A Mini-Trip to Key West, Florida: Part 2 – Hyatt Key West

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Emily:  Daraius and I went to Key West for a few days in October for a mini-vacation. We drove from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West on the Overseas Highway, which was a very nice drive. We stayed at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, and had a wonderful time relaxing and seeing the Key West sites.

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Emily And Daraius At The Hyatt Key West Resort And Spa

A Mini-Trip To Key West, Florida Index

Hyatt Key West

Emily:  At around 6:00 pm, we arrived in Key West and checked into the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa.

The Hyatt Key West is very well located.  You are literally a 5 minute walk from Mallory Square, Duval Street, and the ship docks!  Here’s a map with the Hyatt’s location.

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Emilly Outside The Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa

Daraius was going to use 22,000 Hyatt points for each night at the Hyatt in Key West, but then found a great rate for ~$190 including taxes!  We don’t have an unlimited supply of Hyatt points, and preferred saving those 22,000 Hyatt points to stay in Hyatt hotels which cost $600+ a night.

However, the hotel does charge a $20 resort fee, which was reduced to $15 for Diamond members.  I’m not a fan of resort fees and in this case the fee covered parking and internet access.  So it could be worth it given how close to everything the Hyatt is which could save you some parking fees.

The hotel has free parking for guests, but we had to wait a few minutes for a spot to open up.  The attendant told us that we could park in the handicapped parking, but we waited for a car to back-out from a spot.

We took our bags to the lobby and checked in.

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Emily Waiting In The Lobby Of The Hyatt Key West

We booked a standard room at the Hyatt and were upgraded to a room with a better view for free.  I suspect that this was because Daraius was a Hyatt Diamond member.

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Emily And Daraius On The Deck Of Shor American Seafood And Grill At The Hyatt Key West

The hotel had many activities, including a swimming pool and hot tub.

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The Swimming Pool At The Hyatt Key West

Although it was a small pool, it wasn’t very crowded.

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Emily By The Pool

But we were visiting during low season when it wasn’t very busy.

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There Was a Whirlpool

The hotel set up lounge chairs overlooking the sea.

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You Could Relax on Lounge Chairs Overlooking The Sea

And there were more lounge chairs on the deck and the hotel dock.

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There Were Lots Of Lounge Chairs, Including On The Dock

Key West doesn’t have many beaches, but the Hyatt did try to create a small one. It was really, really, small!

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Daraius Outside The Small Artificial Beach At The Hyatt Key West

They even had darts and a foosball table…

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Emily Hoping For A Quick Game Of Foosball

and even corn hole (bean bag toss).

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Key West Themed Corn Hole Game (Bean Bag Toss)

You could also see turtles…

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Daraius Hanging Out With The Resident Turtles

and birds.

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The Hyatt Key West Is Home To A Blue And Gold Macaw

The hotel provided a monthly calendar of activities in our room.

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Calendar Of September Activities At Hyatt Key West

We were looking forward to relaxing in our room.  The room was large.

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The Suite Was One Large Room

The room was painted in white and had lots of windows, so it felt very spacious.

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The Room Felt Larger Than It Was

There was a small sitting area with three armchairs.

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The Suite Had A Small Sitting Area

There was a small, functional desk…

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Small But Functional Desk

with an iPhone charging station…

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The Hotel Provided An iPhone Charging Station Which Came In Handy

a dresser with a coffee machine…

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The Room Included A Dresser, Mini Bar, And Coffee Maker

with Nespresso refills.

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Nespresso Refills – Just Enough Coffee To Get You Out Of Bed

and a king size bed.

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The Suite Had A King Sized Bed

I liked the balcony because of the nice view.  The suite overlooked the swimming pool.  You could also see the gulf.

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Our Suite Overlooked The Pool And Gulf

There was a lounge chair and regular chairs on the balcony and it was relaxing sitting outside.

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Chair For Additional Seating On The Balcony

The bathroom was pretty large.

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The Bathroom Was Lovely

It had a walk-in shower…

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Large Walk In Shower – With Enough Room For 2

with a rain shower head.

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The Shower Had A Rain Head And Hand Held Showerhead

The bathroom only had only 1 sink but there was ample counter space.

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Lots of Space On The Bathroom Counter

The amenities were the usual Hyatt amenities, which included shampoo, conditioner, and body wash…

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KenetMD Brand Toiletries Were Provided

as well as mouthwash, toothpaste, and body lotion.

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The Hotel Also Provided Mouthwash, Toothpaste, And Body Lotion

Bottom Line

The Hyatt Key West Resort was very close to Duval street and Mallory Square and we could walk and bike everywhere!

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14 responses to “A Mini-Trip to Key West, Florida: Part 2 – Hyatt Key West

  1. You’ll probably cover this in Part 4, but what’s the current status on the Diamond breakfast? Last time I was there it was over $100 per day and I could order anything on (or off) the menu. I’ve heard they’ve changed it to something more modest.

  2. How timely…maybe just a few days late for me. I was in Key West last week on vacation. Stayed at the Casa Marina (Waldorf Astoria). I hope you mention in your series what a great pet-friendly town Key West is. We targeted a place where we could include our 2 small dogs (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. That was the attraction to Casa Marina, and the whole town turned out to be a great vacation with the pets. Dining al fresco with them, walking Duval St. Even indoors, they were very welcome at Sloppy Joe’s and those 2 got free drinks there. We had to pay! Great place for a pet friendly vacation! Cheers.

  3. Your armchairs are missing arms! 🙂

  4. Stayed here in March. Found it to be a great hotel. We booked with points, and the resort fee was waived. The front desk told us they always waive the resort fee on point redemptions.

    • @Curious – It was very generous and included 2 drinks, 2 sides, & 2 main courses.

      @Jim – We saw lots of pets in Key West including in some restaurants!

      @ncSam – LOL!

      @Sal – We found a cheap cash reservation so had to pay the resort fee, but good to know that the resort fee is waived if you book on points.

  5. Always love to see your trip reports. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I hate hotels in the Keys and often get private condo rentals/airbnb. It just feels wrong to stay at a chain hotel and they aren’t that great down there anyway. But I know you have to do it for the blog to report on the loyalty programs, but for others there are SO MANY private rentals in the keys try it out! I think I’ve done it 4 times in past 5 years…

  7. Disappointing to see a Hyatt without central air.

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  10. @Jason- Glad you enjoy them. Thanks!

    @ShoNuffHarlem- Thanks for the tip! The bed in breakfasts looked awesome. I love the idea of the staying in a small house with just a few other guests. Plus the houses looked so cute from out!

    @ M- The AC was still effective (and not too noisy) and there were 2 units in the room, so it wasn’t too bad.

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