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Located on Duval Street, with its party bars, restaurants, tacky souvenir shops, and lively atmosphere
For travelers seeking the touristy, lively Key West experience, this hotel's location doesn't get much better. Perched on the northern end of Duval Street, plenty of restaurants, bars, and entertainment options can be found directly outside the hotel's doors. The only catch is that it takes about 15 minutes to walk to the beach -- not a deal-breaker, but still something to consider.
The island is packed with an eclectic mix of nature preserves, party bars, and luxury hotels. Duval Street is the main artery of Old Town Key West, and is lined with restaurants, bars, and tacky souvenir shops boasting bright, ridiculous T-shirts. The town's popularity has Key West fans worried, as it's a hot spot for real estate buyers. Beaches are small, but nice, and the area is rather kitschy, but Key West has a certain lovable funk that keeps the tourists coming.
The Crowne Plaza is a National Historic Landmark dating to 1926, but today this mid-range chain is well past its prime, and lacks the charm of other historic hotels, like The Weatherstation Inn. The whole property is showing a bit of wear, and the 160 rooms are compact and frill-free (though white wicker and honeycomb-tile do provide some classic charm). The best feature is, without a doubt, the location on lively Duval Street -- the main artery of Old Town Key West, lined with restaurants, shops, and bars. (It's a good 15-minute walk to the beach, though.) The is another highlight, with beautiful views of the ocean and the tops of palm trees dotting the landscape.