The name of this Duval Street institution isn’t high-falutin’ insouciance. It’s sort of short for La Terraza de Martí (“Martí’s Terrace”), named after the upper front porch, from which Cuba’s most revered independence hero speechified to drum up support from local Cubans—cigar makers, workers, and others—in 1891 to 1892. I wonder what Martí would make of the fact that today that floor houses a cabaret specializing in drag shows? The hotel has 15 rooms in either wicker/rattan or a British colonial motif split among three buildings, along with a creative open-air restaurant and popular bar located between the recently renovated pool and the street; an engaging staff; and a sometimes entertaining cast of Key West characters. There’s also live music in the lobby bar nightly during high and shoulder seasons and on weekends in low season. If noise is an issue, ask for a room back behind the pool.
- Frommer's Staff