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Parrot Key Hotel and Resort 4.0

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida

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Pros

  • Located in a quiet section of Key West
  • Four pools situated on lushly landscaped acres
  • Showcases paintings and sculptures by local artists
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi and a shuttle to Smathers Beach
  • Rooms range from studios to three-bedroom multi-level suites
  • Some rooms have views of Florida Bay
  • On-site tropical tiki bar and restaurant called Cafe Blue

Cons

  • Far from entertainment district on Duval Street
  • Mandatory resort fee
  • Parking can be hard to find
  • Rates can soar during busy season
  • Not located on a beach

Bottom Line

The 148-room Parrot Key Hotel & Resort is located on the Florida Bay, a bit away from Key West’s popular Duval Street and entertainment district. Though photos show lounge chairs in the sand along the water’s edge, the property isn’t technically on the beach, but there is access to water sports and activities from the dock. Rooms are set up like townhouses or condos, some having lovely water views.

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Scene

A lushly landscaped five-acre waterfront property, away from busy Duval Street

The bright and pleasant lobby features an art collection from local artists

Situated on five acres of lush landscaping on the Florida Bay, the three-story Parrot Key Hotel & Resort was originally a townhouse project that was converted into an upscale waterfront hotel. A brick driveway leads to the main Key West-style building, where there’s a wide front porch and rocking chairs.

Inside the lobby, there are finely polished wood floors, expansive blue rugs, and a freshly cut, central display of flowers. The hotel is home to an art collection and sculpture garden featuring works by local Key West artists like metal sculptor John Martini and painter Lisa Remeny. The check-in desk is not staffed 24 hours a day, so guests arriving late in the night will need to contact the resort ahead of time to make arrangements.

There are four pools on the property, accessed by either white picket fences or sets of rustic-looking double doors. A waterfront area offers lounge chairs and sand, but it’s not technically a beach. The sand was brought in for aesthetics and guests aren't able to swim because of the seawall. The best way to explore the Florida Bay is to rent water craft from the property.

Location

Farther away from Duval Street and the historic section of Key West than other hotels

Map of Parrot Key Hotel and Resort

The hotel is located farther away from the historic district and Duval Street than other hotels in Key West. The property does a good job of hiding among the lushly landscaped grounds, but there are chain stores a few blocks away, like Home Depot and a Publix grocery store. Parrot Key offers a free shuttle to and from Smathers Beach, but not Duval, where the main shopping, dining, and entertainment district draws visitors at all hours of the day and night. (Guests can reach Duval by a short car drive, but it’s a 40-minute walk away.) Parrot Key’s quiet neighborhood, located away from the lively bars, might be a welcome atmosphere for some guests, while others complain that taxis are expensive and parking is hard to come by.

Rooms

Townhome-style suites decorated with brightly colored, Bahamian-influced decor

The Ocean Front King Suite, arranged like an apartment, is bright and attractive, with tropical art work and colorful furniture

The hotel offers rooms ranging from studios to three-bedroom multi-level suites set up more like townhomes or apartments. The decor is Bahamian-inspired, featuring brightly colored furniture (lime green, pink, turquoise), floral print throw pillows, and tropical art work. With flat-screen TVs among the amenities, rooms vary in size and shape, and not all have water views. Rates can soar during the busy season, which guests aren't thrilled about since the property isn't located within walking distance of Duval Street.

Features

Four pools and a tiki bar/restaurant, but no swimming beach

Cafe Blue restaurant and tiki bar provides food and drinks in a space adjacent to the pool

With free Wi-Fi throughout the property, Parrot Key Hotel & Resort has four pools spread out on five lushly landscaped acres. There’s a tropical-style restaurant and tiki bar called Cafe Blue, which serves food and drink throughout the day. For those looking to exercise, the tiny gym features a set of free weights and cardio machines. The hotel’s concierge coordinates excursions for guests that can include boating, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, tennis, and golf. Parking is limited at the hotel and, quite frankly, limited on the entire island. Taxis back and forth to Duval can get pricey, so many guests opt for bicycles or scooters.

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Address

2801 N Roosevelt Blvd, Florida 33040-4073, United States

Also Known As

  • Parrot Key Waterfront Hotel & Resort

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