Let me preface by saying this:
Key West in general has a pretty relaxed and chill vibe. You're not going to find a ton of five star resorts or hotels that put a strong emphasis on indoor luxury. Why is that? Because being in the Keys is all about enjoying what the outdoors has to offer. Key West is where you go to spend your vacation on the water, touring around town and bar hopping along Duval Street (think Bourbon Street of the Keys). Most restaurants are entirely outdoors. A lot of the bars have open air concepts, and the hotels are known for their pool areas or man made ocean front access.
Speaking of pool areas, the inn Jenn and I stayed at is known for their pool and outdoor bar. We asked many locals, and they all said "head to The Inn at Key West."
The Inn at Key West can be found just off the main highway upon entering the island. It's across the street from the ocean, so some of the rooms offer an ocean front view. But Jenn and I opted for a pool view. We had a small balcony with a table and chairs so that we could look out into the pool and bar area.
We heard a lot about the pool at The Inn at Key West. And boy, it sure didn't disappoint.
It's freaking awesome y'all! A massive pool area with palm trees lining the entire outdoor space. Rows of lounge chairs and cabanas, with the sand at your feet. And a gorgeous water fall and two large palm trees that encompass the pool. The area also has a large bar with food and drink specials. They also had an area off to the side where you can find breakfast each morning. And yes, that is a rooster roaming around!
When we first arrived to The Inn at Key West, we were given two complimentary punch cocktails to be used poolside. They were delicious. Also the red sangria was fabulous. And I loved the chicken nachos + steamed shrimp. Notice a pattern here? Jenn and I did a lot of eating, and uhhh drink tasting!
Jenn and I spent our first afternoon in Key West by the pool. We grabbed a few lounge chairs and jumped in with our complimentary cocktails.
While we were relaxing in the pool, we happened to see something out of the ordinary. Iguanas!!! Four of them. Apparently they are free to roam around the pool area, as well as roosters and chickens.
Jenn even got to feed the iguanas at one point. At first I was pretty nervous being around them, but the staff at the resort say they're so used to humans and will not bother you.
The outdoor space is absolutely worth the stay at The Inn at Key West!!
I will note that the hotel is about two miles away from most of the water sports and Duval Street, where the majority of the bars and restaurants are located. We did have to drive or taxi to most of our activities and nights on the town. Thankfully the front desk staff were very helpful when it came to calling us a taxi, and parking was very accessible (although not very cheap). I want to note this because if you're looking for a property that's closer to the action and requires less driving/taxi rides, keep that in mind when booking your hotel stay. Otherwise, you can also visit the pool and bar area at The Inn even if you're not a guest!
But, if your ideal vacation is sitting poolside with a delicious cocktail, excellent service from the bar staff, and comfortable cabana seating... then The Inn at Key West is for you!
Thank you to The Inn at Key West for hosting Jenn and I during our stay.
All photos, except for the in room photo, and opinions are my own.