This hotel has a very big reputation so it has a high bar to reach, given high expectations. In most ways it is fine, with charming rooms, OK breakfast and gracious service. One "concierge", Robin, was exceptionally helpful with planning and on-the-spot advice. But there were significant lapses. For example, there was no dresser in any of the 5 rooms we booked with friends. You had to put your clothes in such places as a 3-inch-high drawer next to your bed, the narrow desk drawer, and a low sort of cabinet that had one narrow drawer and a small space to stack a few shirts, shorts or such. The four-poster bed, while charming, was very high and very soft. The gardens are typical tropical green, with lots of vines, palms, etc. Not as special as the title of the hotel or its past reputation suggests, but still nice to walk through. The wine bar and wine selections are pretty great, and make up for a lot of other sins. The location of the hotel could not be better, and the staff really tries hard.
- 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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