Last Updated June 29, 2022 6/29/2022

12 Best Beach Hotels in Key West

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The southernmost city in the United States, Key West is a tropical paradise in Florida known for its funky vibes, pastel-hued conch-style houses, succulent stone crabs, and key lime pie. Offering the perfect home base for island activities, beachfront properties in Key West are a rarity.

From these top beach hotels, you can enjoy the array of water sports on offer or embrace the Florida sunshine at the beach, then join a sunset celebration at Mallory Square, see six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum or take a day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park.

Read on to discover our picks for the best beachfront hotels in Key West.

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Sunset Key Cottages
Sunset Key Cottages

Sunset Key Cottages

One of the best resorts in Key West, Sunset Key Cottages is nestled on a 27-acre island only accessible by boat, offering couples the chance to savor a taste of island life. Enjoy panoramic views of turquoise blue waters and take advantage of the range of luxurious amenities offered in the quaint clapboard cottages, from fully stocked kitchens to gradual-entry outdoor pools and a daily breakfast basket filled with pastries. Dine al fresco overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at Latitudes, book a pampering couple’s massage, or recharge in a lounge chair and listen to the gentle waves of the Atlantic.

The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Reach Key West offers quiet sophistication and a beachfront location, where luxury rooms feature high-end furnishings and plush beds. It boasts a private white sand beach with a pier for fishing, while its expansive outdoor patio features oversized chess boards and a tropical garden atmosphere. Swim in the outdoor pool or refuel with fresh-caught fish at the on-site restaurant, Four Marlins Oceanfront Dining. If you’re up for a day of biking, snorkeling, and learning about Florida’s rich history, take a day trip to nearby Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park.

Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

Nestled on the southern end of the bustling Duval Street near the city’s popular restaurants, bars, and shops, Southernmost Beach Resort is one of Florida’s top resorts with a private beach. Offering a private sunbathing area, you’ll find plenty of beach chairs and paddleboards to keep you entertained on the shore, while the Southernmost Beach Cafe serves up frozen drinks and happy hour specials. Rooms come equipped with private balconies and beautiful ocean views, while the hotel’s sparkling pool and poolside bars will lure you outside.

Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
Casa Marina Key West

Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

One of the best hotels in the Florida Keys, Casa Marina Key West dates back to 1920. It offers a picturesque shoreline with a swimmable beach while inviting hammocks and massages by the oceanfront pool are perfect for love birds. Couples can stay in the Oceanfront Suite with Balcony to enjoy direct ocean views, a spacious living room, and a king-size bed. Sign up for a snorkeling or dolphin spotting excursion, then recharge at the Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill with its oceanfront views that pair well with its classic Key West cuisine.

Pier House Resort & Spa
Pier House Resort & Spa

Pier House Resort & Spa

Boasting luxurious waterfront rooms and suites, Pier House Resort & Spa is just steps from Old Town and a private white sand beach. You can lounge by the heated outdoor pool overlooking the water or enjoy a pampering treatment at the on-site spa, then retreat to an Ocean View Room where you can capture one of the famous Key West sunsets from your private balcony. The hotel’s signature restaurant, One Duval, offers organic farm-raised fare and Gulf of Mexico views, while the Chart Room Bar is a legendary local drinking spot serving tempting rum runners.

Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa boast elegant rooms with private balconies. The 1 King with Ocean View is ideal for honeymooners with its full view of the Gulf of Mexico, flat-screen TV, and plush robes, while the 1 King Premium has extra space and sitting areas. Savor flavorful dishes at SHOR American Seafood Grill or sip a cocktail at Blue Mojito Pool Bar and Grill, then visit the former residence of a revered American novelist at the nearby Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Galleon Resort and Marina
Galleon Resort and Marina

Galleon Resort and Marina

Galleon Resort and Marina overlooks its own marina in Old Town Key West. Enjoy marina or Gulf of Mexico views from your studio, one or two-bedroom suite, or upgrade to the three-bedroom penthouse for spacious living rooms and Jacuzzi bathtubs. Take advantage of the waterfront pool, private beach, and private observation deck with panoramic views, then relax in the sauna or enjoy the poolside tiki bar with live music. Indulge in burritos, brisket, or sushi at Pirates Cove, which also offers a happy hour with infused gelato cocktails.

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

Home to a 16 slip Marina with water sports rentals, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, set on seven acres of lush landscaping. You’ll find a tanning beach and a waterfront pool to enjoy, while the on-site Tavern N Town offers fine dining with steakhouse favorites and an array of Key West specialties. Grab food at the poolside Chicken Walk, then enjoy outdoor excursions like diving, snorkeling, and sailing at the Key West Golf Club. There’s also a complimentary shuttle to the downtown area.

Ibis Bay Resort
Ibis Bay Resort

Ibis Bay Resort

Ibis Bay Beach Resort offers modern amenities with an artistic flair in its brightly decorated rooms. You’ll be given a colorful sarong as you enter the property where you can marvel at talking macaws, pelicans, ibis birds, and huge tortoises. Soak up the sunshine at the 600 feet of private white sand beach or lounge in a hammock, then head to the sparkling pool to enjoy a fruity cocktail. Both kids and adults can enjoy shark feedings along the dock and daily catches of stone crab, lobsters and shrimp served at The Stoned Crab.

Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West

Margaritaville Beach House Key West

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina offers an airy, laid-back, and tropical vibe. It sits right across the street from Smathers Beach, one of the best beaches in Key West. Marvel at the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean or explore the historic sights of Old Town. You can return to the hotel to enjoy on-site perks such as a poolside cabana, a fire pit in the evening, and beautiful rooms with island-inspired decor. For families, there’s an abundance of kid-friendly things to do that are within walking distance.

Parrot Key Hotel and Villas
Parrot Key Hotel and Villas

Parrot Key Hotel and Villas

Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Parrot Key Hotel and Villas boasts nature-inspired rooms with water views, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and patios or balconies. Choose from four inviting pools, then indulge in a frozen drink poolside or take the complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach. Sign up for a spa treatment, then refuel with ceviche, burgers, and sandwiches at The Grove Kitchen & Bar.

Best Western Hibiscus Motel
Best Western Hibiscus Motel

Best Western Hibiscus Motel

Perfect for budget-conscious travelers, Best Western Hibiscus Motel is in a great location only a short walk from the beach. Soak up the Key West tropical paradise only one block from Duval Street, where you can explore the city’s top attractions then retreat back to the quiet neighborhood of the hotel. Relax in the heated pool or book a boat excursion or sign up for a paddleboarding lesson. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast, and if you need extra space you can upgrade to the 2 Queen Beds Suite with a separate living area.

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