Key West Hotels and Accommodation
(Key West, Florida - FL, USA)
A very popular part of Florida, Key West enjoys a thriving accommodation scene, with plenty in the way of affordable hotels. However, despite the extensive choice of lodging options in Key West, the huge demand means that it is not unusual for the best hotels to be completely booked up, making advance reservations at peak times a necessity.
There are a number of hotels close to the Key West International Airport (EYW), which is only 4 miles / 6.5 km from the city centre and connected by the South Roosevelt Boulevard. Accommodation close to the airport includes the Days Inn West, the Radisson and the Sheraton Suites, all of which reside on the Roosevelt Boulevard and are just a relatively short drive away.
Where to Stay
The New Town area, on the eastern side of Key West, is where you will find the largest concentration of chain motels. Accommodation within the New Town is generally based along the North Roosevelt Boulevard and its junction with the Overseas Highway, and includes the Beachside Resort and Conference Center, the Comfort Inn, the Holiday Inn, and the Hyatt Beach House Resort, amongst other hotels.
The restored homes and historic buildings within the charming Old Town area of Key West tend to offer more character, together with a convenient central location. Much of the accommodation lying in the Old Town is gay friendly. Located on Duval Street, the four-star Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa enjoys an enviable secluded waterfront setting, and comes with its very own white sandy beach and tropical gardens, with the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum being just a stroll away. Nearby, the Crowne Plaza La Concha Hotel is also worthy of consideration.
Located on Front Street and close to the Pier House Resort are the Westin Sunset Key Cottages, where accommodation comes in the form of luxury cottages with wonderful ocean views and wrap-around verandas. Also sited on Front Street is the upmarket Hyatt Key West Resort Hotel, which is certainly an expensive lodging option, but extremely popular with those who can afford it.
For something a little cheaper, look out for the Heron House Court on France Street, which stands alongside the historic Seaport Boardwalk. Also of note is the Simonton Court Historic Inn on Simonton Street, the Almond Tree Inn on Truman Street, and the surprisingly inexpensive Budget Key West Hotel on Eaton Street. Gay travelers often favor Big Ruby's Hotel on Applerouth Lane West, where clothing is considered optional.