We stayed at the Hyatt Windward Pointe in Key West from a Friday to Monday morning in Feb 2009. The room was great, well appointed with all the necessary amenities with maybe the exception of a pizza slicer. Service was as expected, but we didn't expect much with this location since it is a time share resort. The front desk check-in was painless and offered some useful basic information and a map. The check-out process was a breeze that took less than 30 seconds. The resort sits on a main road, that is oddly not that busy. Across the street is a very wide walk way which rests on a ocean wall (no sand/beach). The on site pool, hot tub, volley ball court were great. It was unseasonably cool (mid 60's to low 70's) so the pool was mostly out of the picture, but was nice for the few hours we had in the low/mid 70's. The on site snack bar was sufficient (the full blown Hyatt restaurant is at the other Hyatt location across town near Duval).
The island "entertainment" itself was enjoyable. We spent every evening on Duval street strolling through the shops and deciding which restaurant to eat at. We first tried a Cheeseburger joint which we did not even remotely enjoy. The service was fine, even good, but the food was horrible. Mushy fish and a "grey" chewy hamburger - yuck! Needless to say that experience turned us off from the local fare for a bit. We also visited the Hard Rock Cafe (very good), and a place called Fogerty's (very good - best potatoe soup ever!) There was also a very good ice cream joint a few blocks down Duval (non-chain). I don't recall the name, but it was on the street with a white little fence separating it from the street and some bar style seating. With a 2 yr old and another sub 21'er, we didn't participate in any of the wild night scene. There were however plenty of bars which seemed to be quite popular.
Random thoughts/things I remember
-The train tour was $29 a person for 1.5 hr tour - we passed on it.
-The best beach (read no homeless sleeping in the sand) was Ft. Zachery State Park. Well worth the fee to enter (based off car occupancy or walking/biking in...it's gated so you'll likely need to pay unless super sneaky). I think the cost was around $1.25 / person. It is slightly hidden, so just follow the coast or find maps/directions. It took us awhile to find the actual entrance.
-There are bicycles & scooters/mopeds _everywhere_
-There is a fair number of homeless, you'll see them on the more popular corners offering to take your picture, playing music, making things from palm leaves, or simply sleeping on the open beaches. They are however mostly harmless, of the 20-30 we saw, only one even attempted to ask for money.
-There are pink taxis all over - pointless, but funny
-There is a drag queen bar/club who promotes their club by driving a convertible white car down Duval every night around 8-9pm throwing beads to the crowd and stopping for pictures with requesting travelers. Even with a family we didn't feel uncomfortable however.
-In the NE USA we have squirrels, Key West... they have chickens. Yes - roosters were all about the non beach/non Duval street areas cockadoodle-doing and running in front of our car.
-The Hyatt was too far from any "nice" beaches to walk, but a bike for a bit older family would have worked just fine.
-The small Key West airport was right next to the resort, but unless you were actually at the pool during the day (and not at the beach?) you would never know it. Mostly small prop planes, with a handful of small jets. Didn't notice a single takeoff/landing past 8pm.
Overall, well worth the trip. We had a promotion rate on the Hyatt Windward but I could see it being worth $400 or so otherwise. If we had paid more than our sub $200 price tag I would have expected an onsite restaurant and a real concierge.
Last but not least, the sales pitch was rescheduled due to staff cuts, which was rather annoying. In the end however the Hyatt time share rep (Marius) was quite pleasant and non pushy. Had we been able to remotely afford it (half our trip was free due to credit card points or gifts from relatives), we would have likely purchased a time share through him. In all, it took 90 minutes and was quite informative.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary vacation resort; residential styled units with fully equipped kitchens and dining areas; ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Windward Pointe Hotel Key West
- Hyatt Hotel Key West
- Hyatt Key West
- Key West Hyatt
- Hyatt Windward Pointe Key West, Florida