Key West’s newest retreat summons inspiration from the literary icons who have called the island home.
Taking inspiration from the literary giants who have called Key West home, this all-suite retreat serves as a chic home base for exploring all the key has to offer.
STAY: A Coastal Home Away from Home
Overlooking the Atlantic from the eastern side of the island, the all-suite retreat is home to 64 accommodations that encourage guests to live as the laureates did of the mid-century: carefree, inspired, and ready to be immersed in the life and vibrancy of the town of Key West. When you’re not hobnobbing with locals and living the classic island lifestyle, full kitchens, plush bedding, and chic coastal decor welcome you home with open arms.
EAT: Key West’s Most Colorful Cuisine at Your Doorstep
Key West is a dining hotspot, meaning great food is just steps in every direction from your door. Home to front-row seats of Key West’s famous Mallory Square sunset, Bistro 245 offers an upscale American menu that stars creative spins on seafood; while Latitudes, located just a short boat ride away at Sunset Key Cottages, was named “#1 Best Overall Restaurant in Key West” by OpenTable in 2016. Or try the best ceviche in town at Incas, a cup of authentic Cuban coffee at Kim’s Kuban, or anything from the other 20 diverse eateries around town.
PLAY: Immerse Yourself in Island Culture
The island is home to scores of cultural attractions, which run the gamut from Mel Fisher Maritime Museum to the Key West Aquarium and the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens to Truman Little White House. If looking to stray a little further, into the wilds of the keys, spend the day exploring Dry Tortugas National Park or the National Key Deer Refuge. Whatever you do, be sure to finish the day off at Mallory Square at the nightly sunset celebration complete with live music, fire breathers, and great food.
SAVE TIME FOR
Key West has served as the hometown to many celebrated writers, which means many of local attractions serve as living tributes to these former literary inhabitants. A few you must check out: Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum, Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, Books & Books (which is actually an independent bookstore owned by Judy Blume – best known for her work Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – and her husband).
Where to Stay The Laureate Key West