The Perry Hotel Key West
What We Love
- A brand-new, boutique Stock Island base beside a marina, with a dining credit and moreUsing your dining credit on fresh seafood at the boutique stay’s fisherman-helmed restaurant
- Enjoying the amenities, from the fire pits to the pool, without having to pay the resort fee
- Choosing between exploring sought-after Stock Island and kayaking out from the marina
What To Know
- All rooms and suites have a water view (either of the saltwater lagoon or marina and pool)
- Some rooms are pet-friendly
- Complimentary shuttle service to Old Town is offered
- Free WiFi and onsite parking are available
Want your next Key West escape to put you near the sea? They don’t come much closer than boutique hotel The Perry Hotel Key West, which is right beside a bustling marina that feeds into State Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Your Stock Island stay will likely revolve around nautical activities, from kayaking to snorkeling to fishing (although swimming in the pool, among lush palm trees, isn’t a bad alternative). The “Perry” in the name is a reference to Commodore Perry, and you’ll certainly feel compelled to channel this father of the American navy and set out exploring the surrounding waters.
Stock Island happens to be one of the hottest neighborhoods around, having been called “the new old Key West” by The New York Times and received a cool half billion for renovations in the past decade and a half – so fit in some time to explore the land side of the hotel, too. Bars and restaurants abound here and towards Duval Street, as do shops and other hangouts, many of which you can access on the Old Town shuttle. But it would be a mistake not to start with what’s right in front of you: two eateries, dishing up American comfort food and oysters, respectively, plus fire pits, a well-equipped fitness center, a community garden, two dog parks and a gift shop stocked with artisanal goods.
Rooms and studios
The 100 guest abodes come with water views and oversized private balconies or patios, plus the necessities, like a Keurig coffeemaker and mini-fridge. Mangrove Double Queen rooms feature an outdoor shower and a view of the lagoon, while Stock Island King rooms offer views of the pool and marina. Saltwater studios look out over the pool and marina or the lagoon; they also include a roomy shower and pull-out sofa bed. These rooms all contain a king bed.
Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar is an airy dining space with a retro-meets-modern feel and menu of American coastal comfort food, whipped up under the supervision of avid fisherman and Executive Chef Ryan Fredstrom (of Miami’s critically acclaimed Yardbird). Nibble on banana-cream “jarfaits,” Key West pink shrimp with vodka cocktail sauce, black-bean fritters and fried clams. Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill is an al-fresco spot, serving po’ boys, burgers and the namesake shellfish to the poolside, your deck, the bar or the fire pits.
Key West is famous for its sunny weather and quirky characters. A Floridian getaway with a strong Caribbean and Cuban flair, it’s known for brilliant sunsets (best appreciated from gathering-spot Mallory Square), pristine and palm-lined sands and six-toed cats. Hemingway spent eight years living here, and you can tour his landmark French Colonial-style home, or get your picture taken at the southernmost point in the continental United States. You’ll be on the edge of Stock Island, by the marina – ideal for kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing outings.
How to Get There
We loved the Perry hotel. It was comfortable and had great food. Noa was a great server from Matt's stock island kitchen. The food was delicious. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The balcony was a great touch. There are areas to watch the sun rise and set. We had a great time.
My mom and I spent a week at the Perry hotel. It was fabulous! Raul the man who took care of the pool did an amazing job with keeping the pool clean and surrounding grounds. Raul was there if you needed towels or lemon water. I cannot say enough good things about him! We also had a great experience with our two shuttle drivers, Phil and Mike. They went out of their way to bring us to all the local stops. Thanks for the great key West experience!
My husband and I both agree this was the best hotel we've ever stayed at! Great amenities and service, along with unbeatable happy hours and views! We loved waking up to this view from our balcony every morning, and relaxing at night listening to the musician at Matt's.
Loved the interior design of this hotel. Rooms are spacious, beds extremely comfy, staff very friendly and location great if you’re not into the “carnival” atmosphere of downtown Key West. It’s located on stock island, about 15 min from downtown at a marina.
Our Room Location was 337. We did not book directly through the Hotel- in fact, we didn't even know this hotel was there before our internet search. The room was titled, "partial harbor view," and our balcony was a bit smaller than the others, due to being on a corner; however, there was only two of us traveling and we had a beautiful view of the pool and could see the harbor just fine. The room size was very large with all the typical amenities. The decor was beautiful and tasteful and the floors were absolutely beautiful in color and texture. Towels were fluffy and plentiful, although the water pressure could have been stronger, it worked just fine. The shower tiles are beautifully colored and the bathroom has a fan! (YAY). Plenty of space for two people in the bathroom to get ready at the same time. Loved the bathrobes. Loved the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Also, the hand soap and body lotion- all with aloe. The maid service....well, we never really saw them. And they did not wake us up once. Never had to ask for towels or bottled water, coffee refills or anything. They restocked meticulously. Air conditioning was awesome.
