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The Gardens Hotel

At a Glance

    Pros

  • luxurious bathrooms
  • secluded garden seating
  • free domestic phone calls and Wi-Fi

    Cons

  • hard to get reservations
  • expensive
  • nightly secure parking fee

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The Gardens Hotel Review

Built in 1875, this gloriously shaded, award-winning property was a labor of love from the get-go, and it covers a third of a city block in Old Town. Winding brick pathways lead past rare orchids, ponytail palms, black bamboo, fountains, a gazebo, and earthenware jars (called tinajones) imported from Cuba that weigh a ton each. Patina-covered stone ostriches stand guard, close to the live tortoises. The romantic inn itself offers several types of accommodations, from standard rooms with garden and courtyard views to a two-bedroom carriage house suite. Decorated with Bahamian plantation-style furnishings, the quiet and elegant rooms are a luxurious tropical retreat. All have private verandas. The eronomic wine bar draws locals and guests, as does free jazz on Sundays.

    Hotel Details

  • 17 rooms
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 07-15-2014

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    The Gardens Hotel Review

    Some aspects of this hotel are luxurious: excellent breakfast, including a daily hot item available to supplement the continental breakfast items. However, in the garden rooms, internet service was spotty. We didn't have access to the main building at night, so accessing the internet forced us to sit outside where the mosquitos were terrible. The televisions are quite small, and there's almost no storage space for clothing.

    by Kimberment, 10/15/11
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    Magical!

    The Gardens Hotel is the most beautiful setting in all of Key west. The grounds are specatular, filled with a canopy of lush, tropical trees and plants, that are perfect to gaze up at while floating in the pool with a drink in your hand from the quaint pool bar served by the charming bartender, Billy. The rooms are beautifully furnished, and include all ammenities, and the bathrooms are spacious and immaculate. What makes the Gardens so special is the personalized attention of the gracious staff, who are so accomodating and genuinely care about making your stay magical. It is an ideal experience for all occasions, from the truly special like weddings and anniversaries, to just because...you will fall in love with this wonderful place and the people.

    by jeneubanks, 9/22/12

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