Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the newest addition to Hilton’s upper upscale Curio Collection, The Reach Key West recently made its debut and will be the brand’s first property in the destination. The reimagined 150-room resort is owned by Park Hotels & Resorts.
Keeping its original name referencing the nautical term “reaching,” a relaxed point of sail, the resort’s coastal style elements were designed to reflect the island’s natural beauty. In the lobby, local artwork is a focal point, such as sculptural netting nodding to local fishermen and colorful hanging ceramic fish by local artists at Key West Pottery. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect the lobby with the hotel’s communal patio that is anchored by a larger-than-life “Gypsy Chicken” mural painted by local Cuban American muralist, street artist and painter David “DaveL” Lavernia. Inspired by DaveL’s passion for animal and environmental conservation, the mural stands as a backdrop paying homage to Key West’s infamous roaming roosters.
In guestrooms, muted tactile fabrics are accented by punches of teal. Teak wood-toned furniture and warm porcelain tile are complemented by the watery blue hues of the drapery fabric, custom bedside sconces and area rugs that pull inspiration from the many playful patterns water creates. Nautical elements appear through patterned mermaid tails hanging on each door, a whale-shaped driftwood print above each bed, boat cleat hardware, rope-hung mirrors and genuine shell-stone tabletops. Maritime references flow into the bathrooms where vanities are curved to replicate a boat’s hull and punctuated by the bubble accent wall tile and porthole mirrors.
The resort also features a new oceanfront restaurant and bar, Four Marlins. The outlet is named after and inspired by a famous photo of Ernest Hemingway on a fishing trip with his family in Key West, which hangs on the arrival gallery wall.
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