Key West is tiny -- only 4×2 miles-- so just about every location is a good one. Parrot Key Resort lured me in with photos of bright blue Adirondack chairs on peaceful balconies and secluded swimming pools surrounded by greenery and art installations.
I stayed in a 2-bedroom suite with a living room, kitchenette, two bathrooms and two balconies spanning the 2nd & 3rd floor of building 15. I easily could’ve brought along another couple of friends and comfortably fit everyone. Rates were incredibly reasonable. Though not in the dead center of the action near Mallory Square, Parrot Key Resort is only about a 10 minute drive all major attractions and there was never any trouble finding parking when I did head downtown. Wifi was included, too!
While there’s not really a beach at Parrot Key, there’s plenty of sandy real estate with lounge chairs overlooking the water, intimate tropical swimming pools and easy access to the rest of the island where you might find a place to dip in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. But you needn't leave the property if you don't want to. There are a couple of restaurants, a pool bar featuring gorgeous art installations and quite a few restaurants & stores within easy walking distance.