Hilton Key Largo Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Hilton is a mid-range hotel on the southern part of Key Largo. Rooms have fresh, contemporary decor, separate sitting areas (complete with sofa beds), and balconies. The tiny, shaded beach isn't exceptional, but it's pretty good for the Keys, where the beaches are all manmade. If you prefer the pool, however, you'll be just fine: The pool area is modern and sunny, and a pool bar makes grabbing drinks and snacks easy. Prices are very affordable compared to other comparable options in the Keys, making this our top value pick.
Hawks Cay Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hawks Cay Resort has the feel of a small village, due to its massive size and many amenities -- the property even has its own 85-slip marina. Many guests arrive by boat, as the resort is located on Duck Key, a secluded spot far from Key West's main airport. The property largely attracts families looking for a quiet vacation, thanks in part to family-friendly features such as a dolphin experience, kids' club, and multi-bedroom villas. Plus, the beach has calm waters which appeals to families, but its secluded location gives it a bit of a romantic feel as well. Its long list of amenities, which are all gorgeous -- from the spa to the pool to the three restaurants -- and its upscale rooms with updated amenities make it a great choice. And though it is a luxury property, it offers a lot of bang for your buck.
Sheraton Suites Key West Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Sheraton Suites is a mid-sized, all-suite hotel that's across a busy street from Smathers Beach. Suites are spacious with a cozy living area separate from the bedroom, and bathrooms have big marble showers. The hotel is well maintained and amenities are numerous, including a bright, well-equipped gym, big pool with tiki bar, and business center. Downtown Key West and Duval Street are a six-minute drive away -- a hotel shuttle offers free transportation until 11 p.m. -- making this hotel a better fit for families seeking sand and sun than people looking for nearby nightlife.
Southernmost Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Southernmost Hotel is a small beach hotel with a great location. It's on Duval Street, at the opposite end as all the bars and restaurants; it's only a five-minute walk from the action, yet is far enough away to provide a quiet stay. The hotel has pleasant rooms -- though some are more modern than others -- and appealing bathrooms with stall showers. Southernmost borrows its beach, pier, and one restaurant from its sister property, Southernmost on the Beach, but guests report that this does not diminish from the experience, and rates here tend to be cheaper.