Many Lower Keys hotels plan to reopen in early October

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Most hotels and resorts in Florida's Lower Keys will be closed until at least the beginning of October, repairing Hurricane Irma damage while complying with evacuation orders from local authorities.

Key West's DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key-Key West will reopen Sept. 30, while the Hilton Garden Inn Key West, the Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor. The Hyatt Residence Club Key West Beach House reopens Oct. 2. La Concha Key West is open.

The Reach Key West and Casa Marina Key West, which both operate within Hilton's Waldorf Astoria portfolio, will resume operations Oct. 13, as will the Hyatt Centric Key West. And while DiamondRock said that its Sheraton Suites Key West reopened with "limited operations" on Sept. 16, it won't remain fully operational until further notice, and its website isn't showing availability until Nov. 1. DiamondRock's Inn at Key West will remain closed until further notice.

Hotels in Marathon also remain closed. The Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys reopens Oct. 1, while the Tranquility Bay and Hawks Cay resorts won't reopen until at least mid-October. Bluegreen Vacations Hammocks at Marathon, an Ascend Collection hotel, won't resume operations until Nov. 17. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon shows no availability until Nov. 27 on its website.

Sixty-five miles south of Miami, Key Largo hotels have predominantly reopened. Marriott and Hilton, which each oversee five properties in Key Largo, show all properties bookable on their websites. The Quality Inn Florida City-Homestead reopens Sept. 24, while Dove Creek Lodge, an Ascend Collection hotel, resumes operations Oct. 9.

Florida's Monroe County, which includes most the Keys and is home to about 78,000 residents, had a mandatory evacuation on Sept. 6, four days before Irma made landfall. As of Wednesday, some Key West hotels, including the Hilton Garden Inn Key West, noted that they remained closed on orders from local officials. All of Monroe County remains under a nighttime-to-sunrise curfew, though power was restored to almost all residents of the Upper Keys and about three-quarters of the Lower Keys.

Key West International Airport resumed service on Wednesday, though noted on its website that "only Monroe County residents or those assisting in the Hurricane Irma recovery effort should be traveling to the Keys."

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