Top rated hotels in Key West with private beach

3 Top-Rated Hotels in Key West With Private Beach (And 2 Mansions) 2024!

Are you ready to uncover the gems of Key West, nestled on the last little key in the Florida Keys four hours away from Miami? Imagine a vacation in serenity and quaintness down here, staying in one of the best hotels in Key West with a private beach!

I visited Key West from Miami for the first time last summer, and I loved this quaint, tranquil, yet quite trendy “village” with such a laidback vibe!

Get ready to come here and experience the ultimate getaway, as this guide has narrowed it down to the best places to stay in Key West even more!

Here, I help you find the FOUR best places to stay in Key West with white beach sands included.

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Awesome Hotels In Key West With Private Beach

Returning from a boat trip at sunset to Key West

Whether you’re seeking unparalleled comfort in luxurious resorts or a serene escape in adult-only retreats, in one of these hotels, you can focus on relaxation and adventures.

So, let’s dive into these extraordinary hotels in Key West with a private beach, where every detail is handpicked to make your dream vacation a reality!

A must do photo op when you visit Key West!
The Point!

1. The Reach Hotel Key West

With a stunning private beach sitting almost at the southernmost point of the whole of the US, you find The Reach Key West Curio Collection by Hilton.

Simply an exquisite hotel with incredible sea views included, and situated in a great location in the old town in serene and elegant surroundings!

“Excellent!”

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“Beautiful resort with everything you need there. The restaurant was delicious and had a variety of dishes. Great place for couples and families.”
Joel
August 2023

Every room here has a private balcony, en-suite, bathrobes, and all the amenities you can desire.

The Reach Key West is also within walking distance of the famous Duval Street, the Ernest Hemingway Museum is a short ten-minute walk from the hotel, and the Key West Golf Club is five miles out by car.

On the hotel grounds, you have a beautiful outdoor pool, and there is a full-service spa in the Spa al Mare right next door that is available to the guests of The Reach.

On-site activities, including scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and kayaking. In Key West, you also find several jet ski tour operators!

2. Pier House Hotel & Spa

Just a stone’s throw from Mallory Square in Key West sits Pier House Resort & Spa, a haven placed in the heart of the city.

The Reash also has a private beach, and in-house, you will have award-winning bars and restaurants, so if incredible food is important to you, this place is calling!

In-house, there is also a spa that will take you to other dimensions!

“Excellent!”

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“Great time pool and beach was great. The pool bar service was good but closed too early. But plenty of other places are walkable too. We had a wonderful time.”
John
August 2023

The restaurants have a seasonally inspired menu, and you can rest assured that the ingredients are based on freshly caught seafood and local produce.

All rooms here have custom furniture perfectly suited to their individual ambiance, and you can enjoy being surrounded by locally created art while you are living in a classic Florida architectural gem filled with light from the ocean.

All you need to do is wake up and have your breakfast and coffee right by the sea!

The Pier House Hotel and Spa is considered one of the best hotels in Key West and also one of the hotels with the best location; all the villagy Key West charm is only a few minutes outside your door.

Sunset over the Pier outside Key West southernmost point in Florida, U.S.

3. Casa Marina Key West By Hilton

In May 2023, the Casa Marina Key West by Hilton closed down for a few months to undergo major renovations, and the latest reviews before the close surely indicated that a renovation was in order!

I still mention this hotel in this overview, as it has a magnificent private beach that presumably will still be there when the hotel reopens in October 2023!

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“This is a beautiful, but older hotel. I need an update to really be a Hilton (which I hear is coming). The views were incredible. The property is spectacular.”
Michael
May 2023
Take a wonderful catamaran trip from Key West when you visit! You can go for a snorkeling tour, or a zen sunset cruise, whatever you prefer! The waters ouyside Key West are incredible from a white catamaran with full sails!

Naturally, I will need to travel there to do a thorough review after the new grand opening, and as October is not very far away at all (time flies!), that will be a soon-upcoming adventure.

If you have faith, you can still book your stay at the Casa Marina Key West by Hilton now; vacancy starts on the 13th of October for online booking!

