The Key West Hotel, the best local scene in Key West


Top Restaurants Are Just Footsteps Away

Staying at The Key West Hotel puts you just steps away from some of the best dining experiences in the area. Here's some of the best places to eat in Key West:

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  • Cafe Marquesa - From its inception, CafĂ© Marquesa has led the way in expressing a unique, coastal cuisine. Their kitchen combines the finest seafood, meats, and produce with classic preparations and creativity. They offer freshly baked bread and desserts made daily in-house.

  • Lola's Bistro - With a Charming atmosphere and impressive culinary offerings, this intimate and classy bistro features a menu that changes daily. Patrons particularly rave about the gnocchi and the lobster appetizer, while the option to bring your own beverages adds a unique and appreciated touch. Close proximity to our hotel on the lively Duval Street, makes it a fantastic and convenient addition to your stay.

  • Blackfin Bistro - Celebrated for its elegant bistro ambiance and exceptional menu, this local favorite combines classic American dishes with fresh local seafood. This restaurant offers both cozy indoor seating and a charming courtyard dining area, creating a perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner or a casual meet-up with friends. The menu includes delightful starters like mini Maine lobster rolls and perfectly grilled octopus, in tandem with a well-curated selection of wines and beverages makes it a must-visit for anyone looking for a memorable meal in Key West.
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Each of these spots offers a unique taste of Key West's vibrant culinary scene, all within easy walking distance. Bon appétit!


Legendary Must-Do Activities

Whether you're an adventure seeker or history buff, Key West has activities for every type of traveler:

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  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: Discover where Hemingway wrote his masterpieces, just a short stroll from your hotel. This historic home, filled with Hemingway's personal artifacts and his famed polydactyl cats, offers a fascinating insight into one of America's greatest writers.

  • Dry Tortugas National Park: Escape to the remote beauty of Dry Tortugas National Park, accessible only by boat or seaplane. Explore the pristine reefs, historic Fort Jefferson, and enjoy exceptional snorkeling and bird watching in this secluded paradise.

  • Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square: Join the lively Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, where street performers, artisans, and food vendors gather nightly. This festive event is the perfect way to experience Key West's vibrant culture against stunning sunset views.

  • Key West Art District: Visit the Key West Art District to immerse yourself in the island's creative scene. Browse eclectic galleries, studios, and boutiques, and interact with local artists in this culturally rich enclave that captures the essence of Key West's artistic spirit.
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Staying with us brings you closer to everything Key West has to offer. While you stay, take advantage of our helpful and extremely knowledgable staff to pack in as many unforgettable moments as you can.


Places to Relax and Chill

Staying at The Key West Hotel puts you moments away from some of the best socializing spots in the area. Here's some of the best places to relax in Key West:

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  • Irish Kevin's: A lively bar and entertainment hub known for its spirited atmosphere and authentic Irish flair. Celebrated for its live music and engaging performances, Irish Kevin's serves as a perfect spot for a night out in Key West. Ideal for those looking to drown themselves in a fun and energetic setting, Irish Kevin's is a top choice for experiencing the local nightlife and enjoying a generous round of drinks.

  • Hog's Breath Saloon: Renowned for its laid-back charm and rustic decor, Hog's Breath Saloon is a quintessential Key West hangout. This open-air bar is famous for its refreshing homemade drinks and live music, creating an inviting atmosphere perfect for unwinding. With its motto "Hog's breath is better than no breath at all," the saloon is a favorite for locals and tourists alike, promising good times and great memories in a relaxed setting.

  • Sloppy Joe's: A legendary Key West bar and live music venue, Sloppy Joe's is steeped in history and famous for its vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Frequented by Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s, the bar continues to celebrate its rich heritage with classic American pub fare and signature drinks. Whether you're in the mood for a lively crowd and live bands or just a dive into some historical vibes, Sloppy Joe's offers an essential slice of Key West's social scene.
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Whatever your pleasure, a short trot from The Key West Hotel puts you right in the middle of it all. Unwind with live music, have a few libations, or just immerse yourself in the legendary party atmosphere. Each nearby venue offers a unique experience, enhancing your evenings Key West.


Exciting Yearly Events and Festivals

Key West is famous for its exciting calendar of events and festivals, here are a few not to miss (Book early!):

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  • Key West Fantasy Fest: Dive into a 10-day extravaganza each October that transforms Key West into a vibrant spectacle of creativity. The Fantasy Fest features costume parades, masquerade balls, and intricate costumes that bring the streets to life, inviting everyone to partake in the artistic revelry that overtakes the city.

  • Key West Lobsterfest: Kick off the lobster season each August at Key West Lobsterfest, where you can indulge in a lively street fair atmosphere. Enjoy a traditional lobster boil, savor freshly caught lobster, and immerse yourself in a celebratory environment filled with music, fun, and the flavors of the sea.

  • Conch Republic Independence Celebration: Commemorate Key West's symbolic 1982 secession from the United States at the Conch Republic Independence Celebration. This unique festival is filled with parades, reenactments, and a generous dose of local humor, celebrating the island's independent spirit and quirky charm.

  • Race World Offshore Key West Championships: Experience the thrill of high-speed powerboat racing at the annual Race World Offshore Key West Championships. This exhilarating event draws competitors and spectators from around the world to the stunning, crystal-clear waters of Key West. Witness the power and speed as the best in the sport battle it out for supremacy, making it a must-see for boating enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers alike.
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Our proximity, tradition and membership in Key West makes us the best choice for enjoying all these events. No parking nightmares, no unbearably fatigued guests, just swing back to your rooms, unload and unwind anytime, then get back to the festivities at your leisure.