Formerly the Peggy Mills estate, The Gardens Hotel in the historic district of Key West is a botanical lover’s dream. Mills planted orchids, bougainvilleas and crotons; pony tails, gumbo-limbos and black bamboo, and more beautiful flowers around the estate. Century-old bricks were used to build meandering pathways, delightful fountains were added and 2,000-pound tinajones (earthen cisterns) came over from Cuba just before Castro’s rise. The free form pool is nestled among the lush landscape and welcomes swimmers. It’s no wonder the New York Time’s named it “The Prettiest Hotel in Key West.”
“We envisioned becoming a Green Lodging hotel as a real opportunity for our guests, staff and our community,” said Kate Miano, owner of The Gardens Hotel. “We are committed to protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources. We are proof that you can enjoy upscale luxury while practicing low impact living practices, and we hope the entire Keys Community will join our effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.”
Featuring a recycling program, Energy Star® appliances, compact fluorescent lights, linen/towel reuse program, photo sensors for outdoor lighting, an automatic door closer, an energy-efficient garden fountain pump, and low flow faucets this intimate boutique hotel became the first Hotel in the Florida Keys to become a “Certified Green Lodging Facility” in March 2007. The Florida Green Lodging Program is voluntary to all participants who commit to preserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.