Three Key West Hotels Reopen Post-Irma

Empress of the Seas docking in Key West, making it the first cruise ship to call at the destination following Hurricane Irma
Empress of the Seas docking in Key West, making it the first cruise ship to call at the destination following Hurricane Irma // Photo by Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO

As Key West and the Florida Keys count down to their official reopening to tourism October 1, a number of Key West hotels have reopened following damage the destination sustained when Hurricane Irma made landfall.

La Concha Key West has reopened and is welcoming guests with rates starting at $191 through October 20. The historic hotel remained open throughout the storm, accommodating evacuees, locals, first responders and clean up crews. In the past, it has hosted famous guests ranging from Harry S. Truman to Tennessee Williams. The hotel is also reportedly home to a number of ghost stories.

Pier House Resort & Spa is also now open and welcoming guests, with rates starting at $249 through October 20. All of its restaurants, including the historic Chart Room – once the unofficial headquarters of Mel Fisher – have completely opened, as well as the propertys spa.


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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina has likewise reopened, with all services and amenities fully operational. The Jimmy Buffet-affiliated resort is located on the waterfront, near Mallory Square and a block from Duval Street, and offers guests a range of water sports, tropical swimming pool, retain boutiques, dining indoors and on the water, and a Sunset Deck for sunset views.

Earlier this week the Florida Keys announced that it would reopen to tourists October 1 as officials finished the most immediate infrastructure repairs following Hurricane Irma. Cruise ships began calling at Key West this past weekend, while Key West International Airport has resumed commercial service. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway was likewise reopened after inspections and repairs.

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