Celebrating two graduations, one from college and one from high school, our travel agent lined up our vacation to Sunset Key. After a short taxi ride from the airport, our check in at the Key West Westin was quick and easy and we found them to be quite personable! Infact, during our stay, we regularly popped in for water, a/c and for questions (also, I enjoyed smelling their green tea signature scent which they pumped in). They seemed to welcome the questions whereas the employees at Sunset Key were on the "reserved" side so we felt more comfortable asking them.
Taking the Westin's Sunset Key ferry is no problem! It runs every thirty minutes to and fro. We found the boat employees extremely nice and helpful. They always greeted us with a smile. Even late night hours. They packaged our luggage, tied it down and we were on our way. They delivered it to our cabin promptly so you will not be without your luggage but only a few minutes.
Let me say this: Sunset Key is gorgeous! It is like living in a postcard. The grounds are amazingly tropical and supremely manicured. We stayed in a garden cottage across from the pool named "Lazy Days" which suited our needs. We found it easy to get to the dock and the pool was right there (there were two events which ran into the late night while we were there. The noise bothered my husband but I was okay). Also, one night, someone left the pool bar TV on and that did bother me. Nice light colors throughout with pops of color on the doors and some bathroom tiles (which I loved). We were surprised to find individual air conditioners/heating units in all rooms and were pretty noisy at times. I was really disappointed as I am a light sleeper at times. The pillows were comfortable but the comforter and sheets seemed to slip around, seemed short-sheeted. The bathrooms were excellent!
If you get a chance, take a stroll around this beautiful island. There are some fine private homes to the rear but mainly for the plants. And there are no cars, I really enjoyed that.
We went to Santiago's Bodega for dinner twice and also to Blue Heaven twice. The food we found in Key West was very good, at least where we ended up. We decided to eat at Latitudes one night as one of the boat employees told us it was five-star. We arranged to sit inside as the weather had been kinda iffy and a storm did come up so we were happy to be inside. It struck us that our server was not out to make us that happy, however, was super sweet to the couples she was serving. We could not figure this out. The four of us were well-dressed and kind to her. We were a family celebrating graduations and enjoying ourselves. We have eaten in Europe, New Orleans, Washington, DC and our food was okay. I wouldn't classify this as a five-star and the service was pretty bad. Our server only poured our wine once and we bought two bottles of wine! We gave her 15% but didn't want to. I would have gone back to Santiago's for sure.
The beach was typically rocky as are most Key West beaches. If you have sensitive feet, just bring some water shoes. I noticed that some who brought flip flops lost them. I actually found a spot with less rocks near the point to enter the water. I loved the beach watching the boat traffic and birds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Key Cottages is a secluded tropical island sanctuary located just 500 yards off the coast of Key West, featuring private cottages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Hotel Key West
- Westin Key West
- Key West Westin
- Sunset Key Cottages Guest
- Sunset Key Cottages Key West, Florida