Check-in: Flawless. Jayme, the bell-hop and "advisor on all things good," unloaded our SUV and had me set up in the room before my boyfriend completed check-in and went to park the car. He was surprised I was set up in the room sipping champagne before he made it back. Parking is free and takes literally 60-90 seconds from the door of the hotel. Jayme timed the elevator perfectly, grabbing me a complimentary glass of champagne just in time for the doors to open. While he unloaded our luggage he informed me of the two restaurants/bars in the hotel, mentioned the happy hours at each (they overlap, and one is longer so once you're done at one, you can roll over across the pool to the second bar for an extension of happy hour. $5.00 Bombay, Bacardi, Sky, Etc...Wine & Beer specials too and a very good selection. We were not sure if we'd need to leave the property.
The Hotel: Beautifully appointed, awesome artwork and extremely clean everywhere. This goes for the lobby restrooms as well. Spacious lobby with lounge-seating areas, new flavored water each day- sometimes strawberries, lemons, beautiful orchids, all right out front before or after you come back on the free shuttle to Duval or Smather's Beach. We were allowed to bring our adult beverages for the 4.5 mile ride. If you stay out past 8:30 p.m. you will need to Uber/Lyft back, but it beats driving and parking yourself. This can cost time, energy and cost as much as a cab/Uber/Lyft anyway.
Cleanliness: I could walk across the beautiful hard-surface flooring without getting sand, dirt, or anything sticking to my feet. I always wear socks or slippers in a hotel; however, I found myself wandering around without a care and got into bed at night without having to brush off my feet! The sheets were wonderful and while I am a typically poor sleeper due to back problems, the bed was just as comfortable as my own. If you do not like heavy-fill down pillows, or prefer down-alternative, you can bring your own pillow.
Bars/Restaurant: Right away Regina made us feel at home. She has a smile that can brighten the whole day. She engages you in conversation and genuinely listens to your responses. She was able to answer any questions we had. She was also able to reserve a high-top table in the hotel bar area for us to watch the hockey game mid-week. We had planned to go to Duval to watch the game, but our hotel was SO comfortable. The food- EXCELLENT. Wednesdays was a fried chicken dinner. We could have shared it, it was large enough. Everyone in the entire place could be heard raving about it. So we skipped anything seafood and LOVED the special. Also, HH has a different tapas and crudo plate every day. We would stop in before boarding the shuttle for a ceviche snack and quality cocktail at Not-Duval Prices. Regina was an excellent server and we looked forward to stopping by to see her each day/evening. The rest of the bar staff was attentive and the hotel is dog-friendly. We met some very well-behaved pups who made the bar atmosphere more friendly and welcoming. The outside bar was comfortable, rarely overcrowded and made quality cocktails- no skimping. See Zack at the outside bar for a good suggestion on food or drink.
The "barn door" to the bathroom slides a bit fast if you are not used to it. Both of us slammed our fingers at least twice before we learned to catch the door. Some others nearby never learned to catch the door and it would slam into the other side of the wall with a huge bang. If you didn't know what it was, it would scare you. It is a beautiful part of the room and saves space, but perhaps a rubber bumper on the other side of the door would help? Also, you can turn the door handle to lock the room from the inside relatively quietly, but when going out there is absolutely NO WAY to not SLAM the door. This is just a pet peeve of mine. It was really loud. Now when we booked fishing charters and were up at 6:45 a.m., no problem. But it made me feel bad about waking people up nearby.
We recommend booking charters via the captain directly. Use your Google Search and read reviews to be prepared. Booking via the hotel was convenient as many boats are right outside the hotel, but one of our charters had to cancel as it was not a big enough boat for one of the "choppy" days off-shore. We were referred to a shared charter on Charter Row at the municipal marina and while we had a great time, we would prefer to book directly with the boat and not through a third party. At first, they wanted a different price than what we were told. We worked it out, but it was uncomfortable for a few moments.
Also, unless you require adjoining rooms, don't book a room where it adjoins to another. There was some noise from the other side of the door, but we always sleep with our sound machine and once that was on, it was fine. There is air traffic over the property. This did not bother us in the least.
I am SO glad we did not stay on Key West. We are planning to return to The Perry during their off-season in September. I apologize for not taking photos of the room and property. The photos on the hotel's webpage are true to form.