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“Excellent Stay - albeit away from the heart of Old Town”

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Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Ranked #16 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 March 2011

Had a 3-bedroom suite. Unbelievably spacious. All bedrooms with their own bathroom, large closets, washer/dryer, kitchen.

Our deck had the spiral stair down to the pool & beach area. Although it's a "man-made" beach area, it's quite nice, has a small pier. Poolside bar, cabanas, lounge chairs. Happy hour specials. The restaurant even had some specials (I think it was buy 2 meals, get a bottle of wine free). We didn't partake, but it's a nice feature. Bar/restaurant always had people and the breakfast buffet was great.

They do provide a shuttle service down & back to Duval. They also have parking under the units which is nice. My particular unit's master bed was quite comfortable.

I would certainly stay here again.

My suggestion for a small improvement would be the shuttle. IT would be nice if this ran more than once an hour and later. We missed it every day (leaves on the hour for Duval & returns from Duval at 20pas the hour) thru no fault of theirs but it would have been nice to save the cab fare every night. It also needs to run later than 11pm. If you are out on Duval past 10pm, chances are you are not returning (or want to return) at 11:20pm. It would be nice if there was a return late night or an option for a call pickup.

The other "knocks" on the property are location (about 4-5mi from Duval) and it was a little pricey for some people, though I found the value for a 3-bedroom suite of this nature to be acceptable at $600/nt. Where else can you actually find a 3-bedroom unit? If you split it out, that's $200/bedroom which is the going rate for anyting decent especially on St Patty's weekend in the middle of Spring Break.

The price & location I do not hold against them as I knew this going in so my only true knock is the shuttle service times.

Overall, great experience and on-par with my expectations. Would certainly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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TiffanyBoeckman, Manager at Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2011

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your concerns for the shuttle and are working to make this more convenient for our guests.

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Reviewed 11 March 2011

We stayed for 5 nights here in early March. Our unit was very spacious to say the least and was what they call a 1 BR Presidential suite, which is what I call the main unit of a 2 BR lockout. It was very well appointed with washer dryer, full kitchen, 1 master bath and also a 1/2 bath near the entry. 2 large screen TV'S king bed and super Marriott Bedding.
The one thing we couldn't figure out was that the unit had a large dining room and table with seating for 6, but seemed if the unit is mostly used by 2 people.
The unit overlooked the gulf which was worded as gulfview. Excellent view of the gulf with beach area right outside and 1 level below. There was a spiral stairway from the large balcony to the beachfront area which was very convienient.
One could really compare the unit to a high end timeshare property, only with daily maid service for linen and cleaning with no extra charges.

The pool area was nicely furnished with plenty of padded lounge chairs and tables. Beach area was well regarded by others around us too. Let me add though that the beach is not a typical beach that leads into the water. It is along the water but raised and swimming or fishing is not permitted ,at least not near the units.

There is plenty of parking, even more than what is needed maybe? There is a parking garage on site and may be used if there would be a conventiion or the like. Otherwise seemed empty and a bit of wasted space.
We did not use the onsite restaurant/lounge ''Tavern n Town'' but did have a couple of drinks from the poolbar called ''Bluebar''. Drinks were $9.00 minimum. I think a bit high by the time you add 20% for a tip,but I guess everyone that stays there can probably afford this. There were plenty of servers working the pool and beachside areas keeping patrons food and drinks refreshed which was a nice touch. All employees were very friendly and willing to accomodate. We had called housekeeping for several items and were delivered promptly

As to the bad rap this place gets on the location, not sure why. They offer a shuttle from there to downtown every hour and returns every 1/2 hr. It is on the gulf, plenty of parking,and IN Key West ,so what more do you need? We had a rental car and used it everyday and always found parking downtown.The elegance and views of the place more than makes up for this location issue in my opinion.

The only negative that we found was that Beachside can be a wedding destination and they shoo you off the beach 3 hours prior to the wedding. The beach front runs along the length of the facility and the wedding party gets the whole area? They only used about 150' of (my approx guess) of 600-800' total waterfront.
All guests have paid a portion of their stay rate to have full use of the facilities. When they tell you you can't be here it did not set well us or with others around us. Facility credits could be a solution such as a free drink at the bar, food item or souvenier for putting you out , so to speak.

