ALIA AKKAM, NEWH.ORG | Beyond Key West’s commercialized waterfront and the revelry of historic Duval Street is Stock Island, a relaxed, unpretentious fishing haven. Here, on the largest deepwater marina in the Florida keys, an old boatyard has made way for the Perry Hotel.
Named for Commodore Matthew Perry, the naval hero who claimed Key West for the States, the hotel’s public spaces were handled by Blaire Weiser, senior interior designer at Denver firm Johnson Nathan Strohe (JNS), whose family, longtime hospitality developers in South Florida, operates the property. “Stock Island is a working island, and we took specific steps to incorporate that culture into our design while still creating a destination resort,” she explains, noting such elements as a neutral color palette that illuminates earth and ocean tones as well as found objects transformed into art. “The sophistication of the hotel juxtaposes the industrial setting outside its walls.”