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Sunset Key Cottages 4.5

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida

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Pros

  • Set on an exclusive Key West island only accessible by boat
  • Luxurious cottages with beachy decor, kitchens, porches, and flat-screen TVs
  • Gorgeous (but a bit rocky) beach with calm waters; excellent for kids
  • Fine-dining restaurant with stunning, unobstructed Gulf of Mexico views
  • Zero-degree entry pool with shaded areas, two whirlpools, and a pool bar
  • Pleasant spa and salon with a spa concierge
  • Freebies include breakfast basket delivery, Wi-Fi, afternoon ice cream, and rum tastings
  • Four-bedroom cottages have private plunge pools and washer/dryers
  • Fitness center, plus tennis court and half-court basketball court

Cons

  • Only one on-site restaurant (though it's reported to be Key West's best)
  • Four-bedroom cottages have small sleeping quarters
  • Most amenities are at its sister property in Key West, the Westin
  • No pets allowed

Bottom Line

This 40-room resort caters to the upscale traveler with luxurious, beach-chic cottages and high-end amenities. It is located on Sunset Key, a residential island off Key West, and is affiliated to the Westin Key West, with which it shares some features. The hotel itself has wonderful amenities, including a lovely pool, a gorgeous (though somewhat rocky) beach with palm trees and clear, calm waters, and a pleasant spa. Its location, though idyllic and exclusive, might be somewhat inconvenient for travelers who want to be close to shops and restaurants (the hotel only has one on-site eatery).

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An intimate luxury island escape

This intimate luxury island escape sits around a large lagoon pool with whirlpools, poolside service, and a zero-edge entry

Sunset Key Cottages is set on a small residential Key West island that's only accessible by boat; it's a seven-minute ferry ride to Key West, and the ferry leaves every 30 minutes. The intimate island resort has a laid-back-but-upscale atmosphere, with pristine, classic-Key-West main buildings (including an airy fine-dining destination restaurant with an outdoor terrace); a large lagoon pool with whirlpools; and 40 beachy pale-yellow cottages dotting its 27 acres. The grounds are meticulously landscaped with grassy lawns, palm trees, and other tropical vegetation. Its small size, calm beach, zero-edge pool, and free afternoon ice cream (one of many freebies) make it an especially great haven for families with young children.

Location

On Sunset Key, a residential island a 7-minute boat ride from Key West

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Sunset Key Cottages is located on Sunset Key, an exclusive island off Key West that is only accessible by boat. There are no businesses on the key, only upscale residences, a couple of docks, and lovely beaches. Key West is the westernmost of the Florida Keys, and is definitely the most convenient in terms of nightlife, diving, shops, restaurants, and decent beaches -- all within a few blocks. It can feel like a bit of a tourist trap with its tacky bars, hordes of cruise ship passengers, and T-shirt shops, but it’s one of the few keys that has historic sites to visit. On the literary side, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams spent a big part of their lives here, and their homes have been turned into museums.

From the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, where the Sunset Key Cottages ferry lands:

  • One-minute walk to the Key West Shipwreck Museum
  • Two-minute walk to Mallory Square, where the famous Sunset Celebration takes place
  • Two-minute walk to Duval Street and its art galleries, shops, restaurants and nightlife 
  • Three-minute walk to the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, supposedly Hemingway’s favorite
  • 10-minute walk to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, with exhibits about local fauna and flora
  • 15-minute walk to Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
  • 22-minute walk to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and Beach
  • 22-minute walk Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
  • 13-minute drive to Higgs Beach, a favorite among the gay community

Rooms

Upscale beach-house cottages with full kitchens outdoor space, free Wi-Fi, and morning breakfast basket deliveries

The upscale Bimini Two Bedrooms Ocean View includes a separate living space decorated with a beach-chic elements

Decor in most of the one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom cottages could be described as "quintessential beach house chic," with sand-colored tile floors, white horizontal wood-plank walls, wicker furniture, and teal and sea-blue accents aplenty: bathroom tiles, slatted doors, monogrammed throw pillows, area rugs, and iridescent kitchen backsplashes. The air-conditioned cottages are upscale, but comfortable and home-like; guests might feel like they're staying at a wealthy family member's well-loved East Coast beach house. 

Most cottages are set in the gardens surrounding the saltwater pool, so have views of the tropical landscape, but many of the three-bedroom cottages and both of the four-bedroom ones have partial ocean views. The Three Bedroom Deluxe Oceanfront Cottage has unobstructed ocean views from nearly every vantage point -- especially its huge covered porch with a dining table. All cottages have fully equipped kitchens (refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops, coffeemakers, toasters), as well breakfast nooks, living rooms with sofa beds, and furnished balconies or wraparound patios. In general, there is a full bathroom for every bedroom. Breakfast baskets of pastries and fruit are delivered to the cottages every morning. Prospective guests with mobility issues should keep in mind that some three- and four-bedroom cottages are two floors.

Features

A private beach with food and drink service, a heated saltwater lagoon pool with a waterfall and a pool bar, and an elegant oceanside restaurant

The resorts sits on a gorgeous stretch of private beach with calm, clear waters (that can sometimes be too cold or the ocean floor too rocky)

Sunset Key Cottages has a gorgeous private beach with palapa-shaded beach chairs and hammocks for lounging, a beach hut for towels and portable sun shelters, and a roped-off area for wading and swimming. If the Gulf of Mexico water is too cold (or its ocean floor too rocky, which has been reported), guests could head to the heated saltwater pool. Surrounded by grassy lawns, palm trees, tropical ferns, and flowering plants, the pool has a sinuous shape with shallow sections and a zero-entry edge. A rock waterfall separates the main pool from one of the two whirlpools and lounge chairs and day beds line the brick and stone pool deck. Flippers pool bar serves cocktails and grilled fare on a terraced patio with ceiling fans and a flat-screen TV.

The roomy fitness center has modern workout machines with individual TVs, plus yoga mats, free weights, medicine balls, and exercise balls. Towels, cold water, and fruit are right by the door. There are also a half-court basketball court and a tennis court; private lessons available. In keeping with the resort's exclusive, but laid-back island vibe, the Spa at Sunset Key adds 25 minutes to every treatment so that guests may fully unwind. They could spend this time lounging in their treatment room's totally secluded, landscaped back patio or making use of the amenities in the private in-room bathroom.

Open for all three meals, the on-site, oceanfront Latitudes restaurant has a seasonal, seafood-focused menu and a reservations-required policy for lunch and dinner (plus a dress code for dinner). The fine-dining eatery has unobstructed panoramic ocean views (and an outdoor dining terrace to maximize them) and provides food and drink service to hotel beachgoers. 

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Address

245 Front Street, Florida 33040-8313, United States

Phone

(305) 292-5300

Also Known As

  • Sunset Key Cottages, a Luxury Collection Resort, Key West
  • Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort

Room Types

  • Four Bedroom Oceanfront Luxury Residence
  • One Bedroom Cottage
  • Three Bedroom Deluxe Oceanfront Luxury Residence
  • Three Bedroom Garden View Cottage
  • Three Bedroom Oceanfront Cottage
  • Two Bedroom Garden View Cottage
  • Two Bedroom Oceanfront Cottage
  • Two Bedroom Partial Ocean View Cottage

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