We will consider staying at the Beachside Marriott again. This is a very typical upscale Marriott property.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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TiffanyBoeckman, Manager at Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2011

Thank you for your review. Our beach is a sunbathing beach only and we try to let guest be made aware of this on our website. Key West itself is the number two wedding destination in the country so you will see a wedding on our beach often. We do try to alert guests before hand so that it won't inconvenience them and their vacation plans.

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Reviewed 7 March 2011

$239-329.00 is the rate we spent per night.. This is a converted time-share condo complex. Standard rooms are small, no 2 double bed rooms. They do have suites but we were told none were available. Mattress', very uncomfortable and in need of being updated. Service at this Hotel was very, very, inconsistent from check-in to dining. Complaining seemed to get some attention and results. This is not a beach front hotel! There is a small sandy area used for specifically renting of jet skis, paddle boats etc., but this is an inlet area and no other activities such a swim in the ocean can be done here. I am not typically disappointed with Marriott's but my suggestion would be to investigate the other Marriott's on the island. There are other nice complexes in Key West. Keep in mind you will be spending money to hire a taxi, bus or other transportation to get to activities.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

I just spent a long weekend with a group of friends at the KW Marriott Beachside. The property is beautiful! A great pool area and man-made beach that overlooks the bay. We had a 3 bedroom suite which was wonderful..... had a full kitchen, large living room and dining area and each room had its own bathroom. The fitness room lacked.... only one weight bench a couple of treadmills and stationary bikes. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle to Duval every hour which was nice otherwise its a $18 cab ride there.
Service lacked all throughout our stay! When you are a frequent Marriott customer you anticipate a certain level of service from their properties. Service was extremely slow at the poolside bar and restaurant. The Front Desk and Restaurant staff were not friendly and made it seem to be an effort to wait on you or to even recognize you. The only staff that would pass you throughout the property and greet you was the housekeeping staff. Guest recognition and helpfulness is what can make or break even the most beautiful property!
For this level of hotel I would expect a greater level of service.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 March 2011

Very nice well maintained property. The staff is outstanding. One of the best hotels I have stayed in. Big plus!! Hourly shuttle to and from Duval street. The pool and beach areas are very cleand and well appointed. Pool bar has good food and outstanding service.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2011

We had a wonderful holiday in part due to the surprise of walking into our beautiful suite with a view of the ocean from both the living room and bedroom. If you're going, pay the extra for the view. The pool was great too, parking easy and bike rentals right on site. We almost had TOO much service with chocolates arriving at the door every night (turn down service). The only negative was we had coffee that was not hot, both in the restaurant and from room service.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

We stayed in the 3 bedroom suite and found it to be absolutely perfect. With a full kitchen, laundry, spiral staircase to the private beach, marble and granite it couldn't have been nicer. We brought my elderly parents and my brother and his wife. We each had our own part of the suite. The pool area is smallish - with some competition for the poolside chairs. The resort should invest in a better set of chairs but in general it's a fantastic property. Key West is not known for it's beaches but we were able to kayak from the hotel and rent bikes to ride around the island. The hotel is located away from the town and is close to the naval air base so you do get noise from the jets but they seem to limit their noisy time to about an hour a day. We really enjoyed Key West and the weather was absolutely perfect the entire stay. This property is well worth a 5 star designation. I was impressed that the manager knew who I was since I am a Marriott Platinum member but I did think they could have offered some additional services for their Platinum level. We did not receive any additional perks. Definitely would recommend the hotel however!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040-4534
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Key West
Price Range: £171 - £492 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 214
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel is a seven-acre waterfront property with lush tropical gardens, magnificent waterfront swimming pool and a wide variety of unique dining experiences. It is a blend of island ambiance and contemporary elegance, set on the southernmost point of one of the world's most storied travel destinations.129 one, two and three bedroom suites plus 93 king standard rooms. Each suite has a gourmet kitchen with sub zero refrigerator freezer, living room, dinning room, spa tub in master bathroom, marble floors, balcony and washer dryer with resort or water views. The standard rooms are much smaller with one king bed and view of an open walkway.Our man made beach is for tanning with limited water access, we do have a water sports concession on property on the beach and a fishing pier.Our new WIFI service is complimentary through out the hotel including rooms and the pool area. ... more   less 
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