Despite being the smallest part of the Florida Keys, Key West has long been known as a hot spot for all types of travelers: adventurist, solo travelers, girlfriends getaways, spring breakers and honeymooners flock to the area each year. I recently stayed at the Marker Resort in Key West and realized…it has just about everything a traveler could want in any hotel!
10 Things to Look For In A Key West Hotel
The Marker Waterfront Resort opened in December 2014 as the premier Key West luxury hotel. A tropical getaway, centrally located by the historic seaport, the Marker Resort in Key West is a relaxing refuge set mere steps from the finest dining, best sightseeing and most iconic attractions that Key West has to offer.
Location, Location, Location
The ideal location for a hotel in Key West is close to both Duval Street and Mallory Square, as well as quick access to the beaches and iconic attractions. The Marker hits the nail on the head residing on the edge of the Key West Historic Seaport, in the heart of Old Town Key West, only a few blocks from Duval Street. It’s also just steps away from the famous Mallory Square and the world’s most beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
For me, vacations are the perfect excuse to indulge in a little luxury and The Marker Resort in Key West has it in spades. The hotel offers 96 beautifully decorated guests rooms with panoramic views.
The rooms are decorated in a modern island theme, with super comfy beds, luxurious linens and ample space to rest and relax after your day in the Florida sunshine! Or, if you’re a workaholic like I am, you can open those drapes and enjoy the gorgeous views while getting a little work done in your room.
One of my favorite things about the Marker Resort in Key West is the eclectic island-style decor…and each room has reading material written by locals! You can’t get much more authentic than that!
Something to point out is that every room at the Marker Resort in Key West is the same quality – there is only one room that is larger than the others, and that’s the Captain’s Quarters. It’s perfect for honeymoons!
There are also thoughtful extras like complimentary wifi, plush bath robes and private porches – and for those that really like to relax after a busy day on vacation, there are bath tubs even a mermaid would “ahh” over.
Another unique offering at the Marker Resort in Key West is their use of Key West Aloe products. I’ve been to Key West many times over my lifetime and have probably stayed at most of the hotels and inns, and I’ve never had Key West Aloe products in my bathrooms before! It was such a treat!
Let’s be clear about one thing. The Keys are HOT! While playing in the salty water of the ocean is fun for the first few days, getting salt in your eyes or mouth and fighting for premium beach space is a lot less fun with a hangover. It’s much better to spend your time recuperating in front of one of the three secluded swimming pools nestled among lush vegetation. Grab a lounge chair or get to the pool early to claim a cabana, they’re great for that perfect combination of sun AND shade!
On Site Parking
Ask anyone who has been to Key West and they will tell you that parking comes at a premium and its a rare amenity – especially in bustling Old Town Key West. The Marker offers underground and outdoor parking designed to accommodate their full 96 guest rooms. Onsite covered parking is available for nightly fee of $30/night plus tax.
In House Restaurants and Bars
At some point during your vacation in Key West, after a long day spent in the sun you’re going to want to avoid going out for one reason or another. The Marker guests enjoy exclusive access to Cero Bodega, a Californian and Mexican inspired tequila bar and restaurant with a stylish beach club vibe.
We enjoyed several meals at Cero Bodega during our stay, from snacks upon arrival at Happy Hour to breakfast and lunch!
At Cero Bodega, you can cool off with handcrafted cocktails at a 32-seat bar, or dine al fresco on fresh, locally sourced ingredients used for innovative, West Coast twists on authentic and flavorful Latin cuisine.
I highly recommend the flatbread pizzas, they’re amazing!
You can go all out on breakfast or simply enjoy a little toast and fruit – I always recommend starting your day in Key West with a little something in your stomach, even if you aren’t a big breakfast eater. I rarely eat breakfast, but you really need fuel for those super fun vacation days!
I personally love when hotels make an effort to offer their guests something more. The Marker Resort in Key West features a completely free dive-in movie night with a movie played on projectors on the last Thursday of each month.
There is also a monthly Paint & Sip evening. This was such a fun experience during my stay! On the second Wednesday of each month, the hotel partners with local artists to teach guests how to paint a specific painting. It’s only $30 for hotel guests and there are drink specials during the event. Bonus, it’s a great souvenir!
Explore The Best of Island Life
When you stay at The Marker Resort in Key West, you are steps away from all the water activities that Key West has to offer. Diving, fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, and sunset sails are at your door step. Some of the most popular attractions, including Mallory Square’s world famous sunset celebration and the Key West Aquarium, are just a stones throw away. And every guest has access to a special “Conchierge,” a personal guide offering insider tips from shopping, dining, nightlife, to lesser-known hot spots that locals love.
The Marker Resort is truly a unique property and has everything you’d hope to find in a Key West hotel! You can find out more and book your reservation at The Marker Key West.