Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
What We Love
- Sea views from your private balcony Aromatherapy, facials, or massages at Spa Al Mare
- Conch chowder and other local fare served on the shore at Sun-Sun, the on-site restaurant
What To Know
- Rooms near the pool can get loud
- 4PM check-in is on the late side
- Valet parking costs $25 overnight
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Casa Marina opened on New Year’s Eve 1920 and although the 311-room Waldorf Astoria property has been fully renovated, the party hasn’t stopped since—there’s a 1,200 square foot beach (and the opportunity to jet ski, sail, or kayak) and two pools for day time hijinks, with Sun-Sun, an oceanfront restaurant, serving the catch of the day and other local specialties at night. Along with sunning and sailing, spa-ing is an option too, with everything from aromatherapy to reflexology on offer. And did we mention the 6,500-square foot, 18-hole golf course on site?
In the Area
Nothing is very far away from anything else on the four-mile island of Key West (which is only 90 miles from Cuba). On one side, the resort is bordered by the sea, which means boat trips, clear bottom kayaks, paddleboarding and parasailing. On the other is Key West’s Old Town, with all its attractions, including the nightlife and restaurants of Duval Street (which is a mile from the resort), and local landmarks such as The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. And if visitors ever run out of things to do on the island (a virtual impossibility), then the Dry Tortugas National Park is 70 miles away by boat or seaplane.
How to Get There
I'm extremely disappointed with Casa Marina's customer service & accommodations. I'm a local attorney & stayed at Casa Marina numerous times before moving to KW, and have always recommended it to friends & family that are visiting. I called to see about reserving rooms for my wedding next year & was informed that Casa Marina only provides room blocks for corporate events & under no circumstance would they provide a room block for other private groups/ events. While they could not provide a room block, they did inform me that if my guests wanted to book rooms on their own there might be a minimum number of nights they would be required to book, however, they could not tell me what the minimum would be or what the nightly rate would be despite the fact that my wedding is less than a year away. This is not the service I expect from a company that boasts about its world-renowned hospitality. It's also ironic that a company, which claims to have "robust commitment to our communities" has in place a policy that only serves corporations & excludes locals from the communities they claim to be so committed to...
We stayed here for 3 days last week. The place is supposed to be of a Waldorf standard, but I saw little evidence of that. There was trash in the corridor near our room when we arrived, and I informed the front desk of this on 2 occasions. It was still there as we were checking out! And, for a hotel of this "quality" to only have one restaurant, that at the pool and with a very poor menu offering, is awful. The staff (apart from those at the pool and one concierge) were very defensive and dismissive whenever any issue was brought up with them. And as for $30 a night for parking and another $30 plus for a resort fee???? Where is the justification for this? I doubt if I would return on this showing.
Beautiful, relaxing, and a perfect vacation. It’s a place where families can enjoy and couples can come! The pools for adults and one for families is ideal!
We are coming back and bringing friends! Wonderful!