Key West hotels
Hotels in Key West come in all shapes and sizes, from full-service resorts to smaller inns, guesthouses, and bed-and-breakfasts. Families traveling to Key West will appreciate the amenities of the former—such as the pools at the revamped Casa Marina—but you'll get a more atmospheric and authentic experience by staying at a more intimate place. Particularly in Old Town, you'll find guesthouses that run the gamut from luxurious (the Marquesa) to budget-minded (Angelina Guesthouse). You'll also find plenty that cater mostly, or exclusively, to gay men and/or lesbians. The Key West Innkeepers Association is a network of more than 60 B&Bs, inns, and guesthouses, many in Old Town (800-492-1911; www.keywestinns.com). Don't be tempted by the low rates at the chain hotels on the eastern end of the island (most have addresses on Roosevelt Boulevard). It's a 10- to 15-minute drive (or a $15 cab ride) to the main attractions in town. This negates much of the savings, not to mention the added hassle of driving around such a pedestrian-friendly town.