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The Gardens Hotel
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Key West
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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
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“Excellent!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We had such a wonderful, relaxing time at The Gardens Hotel. The room was so nicely decorated and clean. We enjoyed the nice front porch in the evenings for our "adult beverages." The staff was courteous and friendly...overall a wonderful stay! We highly recommend the hotel and the location cannot be better! A block from all the "action" on Duval Street. A great get-away!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
We had a great time with you as well! Hope to see you soon! Jim Marquardt, General Manager
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here July 19-22, 2013 and loved it. On registration we were given many wonderful suggestions on places to eat and things to do. The hotel is beautiful with many amenities. We enjoyed late night swims in the 24 Hour Hotel Pool and had pleasant conversations with other guests. We enjoyed the wine bar, daily breakfast with hot dishes delivered to our table, and pool side bar. We stayed in the Tree Top Room with private balcony, which we enjoyed nightly. The room a/c is very quite and keeps the room as cool as we desired. The hotel is just off Duvall Street, but with all the tropical plants surrounding we could not hear the noise from downtown. When I reserved the room months ago, I requested a parking spot, as we drove down. Although they don't guarantee a parking space in their small lot, they assured me that there would be a spot for me, and there was. They provide nice robes and luxurious pool towels. From our three night stay we have absolutely no complaints. My wife enjoyed the pool surrounded by the tropical gardens and the many amenities provided by the hotel. This was our first trip to the Keys, and we will return. Staying at The Gardens has spoiled us, so we will stay here next time. Several guests told us they stayed at other places before here, and now they keep returning to The Gardens. I can understand why. They sincerely try to accommodate our every request.

  • Stayed July 2013
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
We are so glad your visit to Key West and The Gardens Hotel was a wonderful experience! On behalf of our entire crew and Kate, thank you for staying with us and your review! Jim Marquardt, General Manager
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Tavernier, Florida
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We are Keys locals from Islamorada who love an occassional get-a-way to Key West. We were referred to The Gardens almost a year ago, but never plan far enough in advance to get in. Finally, we have had the pleasure of spending a wonderful weekend at this amazing hidden treasure! We love everything about it and it is well worth every penny spent there. Miss Kate's attention to detail is evident is every carefully designed space. It is a must see and a must stay! Thank you to Miss Kate and all of her wonderful staff. We will see you all again very soon! Blessing to all!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 21, 2013
Miss Kate has the eye for detail just as you say. We all work to make your experience the best! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jim Marquardt, General Manager
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Flanders, NJ
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Another trip to Key West and another great stay at the Gardens. This time we stayed in the Tree Top room, very nice and secluded. I especially liked the private outdoor area with a small loveseat to relax at night or have some coffee in the morning while planning the day. With so many places to stay in Key West I think the thing that keeps bringing me back to the Gardens has to be the staff. To me, its all about customer service, and the Gardens excels in that department. The hotel itself is in a perfect location, just off Duval so if you need a break from bar hoping around you can duck into the garden and relax by the pool and regenerate,and still get a drink ;) plus the wine bar is awesome!! Close enough where you can be in Mallory square after a short 15 minute walk. Planning my next trip already...do we head down in November for the boat races or wait till April for our 25th anniversary???? I got it, I will do both!!! See you soon Gardens. P.S. Thanks Jim for assisting with my reservations and answering all of my questions.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
We appreciate your comments, thank you! The fact is our crew enjoys you, our guests, as much as you appreciate us! That is what makes the trip absolutely the best. We will see you soon!
Jim Marquardt, GM
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DeLand, Florida
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I decided to take a last minute trip to Key West, and to our delight the The Gardens Hotel was available for the three nights we wanted to stay.
The grounds are exceptional and the staff friendly and helpful without being intrusive.The complimentary breakfast and self service wine bar also added to this most comfortable and enjoyable visit. We highly recommend The Gardens Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Last minute trips can always be so much fun! We are so happy you enjoyed The Gardens Hotel and our crew!

Jim Marquardt, GM
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our first visit to Key West. The Gardens Hotel exceeded expectations. We stayed here for 3 days to be close to the action and were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was only a block off of Duval! We also stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina for 4 days after staying here (which was very nice), but enjoyed The Gardens central location much better.

We stayed in the Treetop room and I am reluctant to give it a positive review…only because it will make it that much harder to book in the future :-) ! We loved the room. While it is described as cozy, it does not feel cramped. The bathroom is standard size, and the closet is as well. The key to this room is the outdoor balcony which is a great place to sit and read, enjoy coffee in the morning or a late night glass of wine. It is on the backside above the bar (Carriage House), it is not the room directly above the poolside bar (which is only open until 8 PM), so there is no noise at all.

The amenities and little touches throughout the Hotel add to the total experience. From the furniture to the bedding to the bath towels all say luxury. Bathroom amenities including sun screen are appreciated. Umbrellas in the closet are a nice touch as well. Even the pool/cabana restroom which has a shower (can be used of you checkout and use the poll prior to leaving later in the day) is well decorated.

Since we did not fly into Key West we did two one-way rentals, you need to shop but found a one-way car rental very inexpensive and dropped it off on our first day. We did not need a car while we there at all (8 days/7nights) . This avoided $20 a day parking fees which are standard at most of the hotels, not to mention trying to find parking if you do use the car. We easily walked to either end of Duval (hotel is pretty much dead center), on the occasion we did use a taxi it was very reasonable.

When we return to Key West, the Gardens Hotel will be our first choice. I fully understand why the Hotel is rated so high!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOTOKeyWest, General Manager at The Gardens Hotel, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
Thank you for making The Gardens Hotel youre first stay in Key West! We are pleased we met your expectations and look forward to your return.

Jim Marquardt, GM
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is a really great place to stay! Customer service is great, and their breakfast is phenomenal! The pool could have been cooler, but it appeared to me there is no cold water in Key West in July unless it's from a cooler or has ice. They begin your stay with a lovely champagne. Rooms are amazingly comfortable and the tub was a jacuzzi. The location is central to walking anywhere in the older district.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Gardens Hotel
Address: 526 Angela St, Key West, FL 33040-7433
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels 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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