There are several incredible beaches in Key West, of which some are private and belonging to the high-end hotels. This photo is from Fort Zachary Taylor Beach area, where I visited summer of 2023.

4. Nautical Splendor Mansion

This mansion is obviously not a hotel, but a mansion, and it does not have a beach either! So, what is it doing on this list?

Well, instead of a sandy beach, the Nautical Splendor Mansion has a private dock!

That is just as good for jumping into the sea unless nothing does it for you apart from white paradisiacal sands, but I don’t think you will be disappointed.

“Amazing!”

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“I can’t say enough great things about our stay. It was perfect. Enough rooms for my entire wedding party, all my uncles and family for a bachelor trip. With enough people, it will be your most affordable Key West trip and arguably the best trip you ever have.”
Brendon R
January 2023

Also, if you plan on bringing your 13 best friends or extended family to Key West, this mansion sleeps 14, has a pool, excellent amenities, super location, and is in all ways stunning (apart from the missing sand).

In Key West, you can combine pool time with party time, bar visits, DJing, and even food from the restaurant where this pool-bar is in the middle! Key West has it all!
Pool bar in Key West when I visited summer of 2023

5. The Mansion On The Sea

The Mansion On The Sea in Key West is a three-star hotel with hundreds of five-star reviews; an incredibly charming villa with a superb location in the old city of Key West!

The house and property are gorgeous; the rooms are exquisite, and the outdoor pool is incredible, with sun loungers below the palmed garden sitting right on the waterfront (rocks, no sand).

“Excellent!”

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“This beautiful house was a joy to stay at. The staff was amazing and it was everything you want in a relaxing getaway.”
Jessica
August 2023

Several rooms have balconies with sea views, and here you have absolutely no minimalistic modern vibe!

The interior has a classic, venerable ambiance throughout; there are canopy beds, high ceilings, tall windows, and heavy curtains embracing you in the rooms.

Although there is no sandy beach directly at the hotel, it is waterfront, with a wonderful sun lounge area right by the pebbled shore where the sea comes in that you can stick your toes into!

Top 5 Beaches In Key West

Coral Reef State Park in July 2023
Coral Reef State Park in July 2023

If you decide not to stay at a Key West hotel with a private beach, don’t worry – this is the Florida Keys, after all, and a beach is not far away!

Here are the top five beaches you can visit while you are in Key West, even if you choose to stay in one of the charming townhouse accommodations in the “city” (you know, it really is more of a village).

Top beaches in Key West:

  • Higgs Beach
  • Dog Beach (yup, dogs allowed!)
  • Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
  • Rest Beach
  • Smathers Beach

Things To Do In Key West

Sunrise over the marina in Key West
Sunrise over the marina in Key West

The Key West tours you really should prioritize while visiting Key West is the sea, the sea, and the sea!

Here on the southernmost point of the entire US (remember to go there for the evidence photo, close to the Hemingway Museum), the really big attraction is the water!

Or, more specifically, the life in the water, amazing boat trips, sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and anything that has to do with the incredible waters around the Florida Keys.

If you want to spend a day or two doing other things, here are a few suggestions.

Key West catamaran cruise
Key West catamaran cruise
  • The Hemingway Home and Museum
  • Shopping (or window shopping) in Duval Street
  • Watch the sunrise from Mallory Square
  • Take your photo at the southernmost point
  • Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum
  • Key West Lighthouse
  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
  • Key West Aquarium
  • Key West Rum Distillery
  • The Oldest House Museum

Wrap-Up Hotels In Key West With Private Beach

For any and every beach lover out there, I hope this little overview has narrowed down your options and research time considerably!

I had my first visit to Key West only a few months ago, and I think my research was not good enough because I was not prepared for the incredibly idyllic charm and ambiance this villagy town has everywhere!

From the beautiful marina and Mallory Square to the traditional architecture and super well houses covered in flowers and greenery, this last island in the Florida Keys is simply a total gem.

So, if you have not visited before either, you have so much to look forward to!

It is also just a few hour’s drive away from buzzing Miami, where there are a plethora of fun things to do, too!

Miami has amazing boat tours, tasty food tours, and even helicopter tours if you want to see Miami Beach from above!

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