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Romantic boutique hotel with unique charm
This award-winning B & B is set in a tropical garden, tucked away in a side street, not far from the bustling Duval Street, in the heart of Key West. The main building, with its comfortable leather sofas, piano room, wine bar, expansive outdoor verandah including cats, is reminiscent of the historic, great plantation houses of the south.
Kate Miano and her staff really look after their guests and gladly give tips on what to do in your free time and they also help with making the necessary reservations.
Accommodation at The Gardens Hotel is unique. Each of the 16 rooms is individually decorated in colonial plantation style. They all have private entrances, outdoor verandahs and most have jacuzzi baths. The cosy rooms are set in the tropical gardens amidst orchids, bamboos, fountains, sculptures and a bird aviary. Guests can choose among Kate’s Secret Garden Cottage (only available for a limited time and minimum stay requirements apply), the Master Suite, the Historic Rooms, the Garden Rooms, the Courtyard Rooms, the Eyebrow Cottage and the Carriage House Front Room or the Tree Top Room (with own private balcony) where we stayed.
One can spend many hours simply relaxing on one of the cool lilos (to the right in the picture) in this great new lagoon style swimming pool with its own bar. Relaxation pure!
Breakfast is enjoyed at the poolside and with coffee, juice, croissants, bagels, cereal, cookies, fruits and eggs with bacon and cheese on offer, it leaves nothing to be desired.
d’vine Wine Gallery
The especially imported from Italy “d’vine Wine Gallery” and the Jazz on Sunday evenings attract both visitors and locals. At the wine bar, you can choose from countless wines and with your key card, you can try any of the wines, whenever you feel like it. It is really cool!
What to Do
The most famous shopping street, is of course, Duval Street.
You should also make time to take a detour into the one of the many side streets. We discovered the sweet little boutique “Wanderlust” at Petronia Street Nr. 310 and what a gem. Here you will find uniquely designed, chic fashion at very reasonable prices. The designer, who runs the shop herself, is also very nice.
Passing along the colorful and quaint little shops, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll to Mallory Square and once there, enjoy the exceptionally beautiful sunset along with the jugglers and musicians.
What to eat
Santiago’s Bodega, 207 Petronia Street, Key West (Spanish tapas restaurant)
Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas Street, Key West (al fresco dining with live music – American, Caribbean and vegetarian cuisine)
Rooms: 16 (reservations are made far in advance, so book as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment)
Check-in/Check-out: 15H00 /12H00
Air Temperature: 24 – 32 degrees Celsius during the day and at night 15 – 24 degrees Celsius
Water Temperature: 21 – 30 degrees Celsius
When to go: All year round, hurricane season is from June to November.
Price: From $ 165 per person sharing per night including breakfast
Transportation: About 8km from Key West International Airport or by car, about 4 hours from Miami
Features: 16 years and older welcome, great lagoon pool, beautiful colonial style rooms, wine on “tap”, wonderful service, large, tropical garden
Perfect for: Discerning travelers, couples, honeymooners, connoisseurs and nature lovers
“The Prettiest Hotel in Key West” New York Times
#5 of 94 B&Bs in Key West Tripadvisor
Featured in “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”
Top 50 Small Hotels Condé Nast Traveler
Best in the World Top Hotels, Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Award, 2013
2014 Certificate of Excellence Tripadvisor
Best Hidden Gem, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Travelers Choice Award
Fodor’s Choice 2012
Readers’ Choice Awards, Condé Nast Traveler, 2010