The Gates Hotel
3824 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, USA
| +1 305-320-0930
Photo courtesy of Gates Hotel
A Zesty New Hotel for Key WestLong associated with spring break excess and the literary world (Hemingway lived and wrote here for years), Key West is undergoing a sort of hipster sanding down: New cocktail lounges, third-wave coffee bars, and boutique hotels—including the new 100-room Gates Hotel (slated to open in early 2015)—are adding a little polish to the notoriously eccentric island.
The hotel is a midcentury-esque sprawl located just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. Cuba was the primary inspiration, a theme that plays out everywhere from the room décor (think whitewashed walls, weathered leather, and pops of aquamarine and burnt orange) to the weekly Cuban pig roasts. There’s even a cigar garden, where you can smoke a stogie or learn to roll your own in a class with the Rodriguez Cigar Factory.
Though family-friendly, The Gates isn’t the place for those hungry for silence. The hotel’s social scene revolves around Rum Row, the bar and lounge circling the L-shaped pool. Days bring shaded cabanas and tapas-style lunches (say, ceviche and shrimp skewers), while most nights bring DJs and a perma-flow of rum sourced from nearby Key West Rum Distillery.
And, while it may be a small luxury, the hotel-wide free WiFi is as refreshing as the gulf breeze that ruffles the poolside palms.
3 months ago
The Gates Hotel
Not far from the Key West International Airport and the Key West Golf Club, The Gates has room to spread out. With a large grass lawn set for farm table dinners and celebrations, it’s a different kind of Key West resort. The hotel’s only restaurant is The Blind Pig food truck, permanently parked outside near the pool and serving breakfast goodies, tacos, and sandwiches from morning until late. The Rum Row pool bar sits under a high-pitched open-air roof and (for reasons unknown) the last line of The Great Gatsby, done in a shticky nautical pastiche, hangs over the bar. Ground floor rooms have walk-out terraces, and the shiplap walls and headboards in the rooms are the definition of millennial décor, as are the wooden docks for tablets and smartphones.