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The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton [In-depth Review]

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My husband and I recently took a last-minute trip to Key West to escape the cold Ohio winter. We planned to stay 4 nights to explore the island.

And that’s exactly what we did. We spent 4 nights at Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa.

But wait, isn’t this a review of The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton? Yes, it is. Let me explain.

Just as we were getting ready to leave for the airport, our flight got canceled. Not long after that, we found that our new flight wasn’t until the next night! So, it looked like we were going to spend an extra night and day in Key West. Unfortunately, Hyatt Centric was sold out that night so we needed to find a new hotel — and fast.

After looking at a few options, including some Kimpton and Marriott properties, we decided to go with The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton.

For those of you who love a good story, our night at The Reach wasn’t our last in Florida! We ended up getting stranded in Miami the next night after missing connecting flights (by about 30 seconds) so we had to stay another night, this time at The Confidante Miami Beach… but that’s a story for another day.

Read on to find out what I loved about The Reach Key West, and what wasn’t so great.

Hotel Location

The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton is located on the south side of the island, a few blocks off of Duval Street, and just a 5-minute walk to the famous Southernmost Point marker.

When you arrive at the hotel, there’s a small outdoor patio with seating to the right, along with a large rooster mural (roosters and chickens run wild all over the island).

The entrance at The Reach Key West.


I booked this hotel about 30 minutes before we checked in (talk about last-minute) so I was thrilled that there was still award space available.

The cash cost was over $600 and an award night was 90,000 points. I didn’t have enough Hilton Honors points in my account to pay for an award night, so I chose to do a Points & Money booking. My final cost was $214.22 and 68,000 points.

I made a last-minute Points & Money booking through the Hilton app. Image Credit: Hilton

This was an okay redemption, but not a great one, and one that I probably wouldn’t choose to do if I had time to think about it. I generally don’t love Points & Money bookings because the resort fee isn’t waived, since you pay for part of the stay in cash.

But, for a last-minute booking, I was fine with it and was just happy to have a place to sleep for the night.

Hot Tip: If you need more points, check out our in-depth guide to earning lots of Hilton Honors points.

Resort Fee

The Reach Key West charges a resort fee of $45 plus tax per night. This includes the following:

  • Internet access
  • Fitness center
  • Pool concierge service
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Beach hammocks
  • Bocce ball and giant chess
  • Shuttle to Casa Marina
  • Local and toll-free calls

If you ask me, the benefits that come with the resort fee are slim, but unfortunately, that’s not uncommon. The good news is you can avoid paying the resort fee by booking your stay with points. If you choose a Points & Money booking as I did, you’ll have to pay the resort fee.

Checking In

We took a quick Uber ride from the Hyatt Centric to The Reach Key West right after the room was booked. My Hilton Honors Gold Elite status was recognized and I was told I’d been upgraded to a Resort View King Studio Room.

Hot Tip: There are many ways to earn Hilton Honors elite status, and one of the easiest ways is with credit cards. I have Gold Elite status only because it comes as a benefit of The Platinum Card® from American Express.

The lobby was bright and colorful, with a comfortable seating area and flavored water available for guests.

The comfortable lobby was bright and welcoming.

Our room wasn’t ready, so they gave us coupons for a free drink while we waited.

We enjoyed complimentary frozen drinks while waiting for our room.

So we grabbed a frozen drink and checked out the resort grounds for a bit while we waited for our room.

The drinks were quite tasty so I didn’t mind waiting for our room.

After waiting about 45 minutes, I got a text message saying our room was ready. The text also let me know that since it wasn’t ready by 4 p.m. I was getting a $75 resort credit. Since I didn’t even arrive until 4:45 p.m. this was an unexpected, but much appreciated surprise.

I was impressed with Hilton’s customer service at The Reach Key West.

As we walked to the front desk, impressed with Hilton’s customer service, I contemplated my Hyatt loyalty and how Hilton might fit into the picture. Ultimately I’m still a Hyatt loyalist, but Hilton moved up a few notches in my book based on the customer service I received at this hotel.


Hilton MyWay Benefit

The Hilton MyWay Benefit for this hotel was an $18 per person food and beverage credit or 1,000 Hilton Honors points. I had already selected the credit in my online account, so it was added to my account automatically. The credit for most Curio Collection by Hilton hotels is $15, but Key West is one of the “select markets” that receives $18 (this was nice because Key West is expensive).

You can customize your MyWay Benefits by going into your online Hilton Honors profile and selecting MyWay benefits. Image Credit: Hilton


The pool at The Reach Key West isn’t large but it was never crowded when I was there. It sits between the beach and the hotel’s grassy areas, so it had a nice vibe.

The pool was beautiful at sunset.


The Reach Key West has the only private natural sand beach in Key West. It was a small area but, unfortunately, there was a lot of seaweed when I was there, so it wasn’t fit for swimming. With that said, it was still a nice place to relax for a while.

Key West isn’t known for beautiful sandy beaches, so the fact that there was even a beach at all was a net positive.

There was a small private beach area.

Outdoor Games

There were some fun outdoor games available on the lawns of the property, including cornhole, giant chess, and bocce ball.

Bocce ball court.

Plus, some quirky statues around the resort made for great photo ops.

I had fun with this guy by the giant chess set.

Fitness Center

The fitness center at The Reach had everything you would need to get a good workout, including cardio equipment, weights, and a Peloton Bike.

