Located within 10 minutes of entering the island of Key West lies the newly renovated hotel: The Gates Hotel. It is a 20-30 minute van ride (depending on traffic) from the bustle of the main town surrounding Duval Street. This beachy vibe hotel felt like home! As in, it felt like we were back in Hawaii. The layout and decoration of the area were also appealing to the eye perfectly which made it feel very welcoming.
The lobby area is also the dining area where you can eat breakfast or lunch from the local (on-premise) food truck. It is also an excellent place to hang out and wait for your party to gather, get a little reading done or get a little competative in a game of tic tac toe. It’s not too busy with people if you like to be left to your own devices.
As stated above, the room itself reminds me (because of the set-up) of a Motel or Inn but it is anything but that. The bed was so comfortable we fell asleep every night as soon as our head graced those puffy pillows. It didn’t have musty or stale air either. Everything was clean, fresh, and appealing to see, smell and touch. Nothing came as a disappointment to us.
This stage area (located by the pool and bar) provided live entertainment in the form of smooth jazz. Those snazzy sounds can make any body move!
You can continue your dancing self to a platform area to show off those moves while your friends gather in the sofas to watch.
The outside offers the bar and extended porch area to lounge around and get some work done while eating dinner.
Bikes are available for rent while you visit. We did this and were incredibly zealous over them. We rode around for a few miles out toward downtown Key West and back.
If you don’t feel like biking, they have a shuttle service that runs every half hour, that takes you the Mallory Square (a famous district in Key West for shops and restaurants, very touristy). It stops by every half hour making getting back to the hotel less stressful.
DINE + BAR
Rum Row is the name of their open-air bar serving drinks to get ya drink on and food to quell your hunger.
The minds who designed The Gates deserve an award amongst themselves because it was breathtaking. It was modern, classic, edgy, and cultural all at the same time. The bright colors, little sayings, and clean look made us wonder why we should even leave in the first place, I mean, it felt like home anyway.
The Blind Pig is the cook house. They provided the food for the bar area as well allowing you to dine and drink at the bar or any other comfy spot you find yourself in, scattered throughout the hotel.
It provided some healthy alternatives as well; a Vegan would be able to eat off their menu.
Imagine yourself in an atmosphere that comes to life every night and upon a long day out at sea, with a welcome home feel. If you’re in need of a place that is the physical reincarnate of the spirit and livelihood of the first travelers who settled in the area, it’s The Gates Hotel. Although not classified as a “luxurious” hotel, it strives to be one in the way it was designed and through their outstanding service. A very lovely place to spend your time in Key West, Florida and highly recommended by the Wanderlustlyle team!
Washington Park Hotel
1050 WASHINGTON AVE.
MIAMI BEACH, FL 33139
Disclaimer: Wanderlustyle was welcomed as a guest at The Gates Hotel. All our opinions are honest. Mahalo!