Two Friends Patio Restaurant in Key West ranks among the top 10% of restaurants worldwide., based on visitor reviews. CONTRIBUTED

People are talking, and plenty of them are saying great things about the Florida Keys and Key West, and some specific hotels and restaurants in the island chain.

TripAdvisor, one of the internet’s original sites for user reviews, recently released its rankings of businesses and destinations, based entirely on travelers’ reviews.

“There is no application process to be a recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards and you cannot pay to get an award,” the company’s website states. “The achievement is earned over time based on feedback or reviews by travelers.”

Key West’s Hard Rock Cafe on Duval Street ranks within the top 10% of restaurants worldwide, based on TripAdvisor visitors reviews. CONTRIBUTED

The island of Key Largo ranked No. 1 on Trip Advisor’s list of “trending destinations.”

“Key Largo has been named the top-trending destination in the U.S. for 2020,” according to Tripadvisor global traveler data. “This 30-mile-long island is a premiere playground for travelers looking for scuba diving adventure, and is home to the world’s largest artificial reef.”

Several hotels in and near Key West received TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards: Santa Maria Suites, H2O Suites, The Gardens Hotel, Almond Tree Inn, Southernmost Beach Resort and The Perry Hotel.

H2O Suites, one of Key West’s most exclusive luxury hotels, made Trip Advisor’s 2020 list of top Key West Hotels. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Marc Meisel, whose family owns the Santa Maria Suites and H2O Suites, commended his staff and thanked his loyal guests for their glowing reviews that helped the upscale properties earn the distinction.

Also in Key West, Two Friends Patio Restaurant and Hard Rock Cafe earned Travelers’ Choice Awards and rank within the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. 

They are joined by Porky’s Bayside Restaurant in Marathon, which also scored in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.

Porky’s Bayside Restaurant in Marathon ranks among the top 10% of restaurants worldwide, based on visitor reviews on TripAdvisor. CONTRIBUTED

“Each year, we comb through reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers everywhere, and use that info to award the very best,” TripAdvisor staff wrote to Two Friends owners Danny and Maura Hughes and Porky’s owner Magdalena Jedrzejewska. “You’re part of an exclusive group in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Your award is the result of consistently great reviews from the people that matter the most — your guests.”

Perry Hotel in Key West ranked among the top 10% of hotels worldwide, according to TripAdvisor visitor reviews. CONTRIBUTED

Mandy Miles
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.