Kimpton Key West, a recently-completed collection of five boutique hotels centrally located in and around Old Town and famed Duval Street, is launching its own brand of brew, Cayo Hueso (Spanish for Key West), specially created by the destination’s own, Waterfront Brewery, and exclusively available at Kimpton Key West.
The brew comes on the heels of the hotel’s official completion – celebrated earlier this month with the opening of Ridley House – the fifth and final boutique in the collection that ranges from luxe to laid-back bungalows, villas, cottages and estate-style guest-home accommodations.
From cruiser bikes and snorkel kits that encourage guests to explore, to artwork throughout the lobbies and guestrooms that celebrates the local scenery, Kimpton Key West’s Cayo Hueso is another way the hotel helps bring the Conch Republic experience to life.
“Things are decidedly more relaxed here, it’s why travelers love to visit,” said Cheryl Martin, General Manager, Kimpton Key West. “To invite them to kick-back and enjoy this off-the-beaten path, tropical escape like a true local, what could be better than a nice, cold brew to start your vacation off right.”
Kimpton Key West teamed with Waterfront Brewery, the destination’s first, original micro-brewery, to come up with Cayo Hueso, a crisp and fruity brew full of tropical character. With its slight haze, pale-yellow and orange hues, and sweet citrus aroma derived from a combination of passion fruit puree and juice, Cayo Hueso has quickly become a guest favorite.
Served up at the hotel’s poolside Bungalow Bar (Winslow’s Bungalows), and Isabel’s (Lighthouse Hotel) in a 12 ounce can classically designed with a 1950s-era Key West motif and priced at $6, the brew complements each bar’s menu of easy, breezy snacks and bites. It’s also offered complimentary to guests upon arrival, with six-packs available for purchase.
“When creating a new micro-brew, the first goal is to have a vision for the beer with the consumer in mind,” said George Esbensen, Partner, Waterfront Brewery. “The goal for Cayo Hueso was to have a decidedly Welcome to Key West character. From there, we decided a light and easy drinking beer with an unmistakable tropical fruit complement would fit the bill.”
Once the profile was set, the recipe was developed, followed by a process that included formulation, pilot tastings and production that was repeated until Kimpton Key West and Waterfront Brewery were fully satisfied with the beer. Today, Waterfront Brewery, according to Esbensen, is producing more than 18 barrels and 36 half kegs per month to keep up with hotel demand.
Kimpton Key West represents a complete reimagining of what was known as the Historic Inns of Key West. Spread across six blocks, no two rooms in the collection’s 219 total keys are the same. Kimpton Key West debuted its new look and feel with the completed renovation of Winslow’s Bungalows in March 2020, followed by Lighthouse Hotel in June 2020.
Each of the five boutique hotels has undergone a thoughtful renovation and redesign that celebrates the eclectic style and sensibility Key West is known for, while preserving each hotel’s rich history, distinctive personality, and original architecture.
Winslow’s Bungalows is the largest property in the Kimpton Key West collection at 85 rooms. It spans a lush, landscaped campus in the center of Key West, just two blocks off Duval Street, and offers a spacious and relaxing setting complete with three private pools, an outdoor bar, and vibrant gardens.
Lighthouse Hotel, a historic property located adjacent to the iconic Key West Lighthouse and the Ernest Hemingway House, features a collection of 45 guestrooms spread across several mid-19th-century buildings set amongst brick-paved gardens, a swimming pool and a pool-side bar.
With 44 guestrooms, Fitch Lodge, completed in July 2020, is the most value-driven of the collection, and in addition to its cozy neighborhood setting, features easy access to the Key West Ferry, charter boats, sunset sails, snorkeling adventures and deep sea fishing.
Offering a peaceful oasis in the heart of Old Town’s art district is Ella’s Cottages, unveiled in March 2020 following a renovation and redesign of its 22 guest rooms, features a blend cottage charm with historic character that includes cozy front-porch seating, a secluded pool and an intimate communal terrace.
Ridley House, which opened in March 2021, is the collection’s most elegant and closest to the Key West Historic Seaport, Mallory Square and just a crawl away from Duval Street. With 23 guestrooms spread across three historic homes – two Victorian and one Bahamian Eyebrow – the hotel is ideally suited for couples and seekers of a sophisticated, yet relaxed experience.
Sitting on the lush grounds of a former 19th-century estate with classic bohemian touches that include private porches, picket fences, low-hanging trees, a sparkling pool, and chic hammocks, guests are immersed into the serene and relaxing experience that defines Key West.
Kimpton Key West is offering up to 25 percent savings on stays of three nights or more with the “Stay Longer and Save” promotion, available exclusively on the collection’s website. For details or to book a stay, visit www.KimptonKeyWest.com
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