We stayed for three nights in a two-bed, two-bath suite with a friend this past weekend. While a bit pricey, it was cheaper than booking two separate rooms other places, with the added bonus of a shared eating and living area (and laundry in-suite!). We were very happy with the property overall; it is extraordinarily clean, the staff is absolutely wonderful (especially Derek and Steph, the poolside concierges), the pool is delightful with its little bar and abundant lounge chairs, and there a lots of pleasant little complementary surprises, like muffins in the morning, chocolate and ice cream at night, and smoothies by the pool. This place would be absolutely perfect for couples traveling together who like some togetherness but still some privacy, or just friends in search of a relaxing time. The beds are some of the most comfortable I have ever slept on.
Our quibbles with the place are minor, but are worth mentioning as they may help my fellow Tripadvisees. First, for a two bedroom suite with Sub-Zero applicances, more than a four-pot coffee maker should be standard. We made like four pots of coffee a morning! The manager tells me that they will soon have 10-pot makers on request, so ask if you want one (but I still think they should be standard in a hotel of this quality). Oh, and if you like coffee, buy some at the grocery, the in-room Maxwell House stuff is terrible. Second, while the beds are heaven, the furnishings in the living room are dreadfully uncomfortable. This, too, should be changing soon, according to the manager. Third, rainfall shower heads. I hate rainfall shower heads (gimme a good blast from standard head any day). Stylish, yes, practical, no. Finally, as it is a new place built with condos in mind, it has no Key West soul. It is all modern beige and black, and I totally realize that some people love that, but we like a little more of a vibe in our KW housing. But, KW vibe usually means bright and a little rundown, and this place is pristine, so there is your trade off. Oh, and it is in with a lot of other resort properties, so there isn't much of that great residential feel a lot of the island has, but it is totally convenient to all of that. And it is really close to the Southernmost Beach area, which you have access to with your card from SMS. That was really nice.
Overall, we would consider the SMS first if we were traveling with friends (or if we end up having kids, I didn't say that before, but this would be a great set up for kids).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel Key West
- Santa Maria Resort
- Santa Maria Suites Hotel Key West, Florida