Accolades and Press
Travel & Leisure Magazine’s 500 World’s Best Hotel, January
Travel & Leisure Magazine September 2014: World’s Best Awards, Inns and Small Lodges (Fewer Than 40 Rooms)
Once again, in Travel + Leisure's World’s Best issues, The Marquesa Hotel has been named as one of The World's Best Hotels in 2013. Such a distinction is well earned for the outstanding service and exceptional experiences The Marquesa seeks to provide each and every guest. Congratulations to our staff and special thanks to Travel + Leisure for this worldwide accolade.
Zagat Survey, 2014: Café Marquesa
Food: 28, Décor: 24, Service: 26 (out of 30)
In Key West, “nothing else touches” this “small”, “romantic” bistro attached to the Marquesa Hotel for its “impressive” and “imaginative” New American cuisine (its “big-city prices” are up near the top too): while some deem it “a little too formal” for the area, most say it strikes a balance of “hip and old-world elegance” – add to that mix “great cocktails” and “flawless”, “well-paced” service, and the experience is “unforgettable.”
Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, 2014 Gold List, January 2014
“It’s like paradise within Key West.” In the center of the city’s historic district, a block from Duval Street and five blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, this hotel is within walking distance of the main tourist sights and museums yet remains “a quiet oasis right in the middle of everything.” Originally built in 1884 as a private home, the “magically addictive” Greek Revival–style property now includes additional wood buildings with porches, peaked metal roofs, gingerbread trim, and pastel-colored exteriors, all set around a courtyard and two pools. “Eighteen visits in 16 years, and the only reason there haven’t been more is that I can’t squeeze any more time off to get here.” Rooms in light yellows, blues, and grays have hand-carved agathis-wood sleigh beds from Indonesia, planter’s chairs from the West Indies, teak tables from the Philippines, and yew armoires from England. The dinner-only, stone-floor Café Marquesa serves a different contemporary American menu daily, but black grouper, yellowtail snapper, and Key West shrimp are often represented.
TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice
Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States. Ranked #4 in the U.S. by millions of readers. The Marquesa Hotel is consistently ranked the #1 hotel in Key West and also ranked the #1 hotel in all of The Florida Keys.
TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence Award
Now in its fourth year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award.
US News and World Report
How it Ranks: The Marquesa Hotel ranks #1 out of 157 Key West Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.
Our Take: This tiny hotel beckons to travelers who don't have young kids. In fact, you have to be at least 14 years of age to stay at The Marquesa. A look at the amenities list and restaurant menu items and you'll get a sense of that mature vibe—in other words, don't expect to see any chicken nuggets or hot dogs. Instead, sample Café Marquesa's diver sea scallops or roasted duck breast. The rooms are a little cramped, but they're quiet and feature sunny yellows, muted greens, and, in some of the deluxe rooms, hardwood floors. Just be aware that the hotel does not have an elevator, so some guests suggest requesting a room on one of the lower floors (or packing light). You won't need a car while staying at Marquesa, since top sites like the Key West Aquarium, Mallory Square, and the Audubon House are short walking distances away. This four-star is on Fleming Street.
Café Marquesa Review: Chef Susan Ferry presents seven or more inspired entrées on her changing menu each night; delicious dishes can include yellowtail snapper with pear, ricotta pasta purses with caponata, and Australian rack of lamb crusted with goat cheese and a port-fig sauce. End your meal on a sweet note with key lime napoleon with tropical fruits and berries. There's also a fine selection of wines and custom martinis such as the key limetini and the Irish martini.
Marquesa Hotel Review: In a town that prides itself on its laid-back luxury, this complex of four restored 1884 houses stands out. Guests—typically shoeless—relax among two richly landscaped pools, rock waterfalls, and peaceful gardens. Elegant rooms surround a courtyard and have antique and reproduction furnishings, earthy tones with black-and-white accents, marble baths, and outdoor sitting areas. The lobby resembles a Victorian parlor, with Audubon prints, vases overflowing with flowers, and photos of early Key West. The clientele is mature, well traveled, and affluent, mostly straight, but the hotel is gay-friendly.
Lonely Planet review
The Marquesa blends classic Key West architecture with modern touches, and big-hotel amenities with a small-inn vibe. Rooms range from luxurious nests to massive suites, all with gorgeous linens and flat-screen TVs. From the outside, the Marquesa looks much like the other island inns made out of old Victorian mansions. But like the chewy middle of a gourmet chocolate, what lies inside is a surprising treat. These rooms are spotless and impeccably decorated. They've shirked the traditional beach decor in favor of luxurious fabrics, modern amenities and persistent loveliness. The marble bathrooms have surely inspired more than a few guests to remodel upon returning home. What they do offer is two pools plus privacy and quiet, tucked away as they are in a central courtyard.
Best Key West Restaurants - Trip Advisor
DiRona Award (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), 13 consecutive years
The Palm Beach Post
Famous or not, guests agree: Marquesa rocks ... Marquesa is the perfect balance of location, history, modern updates and personal touches—just the sort of place to draw a celebrated crowd...