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The Gardens Hotel
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Key West
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“Paradise”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

While this isn't a four star high rise hotel with limitless amenities, what The Gardens DOES have is a tranquility amidst a bustling atmosphere. It is nestled into the grounds so that you hardly notice it is there from the street. Yet it is so close to Duvall st that you can walk to all the clubs/restaurants and anywhere else you've a fancy to. The breakfasts are superb. The house staff are so friendly. It is just so quiet and peaceful...just what we needed!
If anything, our room could have used a bureau...there really wasn't room for our clothes, and we didn't bring much. Otherwise, no complaints from us...we WILL return!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a bureau or dresser...as not all have them.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

It has been really cozy and elegant room experience. The style is great ad well the facilities. A self card by the glass wine tasting room is a unique feature that you can find only here in KW.
Only remarkable aspect is that they do not allow children even if they are 10 years old and educated. Most Europeans don't like this! Couples could be more then welcome anyway even if some well appointed kids are around the pool. Beyond this we definitively recommend this place to B&B lovers.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, 25 February 2012
Thank you for your review! The issue with 16 and older, is more of insurance rather preference. We are 18 and older as are most Inns. While some children may be well behaved, when it comes to vacations and pools, this is most often not the case.
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

My Partner and I spent 6 wonderfull nights at the Gardens Hotel in November 2010. The room was very clean, service was perfect, breakfast were awesome, the staf was very professionel and freindly.

The Gardens outback with the outsite pool and outsite bar were magical. We will go back for sure.

Thank you all for the ''magnifique'' stay!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

This was our first trip to Key West and we were unsure as to what we would find. We researched Trip Advisor and were not disappointed.
We were greeted, or better yet welcomed, by "Tippy". She not only described the Hotel but also gave us an idea of the Key West lifestyle.
The Gardens Hotel is a beautifully appointed, clean, neat Oasis that is located one block from Duval Street and approximately mid way across the island.
The price point at the Gardens Hotel is fair for the quality of accomodations and service you receive. Breakfast, wine bar, pool bar and staff all add up to a very enjoyable and relaxing stay.
Without resevation I highly reccommend this property

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Our first time in Key West and were we ever glad we chose The Gardens. In addition to being an oasis in the middle of an active city, the staff couldn't have been more helpful in getting us to the right restaurants, on the right boat for kayaking/snorkeling, to the right nightclub, etc. According to the owner, their informal motto is "You don't have to know a thing when you arrive here" and that proved absolutely true for us.

With just seventeen rooms and an acre of land the atmosphere is serene. Weekend entertainment livens things up, especially on Sunday jazz night, a local favorite. The pool area is lovely and the traditional bar, wine bar and breakfasts are all a plus. If you're looking for a hopping hotel and boisterous guests I would say the Gardens may not be for you, but remember Duval Street is only a block away.

We stayed in the Eyebrow Cottage, which was delightful; I didn't get a look at the standard rooms but talked to some repeat guests who said all were very nice.

The Gardens is pricey, make no mistake, but this is a case where you really are getting something for your money. If we return to Key West (as we hope to do!) we'll certainly try to book there again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Amazing, tranquil setting in the heart of Key West. Attentive staff, unique premises, sanctuary.
We already scheduled our return trip next year.

Room Tip: Many rooms to choose from depending on what you prefer. ALL rooms are in a serene setting.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, 25 February 2012
Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

The property was beautiful, has a romantic ambiance, and great service. We were welcomed by Tippy and she set the stage for a perfect stay. She was bubbly and fun with wonderful recommendations. Billy the bartender is well known to all guests for his great service and wonderful drinks. The rooms are well appointed. This property is definitely worth the dollars spent.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: The Gardens Hotel
Address: 526 Angela St, Key West, FL 33040-7433
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Key West
#1 Green Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gardens Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the largest private estate in Key West, the expansive grounds of The Gardens Hotel house 20 luxurious guest suites, and comprise over an acre of lush, tropical landscaping just steps away from Key West's infamous Duval Street. The Gardens Hotel calls to mind the best of elegant boutique hotels,but with a decidedly Key West atmosphere. Start your day with a tropical complimentary breakfast and relax in our pool open 24 hours. Our d'Vine Wine Gallery is the first Enomatic wine tasting system in the Keys. Taste, Flight or full pour, you can enjoy up to 35 different wines from around the world. Every Sunday 'Live Jazz In The Gardens' starts at 5 and ends around 7:30pm. Live piano in our Cabaret, Wednesday through Saturday, 5-7pm. Now a tradition and a stop off for both locals and guests, world class entertainers all in the beautiful Gardens. ... more   less 
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