As the main destination of our trip, the Santa Maria Suites was an interesting mix....and I can certainly say the same about Key West in general. On to the details....
The hotel's location is at the slower, and shall I say more rainbow colored, end of the Duval Street crawl. A long way from Malory Sq. and the main watering holes, but the exercise did us good. It is close to the southern most point marker and the ocean, even though we found no real beach. The wind was up (small craft warnings) so we didn't really look for the sailboat rental place nearby or get a chance to go snorkling to the offshore reefs. There is a neat Cuban grocery store and grill close by, but we did have to walk a bit to get to the major eateries. La-Te-Da's was close by on Duval and serves a great breakfast which we throughly enjoyed. Also found a martini bar nearby that served the best Key Lime martini we had during our trip.
The hotel's chrome and glass room decor seems out of place (like I stepped back in time) in a beachfront location such as Key West, but the ground floor level two bedroom suite was really nice. The living area and kitchen was huge, with granite counter tops and plenty of lighting. The bedrooms and bathrooms were also nicely furnished. I personnally did not like the very low beds, and the mattress I had was a little soft for my liking, but I had the master suite that came with an exceptional bathroom. The washer and dryer were also welcomed and used. The kitchen came with liquid dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, laundy detergent, dish towels, and was more than adequately furnished with plates, silverware, and pots/pans. Good AC and ceiling fans were also appreciated.
The pool was only 15 feet from our front door, and the water was warm and inviting. Lots of families here, as well as couples and friends traveling together. They had free wine and snacks in the afternoon, as well as always having limeade in the lobby....we did not eat at the on-site restaurant.
We ended up in Key West during it's 30th anniversay of the founding of the Conch Republic, and can certainly say our stay was a hoot with all of the things going on around us.....bed races and 'drag' races down Duval Street, waterfront firehose boat battle between the USCG and the local sailors in the water off Malory Sq., and the general rowdiness that is Key West and Duval Street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the eclectic and sophisticated charm of Key West with out the hustle & bustle of a large hotel at the Santa Maria Suites Resort. Barely a block from Duval Street and the Atlantic Ocean, the Santa Maria is an elegantly refined all suites hotel designed for the discriminating traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Hotel Key West
- Santa Maria Resort