A nautical term, “reaching” refers to achieving a relaxed point of sail. At The Reach Key West, seaside relaxation is “key” — so to speak.
Now offering the magic of a masterful four-month-long renovation reflecting blissful beach town nostalgia, The Reach Key West — a 150-room boutique resort — recently reopened at 1435 Simonton Street. A fixture at that address since 1985, The Reach has the only natural sand beach on island. If you get the idea the view must be spectacular, how right you are!
As part of the prestigious Curio Collection by Hilton, The Reach has successfully introduced attractive coastal décor and over-the-top amenities while retaining its well-known name — and welcoming spirit.
An inviting element of the multi-million-dollar project is Four Marlins. The signature restaurant and bar features an ideal setting to enjoy island camaraderie and memorable dining experiences.
Named for a famous photo of Ernest Hemingway on a family fishing trip in Key West, the oceanfront dining spot reflects the charm of iconic tropical island fishing lodges from the 1930s. A dramatic presentation of that very photograph hangs prominently on the arrival gallery wall. Subtle literary references add intrigue to seating options such as the cozy Book Nook as well as Hemingway’s Hideaway.
Other touches include nautical rope doubling as both room divider and sculptural piece of art. Thanks to a special partnership with Key West Pottery, themed visuals also include stunning painted ceramic plates.
Whether you arrive in the morning, afternoon, after a busy day, or after dark, Four Marlins provides a sweet seaside setting designed to delight residents and visitors alike. The sunny breakfast room transitions seamlessly to an attractive afternoon eatery. With a bow to this locale remaining the vibrant social gathering spot it has been for decades, Four Marlins is a happy hour hotspot. In fact, from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, patrons get to enjoy “The Happiest Hour.” What fun!
Of course, dinner is sheer culinary heaven. The menu highlights locally sourced ingredients — from the freshest local fish and seafood to steaks and prime cuts. Guests have a choice of seating arrangements in the contemporary dining room, on the oceanfront terrace, or at the expansive indoor-outdoor bar.
At the Four Marlins Bar, an extensive selection of rums and spirits celebrate tastes of the Caribbean and Latin America. Cocktails are crafted by savvy mixologists, taking full advantage of Florida’s bounty of seasonal fruits. The friendly bar also features ice-cold draft beer, and a thoughtfully selected wine list.
Breakfast is served from 7 to 11a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The bar opens daily at 11 a.m.
Local guests of Four Marlins are encouraged to make themselves known to the staff in order to enjoy special promotions. Take advantage of validated parking privileges, too.
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, is one of nearly 80 one-of-a-kind hotels and re-sorts providing travelers with authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local, customized offerings.
At The Reach, senses are engaged on entering the bright, airy lobby where original artwork takes center stage. Look for sculptural netting — a nod to area fishermen — as well as colorful ceramic fish by the artists of Key West Pottery.
Floor-to-ceiling windows connect the lobby with the hotel’s communal patio that is watched over by a larger-than-life “Gypsy Chicken” mural 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 colorful backdrop paying homage to Key West’s infamous roaming roosters.
All guest rooms and suites boast a balcony and thoughtfully designed furnishings with nautical elements throughout.
Guests of The Reach receive reciprocal charging privileges to all amenities at its sister property, Casa Marina Key West.
For more information go to: reachresort.com or call 305-296-5000.