Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West Review

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245 Front Street, Key West FL 33040
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Editor’s Review of Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West

Sunset Key's castaway setting -- you take a classy ferry boat launch about 10 minutes from the docks near Mallory Square to get here -- makes the Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West (formerly a Westin property) initially seem like it might appeal more to romance-seekers than family vacationers. But in fact, the beautiful collection of 40 candy-colored cottages, set on a 27-acre private island, is probably the most family-friendly place to stay in Key West. And the removed-from-reality location has a lot to do with that.

From the moment you step off the ferry and onto the resort's private dock, where tarpon and all manner of tropical fish swirl below, you'll feel the escape factor of this place. Sandy beaches are rare in
... more the mostly-coral islands of the Keys, but there's a good one here. Sunset Key's manmade sandy beach, just south of the arrival dock, descends into clear waters, cordoned off with a safety rope from passing boat traffic, where families snorkel in the shallows and swim to the nearby floating dock.

And while Sunset Key is actually a manmade island -- the U.S. Navy created what was originally called "Tank Island" back in the 1960's as a fuel tank depot -- the mix of private homes, tropical flower-lined streets and pastel-colored cottages make it feel anything but. The luxury cottage collection occupies about 7 acres of the island in the area, and surrounds a restaurant, infinity pool and ferry launch dock. But guests are free to stroll around the car-less streets of Sunset Key, where it's a pleasure to admire the multi-million dollar homes that are privately owned and indicative of local island architecture, with their sweeping verandas and tin roofs.

While it's easy to pass your time without leaving Sunset Key -- there are two restaurants, an oceanfront bar, a lagoon-style infinity pool and a nice beach -- the property's location and frequent ferry crossings to mainland Key West make it ideal for many other activities, too. Ferries are punctual and run every half hour in either direction from the resort and Key West for most of the day and night, and are otherwise on call for pickups. Sunset Key's concierge can help you arrange everything from snorkeling trips to the reefs on Key West's popular catamaran operators to trolley tours, and you can just as easily plan all your activities at the omnipresent information booths awaiting you on the mainland.

Perhaps one of the best things about a family vacation here -- and especially if you fly into Key West's small and convenient airport -- is the freedom to do nearly everything on foot. There's absolutely no need for a rental car during your stay. Everything on Sunset Key is a short walk away, and the same goes on Key West, where you can also use the trolleys and rent electric golf carts (and various other means of transport) to see the sights.

The Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West is part of the Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program, where members receive additional perks and amenities during their stay. For more information, read about Starwood Hotels & Resorts. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Ferry-ride-away location from bustling Key West
  • Floating dock and snorkeling on a private beach
  • Cottages with full kitchens and multiple bedrooms
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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You're not likely to miss any comforts of home when you stay in one of the well-appointed and luxurious cottages at Sunset Key. And there's a layout for nearly every family. Your options include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages, each with either a kitchenette or full kitchen, and accessed by a private walkway and surrounded by lush tropical foliage. Private porches with Adirondack chairs and tables for outdoor dining are standard in all cottages, and the kitchens are fully equipped with stoves, full-size refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers and all the bells and whistles you'd expect from the sleek granite counters and stainless steel decor.

For quite a bit more than what you'd pay to bring your own groceries, you can opt to have your kitchen stocked with basic grocery items such as eggs, cereals, lunchmeats, bread and cheeses on arrival.

All guests receive a free morning delivery of breakfast muffins and breads (left in a basket on your patio). In the evening, bottled water and orange juice is delivered free of charge, as well. The cottages are supplied (and refreshed daily) with complimentary Starbucks Coffee and Tazo teas.

In all of the cottages, ensuite granite and tiled bathrooms with tub-in-shower configurations are standard for each bedroom. And while the color of your cottage may vary from pastel hues of pink, yellow and blue, the interior d├ęcor is contemporary and classy across the board, with sea grass carpets, tiled floors and sleek dark wood furnishings and granite countertops. Stairs in the two-story cottages are carpeted to help prevent slips, and vintage Key West photos and pretty ocean-themed art create a welcoming sense of place.

One-Bedroom Cottages
One-bedroom cottages are 904 square feet in size, and can sleep up to three guests. Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and a fully equipped kitchen make the cottage comfortable.

Two-Bedroom Cottages
Two-bedroom cottages are set in a one-story building, with the option of a garden setting or oceanfront placement. They are 1,500 square feet in size and feature all the same comforts that the one-bedroom cottages offer, but can sleep up to five guests.

Three-Bedroom Cottages
The three-bedroom cottages are in two-story duplexes, though you'll hardly realize you have neighbors, thanks to the very private balconies (note: three-bedroom deluxe cottages have full kitchens, while standard three-bedroom cottages only have kitchenettes). The three-bedroom options range in size from 1,500 to 1,700 square feet and can sleep between seven and six guests, respectively.

Four-Bedroom Cottages
Only the 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom cottages have washer and dryer facilities inside, and other advantages to splurging on one of these is the private plunge pool and the spacious, private living area outside. Four-bedroom units can sleep up to eight guests.


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