Extended a Miami Beach business trip with a trip to Key West for 2 nights. Must do: rent a convertible for the drive down and allow time to stop and enjoy the drive to Key West.
This Marriott is very nice...our room was a one bedroom suite with a great balcony overlooking the gulf. Two baths, full kitchen, dining room & living room area and a bar. The master bath is fabulous with a walk in shower and a jaqcuzzi tub. Just an awesome room - wish we had stayed longer. The beach really is not a true beach but a small "man made" sand area and the pool area is relatively small for a "tropical resort" - but to be honest we didnt' spend a lot of time around the pool area I twas our first trip to key West and we drove our red convertible all over the island exploring (during the day). At night we went to Duval St (taking the shuttle leaving our red Mustang convertible parked!) We enjoyed breakfast both days in the hotel restaurant - nice buffet with made to order eggs & waffles.
The hotel is situated right over the bridge driving into Key West - directly off a major bouelvard. If you plan to just enjoy the resort and not hit Duval - it may work out for you but you cannot walk to Duval Street. The hotel provides shuttle to Duval, once per hour. But in the early evening (6 pm) it gets a bit crowed for the shuttle rides and people do not respect that others have been waiting for the shuttle ahead of them...they push right onto the shuttle bus with disregard for the line waiting to climb aboard. Very rude. Once the shuttle was full, the hotel did provide additional transportation which was nice - since about 6 or 8 of us would have been waiting another hour for the next scheduled shuttle trip. This is a situation that could end badly with the wrong mix of people and the hotel should add more shuttles during the busy times or somehow monitor the line. The return trip was not bad if you make sure you are there right on time. The first night we were actually walking towards the shuttle about 30 ft. away and he pulled off. We had a choice sit in the bar at Margueritaville and wait an hour or take a taxi...we were exhausted and took a taxi - $15.
As a marriott rewards elite member, I did receive complimenty internet at this property otherwise i think you had to pay.
I would recommend this property definitely if you have a family trip...with children and aren't into the draw of Duval street in the evenings. Otherwise, and I love Marriotts and hate to say it, you need to move closer to Duval and all that it offers and find another hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Key West
- Marriott Beachside Hotel
- Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel Florida