Get A Room: Beautiful Cottage Stays in Key West via Salt Island Seaplanes

Get A Room: Beautiful Cottage Stays in Key West via Salt Island Seaplanes

Looking for a place to crash after you land in Key West via Salt Island Seaplanes? According to Oyster.com there are several luxury and moderately priced properties that offer incredibly cool cottages that will have you feeling the laid-back local vibe in no time. So kick off your shoes, enjoy your cottage view and welcome to paradise!

Sunset Key Cottages in Key West
About 1,500 feet off the coast of Key West, the 27-acre Sunset Key Cottages is a laid-back (but upscale) island resort, carefully landscaped with grassy lawns, palm trees, bougainvillea, and other tropical flowers. Its pristine, classic-Key-West buildings include an airy fine-dining destination restaurant (thought to be the best in Key West) with unobstructed Gulf of Mexico views and beachy, pastel-colored cottages with Victorian tin roofs and wraparound porches. Most cottages are set in the gardens surrounding the saltwater pool, but many of the three-bedroom cottages and both of the four-bedroom ones have partial ocean views. The Three-Bedroom Deluxe Oceanfront Cottage has uninterrupted ocean views from nearly every vantage point — especially its huge covered porch. All cottages have full kitchens, breakfast nooks, and living rooms with sofa beds. Breakfast baskets with pastries and fruit are delivered to the cottages every morning.

The Gardens Hotel in Key West
Even in a town filled with intimate, romantic, and historic boutique properties, the glorious Gardens Hotel still manages to shine. This was once Key West’s largest private estate, and an air of relaxed luxury is conveyed through gleaming wood floors, heavy brocade curtains, and swirling palm-leaf ceiling fans. There’s a big wraparound porch out front, and all 20 plantation-style rooms and cottages have comfortably furnished verandas or balconies, made more private by the Gardens’ dense foliage of black bamboo and several palm varieties. The cottage rooms feel more contemporary, particularly in the kitchens with their stainless-steel appliances and sleek cabinet hardware.

The Paradise Inn in Key West
All of The Paradise Inn’s 18 one- and two-bedroom suites are set in restored cigar-maker cottages or reproductions of Bahamian-style houses. Everything in the adults-only hotel is white, bright, and spotless, with plenty of windows and French doors welcoming in the southern Florida sunshine. Outside, there are several terraces, sundecks, and quiet patios amid the palms — inviting spots to curl up with a book and a plate from the afternoon wine and cheese hour. Rooms are as soothing as the pristine building and leafy grounds; all have thin-planked oak floors, white walls, ceiling fans, wood and wicker furniture, and natural-fiber fabrics. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs with cable, coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, bottled water, and free Wi-Fi, and housekeeping includes nightly turndown service with chocolate.

Merlin Guest House in Key West
In its 90 years, Merlin Guest House Key West has served as military housing, a brothel, and a gambling den. These days, the property is well settled into its charming bed-and-breakfast self — clapboard siding and white porch railings and all. The location is one block from touristy Duval Street, but the inn’s lush tropical landscaping helps insulate it from the nearby din. The internal courtyard features a gazebo (where the free breakfast is served), a pool, and a hammock, and the front porch, facing Simonton Street, makes a nice perch for drinking iced tea and watching bicyclists leisurely cruise by. Each of the 22 rooms (of which about half are original) has a unique layout and cottage-chic furnishings. Dark wooden flooring and exposed wooden ceilings create a romantic atmosphere. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and shared porches or patios. The one- and two-bedroom cottages have living rooms and kitchenettes or wet bars.

The Duval Inn in Key West
Handwritten notes welcome guests checking into their room, cottage, or bungalow at The Duval Inn. Rooms are housed in the circa-1895 main house, while four cottages (with names like Mango and Leaf) and five bungalows are arranged around the pool and patio. A big distinction between the cottages and bungalows is that cottages have private (and spacious) bathrooms, while bungalows share a bathroom at the end of the hall. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, an individual air-conditioning wall unit, a mini-fridge, and towels. Wi-Fi is free everywhere in the property, including the courtyard where free happy hour drinks are doled out at a small bamboo bar and greenery is supplied by hanging ferns, potted plants, tall palms, and flowering trees. The seashell-floored outdoor space is filled with frilly wrought-iron seating and umbrella-shaded tables and chairs.

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