The iconic Casa Marina hotel in Key West will be reopening after a renovation that was “all-encompassing.” The revived Casa will make a great high-end choice for all incoming Key West guests. Ted Lund of The Keys Citizen reports:
One of the Florida Keys’s most iconic hotels — dating back to the days of Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railway — is coming out of hibernation as part of a nearly $80 million renovation.
The Keys Citizen had a chance to review the revamp of the Casa Marina with the property’s director of sales and marketing, Andy Rosuck.
It is a part of Hilton’s Curio Collection of boutique resorts.
“The renovation was all-encompassing to re-establish the Casa Marina as the Grande Dame of the Florida Keys,” said Rosuck.
The iconic property has a long history, including being the base of operations for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion into Cuba.
Flagler originally built the resort as the penultimate hotel at the end of the track. He had similar resorts built all along his railway on the east coast of Florida, including the iconic Breakers in Palm Beach.
The tycoon died before the Casa’s completion.
“As part of the overhaul, all guestrooms, public spaces and meeting facilities have been redone,” said Rosuck. “We are adding a new, 5,000-square-foot event lawn with artificial turf, as well as a food truck.”
The resort is still undergoing work, although the first guests were welcomed Friday, Oct. 6.
The entire project is expected to be complete by next spring.
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