Historical Traveller Reviews of The Santa Maria Motel Hotel
A treat at the Southern Most Point
We stayed at the Santa Maria the week of August 6th and what a beautiful place. The website pictures are very accurate with regards to the units. They are beautiful and well furnished. Karen was fabulous!!! She made our stay very easy and gives great information about the Key West area. Having not ever been in Key West, she was able to point us in the direction of some great resturants and things to see such as the Butterfly Museum. The location is great and easy to get to. These are truly million dollar condos for a weekly rental rate. I look forward to seeing what the new resturant will be like on my return trip.
A must stay while in KW
We had a fabulous time in Key West during 4th of July week - a large part of this was due to the stellar accommodations at the Santa Maria Suites and the excellent service we received from Karen and Carrie! The pictures on their website are completely accurate of the modern decor within the suite! We were so taken back to be in a such a nice place at a great value! The kitchen has all state of the art amenities and cook ware to be able to have breakfast and lunch in the suite or at the gorgeous pool. Karen gave us superb recommendations for snorkeling, buggy rental and places to dine. Not to mention she set everything up for us with very little notice! We will for sure stay here again on the next visit and highly recommend booking a suite as soon as you can!
Modern Luxury in Key West!!
These are truly million dollar condos that are rented nightly! They are decorated beautifully with top of the line kitchen with granite counters, full over and stove, sub-zero fridge & freezer drawers, wine cooler, and fully stocked with dishes, glasses, pots, etc. Travertine floors, has its own laundry room, with 2 beautifully decorated bedrooms and bathrooms. Beds are very comfortable and room was very quiet. Easy, private parking at no additional charge, and secured by gate access at night for guests only. Beautifully lit at night and pool was very nice and even heated. They are currently in the process of constructing the Ambrosia sushi restaurant on site. This property has been COMPLETELY rebuilt from its former property and is only about 2-3 months new now so disregard any older negative reviews as those were in reference to the former property in the same location. This is located two blocks from the Southernmost Point, and one block from Duval but at the quiet tip of Duval! Moped rental at great rates were only one block away, there is also a small grocery store located across the street but found their prices to be really high in comparison to Fausto's Food store on Fleming with great selection. Santa Maria is also two blocks from Louie's Backyard-I'd recommend their beachfront bar but for meals, the absolute BEST is at Sarabeth's for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. (Same Sarabeth's located in NYC). We ate there several times and found their food & service to be the best, as well as reasonable! The best crab cakes and burgers I've ever had, as well as what I thought was the best Key Lime Pie in Key West. (A short moped ride down Simonton!) Rooftop Cafe would be another good option for dining. Would definitely stay at the Santa Maria again and would still choose this property over any of the beachfront properties I've stayed at before in Key West. Also great value for the price!
Feel like a king or queen in this gorgeous, modern hotel
The property is absolutely beautiful! Condos are spacious and modern with everything you need. You truly feel like royalty- granite counter tops, gorgeous tile, 3 flat tvs, etc. Who could ask for anything more.
The Santa Maria Suites Resort is absolutely gorgeous!!! The grounds are well kept, the staff is super friendly and helpful, and the suites are TOP NOTCH. I recommend this resort to anyone going down to Key West!!!!!!
Sweeeeet Suites - Santa Maria Suites
An Absolute MUST STAY. We booked the Santa Maria Suites for a small business meeting and found an absolute diamond. Lisa and Katy were absolutely perfect and had that Key West charm that made you feel very welcome and kept it all simple and easy. They arranged for a meeting room as well as made great recommendations for eating and must see events. The rooms are to die for. From a person that stays in a hotel every week of the year, this made hotel is very, very, very, comfortable while making you feel like you've just stepped into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. From the showers, to the beds, to the kitchen counter tops to the subzero style fridge everything was an absolute dream.
Best vacation at the Santa Maria Suites Resort
This was our first time in Key West and decided to stay at the Santa Maria Resort. What a wonderful place!!! This Resort is definitely a first class place far exceeding our expectations! We have traveled all over the world and this place was above a "5 Star" rating! It was perfect! It is a luxury condo resort and has all the amenities of our home! We were blown away with the private pool and the 2 bedroom lay out enabled us to relax in style. All the units have a view of the pool and there is private parking, which is a life saver down there.
We had every possible comfort, there were 3 flat screen TV's, state of the art Kitchen, beautifully furnished, and bathrooms out of a designers magazine! The impeccable details were visible every where we turned.
From the time we arrived to the last minute we departed, the management and staff were incredibly helpful and accommodating! They went to extreme lengths to make sure we were comfortable and take care of with every detail.
It is an excellent place for families! Our 2 boys loved it too!! There is a great private beach, one of the few, that is connected with this resort. We highly recommend it wtih out any hesitation! It also has a great beach bar, don't miss happy hour!
We are already planning our return trip to this resort, because we loved it so much! We felt like royalty and would return just for the condo!
An Oasis in the middle of Old Town
We lived in Key West for twenty years, seeing the decay of many of the wonderful older hotels happening over time. Seven years after moving away, what a delight to return and find the Santa Maria refurbished and looking so great. We could walk to anything, and still have an peaceful, quiet oasis to come home to as soon as we stepped in the gate. It was a wonderful way to come home again.
A definite 10
We have been to Key West on numerous occassions. By FAR the best place we've stayed to date. The two bedroom suites had all of the amenities one could ask for. Staff was friendly and helpful. The property is brand new and is clean, quiet and relaxing. We're planning our next trip there for this coming Fall and can hardly wait.
We just returned from a wonderful stay in Key West and the Santa Maria Suites. The property is georgous! The location is ideal! The unit we stayed in was nothing short of elegant... fit for a king. The private pool area sparkles and welcomes you with fantastic landscaping and crystal clear pools. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for the best of Key West.
Top Local Tips for Key West
I can't imagine doing Key West in any other way than on a bike. It feels like the bike pedals itself, gravity bringing one leg down as the other rises up. I felt like I was in heaven. We biked in Mallory Square at 10 pm when the place was almost empty. I felt like a kid. It was great. Also there is a restaurant callled 9 - 5 which has the best Mango Sorbet I can ever imagine having. Also a great cappucino can be had there
Negotiate before you agree to use them, they charge by time.
Key West airport is very small so you can return your rental car and get checked in very quickly. I departed my hotel at 6:30 for a 7:30 departure and had time to spare.