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“Lovely hotel”
Review of Santa Maria Suites

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Santa Maria Suites
Ranked #5 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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“Lovely hotel”
Reviewed 10 December 2009

We enjoyed our visit to the Santa Maria Suites in Key West. Property is one block from Duval Street, but at one end and not in the heart of the tourist action. We did not mind being a little bit away from the action. It is near to the Southernmost Hotel and the Reach Resort. It is not on the water; the only water you will see is the hotel pool. However, the beach is only a block away. You are able to make use of the lovely beach at the Southernmost hotel. You must bring your room key to show them.
We had a 2-bedroom bi-level suite, The kitchen and bathrooms were lovely, with high end appliances and fixtures. Breakfast is not provided, but you are given muffins, coffee and ice cream treats to tide you over. There are 3 supermakets in the business area of town: Publix, Winn Dixie and Albertsons. If you have a car, you can easily stop there at the begiinng of your stay to obtain provisions. (I prefer Publix.)
Our room was very clean and well maintained by housekeeping staff. All staff at hotel were very pleasant.
Parking is free.
The only negative thing is that walls are thin, and if your neighbors wake up early, so will you.The same hard surface floors and countertops that contribute to the cleanliness of the facility also make it a bit noisier than the average hotel.
Would I stay here again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2009

The positive reviews are spot on! This place is furnished and decorated in with top-of-the-line furniture, appliances and fixtures. I wanted to move in! I felt like I was in a house in the Hamptons! I even got some ideas on how to renovate MY house! I paid for a one-bedroom suite (they're all two bedrooms. One just gets locked) but the other bedroom was left open anyway. Amenities included marble counter tops, dual drawer Sub-Zero below-counter fridge and freezer, oven, range, dishwasher, food processor...in short, a fully stocked modern kitchen. There was a flat screen tv in every room. The living room TV had a dvd player and a/v inputs built into the wood console. Dual sink, dual overhead shower in the en-suite master bathroom. All the rooms face the pool. Parking at the property is ample and free. Check-in is a breeze. Smoothies and bottled water are provided during the day and are free as are the daily complimentary muffins, coffee and tea in your room. I almost didn't want to leave this little property!

Some people say it's a bit out of the way, but I really wouldn't want to stay in the seedy, noisy dives in town anyway. And trust me, rent a car! I paid 12.95/day which is less than a scooter and much more comfortable and safe!

Finally, remember that key West is very honky tonk. There is no glitz or glam. Ladies, leave your baubles at home!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dobson, NC
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

We (me and my 14 year old daughter) stayed at Santa Maria Suites 11-25-2009 until 11-26-2009. It was wonderful!! I was impressed at how clean everything was. Everynight, someone came in a turned down our beds and left candy on our pillows and fresh muffins in the kitchen, ice cream in the freezer.
I did have to visit the office to have a item restocked (we used too much) not because it was not there. The person who brought it was waiting at the door when I got back.
Large rooms!!! Will be there as soon as possible!!!!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

Beautiful hotel Large rooms with free car parking. Nice pool area free towels and soft drinks during the day. At one end of Duval street near the southern most point in America
The drive from Miami South Beach was over 5 hours as so many miles are driven at the 45 mph speed limit. There is little view on the drive south or north, so stay 2 nights in Key west. Try eating at Hard Rock

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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DFW
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Reviewed 18 November 2009

Amazing attention to details and the staff is motivated to maintain it pole position. The property and rooms were immaculately clean and well equipped.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

Our love of Santa Maria Suites (SMS) started before we ever arrived...Lindsay went shopping for us so we would have breakfast items and cocktail hour snacks during our stay. I just emailed our shopping list to her and the items were waiting for us when we arrived on Thursday evening - how wonderful is that? We were only charged a service fee of 10% of the grocery total...a fantastic bargain and a value-added service to be sure!

We were blown away by the quality of the two-bedroom, pool view suite and immediately made it our home. Our balcony was a great place to unwind with a glass of wine and watch the breeze in the palms. The king beds were comfortable, the linens soft and the bath towels outstanding. The kitchen had high-end appliances and was well-stocked with all the accessories necessary. One tiny little downside is that in comparison to the other appliances the tiny four-cup Cuisinart coffee maker didn't make much sense BUT Wolfgang made sure we got another one so we could at least make two pots at a time (there were four of us - all big morning coffee drinkers.)

We also took advantage of the in-suite washer and dryer to give our swimsuits a cold water rinse and dry after a day of parasailing, snorkeling and kayaking...all arranged for us by Lindsay! Because each of us had carry-on bags we didn't have sunscreen for our day in the sun, but no worries, Stephanie by the pool made sure we had plenty of 50 spf sun protection before we left!

Nightly turndown service includes Dove ice cream treats, chocolates on the pillow and fresh muffins for the next morning...see what I mean? The list just goes on and on with amazing guest services!

Thanks SMS for making our annual girlfriends trip an amazing experience...we'll be back!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 11 November 2009

Where to begin! From the moment you walk into this hotel, you know you're a very welcomed guest. Check in was very smooth, and they even give you a little card with a poetic welcome - very cute detail! We rented two 2-bedroom pool-view suites, and the proximity to the pool made us spend more time at the hotel than the actual streets - and we were there for Fantasy Fest! They have free poolside smoothies and water, and the suites were absolutely AMAZING - we made good use of everything in them: the washer and dryer, wine cooler, refrigerator and freezer, TV, stove and oven, microwave, dishwasher, and even kitchen utensils! We had brought our own food and drinks, so all this made it very convenient for our large group. I do have to extend a BIG thanks to the hotel manager, because even though it was only 12 of us staying between both suites, we attracted many other friends to our hotel, and he never gave us a hard time about it - instead, he was very attentive and involved, but without it feeling intruding! They are also very organized when it comes to cleaning - they have a cleaning "team", so it's about four people at a time that come clean up your suite! Bedrooms were very comfortable and spacious, and having two sinks and two shower heads in the master bedroom was an absolute plus! Parking was free the entire weekend, as they do have a lot right by the hotel. The location was just perfect - less than a block away from Duval, and within walking distance to all the restaurants and bars... You WILL love this hotel, because you will find yourself wanting to spend more time enjoying it than you've probably ever have at any other hotel you've stayed in! Definitely booking again next year!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Santa Maria Suites
Address: 1401 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040-3116
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Key West
#2 Luxury Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Santa Maria Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the eclectic and sophisticated charm of Key West with out the hustle & bustle of a large hotel at the Santa Maria Suites Resort. Barely a block from Duval Street and the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Maria is an elegantly refined all suites hotel designed for the discriminating traveler. ... more   less 
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