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Sunset Key Guest Cottages, Key West 
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245 Front Street
Key West , Florida
33040
Tel: 800 937 8461 (toll-free)
Tel: 305 292 5300
Fax: 305 292 5395
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Concierge.com's insider take:

It's no wonder Oprah had her birthday bash at Sunset Key. The exclusive Westin resort is located on its own private island a ten-minute boat ride offshore—a nice retreat when the scene in Key West proper gets too hectic. The one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom tin-roofed cottages have full kitchens, living rooms decked out in lively Old Florida decor (white furniture with vibrant yellow and blue accents), and wraparound verandas with Adirondack chairs. Another major bonus: The island's private beach has sand shipped in from the Bahamas, instead of from the rocky shores of the Keys.

Back on the Key West mainland, Westin also took over the onetime Hilton on the waterfront, reflagging it as the Westin Key West Resort & Marina in 2006. It's a more conventional hotel than the Sunset Key cottages, with rooms and suites in a large, low-slung big building that hugs the waterfront. Though it doesn't have Sunset Key's air of exclusivity and celebrity, it can be a better option since you won't have to wait for the boat to and from the island, there's ample on-site parking, and the view from your balcony of the sun setting over the ocean is magically romantic. Well, as long as the cruise ships that dock nearby and block the view have departed on time.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
These cottages sit on seven acres on a small island "a short boat ride from the craziness of Key West." Each pastel-colored abode is "both modern and period," with old Florida furnishings, Victorian tin roofs, and wraparound verandas. Latitudes serves local seafood: "Sitting outside as the sun set and with the torches lit was unbelievably romantic." The new Spa at Sunset Key offers a lavender and peppermint cooler wrap to combat sunburn.

(39 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.7
  • Activities: 86.5
  • Design: 92.2
  • Food: 82.8
  • Location: 94.4
  • Rooms: 92.2
  • Service: 90.0

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis

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