For the first time in 20 years, travelers to Old Town Key West, Fla., have a new hotel to experience, and it’s one that combines tropical luxury with the quirky, laid-back style that makes Key West famous.

The Marker Waterfront Resort, named for the iconic mile markers that dot the route to Key West, has 96 guest rooms on nearly two acres of land at the edge of the historic Key West Seaport.

The hotel is designed in the traditional Key West “conch” style, but its architecture isn’t the only thing that takes its cues from local culture.

Throughout the resort, there are nods to Key West history, as well as the island’s free-spirited and artistic way of life.

“Old Florida” is conjured in the white-and-cream decor and dark woods in each of the 400-square-foot guest rooms, while splashes of turquoise add touches of seaside-inspired modernity.

All rooms also have private porches that overlook palm-fronded gardens or the waterfront. Three swimming pools lined with sun loungers, and a casual poolside bar, add to the tropical laidback ambience.

There are also delightful local touches, like sculptures commissioned from two leading Key West-based artists, John Martini and Adam Russell.

An open-air restaurant, Cero Bodega, takes its culinary cues from the traditions of California and Mexico, serving classic dishes like ceviche, tacos, seafood paella, and Key lime tarts.

The Marker’s location encourages exploration. Nearby attractions include bustling Duval Street, Mallory Square, and the iconic Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, among many others.

Local restaurants and bars abound for every taste, from the traditional Cuban sandwiches and Caribbean fare at Paseo Restaurant to the relaxed but elegant dining at Louie’s Backyard.

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Image Credits: Photos courtesy of The Marker.