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“Gardens Hotel offers a good Key West experience”
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The Gardens Hotel
Ranked #5 of 51 Hotels in Key West
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Reviewed 2 April 2008

A perfect location in Key West, central to all of Old Town and within walking distance to everything. It felt secluded within the surrounding gardens, however the area construction noise was often disturbing.
A continental breakfast was adequate with pastries, fruit, coffee and juice, but we also visited area cafes for something more substantial.
The pool area was small and private with a secluded hot tub and walk-up bar. Iced tea was often provided in the early afternoon and a beach towel awaited our arrival to the lounge chairs.
The garden suite at $385 per night was adequate in size with limited dresser space, and a small bathroom including a jacuzzi tub/shower. A screen door would be a nice addition to enjoy the fresh air and surroundings and to keep out the bugs. It also had a somewhat private veranda. The foot traffic from the upstairs suite and even conversations from next door was often problematic.
The staff was friendly, but not overly personal and the other guests kept to themselves unlike a typical bed and breakfast.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2008

I couldn't agree more with everything the previous reviewer (“Pleasant but not Wonderful”) said about The Gardens. It just wasn't what I expected given the reviews I'd read.

Most likely, people enjoy the atmosphere and have a genuine good time here, but it's _not_ a spectacular place worth a splurge. Not really a resort either--more akin to a grown-up, delux version of summer camp with lots more alcohol.

The staff seem nice enough, but they are also busy. They are professional.

The rooms are a bit worn in the bathrooms and I could hear everything coming from the bathroom next door.

In the mornings, we were woken by a combo of jackhammers/traffic from Simonton road and a rooster.

The breakfast is cereals, fruit salad, toast/bagels/cinnamon bread, hardboiled eggs, coffee/tea/juice, pastries.

The location is great, easy walking distance to everything on Duval St. Very safe--not a rundown neighborhood, but across a small street from the City Hall.

Clientel tends to be mostly older couples, most likely because of the rates of the hotel.

Mosquitos were a problem. No way we could sleep without the AC and leave windows open.

Pool/jacuzzi area seems to be where everyone hangs out. Good condition, but not large area.

Overall, going back to Key West again, I'd probably look for something nearby in a lower price range. But if you're looking to hangout by the pool and socialize with similar group of people, this may be the place for you.

Might be a fun place to book for a mid-sized family reunion.

  • Stayed: March 2008
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3  Thank Neconoir
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Reviewed 1 April 2008

we loved our stay at the Gardens Hotel in Key West...location was perfect...service was great...staff friendly....the intimate, quiet atmosphere of the place....very relaxing and tranquil.....loved the garden area...our porch with the fan and wicker furniture overlooking the courtyard....our room with flat screen TV....wonderful breakfast on the patio...cannot say enough about it....we are from Canad so it is too bad we have to travel so far for paradise.....but we will return soon I hope....

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Judyann F
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Reviewed 29 March 2008

After the eulogies we had perhaps expected more.

GIven the strong pound this hotel is still quite pricey for what you get.

The welcome is good with a glass of champagne. Make sure that you park up before you drink it as the car park is quite small.

Our room (2) was in the main house and was OK but had no easy chairs. The bed was comfortable and the airconditioning effective. The bathroom needs updating as the taps drip and it is generally rather care worn. Nowhere to place our bathroom requisites. We did not like the pump action toiletries - rather akin to a Travel lodge.

Internet connectivity was dreadful, almost useless. The shared balcony was pleasant but the fan had thrown one of its wooden blades off onto the floor. This was dangerous so I reported it. No action was taken and during the night a second blade was thrown off. At a second request the fan was switched off for the remainder of our stay.

Housekeeping was not generally thorough and I was surprised that the outside ashtray was not emptied at all during our stay.

Breakfast was OK, repetitive after three days, nothing cooked. Breakfast room needs somehwere to rest things whilst compiling your meal.

Much is mentioned by others about Carlos - he was not around during our stay. Billy the Barman seemed popular but on his day off we were served by Joel who was pleasant and prepared a delightful Mojito.

The pool was small but pleasant, the hot tub seemed fine and the gardens are a good feature. The hotel lies directly under the flightpath into Key West. airport This could annoy anyone who doesn't enjoy plane watching or is troubled by engine noise.

One review complains about the noise of Simonton Street. Yes it is noisy, but then Key West is a noisy place generally. The constant calls of roosters, the unending throb of Harley Davidsons and deep tuned trucks are a contrast to the silence of the (expensive) rented electric cars used by tourists. We didn't use our car at all during our stay, we walked everywhere. Otherwise you can rent bicycles or take a cycle rickshaw.

One reviewer (a canadian) described the Gardens as set in a slum. This is nonsense. The area is pleasant and very handy for a walk to the lively side of town. Plenty of choice for eating and shopping. We loved Key West, having been told by friends that we would hate it.

The staff at the Gardens are unfailingly polite and 'professionally' friendly but I never felt that it was genuine.

The fact that all the staff disappear at 8pm is quite strange so if you enjoy attentive service stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank KevinTurvey
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Reviewed 29 March 2008

From beginning to end, the most perfect stay! Lovely accommodations, great staff and service, 24 hour pool/jacuzzi, wonderful breakfast and convenient location. Stay no where else. Worth every penny!!!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #5 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Price Range: RM1,202 - RM2,358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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