air-conditioned comfort and fruit-infused water (covered by your resort fee so drink it up!). There’s also a specialty shop with clothing and cool souvenirs for all ages.
It’s a pool! It’s a bar! It’s a lounge! It’s called LIQUID, and it is super chic. This waterfront, guests-only pool and deck will be your favorite place to hang out, day and night. The pool isn’t huge but it overlooks the water, and the vibrant turquoise cushions, pillows, and cabana curtains are the tropical cherry on your Key West escape. Full bar and menu is served.
Enjoy being spoiled with chilled towels, frozen treats, and a self-serve bar of fruit-infused waters.
SpaTerre is small but sumptuous with its island-themed treatment rooms (many of which have a Japanese soaking tub on your private balcony). The decorative ceilings add to your relaxation as does the exotic aroma from the oils. Facials, massages, body treatments, and mani-pedis are available--and there is a nice retail spa so you can smell this good at home, too!
There is a small fitness center on site with True brand treadmills, free weights, ellipticals, bikes, mats, a TV, and a wall of mirrors.
Dine by the pool, at their Sunset Pier, or experience one of the finest restaurants in Key West at Hot Tin Roof. The views of the Atlantic are soothing and so is the elegant décor. Painted ceiling panels add to the whimsy and romance--and just wait until you try the chef’s special creations!
You can live it up without leaving the property. Between the pool bar at LIQUID, and their Sunset Pier, you'll get a taste of island life without a doubt. There is also a mini bar in your room, and the restaurant, Hot Tin Roof, has a full liquor bar.
From your resort, you can walk to most places, or hop in the back of a pedi-cab (a human powered half-bike-half rickshaw vehicle). The valet will be happy to get you a taxi as well. You won’t want to drive yourself anywhere as parking is a royal pain in the rump anywhere on the island.
Sit on the harbor and dine casually at Conch Republic Seafood Company (6-minute walk). At the A&B Lobster House (5-minute walk), it’s white tablecloth-style dining with harbor views. Bring cash to dine at Harpon Harry’s (12-minute walk), a local secret for the best diner food for the best prices. No water views but you won’t miss them.
You’ve got to do the traditional drink at Sloppy Joe’s (3-minute walk). Get a been-there-done-that T-shirt to take home, too. The Half Shell Raw Bar (13-minute walk) has a funky bar area covered in license plates and their seafood baskets are good, too. Wine-O Bar and Lounge (8-minute walk) is eclectic with its chandeliers, walls of wine, and seats along the window to people watch. Newly opened is the Hemingway Rum Company (5-minute walk). Take a tour, learn some history, and sample good rum.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You are part of the scene when you stay at Ocean Key Resort--and the envy of anyone who isn't staying here. Of course, when you're ready to escape the characters on Duval, you've got a helluva space to return to. Just know that if you've chosen a room overlooking the street, escaping the noise can be a challenge, but eventually everyone does go to bed. And while there are a few amenities on site, there is a ton of fun just steps away, and the concierge can steer you toward the best snorkeling, sailing, sunset cruises, fishing, diving, and even an unforgettable day trip to the Dry Tortugas. If you love Key West and its funky charm, but you also adore a bit of barefoot luxury, this is the resort for you.