PLUS: The hotel is very pretty, the grounds are a world apart from the street, and the staff was helpful at every turn. Also, the complimentary hotel cat napping by the door was a nice touch.
There was live jazz at the property throughout the evening and the sounds didn't reach me inside the room. It was incredible how locking the door shut out all the outside noise, which has been a problem in other properties in Key West. Here, it was an oasis of calm.
The room had lovely soaps and shampoos and fluffy bathrobes and towels. There was also a very welcome pump bottle of sunscreen which I forgot. The pillows were huge and soft, the mattress very comfy, and the bartender recommended an amazing (somewhat affordable by Key West standards) restaurant for dinner.
MINUS: I was recovering from a cold and I thought the air freshener was overpowering without full use of my sense of smell. Don't get me wrong it was a lovely flowering garden type smell, but it was too much of a good thing.
The air conditioner was breezy at best. There's a big sign in the room to not lower AC below 72 degrees and that would be fine if it actually cooled the room to 72 degrees but I had to sleep with no blankets or sheets and the ceiling fan on full blast to feel comfortably cooled.
Last, I thought $21.50 for on-site parking was really a bit much. I wanted the car nearby for convenience as I was leaving quite early in the morning, but the parking spaces are microscopic. Backing out of the space took ten minutes, an inch at a time and backing out of the narrow driveway only happened because a member of the staff saw how much trouble I was having and gracefully offered to get the car out for me, otherwise I probably would have had to move to Key West permanently.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Gardens Hotel Key West, Florida