An exquisitely appointed B&B set among historic botanical gardens.
The grounds of this hotel were originally conceived as a botanical garden and cultivated by the local lady of the orchids who bought the grounds in 1930 and opened them to the public in 1968. Today, the local and imported flora are for the exclusive enjoyment of guests. Notably, the property features four tinajones that were imported from Cuba in the 1950s; these are one-ton, six-foot-wide, eighteenth-century earthenware jars used by early Spanish settlers. There are seventeen newly redecorated rooms and suites dispersed among five buildings, including the Main House, which was built in the 1870s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unique accommodations include a cottage with cathedral ceilings and a carriage house with a top-floor suite. A two-bedroom, two-bath suite has a private elevator, bathroom skylights and French doors leading to a private deck. Many rooms feature armoires and marble bathrooms with jacuzzis. Furnishings are made of traditional imported yew or mahogany and the plush seating complements the original artwork by renowned Key West artists. Breakfast includes key-lime beignets and the hotel's own vanilla-scented specialty coffee.