4.5
Very Good 777 Reviews
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Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Sunset Key Cottages in Key West, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Key West Museum of Art and History and Custom House Museum.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 40 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens. Rooms have private balconies. Flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include complimentary weekday newspapers and a turndown service, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Sunset Key Cottages. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

How to Get There

Sunset Key Cottages
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 777 Reviews
ANNUAL FAMILY BIRTHDAY❤️❤️❤️
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best kept secret and I hope it stays this way. Heavenly staff, paradise all on its own, clean like home, no moldy smells, delicious coffee and breakfasts, best best best in the US in our opinion (OPAL RESORTS)=Satisfied customers. We will be back every year as long as it remains this perfect☕️

Beautiful island and cottage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed one night for my 60th birthday. There were 5 of us and we loved the 4 bedroom cottage with private pool (SunHaven). Taylor checked us in around 5 and she was so helpful. I received a bottle of champagne and appetizer tray. The pool was a perfect temperature and the location of the property was amazing at sunset. I'm planning my 2020 birthday party at Sunset Key Cottages!!

Come by boat for brunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most wonderful brunches ever. Great spot to see the natural beauty of Key West. The boat ride is delightful. Rooms super expensive. So, if you can get brunch by staying at a nearby hotel, do that.

Disappointed in Service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Sunset Key Cottages this past week with my wife and two college age daughters. It is a beautiful property on a private island off Key West. It is not inexpensive - we were paying about $2K a night for our cottage. For that price I expect 5 star service and unfortunately that was not the experience. We arrived at 2pm our check in today and were told checkin was 4pm but they would try to get us in earlier. 4pm came and went with no word. They finally got us into our room after 5pm. At that price per night not having room until after 5pm to me is not acceptable. I was upset and was told the General Manager would talk to me the next day. He or she never reached out.

You get back and forth to the mainland by ferry which starts running each day at 7am. If you need to get to the mainland earlier you can arrange a boat service with them. One of the days there I had a business meeting in Miami and needed to take a 7am flight from Key West so I talked to front desk a couple of days in advance to arrange earlier boat service and taxi on other end for 5:30am. I reconfirmed again with front desk the night before. I showed up at 5:15am for my boat the next morning. 5:45 still no boat and nobody at front desk for the whole time. Finally tracked down a security guard on island who helped me call for boat. Despite two discussions in advance it was never properly scheduled and neither was the taxi on the other end. Was lucky to still make flight.

A few other examples too but I was very disappointed in service level given price point. Would not go again.

Sunset Key "Cottages" - Very Good Family Vacation
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So the extended family (parents, kids, and sister) all just spent 6 days at Sunset Key Cottages and had a very good trip and overall experience. Sunset Key has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I'm very glad we went, and while not bad by any means I don't think we'll be rushing back. We stayed in a 4-bedroom cottage with it's own pool on the beach near Latitudes restaurant which worked well for our group (especially the kids) very well.

First I think the name says it all "Sunset Key Cottages" not "Sunset Key Resort". And while I guess it is officially a "resort" it didn't live up to my expectations of a full-service 5-star resort. However I think that might be why they purposefully use the term "cottages" in the name. For me it was somewhere in between the experience of a very nice resort and a very nice AIRBNB or VRBO. It's a nice place to stay but I think you'd go a little stir crazy after a few short days on the island itself - and with all the activities and fun of Key West nearby you'd be silly if you didn't leave regularly like we did (at least once per day and most dinners / evenings).

The island, facilities, and cottages are idyllic and beautiful. The island is very clean, exceptionally safe, and has postcard views in most directions. The beach (as advertised) is uncomfortably rocky and per their recommendations you should take water shoes. The beach chairs, umbrellas, bathrooms, hammocks, volleyball, and beach food / drink service is all well done. I would definitely recommend you walk the island (doesn't take long - maybe 1/3 mile total?) and check out the private homes as they're equally as pretty as the resort and many have very nice gardens. The central pool is very nice, especially for kids as it has a zero entry side, and for us was about 15 degrees cooler (still warm) than our private cottage pool (more like a hot tub which wasn't very comfortable during the heat of the day). There are thousands of palm trees which I assume were planted on the island (just look across to Wisteria Island) which create a true tropical oasis. The boat to the island is also very cool and well done - something about taking the ferry back and forth is magical and exclusive - especially for kids. The service is every 30 minutes on a large comfortable ferry. It does help to have a clear plan of action when arriving and departing as it's fairly chaotic and crowded at Margaritaville getting on and off the ferry. Check-in at the Margaritaville front entrance and the bellman will get your luggage on the boat for you, when leaving they'll have a taxi waiting right near the boat dock (we went back to the front of Margaritaville).

As mentioned many times by other reviewers there are some very nice and appreciated touches like the basket of croissants and muffins (agreed could use a little more variety here - especially after 6 days), the bike ice-cream service (free), and the overall excellent and friendly service. I found myself wishing however that there was just a little more to do (I'm admittedly not one fond of just sitting around). I asked one day if they had any bikes and found out they do not - would have been fun for the kids - or even a surry (the 2-4 person bike carts) to take leisurely cruise around the main path of the island. They do provide fishing rods and bait and the fish are plentiful off the dock, just watch out for the overly aggressive pelicans who will try to steal your catch (hook and all). If you see any fishing boats come in, go and watch them clean their catch - the crowd they attract in the water is impressive - sharks, tarpon, grouper, etc....

The Latitudes restaurant is the only dining option (other than the pool bar and I think the food comes from Latitudes) but it's a very good one. A friend of mine who lives in town said Latitudes is his favorite restaurant in Key West. The setting and westward views are undoubtedly the best in Key West and the food is very good. We did breakfast, lunch, and room service as well and it was equally good. The other restaurants we tried in town at my friend's recommendation were Onlywood (wood fired pizza and Italian), Hot Tin Roof (right on the water near Mallory Square), and Santiago's Bottega (Tapas) - all were also very good.

We did not use the spa. I did use the gym, it was small but sufficient. I like to be outside when in such a nice climate and area. We often walked around the island but that got old quickly. I'd recommend taking the ferry to Key West to walk, run, or rent a bike for exercise. I'd also recommend if you are going to town to do so in the mornings before it gets too hot, the retreat back to Sunset Key in the afternoon.

Overall I'm very glad we went and we had a very good time - I'd highly recommend you checking this place out if you haven't before. It's a very beautiful and tranquil setting just minutes away from the hustle and bustle (and plentiful activities) of Key West which creates a very fun vacation!

PROS:
-Beautiful, tranquil, and serene
-Very private and exclusive experience
-Boat Transfers
-Service
-Latitudes
-Pier / fishing / fishing equipment
-Ice cream bike service
-Incredible Sunset Views

CONS:
-Better Morning coffee service / offering
-Housekeeping lacked attention to detail
-More activities (biking, arts & crafts, nature stuff)
-Expensive
-Nicer store with more selection (wanted to take home some branded stuff but selection was very small).
-Rocky beach

KID ACTIVITIES:
-Aquarium - surprisingly cool (touch tank!)
-Butterfly Museum
-Conch Train (better for older kids)
-Mallory Square performers
-Snorkel or Sunset Cruise (we used the Pelican run by Sebago - smaller catamaran)