Sunset Key offers upscale cottages off Key West

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KEY WEST -- Sunset Key Guest Cottages, an affiliate of the Key West Hilton, offers a unique setting for upscale visitors to Key West.

It is situated on an island which in turn is linked to Key West by two shuttle launches. The transfer takes about 10 minutes. The property, which consists of 37 cottages (one-, two- and three-bedroom), opened in May 1997, about a year and a half after the Hilton.

In addition to offering overnight and longer accommodations, the cottage operation also is part of a residential community where homes start at $500,000. The cottages have names such as Lazy Days, Sanctuary and Siesta. Each has tile floors, porches with dining tables, VCRs and compact disc players.

Low-season rack rates through Oct. 26, Nov. 1 to 10 and Nov. 15 to Dec. 22 are from $295 for a one-bedroom unit; from $350 for a two-bedroom, and from $525 for a three-bedroom.

Note: When five or more cottages are reserved, a group rate applies. For example, delegates attending a convention at the Key West Hilton but staying at Sunset Key would qualify.

All one-bedroom cottages have garden views. Two and three-bedroom cottages have either an ocean view or beachfront location. On site is Latitudes, an outdoor beachfront cafe serving all three meals from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Also available are a marina, beach, pool, two whirlpools and a grocery store. Two all-weather tennis courts are on site (rackets and balls are provided free by the concierge). In addition, four golf greens for short strokes will be added this winter.

Packages are offered over selected dates: now to Oct. 26, Nov. 1 to 10 and Nov. 15 to Dec. 22. Highlights follow. The one-night Romance package is priced from $795 per couple. Covered are a one-bedroom ocean-view cottage, champagne, fresh roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, a picnic lunch, one sunset dinner at Latitudes, one 30-minute Jet Ski rental and two souvenir terrycloth robes.

The one-night Resort Select plan, from $520 per couple, covers the cottage, lunch, a choice of a snorkel trip or champagne sunset cruise, one parasail ride, Key West sightseeing and a 30-minute massage.

The one-night Weekday package, from $325 per couple, applies Sunday through Thursday. It covers a free cottage upgrade, one breakfast or lunch, a tropical drink and an extended checkout (1 p.m.). If booking this, agents should request code P5.

Sunset Key Cottages is a Hilton franchise managed by Ocean Properties, Delray Beach, Fla.

Sunset Key Cottages

Phone: (888) 477-7786; (800) HILTONS

Web: www.sunsetkeycott-ages.hilton.com

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