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The Gardens Hotel Key West

526 Angela St. | Key West, FL 33040  [SEE MAP]Key West, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Travelers praise property's gardens and boutique atmosphere
On-site eatery does not serve lunch and dinner
As its name suggests, The Gardens Hotel Key West's lush grounds are the focal point of this historic boutique hotel. Offering up a feeling of seclusion, the gardens (along with the property's smaller size) ensure you can relax and enjoy Key West, Florida's island lifestyle. (The quaint pool and aviary certainly help, too.) The Gardens Hotel is just two blocks away from Key West's lively Duval Street and sits within a mile of must-see sights like Mallory Square, the Southernmost Point and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Just make sure to grab a bite while out exploring. Even though the hotel offers drinks, lighter fare and complimentary breakfast – which is excellent, according to previous guests – at its on-site pool bar and wine gallery, it does not offer full meals for lunch and dinner. Once you're ready for a little R&R, retreat to one of 20 guest rooms. Featuring plantation-style furnishings and hardwood floors, all of The Garden Hotel's accommodations boast Keurig coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and balconies, decks or verandas, among other amenities. And for the ultimate luxury, consider reserving one of four Garden Cottages; removed from the main house, these lodging options offer more square footage and share a private pool. Other options include an additional cottage set in a secluded part of the property and a suite with a private sauna.
Key West, FL
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 20 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2019



Since 2004, innkeeper Kate Miano has polished this gem to a high gloss with friendly, personalized service and a handful of imaginative innovations such as Sunday afternoon jazz concerts and the 'd’vine Wine Gallery,' a fancy automat allowing folks to sample a variety of interesting international vintages by the partial and full glass (both, by the way, are also open to the general public). Great expanded breakfast service, too (sticky thumbs-up to that luscious Key lime French toast).

Frommer's Exceptional



Built in 1875, this gloriously shaded, award-winning property was a labor of love from the get-go, and it covers a third of a city block in Old Town. Winding brick pathways lead past rare orchids, ponytail palms, black bamboo, fountains, a gazebo, and earthenware jars (called 'tinajones') imported from Cuba that weigh a ton each.

Fodor's Choice

Lonely Planet


Would we be stating the obvious if we mentioned this place has really nice gardens? In fact, the rooms are located in the Peggy Mills Botanical Gardens, which is a longish way of saying 'tropical paradise.'

Travel + Leisure


Somewhere between a classic B&B and thoroughly modern boutique hotel is the Gardens Hotel, an 1870 plantation-style mansion-turned-luxury accommodation in the heart of Key West. Over the past 90 or so years, a handful of different owners have added their own personal stamp to the place – most notably Peggy Mills, who bought the property in 1930 with the goal of turning it into a botanical garden.

Other Awards

  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2223 have reviewed the The Gardens Hotel Key West, giving it a rating of 5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2223 reviews 5.0 (based on 2223 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Accommodations here range from guest rooms in the historic mansion to cottages with gourmet kitchens and semi-private pools. Guest rooms feature Bahamian plantation-style furniture in yew and mahogany, local artwork, Italian linens, Keurig coffee makers, minifridges, flat-screen televisions and private verandas, decks or balconies. Three of the four garden cottages are pet-friendly, while the Eyebrow Cottage sits in a secluded corner of the property and offers vaulted ceilings and a king-sized bed. The Master Suite features a separate living room, two flat-screen televisions, his and hers closets and a lavish bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower and private sauna.
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • All accommodations have Tempur-Pedic mattresses
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located in the center of Key West's Old Town and two blocks away from Duval Street, The Gardens Hotel sits in the middle of a botanical garden that features the country's only authentic tinajones, four one-ton clay jars from Cuba that were used by early Spanish settlers to capture rainwater. The original mansion, built in 1875 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was occupied by Peggy Mills – the creator of the botanical garden – until 1992, when new owners renovated the original structures and added two Bahamian-style manor houses for additional guest rooms. The boutique hotel, named "The Prettiest Hotel in Key West" by The New York Times and the most romantic by several publications, is within walking distance of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Old Town's shops and restaurants.
  • About 5 miles west of Key West International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


In addition to the complimentary continental breakfast given to all guests on the porch overlooking the property's gardens, the hotel's d'vine Wine Gallery serves a variety of snacks and small plates, which are also available at the pool bar. However, the eatery does not offer full meals for lunch and dinner.
  • Several local restaurants sit within walking distance

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Surrounded by palm trees, the two heated pools feature chaise lounges, umbrellas and a romantic poolside gazebo. The pool bar offers limited service during the day and serves snacks and small plates.
  • Property's four Garden Cottages share a semi-private pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


There is no on-site spa. However, guests can arrange massages through the hotel's concierge. Massages can take place on the property grounds or in guest rooms.

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna


    The Gardens Hotel is primarily a romantic retreat for couples, and only children 16 and older can stay at the property. As a result, there are no children's amenities on-site, although teenaged guests will enjoy the hotel's bike rentals and heated pools.
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs


      Three of the hotel's cottages welcome dogs that weigh 44 pounds or less for an additional $50 fee per night. Pets must be leashed at all times and are only permitted in the cottage area.
      • Only one dog can stay in each cottage
      • Dogs cannot use the property's pools
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      The hotel hosts intimate weddings and receptions in its lush gardens filled with palm trees, orchids and old brick pathways. The poolside gazebo is popular for ceremonies, and the hotel offers romantic accommodations that feature private Jacuzzi tubs.
      • No on-site wedding planner
      • Catering is not available

      Maximum wedding guest capacity10

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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