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Ambrosia Key West 3.0

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida

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Pros

  • Convenient Historic District location, two-and-a-half blocks from Duval Street
  • Varied room sizes all distinctly decorated; individual climate control
  • Amenities include refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers
  • Two outdoor pools and a hot tub 
  • Breakfast included in room rate; served in poolside gazebo
  • Small business center and concierge services
  • Pet-friendly (room restrictions and additional fees apply)
  • Children under 10 stay free with paying adult

Cons

  • Air-conditioning units can be noisy
  • No spa or fitness facilities
  • No on-site restaurant or bar (but many options nearby)

Bottom Line

As of September 2017, this property is temporarily closed due to Hurricane Irma, though the property did not sustain any structural damage. We will update our review as soon as it has re-opened. This charming mid-range bed-and-breakfast is close enough to Key West action to be considered convenient, but secluded enough to still be a relaxing retreat. With the Ambrosia within fast walking distance of Duval Street, Mallory Square, and the historic seaport, guests often venture out after enjoying the free daily breakfast served in a gazebo, but they can also be seen relaxing in the hotel's two pools, hot tub, or courtyard. There are 20 rooms here, each with its own distinctive theme, size, and pricing. Situated in a former tropical nursery, the grounds are lush and a popular site for destination weddings. 

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Scene

A tranquil escape that's still close to the action 

The palm-tree decorated porch marks the entrance to the hotel, and an occupied birdcage provides a nice detail

Set on nearly two acres of island landscaping, Ambrosia Key West gives the impression of being a tropical oasis. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a white-palm-tree porch (seriously, there are palm trees carved into the wooden railings) and a birdcage with living feathered friends. Guests checking in at the rattan-furniture heavy lobby are greeted with a glass of wine, a sure sign that vacation has commenced.  

Though there’s an on-site "business center" of sorts -- a computer, printer, and desk for guest use – this property is most suited to tourists ready to relax. Several structures comprise the Ambrosia, including the main building, the Ambrosia Too, and the Ambrosia Annex. 

Location

Conveniently situated in the heart of historic district

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Located two-and-half-blocks from all the entertainment on Duval Street and just around the corner from Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, this property is perfectly situated for exploring the highlights of Key West. Audubon House and Mallory Square -- site of the nightly Sunset Celebration -- are nearby attractions as well. The street surrounding the Ambrosia is quietly lined with other residences and hotels that are mostly restored Victorian conch houses. Area shops and restaurants are minutes away by foot. 

Rooms

Thematic, spacious, and well-maintained with modern amenities

The Honeymoon Suite is spacious and romantic, with hardwood floors and a canopy bed

The 20 individually decorated guest rooms here are unique in size and decor. There are themed units like the The Tree Top and Ambrosia Suite as well as townhouses and a two-bedroom cottage. All are beautifully maintained with plush bedding and modern amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and Keurig coffeemakers. Some of the larger spaces have full-size refrigerators and kitchens, and most have at least mini-fridges and microwaves. A few rooms have two floors and spiral staircases, and many feature balconies or verandas, wood floors, and four-poster or canopy beds.

Upscale Rusk toiletries and cushy robes are available in all bathrooms, though layouts vary; some only include showers and others have hot tubs. All are clean and private, with each room having its own facilities. Rooms also have individual climate control in the form of ceiling fans and sometimes noisy air-conditioning units.

The Honeymoon Room -- a second-story suite especially set up for couples looking for a romantic escape -- is a welcome touch for guests in town for a wedding, anniversary, or just some quality time à deux. 

Features

Two pools and a hot tub, free daily breakfast, and wedding services

Breakfast is served daily in a gazebo on a poolside deck space

The Ambrosia has two lovely pools -- a dipping pool and a lap pool -- as well as a hot tub, which is impressive for such a small property. Poolside, there are plenty of loungers, towels, snacks, and sunscreen. (Keep in mind the pools actually don’t get a lot of daytime sun at certain times of the year for those wishing to work on their tans.) The free daily breakfast is also served in an on-deck gazebo, offering a varied selection. 

With a nod to the Green Movement, the hotel has in-room and poolside recycling receptacles. The property is kid-friendly, and children under 10 stay free in a paying adult's room. Pets are welcome as well, but only one per booking and only in certain rooms for an additional daily fee. Loud parties, however, are not welcome at the Ambrosia, though it's ideal for gatherings of a more romantic nature. Full wedding services are provided for those seeking a destination option in a tropical paradise.

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Address

622 Fleming St, Florida 33040-6826, United States

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