All of the luxury Key West accommodations at The Gardens hotel are as varied and unique as the surrounding flora. These Key West hotel guest rooms feature private entrances, outdoor verandahs, marble baths most with Jacuzzi tubs, in room refrigerator, telephone, Kuerig coffee makers, flat screen HDTV’s, CD player, air conditioning, ceiling fans, plush spa robes, naturally healthy soaps and shampoos. Everything needed for a luxurious Key West vacation.
The Gardens Hotel luxury Key West accommodations feature finely crafted Bahamian plantation style furnishings in yew and mahogany. They have been chosen from around the world for their incomparable quality and style. Hand selected original art by some of the most renowned Florida Key’s artists compliment the décor. Luxurious bedding dressed in the finest Italian linens and custom duvets in tropical fabrics will assure a restful night’s sleep during your Key West vacation. Included with your stay at this beautiful Key West hotel is a delicious breakfast served al fresco on the wide porch overlooking our renowned gardens. Enjoying your complimentary island breakfast is the perfect way to start the day during your Key West vacation.
While savoring a chilled glass of champagne in the privacy of the exquisite gardens, our guests quickly realize that selecting this elegant Key West hotel is the only choice of visitors seeking the highest level of luxury for their Key West vacation.
The History – The original mansion at The Gardens Hotel in Key West, a fine example of Key West luxury hotels, was built in the 1800’s and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1930 The Gardens Hotel in Key West, formerly The Gardens Mansion was purchased by Peggy Mills. She envisioned creating a botanical garden on the property and began purchasing adjacent buildings and land until she had acquired one-quarter of a city block. To clear the land she had 13 existing buildings demolished sparing only her home and the quaint gate house. The Gardens Hotel – Key West Florida
The Gardens Hotel Walkway It is said that when she first purchased The Gardens Hotel in Key West the property was barren and she started her gardening career by planting 6 coconuts upside down.
From the beginning of her ambitious project she envisioned creating a garden that would one day be enjoyed by the public. From 1930 until 1968, when the gardens were first opened to the public, she went to extraordinary lengths to make her vision a reality.
Mrs. Mills began collecting plants in earnest and eventually obtained a permit to collect plants from all over the world. She was known in Key West as “The Lady of the Orchids” for her rare collection of Hawaiian and Japanese orchids which flourished on the trees.
As she was collecting her vast array of botanicals, Mrs. Mills was also busy purchasing 87,000 century-old bricks from Cuba, Honduras and England. With these bricks she designed and built winding pathways and intimate seating areas throughout the gardens. She also began to collect antique statuaries to further enhance the garden’s appeal.
Among the garden’s more curious features are four one-ton earthenware jars called tinajones (teena-HONE-ez) which were used by Spanish settlers to catch rainwater for drinking. Being a family friend of then President Batista, she was able to remove the jars and rare botanicals from Cuba. The tinajones had to be moved over 300 miles by oxcart to Cuba and then re-crated with rubber bumpers for the trip to the United States. They were eventually hauled to Key West in sod trucks. They remain a fixture of the gardens today. They are the only tinajones to be found in the country and set our Gardens apart from other Key West luxury hotels. the Gardens Hotel – In a Class by Itself
The original mansion at The Gardens Hotel in Key West, a fine example of Key West luxury hotels, was built in the 1800’s and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Following Peggy Mills death in 1979, there were several changes in ownership of The Gardens Hotel in Key West until it was purchased by Bill and Corrina Hettinger in 1992. They envisioned the property as one of the exclusive Key West luxury hotels. A multi-million dollar renovation of the original structures was undertaken and two additional structures were built to replicate the grand manor houses found in the Bahamas. These new structures currently house the garden and courtyard guest rooms.
In September of 1996, Kate Miano moved to Key West and with no prior experience in running an Inn, opened the original Ambrosia House on Fleming Street, one block away from The Gardens Hotel in Key West. She became experienced rather quickly learning how to book a reservation and make a bed at the same time. Three and a half years later she managed to purchase the property directly across the street, and Ambrosia Too was born. Since moving from St. Louis, Kate always coveted The Gardens Hotel in Key West as one of the most beautiful Key West luxury hotels. When it finally went back on the market in 2004, she immediately put it under contract and turned it into one of the top luxury Key West accommodations on the island. Owning and managing The Gardens Hotel in Key West is a fulfillment of her dreams.
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