If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation in Key West, Florida then keep reading for our kid focused review of the Gates Hotel Key West. An upscale motel-style hotel with a pool, food truck and family sized rooms. All showcasing the very best the Keys have to offer. It really is one of the best hotels in Key West for families.
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Location of the Gates Hotel, Key West.
The Gates Hotel is located at the North Eastern tip of the Island, very close to the bridge from Stock island. We arrived in our hire car and there was plenty of parking available (they’ll give you a parking pass when you arrive) and it was great to have the flexibility of a car to explore the rest of the Island. That said, it’s not essential, Key West is pretty small and you can rent one of the hotels bikes or use their complimentary shuttle bus that frequently goes to and from Mallory Square.
The hotel shares a car park with another hotel 24 North Hotel which has a Starbucks for your coffee fix and if you’re after dinner or drinks, there are several restaurants within walking distance to the hotel.
The Gates Hotel Design
The hotel is beautiful, modern and contemporary in design with plenty of nods to the relaxed style of the Keys, designed with lovely ocean colours and spotlessly clean. It’s beach-chic all the way.
As soon as you enter the lobby area you know it’s time to relax. You’ll be greeted with a cold drink and an explanation of the facilities as you check in. There are plenty of super comfy sofas for the kids to wait on and magazines and books to read if it takes a while.
Rooms at the Gates Hotel
The beams are reclaimed, the beds are on pine platforms, it’s all very bright and airy and in keeping with the Islands charm.
We upgraded on arrival to a room with a tiny patio overlooking the pool – a double queen. The room was plenty big enough for the three of us, two huge comfy beds, a bathroom with a shower and tiny walk in wardrobe with a much appreciated coffee machine. Even the do not disturb signs are cool!
We loved all the local touches like this gorgeous Key Lime shampoo, you can’t help but truly embrace island life.
We had a small seating area where I could get some work done. And a huge TV to entertain my daughter whilst I did. The patio area was great for us adults to sit outside and enjoy a cocktail when Piper had gone to bed.
The room also has a safe, plenty big enough to store my laptop, bathrobes and a mini fridge.
I’m not sure the upgrade was worth the money. But we met another family in the pool who had decided not to upgrade. They were really unhappy with their room so probably!
Eating at The Gates Hotel
There’s no onsite restaurant at the Gates Hotel. Just a food truck. The Blind Pig is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And serves local take out food like eggs and bacon, fish tacos and chicken nuggets. I initially didn’t think this would be a problem. We tend to prefer to eat out but we did miss having somewhere to grab a good hotel breakfast. And it would have been nice to go and sit somewhere on the evenings we were too tired to head out. Eating in our room without a table got old pretty quickly.
The food was OK but a very limited selection and not much my daughter would actually eat. We headed across the carpark to the Starbucks more than once!
Leisure facilities at the Gates Hotel
We spent most of our time when we were at the hotel in the pool, it’s big enough for a good swim but very family friendly with lots of kids playing with the many pool toys available.
Next to the pool is the fabulous hotel bar, Rum Row serving local beers, cocktails and tapas. The happy hour prices were great value!
Most days they had live music in the afternoon, a lovely addition to a few hours relaxing by the pool.
If you are feeling energetic or do not have a car to explore the Island you can rent one of the hotels bikes. Although I did not see any child sized, maybe they got booked out quickly.
24 North Hotel
Unfortunately I only discovered the 24 North hotel on our last couple of days. It had teamed up with the Gates Hotel to allow guests to use the facilities. Their pool is an absolutely gorgeous space
We even spotted some famous Florida Keys iguanas while we were there.
This pool area also has a cute café, the Toasted Coconut serving fresh Key West inspired food which looked delicious.
Piper loved the sweet swing outside. You can check out the latest prices for 24 North here
Value for Money in Key West
Our room cost just under $200 per night, so not cheap but great value for a family friendly hotel in Key West. You can check out the best deals for the Gates Hotel on tripadvisor
In summary we would love to return to the Gates Hotel. Our stay was everything we needed as a base from which to explore beautiful Key West.
What you need to know about the Gates Hotel
The Gates Hotel also accepts pets for just $25 a night. No need to leave your furry friend at home when you visit.
Other family friendly accommodation in Key West
If the Gates Hotel is booked for your dates here are some of the other best hotels in Key West for families:
Hawks Cay Resort. A huge family friendly resort located on Duck Key. With 5 pools, plenty of restaurants, a great spa and fitness centre. They have plenty of family sized rooms to choose from.
Casa Marina Key West, a 4 star hotel on the East of the Island with a great pool, right next to Smathers Beach.
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa a luxury hotel located in historic Old Town with a beautiful Spa and 120 rooms, all with private balconies.
Which do you think are the best hotels in Key West for families? Tell me about them in the comments.
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