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
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.
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 The place was old and very outdated.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.