Key West is a popular weekend outing for residents of South Florida and a resort destination for guests from around the world. In this guide, we help you select the best hotel for your stay -- whether you're traveling alone, with a special friend or with a family or other large group. Stay in one of these recommended hotels and it will go a long way toward giving you an enjoyable stay in the Florida Keys. Be sure to also check out our list of the Best Things to do in Key West. One note when booking hotels in Key West -- many properties charge resort fees in addition to the quoted room rate. These fees can add around $25 per night to your bill, so be sure to read the fine print when making your reservation!
As you make your trip down to the Keys, remember that there are many different tourist seasons, many revolving around school vacations and cold weather in different parts of the country and world. It's always a good idea to arrive with a hotel reservation already in hand or a backup plan to stay elsewhere in the Keys or return to Miami if you're unable to find a last-minute hotel room that suits your budget. While Key West is certainly a great escape for Miami residents, the secret is out and the rest of the world knows that it's a great place to stay as well!
Orchid Key Inn
The Orchid Key Inn is a gem located right in the heart of Key West's historic district, at the corner of Truman and Duvall. This newly renovated Art Deco hotel is somewhat pricey, but that's in line with the location and level of service. The Orchid Key Inn is an excellent hotel for couples but doesn't really cater to the family market. If you're into the nightlife, you can't beat the location right in the heart of Key West's nightclub scene. Don't think that this is going to be a quiet hotel, of course. If you're looking to turn in early, you might want to stay elsewhere!
Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa
If you're looking for a beachfront hotel, the Hyatt Key West resort is a great place to stay on the Gulf Side. Rooms typically run close to $400 per night, so you will definitely be paying for the experience, but that's the cost of staying in a very nice hotel where you can walk out onto the beach.
Parrot Key Waterfront Hotel and Resort
The Parrot Key Hotel is one of the more economical options on Key West that doesn't cut short on luxury. The hotel features very modern, spacious rooms and four beautiful pools with room rates usually under $200. The catch? The hotel is definitely not in the heart of the Key West tourist district (which may be a plus for some!). It's about two miles away from Duvall Street.
Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa
The Pier House is one of my favorite places to stay in the Florida Keys. When you stay here, you're located right on Duvall Street, but have the sense that you're staying in a lush tropical paradise with a private beach and dock. Rates here typically run about $300 per night.
The Reach by Waldorf Astoria
The Reach was recently taken over by Waldorf Astoria and redesigned to feature modern furniture and private balconies. It's located directly on the public beach and offers room rates in the $200 range.