Historical Traveller Reviews of Marquesa Hotel
A Tropical Oasis
I have been to Key West three other times, but this trip became the most relaxing of them all for one reason, The Marquesa. Previously, I had stayed on the waterfront, twice at the Hilton and once at Ocean Key Resort. Both of them are very nice. However, The Marquesa offers something very special that is hard to find. Once you walk past the very elegant front lobby out into the courtyard which contains two smaller swimming pools, you enter a serene tropical paradise. No cell phones by the pool are allowed. People are quiet and relaxed in the midst of the sounds of falling water coming from the crest of this lush well-attended tropical garden with palm tree species, flowers, and tropical vegetation from many parts of the world. Everyday at noon, the staff places freshly made ice tea with just a hint of mint in addition to ice water with lemons in the pool area. The whole experience is what "And the living is easy" was meant to explain. Maid service is twice daily with fresh ice in your bucket during each visit along with Godiva chocolates by your bed every evening. Cafe Marquesa is one of the islands best restaurants. As a guest at the hotel, you can enjoy this restaurant's delicious cuisine brought to your conch-house-style southern porch at no extra charge. Forgot something? The staff will figure out a way to get it for you with the least amount of effort on your part. You will find no more relaxing experience than The Marquesa. I cannot think of the last time I felt more peaceful.
s Eve at the Marquesa
from A TripAdvisor Member
As Key West goes, a great hotel. The only issue we had was that for the price we paid, we felt that the hotel somewhat "nickel and dimed" us, i.e., nothing was really 'comped' with the room. When you pay about $400 per night for a room, expecting some free coffee in the morning isn't unreasonable.
Other than that, it was very nice and centrally located, and the staff were/are very courteous. Of course, the restuarant is amazing.
hope to give it another chance...
from A TripAdvisor Member
We moved hotels in the middle of our vacation, we had wanted to stay here in the first place, but couldn't get all the nights at the Marquesa. So, since we spontaneously hopped over, we took what they had -- a room in the main house that overlooked the street corner. Not a problem except that each morning, starting around 7:30 am, the cars and trucks started whizzing by. It was pretty noisy. We'd love to come back another time and stay in the back part of the hotel. It seemed like an oasis among the chaos of a busy intersection. Also, wish they served breakfast or even coffee, for as much money as we paid for the (noisy) room!
New Years at the Marquesa
We stayed the week after Christmas through New Years. Nice, relaxing, top notch service. The hotel itself was beautiful, the pics do not do it justice. The rooms were a good size. We stayed in a junior suite which was very comfortable with a nice private porch/deck. The Marquesa is by far one of the best places I have stayed. More like a bed and breakfast than a hotel. The grounds were beautiful. Two small pools, never saw anyone in the pools, but you did have to stake claim to a lounge chair early if you want some sun by the pool. We eventually opted to take a short bike ride to the beach near the Fort and lay out there. The Marquesa resturant is THE BEST. If you are going to stay there, you must eat there at least once, but make a reservation well in advance. If you want something quick to eat, Fausto's Food Palace is less than a block away.
easy and peaceful
from A TripAdvisor Member
Everything about the Marquesa is easy and peaceful. The staff is friendly and straight-forward. The rooms are very clean. Stuff works. The furnishings seem substantial. The decor is not forced or idiosyncratic. The pool area is calming and thoughtfully landscaped. We put a premium on this sort of quiet simplicity where we sleep and spend downtime on vacation. Terrific local bookstore, fancy local supermarket just a block over, great restaurants, including the Marquesa, steps away, and Duval and all that nonsense just a few blocks more, well out of earshot but close enough if the spirit moves you. We spent five days and wanted not. We'll be back.
Marquesa Restaurant the BEST in the Keys
This is a truly charming old Key West hotel. The house has been beautifully renovated and the location could not be better. It is a few pretty blocks from the main drag, Duval Street, but just far enough for the guests to enjoy a very quiet and genteel stay. I've been vacationing in Key West since I was in my teens and I've seeen the place go through many changes. I don't remember at this point how many times I've vacationed in Key West. I've rented houses and stayed at different hotels from the Pier House to La Ti Da. If you want a pool and a valet and a beach at a resort then go to The Pier House. If you love antiques and an upscale, sophisticated environment then stay at Marquesa. It's a very nice place.
The restaurant is unrivaled in Key West. In our most recent stay we actually rented a house for the month of February 2005 and dined at Marquesa at least twice a week. Although we are actually from New York City they treated us as "locals" and seated us on a very busy night without having reservations; they are so attentive that the staff actually remembered us from the prior year! Everything about the restaurant is terrific: the wine list, the service, the food as well as the decor and ambiance. As a Cuban person I was flattered by their inventive interpretations of Cuban fare. But the menu is basically continental. It's stylish, wonderful and very casual. You should make dinner reservations, even during the week. Dinner for two will be as low as $100.00 to about $250.00 and always worth it. My partner David and I rank Marquesa on par with any of the better restaurants in New York and Paris. Ralph. NYC
Great Romantic Getaway
My husband and I went to Key west for our ten year anniversary. This was the first time we were on vacation without our children in eight years. We picked the Marquesa and it was, without a doubt, the right place - not a child or teen in sight. This is the perfect spot if you are looking for an oasis of beauty and quiet in the hectic fun atmosphere of Key west. We had the perfect stay. The staff was courteous and unobtrusive, the rooms were extremely comfortable and the grounds were lovely. We had a yummy and quiet breakfast brought to our deck (or on one occasion the pool) each morning. It is true that the place caters to the quiet, retreat oriented crowd. It fit us to a T. On a final note: don't pass up the Cafe Marquesa - the restaurant there was one of the most luscious meals we've ever had.
New Years Eve visit
Just stayed 5 nights at the Marquesa and it is the above the rest in quality. Rooms are very nice and very clean. Considering how much wear and tear hotel rooms see, they manage to keep them in top condition. Pools and ground are in lovely condition. Was amazed to see that pictures on website are exactly how the place is when you see it. A definite repeat.
Wish they would have done something!
We stayed here for our Honeymoon 10/11/04-10/16/04 and found the hotel to be just lovely. The grounds are beautiful and the pools are really nice. The rooms themselves were nicely decorated and we enjoyed the turndown service in the evening. Our two complaints are that there is no tea/coffee service in the room (and there should be), it was quite the hassel to get a hot cup of water in the evening. And the fact that it was our Honeymoon and the staff knew it and did NOTHING for us. Had they given us a bottle of champagne or a free dinner at their restaurant, we would have felt welcome and would stay there again when we come back next year. With all the lovely hotels on Key West, we will find another hotel to stay at.
Should be in a category over excellent
Best of the Best. Been to key west and stayed at other small hotels and the Marquesa is by far the best. Actually one of the best hotels anywhere.
Attentional to ALL detail. Wonderful Wonderful
Worth every penny.
Top Local Tips for Key West
Travel to and from Key West
The drive through the Keys to Key West, although a very long way, was well worthwhile, amazing scenery. However there are a lot of roadworks (2008). If you are in a hire car my recommendation is drive down to Key West, drop off your hire car and take a ferry back to one of a number of destinations. We were given that advice and it was spot on !
Key West airport--organized mayhem
The airport is crowded and very small. Arrive earlier than usual to get thru the morass of lines and a grossly small, inefficient facility. Probably 90 minutes before flight is best duirng the peak toursit season.
Amazing Italian restaurant. The new owner is great, the food wonderful.