The Marker Waterfront Resort arrives in Key West this October as an independent, 96-room luxury hotel centrally located on the edge of the Key West Historic Seaport. The Marker “marks” the first new hotel build in Old Town Key West since 1994. Inspired by the nature of the Key West community, the resort pays reverence to the region’s rich history while embracing a modern and timeless design that illustrates the essence of barefoot, tropical luxury.
As Key West’s newest luxury build, this locally inspired retreat resides on nearly two acres of waterfront land, built in the style of classic conch architecture. In addition to The Marker’s 96 guestrooms, the property boasts an eclectic dining concept (Cero Bodega), tropical landscaping, multiple swimming pools, and poolside cocktail service, as well as on-site parking and waterfront views. The hotel is named in honor of the mile markers that lead to the southernmost point of the United States.
Developed in partnership with The Singh Company, The Marker features a fresh and contemporary interior design that also pays tribute to its location in Key West’s Historic Seaport. “The Marker tells the story of a modern day Key West with understated hints to ‘Old Florida Luxury,’” says Singh Company’s Ann Johnson, who spearheaded the property’s interior design. “The vision for The Marker was to create an authentic experience and strong sense of place that celebrates the Key West community and the hotel’s historic waterfront location.” Inspired by the island, she wove in subtle tropical finishes throughout, in the form of hard woods, caning, locally produced textiles, and some tongue-in-cheek references to an old sea captain’s home.
The Marker sets the stage for a grand sense of arrival beginning with landscaped grounds that emphasize the tropical locale of Key West and the Keys as an eco-oriented destination. An oversized staircase leads guests into the lobby, which showcases vivid artwork and patterns set against a palette of grays, gold, chartreuse, and cream tones. Glass windows, painted paneled walls, and greenery line the lobby in an effort bring the outside in.
A reinterpreted take on “Classic Key West” can be found in each of the 400-square-foot guestrooms, in the form of white furnishings, touches of dark woods, and cream draperies juxtaposed with modern elements. Muted, ceramic tile entryways exude a residential style feel and flow into wave and surf inspired carpeting. Splashes of azure and turquoise hues accent the space and call to mind the waters of the Keys and the harbor that is just a few steps away. A curious modern cat sculpture pays homage to the fabled “Hemingway Days” of Key West, while a carefully curated collection of art, books, and thoughtful local amenities adorn book shelves. Unexpected and inspired design details can also be found in each guest bathroom where stark white subway tile line the walls alongside a modern soaking tub and shower.
Each guestroom also boasts private porches offering panoramic views of the tropical gardens or the Key West waterfront.
The Marker will offer four room categories to choose from, ranging between marina, pool, garden and Old Town views. Additional amenities include complimentary WiFi, soaking tubs, on-site parking, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.