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Fodor's Expert Review Pier House Resort and Spa

1 Duval St., Key West, Florida 33040, USA See on Map

Jill Martin

Marrying the best of Key West culture with modern conveniences, The Pier House Resort & Spa is perched on the edge of the sea, and the party end of Duval Street, providing you a front row seat to the best of both worlds. Lounge on their private beach, find serenity in the amazing onsite spa, or take a walk on the wild side and attempt the Duval Crawl, right outside the resort’s privacy walls.

YOU SHOULD KNOW They do not charge a resort fee (score!) but you'll pay $20 a day for parking, which is typical in Key West.


Coastal casual with soothing colors that mimic the sand and the sun, your room or suite is your own private Idaho, in the heart of Old Town Key West. Pillow top mattresses, plush bedding and custom pillows are a weary traveler’s (or should we say partier’s?) dream. Local art is a nice touch. Keyless entry is offered with the OpenKey app.

Book an oceanfront balcony and watch the sunset from your room. Also, spa rooms are the largest but furthest away.


Oversized with modern tile and lots of little luxuries like lots of H20 products, a lighted makeup mirror, a beautiful glass enclosed shower with a rain shower head, and robes in the closet (no slippers!). There is no counter space though.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no locks on the French-style bathroom doors.


It’s easy to find the lobby with its entrance off the parking lot. Not much going on in here, kinda small with trendy seating. The space doesn't really preface what’s to come when you enter the resort grounds or your room.


The heated, rectangular pool is surrounded by buildings and palms and overlooks the water on one side; the loungers are lovely, as are the matching umbrellas and live music. You’ll also find two hot tubs, one at the pool and one by the spa building. Poolside service is completely pampering and there's a dispenser for cold water.


One of the finest spas in the Florida Keys. The Relaxation Room has soothing earth tones and fruity water to enjoy and the treatment rooms are tropically elegant. This is a full-service spa so they do everything from makeup to manicures and body treatments to facials.


Located in the spa building, their fitness center is nice and clean with treadmills and other machines, free weights, plenty of towels and a mini fridge filled with water bottles.


You’ve got a few options for onsite dining including One Duval, their waterfront dining option that’s wedged between buildings and the beach. Sit outside on the deck or dine inside surrounded by an elegant, modern interior.


The dark and funky Chart Room Bar is where Jimmy Buffet had his first gig--and they have free hot dogs, peanuts, and the best popcorn! The Beach Bar has awesome key lime coladas and water views.


Guests love the small private beach and you can swim out to their floating dock. Just ask and the beach staff will set up chairs and bring you towels and drinks. The resort’s pathways are lush and lovely, lined with traveller palms and bright foliage. Everyone loves the turtle pond.

There is a free shuttle to take you up and down Duval Street. It’s a small golf cart type vehicle so get there early or you may not get a seat. Ask at the lobby for times.


Getting Around

Leave your car parked at the Pier House and take their free shuttle up and down Duval or just walk. Trying to drive is not recommended as there is never any parking (and you're already paying to park)! You can also take a taxi, bicycle, or pedicab. If you’re brave, you can rent a scooter, but the free shuttle is the way to go.


Blue Heaven (14-minute walk) is famous for its roosters and key lime pie. (A bit of trivia for you--Hemingway used to box here.) One of the best restaurants on the island is Santiago’s Bodega (15-minute walk). This where the chefs go for a good meal. They serve a large variety of tapas (all kinds of food on small plates) and fabulous sangria. Reservations necessary.


Sloppy Joe’s (1-minute walk) is the must-do spot on Duval. It's always hopping. Captain Tony’s Saloon (3-minute walk) is mentioned in Jimmy Buffet songs and a fun place for drinks and live music. Capt. Tony has passed away, but he used to be Key West’s mayor. Ask about the tree that growths through the roof. Hog’s Breath (2-minute walk) is known for its live music (you never know who’ll show up to sing--like Kenny Chesney).


It’s hard to find excellent service in the Keys, everyone is on island time, but not at the Pier House--they shine in this area. Every employee is nice and eager to help, and that is not an overstatement. So, you've got upscale rooms, a private beach, great views, excellent dining, unique places to sip a cocktail or seven, AND exceptional service. Check, check, check.

Yes, we know the rooms are pricey especially in season, and the food and drinks are expensive, but it's worth it (and you could live off free hot dogs in the Chart Room Bar). Just remember, you're on the ocean and steps from all the hot spots--you can't go wrong, especially if you upgrade your room.


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Phones: 305-296–4600;800-327–8340

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