Moonlit walks along the beach, lunch near a historic lighthouse, snorkeling in the crystal-clear blue waters, enjoying dinner and drinks at the local pub, and then walking hand-in-hand down small side streets lined with quaint, historic homes. If this is your idea of a great holiday, then Key West, Florida is the place to go (once the border re-opens and it is safe to travel again). Boasting an illustrious history that includes pirates, smugglers, artists, and famous writers, including Ernest Hemingway, this town oozes with charm. Key West is a bucket-list destination which now includes several new Kimpton boutique hotels that are as unique as the city itself.
Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida, situated on the southernmost end of U.S. Route 1. The city is only 6.4 km long and 1.5 km wide with a total land area of just 11 km, located on the Florida Keys, a series of islands which begin about 24 k south of Miami. Key West is a haven for sports fishing, deep-sea diving, sailing, snorkeling, and bar hopping! While this quaint seaside town seems quiet by day as visitors hop on the Conch Train and tour the historic sites such as the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum and Harry S. Truman’s “Little White House” (the President’s summer residence), by night, the town is hopping, as locals and visitors alike head to the many bars, pubs and restaurants along Duval Street. (And of course be sure to visit Jimmy Buffett’s original Margaritaville in Key West!)
The Kimpton Key West hotel collection has perfectly captured the laid-back, bohemian-South Florida vibe with their newest boutique hotel called Fitch Lodge which opens on September 3rd. Fitch Lodge is the third of five hotels to open in the highly-anticipated collection of boutique properties made up of a small group of authentic, turn-of-the-19th century Conch houses. The new property joins Winslow’s Bungalows and the Lighthouse Hotel. The company will soon open Ridley’s House and Ella’s Cottages, all in Key West.
Kimpton Key West is a distinctive collection of one-of-a-kind properties. No two hotels in the group are alike and believe it or not, no two hotel rooms are alike!
“As each of our hotels in our collection offers something unique, we chose to further expand upon the ways in which guests can explore the Keys,” says Cheryl Martin, Kimpton Key West’s General Manager. “At Fitch Lodge, we provide our guests with all the tools they need to make the most of their stay including snorkel kits, boating towels, afternoon poolside refreshers, a welcome cocktail upon arrival, among other amenities.”
Fitch Lodge is conveniently located just minutes from the Historic Seaport offering 44 unique guest rooms which are graciously updated with a bohemian, tropical vibe which reflects the feel of the region. The Lodge is the most value-driven of the Kimpton Key West Collection featuring a neighbourhood setting, a refreshing pool and easy access to the Key West Ferry, charter boats and more.
The largest property in the collection is Winslow, with 85 guest rooms, three private pools, and lush, expansive grounds in the center of Key West, just two blocks from Duval Street. Lighthouse Hotel is a historic property adjacent to the iconic Key West Lighthouse (Cuba is only 90 miles away) and the Ernest Hemingway House, boasting a pool and poolside bar.
Kimpton is a San Francisco based company founded in 1981 and operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants and bars and lounges, renowned for their distinctive, design-forward boutique hotels. In 2015 they became part of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information visit kimptonkeywest.com, keywestchamber.org, hemingwayhome.com
story by Laurie Wallace-Lynch