Resorts & Hotels in the Florida Keys

by Alison Merfeld

The Florida Keys is an outdoor getaway for travelers wanting to get some color, fish on the Intracoastal Waterway or snorkeling to view the coral reefs. Hotels in the Florida Keys consist of spa resorts, cottage-style accommodations, budget hotels and luxury accommodations. Many hotels on Duval Street in Key West are within walking distance to main attractions including Mallory Square.

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Spa Resorts

The Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in Little Torch Key, provides spa packages to its on-site spa, SpaTerre. Treatments range from a honey and milk body wrap, to collagen facials and stone massages. The 30 bungalow-style suites include king-sized beds surrounded by mosquito nets, two showers; one indoors and one outdoors, separate living areas and a private wrap-around deck. The suites are surrounded by tropical foliage for additional privacy. Resort amenities include an on-site gift shop, an outdoor lagoon pool and a private beach. Located in Islamorada, the 27-acre Cheeca Lodge and Spa offers a beachfront setting. The on-site spa provides seven treatment rooms. Treatments range from massages to facials. Additional amenities include a fitness center, a veranda with loungers overlooking the ocean and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls and a private beach setting. Guest rooms, colored and decorated in soft Earth tones, include a living room, private furnished balconies, wet bars and refrigerators.

Atlantic Ocean Side Hotels

Located in the Marathon area, the Seashell Beach Resort provides one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The 10 suite rooms offer full-kitchens, small sitting areas, private balconies and dining areas. The hotel includes a private white beach with loungers located underneath palm trees, hammocks located throughout the property and two docks for laying out on and fishing off of. If you've ever been interested in swimming or learning about dolphins, the Dolphin Research Center on Peachtree Avenue is a one-minute-drive from the hotel. The Hampton Inn and Suites in Islamorada provides easy beach access to the Atlantic Ocean. Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, a poolside tiki-bar, a fitness center and a business center. The 79 guest rooms consist of one or two-bedrooms. Rooms are decorated in bright, welcoming yellows and blue hues and offer full-kitchens, separate living rooms and private balconies. For fishing enthusiasts, the hotel has partnered with Back Country Fishing and Off Shore Fishing to arrange for fishing charters during your stay. An Outback Steakhouse is connected to the hotel.

Gulf of Mexico Side Hotels

The smoke-free Courtyard Key West Waterfront Hotel provides 49 guest rooms with down feather pillows, living areas with sleeper sofas and mini-refrigerators. The 19 suites also include whirlpool bathtubs and private balconies. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by tropical plants and palm trees. The poolside American-style restaurant, Tiki Bar, serves lunch and appetizers. The hotel is a three-minute walk from the Key Plaza Shopping Center. Located in Key Largo, the three-acre Atlantic Bay Resort offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. The 19 cottage-style accommodations consist of one or two-bedrooms with full kitchens, living areas with views of the water and private porches with thatched-roofs. On-site amenities include a private beach, boat docking, free Internet access and barbecue grill areas.

Duval Street Hotels

Duval Street in Key West is home to famous bars and restaurants such as Hogs Breath Saloon and Sloppy Joe's, art galleries and boutique shopping. Open since 1926, the Crowne Plaza Key West was once visited by Harry Truman and local resident Ernest Hemingway. Room amenities include king-sized beds, complimentary Internet access and sitting areas; some rooms additionally have private balconies overlooking Duval Street. The hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool, sun deck, fitness center and gift shop. The hotel's central location on Duval Street makes it within walking distance to the Ernest Hemingway Museum and the Key West Museum of Art and History, both less than a nine-minute-walk away. Built in 1898, the Southern Cross Hotel offers small rooms containing one queen-sized bed up to penthouse suites with multiple beds. Rooms include sitting areas; penthouse suites include a kitchenette, a living area with a sleeper sofa and a private balcony. If you're traveling on a budget, rooms start at $95 as of November 2010.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.