The fitness center at The Reach Key West was large and open.

Access to Casa Marina

The Reach’s sister hotel is Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton (formerly a Waldorf Astoria resort). Guests have reciprocal benefits at each property and transportation between the 2 hotels is provided.

Hot Tip: Casa Marina Key West transitioned from a Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property to a Curio Collection by Hilton property on March 15, 2022.


Since we ended up with an unplanned day in Key West, we had no plans. So, we visited the concierge in the hotel’s lobby to see if we could find something fun to do the next day. The woman we talked to was very helpful and booked us a kayak trip that included transportation. Even better, it was less expensive than what we were finding online for trips that didn’t include pick-up at the hotel.

We ended up having a blast kayaking through Key West’s mangroves.

I loved the kayak tour we booked through the hotel’s concierge.

Bottom Line: The Reach Key West has a small private beach, a pool, and nice grounds with games like bocce ball, cornhole, and chess. 

The Room

After a long and strange walk to our room through an outdoor corridor that overlooks a parking lot, we made it to room 3336.

Guestrooms are located above the parking garage, which makes for a strange vibe when walking to your room.

At first glance the room was great. It was large and had a separate sitting area and balcony.

Room 3336 at The Reach Key West was a Resort View King Studio Suite.

I’m a sucker for a nice balcony, so that’s where I went first. The good news is the balcony was large and I could actually see a bit of the ocean.

The room had a large balcony.

The bad news is that it also looked out onto a parking lot. Calling this room a “resort view” is a stretch in my opinion. Since we were just there for 1 night, I didn’t let it bother me, but if we were planning to stay here for our whole vacation, I’d be pretty annoyed.

My “resort view” at The Reach Key West.

By the door was a dresser that housed a minifridge, a safe, a coffee maker, and bottled water. There were even real mugs instead of paper cups for the coffee, which is always a nice touch.

The Reach Key West guest room was stocked with coffee and water.

There was a nice sitting area across from the bed with a small couch and a coffee table.

The compact, but cute sitting area.

One of the great things about this room was the availability of plugs and USB outlets. They were in the walls, on the bases of lamps, in the alarm clocks, and even on the side of the dresser next to the desk.

There were plugs and USB ports in lots of convenient spots throughout the room.

There were lamps and plugs on both sides of the king-sized bed, which was very convenient. I didn’t use the TV, but it was at an awkward angle if you wanted to watch it from the bed.

I didn’t find the bed super comfortable, but since this was a 1-night stay, it wasn’t a big problem.

Our room’s king-sized bed.

The Bathroom

The modern nautical vibe continued into the bathroom. It was fairly large, but there was a lot of dead space.

The bathroom had a modern nautical vibe.

The closet, which had a luggage rack, robes, and extra blankets, was located inside the bathroom.

The closet was inside the bathroom.

I loved the backsplash behind the sink. The modern mirror paired with the rustic rope hanger made for a unique look that fit the space perfectly.

I loved this backsplash!

There was a stand-up shower that had large bottles of verbena-and-lavender scented products from Crabtree & Evelyn.

The shower in the Resort View King Studio Suite.

Bottom Line: My resort view king studio suite at The Reach was spacious, comfortable, and nicely decorated, but unfortunately the “resort view” was mostly of the parking lot.

Food and Beverage

Sand & Sea Cafe and Gift Shop

There was a cafe and gift shop on the property that was offered a low-cost breakfast deal. I went in to see what it was all about and was unimpressed at the options. It was basically a breakfast sandwich sitting under a food heater like you’d see at a gas station. Needless to say, I opted for the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast.

The hotel’s gift shop offered a low-cost breakfast deal.

Four Marlins

Four Marlins, the resort’s oceanfront restaurant, is open daily between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails daily along with brunch on Sundays.

While dinner was good, I loved breakfast at Four Marlins. In addition to gorgeous views, the food was delicious and the service was great. I tried the Cuban Torrejas (french toast) and the cheddar scallion hash browns and both dishes were excellent. My latte was served with a rock candy stirrer, which was a nice touch.

Breakfast at Four Marlins was excellent.

Bottom Line: Four Marlins is the only full-service restaurant at the hotel. While it was a little pricey, the food and service were great and the ocean views were excellent.


Overall, the service I received at The Reach Key West was outstanding. From the proactive drink coupons and resort credit at check-in to the great excursion the concierge booked for us, I was impressed.

Final Thoughts

The customer service and hotel amenities at The Reach Key West were great. But, I probably wouldn’t choose to stay here again because of the uncomfortable bed and the views of the parking lot.

However, if you could guarantee not getting a parking lot view and want a hotel with a beach, this could be a good option for your Key West vacation. At the end of the day, though, I enjoyed my stay at the Hyatt Centric more than The Reach Key West.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the beach at The Reach Key West is private. In fact, it’s the only private natural sand beach in Key West.

Generally, Casa Marina is considered to be a better hotel, as it was formerly a Waldorf Astoria property.

The Reach Key West has 150 guest rooms.

For a standard room reward, you’ll pay ~90,000 Hilton Honors points per night, though remember that Hilton Honors doesn’t maintain award charts, so rates can fluctuate wildly, depending on when you stay. If you’re short on points, you can choose a Points & Money booking.

About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure and Forbes Advisor.


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