Drink in the mellow sounds of cool jazz on a warm Key West night. Sip a pleasing vintage sampled from the d’Vine Wine Gallery, as you take in the ambiance of a luxuriant tropical garden. If music be the food of love, play on. The Gardens Hotel is not only a place to stay; it is a place to experience.
Reminiscent of a classic Key West mansion, the Gardens Hotel property was just that, the opulent private estate of Peggy Mills. The exotic gardens, cultivated with her intention to create a magical retreat like no other, cover more than an acre, an unexpected oasis a short distance from busy Duval Street.
Walking into the parlor of the main house, you are greeted by a gracious seating area with rich, deep pile rug, comfortable sofas, cozy fireplace, and tropical ceiling fans overhead. And then you see it…the ivory, baby grand piano situated in its own octagon shaped salon. Not an unused piece of furniture, talented piano players serenade in the late afternoon. Live jazz on Sunday evenings fills the outdoor spaces.
Adjacent to the welcoming lobby, explore the d’Vine Wine Gallery, a unique spot that invites participation. Place your wine glass beneath assorted dispensers for your own personal wine tasting. Find a favorite and continue onto the brick patio just outside the French doors- the gardens await.
Take your time as the winding brick pathways lead you through a tropical haven of lush foliage, vivid flowering plants, intriguing sculptures, lively parrots, colorful butterflies and tranquil turtles. At the end of your exploration is the poolside courtyard and sociable pool bar. Be sure to sample their signature cocktail, the Gardenia and tasty Gourmet Nibbles.
With all there is to appreciate at The Gardens Hotel, there is still your lavish suite to discover. This only one of its kind, boutique hotel provides an exceptional selection of accommodations. Historic rooms of the original mansion, exclusive suites, private guest cottages, garden rooms, courtyard rooms, and the distinctive eyebrow cottage, each unique, yet all share distinctive luxury and modern conveniences blended with authentic island ambiance furnishings and decor.
Why wouldn’t you stay at “the prettiest hotel in Key West,” as named by the New York Times? A splendid venue for a wedding or other special event, The Gardens Hotel is the ultimate Key West get-a-way experience.