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The Westin Marina and Spa Resort Key West-Hotel Review

by Saturday, January 31, 2015



The Westin Marina and Spa Resort in Key West, Florida is my favorite hotel in Key West.  It sits at the southernmost tip of Florida and abuts Mallory Square. Just 90 miles to Cuba across the warm blue sea is a beautiful hotel with

  • impeccable hospitality
  • clean and modern rooms
  • its own private beach
  • convenient to restaurants and shopping
  • walking distance to Duval St.
  • adjacent to the Key West Museum of Art and History
  • a few steps to the Ernest Hemingway House
  • offers water sports and day trips out at sea

Mallory Square at sunset

Being situated at Mallory Square is the perfect location for tourists and locals alike to watch the sunset.  Every evening at dusk, any day of the year, you will find crowds of spectators and entertainers, artisan crafters selling their goods, while watching the sun disappear.  Don’t worry though, once the sun goes down, the crowds disperse and the area is quiet and relaxing for a wonderful night’s rest.

My husband and I loved that we could walk anywhere from our room, yet it felt somewhat secluded away from the rowdy partiers  that were up all night long, in the famed bars of Duval St.

I loved everything about our stay at this hotel. One of the main reasons is because of the wonderful treatment we got from the staff.  They went above and beyond any of my expectations. Originally we were going to stay at at hotel on Duval St.


Sloppy Joe’s on Duval St.

Seeing how I was new to the area, I did a search and thought I found a nice hotel of good quality and value. Boy was I ever wrong. The place was old and very outdated. When we got to our room the floor was wet and the room smelled of mold. I was so upset. We didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to settle  for such a terrible place. I decided I was going to find another place and check out immediately. My husband thought I was crazy and that it would never happen so last minute like this.

We walked around all of the hotels in the area and once I saw the Westin Marina and Spa, I knew I had to stay there.

We crossed our fingers and went inside to the reservation desk. We began to explain our dilemma and asked if there was anything at all and for not a large amount of money. To our surprise there was, and it was only $22 more per night than the so-called good rated hotel I was going to stay.

I cannot tell you how relieved I was, we were! My husband said he was so worried, but knew I would somehow get this worked out.  I’m known for these sort of things.

Then right as we were ready to be handed our key card, the manager asked if we were celebrating anything special. As a matter of fact, we were, our 4th wedding anniversary. He said very good, then we will upgrade you to the oceanfront junior suite. We were ecstatic! We thanked him over and over.

The next night as we were sitting on our oceanfront balcony waiting for the sunset, and we just laughed at how lucky we were. To imagine how different our vacation would have been. We were eating some key lime pie we grabbed for take-out at the Key Lime Pie Factory (of coarse we had to) on the way back from dinner and got a knock on our door. We didn’t order room service or anything so we were puzzled to why someone was there. It was a bellman with a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries. We said, ” sorry sir but we didn’t order this”  his response was, ” it is from the manager”.  We were now even more tickled. I must be dreaming! This guy is top notch and this was so over-the-top awesome!

We read the note attached, it said,”Happy anniversary from the manager and the entire staff. We hope you have a pleasant stay with us”  We turned to each other and smiled as the sun set before us.



The Westin Resort and Spa, Key West, Florida



Top 10 reasons why you should go to Key West this winter

by Wednesday, November 19, 2014

thewanderlustyogi.netIf you live in Boston, or anywhere in New England, than you know one thing for sure. Winter is coming.  The dreaded time of year when being cold is a given, darkness comes earlier and you get buried in snow, snow, and more snow. For some New Englanders, this is a wonderful time of year, for skiing and other outdoor winter activities.  For others, like me, suffering from mild to severe forms of seasonal depression, it’s a time of year to hibernate inside while  waiting until the thaw of Spring, which seems to take forever by the time March comes around.

thewanderlustyogi.netWinter is hard. This seemingly, neverending season, gives people the desire to fly to warm and sunny destinations, just to break -up these long and cold months.  The easiest place New Englanders usually choose is Florida.  Just a quick 3 hour flight and your toes are in the sand.  Most even have free accommodations, since many of our parents/grandparents moved down after retirement because they could no longer deal with the brutal northern winters. In any case, traveling from Boston to Florida for a quick escape,  is usually cheap, easy and attainable to most.


Our 4th year wedding anniversary

I went to Florida last November during Thankgiving, to not only escape the cold, but to celebrate my 4th year wedding anniversary. We booked a flight to Ft. Lauderdale with plans to spend a few days there and then rent a car and drive to Key West for a couple of days.





Aruba Cafe, Lauderdale-by-the-sea 11/26/14


We enjoyed the beach on Thanksgiving and had dinner at an outdoor beach cafe.  It was not your typical Thanksgiving for sure, but nonetheless, it was great! I just loved being outside, dining while the sun beat on my back. Ahhh, to be away from home for just a few days will surely subside my winter blues.




That Friday,  we went to the big galleria mall in Ft. Lauderdale to check out the Black Friday sales.  We were shocked to see the mall completely empty. It was crazy! It felt liked an apocolypse. Where the hell were all the shoppers? If we would have known this, maybe we would have done our Christmas shoppping down here.

thewanderlustyogi.netThe next day we left Ft. Lauderdale en route to the Keys. We booked the Westin in Mallory Square. The ride was quite longer than expected, over four hours, but the view of the ocean all along  the Overseas Highway, US 1, kept us entertained the whole way. In the next few days we did many things, but what I wanted to point out the things you shouldn’t miss.

The top 10 reasons why you should check out Key West

  1. Mallory Square


    The entrance to Mallory Square,where at sunset, is filled with performers and artists selling goods. (one of the best sunset views in the Keys)

  2. Duval St.


    This street has many shops, restaurants and bars, such as the famous, Sloppy Joes

  3. Renting a bike


    Key West has narrow streets and not a lot of parking. Getting around by bike is a great way to explore the little city, while saving the frustration and money to park a car.

  4. Paddle-boarding


    Renting a paddle board on Smather’s Beach is a fun way to enjoy the warm ocean water.

  5. Cuban food


    Since Cuba is only 90 miles away from Key West, they have some of the best Cuban food in the US


    Again, did I say that Cuba is only 90 miles away from the shores of Key West? Well, this is also a great oppourtunity to try a Cuban cigar; even if you don’t smoke!

  7. The Museums


    The Key West Museum of Art and History

  8. The Festivals


    There is Festival in Key West practically every week, whether you want to see music, art, film, adult-themed, gay-pride, you name it and Key West probably has a festival for it.

  9. The Diversity


    Gay Pride parade in Key West, where all people from any race, religion, sexual orientation , transgender, bi, straight, gay is welcomed with open arms

  10. The Key Lime Pie


    The famous Key Lime Pie Factory where they have the best key lime pie. The secret is the “key limes” who would have thought?

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