My wife and I recently stayed at the Marquesa Hotel at the very start of our honeymoon. While I was a little surprised that no congratulatory upgrade was offered, I must nevertheless add our names to the list of those who found it to be a splendid little find. It's very close to the action of Duvall St., yet removed enough to a quiet refuge, and I do mean quiet. While the drunken revelers may be a few steps away, there is a quiet understated elegance at the Marquesa. You really do feel like you've escaped into an oasis of tranquility.
We had a basic room, which indeed was basic, but perfectly fine as it had character and a nice feel to it. I do think however, that the basic rooms are rather pricey for what you get, but I guess the location dictates the price. If we were to return, I would opt for one of the higher category rooms, as they may actually represent a better value. As others have noted the grounds are quite nice, and the two small pools are nice areas to lounge around. The smaller heated pool had lots of leaves and such in it when we were there, and didn't look very inviting, but I think it's kind of tough to keep it clean during the Fall (or rather what ever Fall there is in Key West).
My wife and I are very blessed in that we travel a lot for pleasure, and it's a breath of fresh air to sometimes not stay at a mega hotel chain with the usual antiseptic environment. This place is all together different. The Marquesa is like a quaint New England inn found in Vermont or Maine; that kind of feel. The hotel also seems to attract a nice set of people. I'd say 'more mature', but not in terms of age, but more so in manner. You won't hear drunks making noise in the hallways at 3 in the morning or people doing shots in the lobby; nothing like that. It strikes me as being more upscale with guest being considerate of each other. In fact when you are moving about the halls and stairs of the hotel you feel compelled to keep your voices down as to not disturb anyone.
There is parking at the hotel, which makes it so easy, as street parking is not always easy in tiny Key West.
One of the few downsides is that the hotel does not have an elevator, which, in this instance, was a pain for us, as we had a lot of luggage (we were on an extended six week honeymoon and had a ton of scuba diving and pro photography equipment in addition to clothes ranging from arctic to tropical environments). If you're traveling with the normal amount of luggage, however, it shouldn't be a problem. We did not dine at the highly acclaimed restaurant, which was a mistake you should not make. We will check it out next time. Overall things were just fine and I'd like to return the next time we're down in Key West.
Hope this helps
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury hotel with friendly staff, two pools, great Cafe, and premiere location one block from Duval St. Free coffee, water and ice tea poolside. Turndown in the evenings. Complimentary wine at check-in. We welcome children age 14 and older only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marquesa Key West
- Marquesa Hotel Key West, Florida