If you’re headed to Key West, these two design-centric properties should be on your radar.
THE PERRY HOTEL KEY WEST
For those seeking the Key West experience far from the madding crowd, there is The Perry. A 15-minute drive from the Conch Republic, the property is on Stock Island, home to a 220-slip marina and the area’s largest deep-water harbor. Offering 100 water-facing rooms, in an airy style that could be called beachy-industrial, the dog-friendly hotel welcomes pooches with two parks. A pair of seafood-centric eateries caters to foodies. And while outdoorsy types enjoy aqua activities, the indoorsy can relax with yoga and massages. That said, why bother to leave Stock Island at all?
HAVANA CABANA KEY WEST HOTEL
In 2016, when the long-sealed door to Cuba was opened for a minute, Americans couldn’t get there quickly enough. With the door slightly ajar now, that trip isn’t as easy. Smart hoteliers in Key West’s Old Town noticed and created the Havana Cabana Key West Hotel. Marked by the 1957 Chevy at its entrance, the resort, designed by the Coral Gables firm EoA, offers 106 eclectically outfitted rooms facing the Gulf of Mexico or Key West’s largest pool, which is surrounded by palm trees and a bar aptly named Mojitos because it serves nearly 20 versions of the famed Cuban cocktail. An Airstream trailer-turned-food truck offers croquetas, pastelitos and more. Suddenly, 90 miles seems that much closer.