(Ann Street Gardens is a 16+ compound. Regretfully, no children under 16 allowed.)
The cottage is a cozy hideaway. The poolside area is picture-postcard perfect. The location is in the very heart of Key West's Old Town, a half a block off the world-famous Duval Street. In short, Ann Street Gardens offers the quintessential indoor/outdoor vacation experience you've come to the island to enjoy.
This residence has one bedroom, one full bath, a small kitchen, a living area, and a dining space. But first you'll want to open the doorway from the living room onto the delightful enclosed patio, which then opens to the main attraction-an exquisitely maintained poolside paradise. The pool and landscaped garden area are reserved for the exclusive use of residents of the small enclave your cottage is part of. Chairs, small tables, chaise lounges, and wicker chairs around glass-top tables dot the landscape. Hidden in among the surroundings are more tables and chairs. From any spot you can observe sunshine playing through palm fronds creating a pattern of shadow and bright sparkle over the pool surface. If you look up, you're likely to spot a flock of water birds flying over. Swim, float, sit on the side, and dangle your feet in the refreshing water. Maybe relax in the sun to develop a tan. Or select the shade of a tree for your resting spot where your biggest decision might be whether to read or nap or ponder where you'll go for your next meal.
If you're in the mood for total privacy, you can enjoy the same glorious Key West weather from your enclosed brick patio, part of which is covered and part open to the sky. This area is sizable, really like another room of the cottage, almost doubling the livable square footage. Closest to the house is a small round table with lamp and two chairs under a generous overhang. A little further, in an uncovered area, is a gas grille. Antique bricks under foot and artful arrangements of plants and vases enhance the garden atmosphere. Up two stairs brings you to the second covered area with vaulted ceiling where you'll find a table suitable for serving a meal for one to four. Directly across is a cushioned wicker rocker and large rattan sideboard with six drawers. Above, a Caribbean style ceiling fan with light creates a gentle air flow and illumination for the evening hours. This is definitely the spot where you could barbeque some fresh fish and enjoy it al fresco with a glass or two of chilled wine. Or maybe go out to dinner and return to the patio to spend a few balmy hours sipping cognac under a canopy of stars.
The inside of Ann Street Gardens starts with the living area that includes a wall of glass overlooking the patio. This and other oversized windows throughout fill the cottage with lovely filtered sunlight and views of tropical greenery. The conversation setting includes a deep couch that also serves as a pull-out full bed, an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, end tables with lamps, and an overstuffed armchair. The opposite wall holds a large flat-screen TV perfectly placed for viewing from the couch or chair. Under that is a brightly painted hutch that adds color, an artistic touch, and storage space. At the end of the room you'll find a small dining table and two chairs nicely placed beside a wall of glass that give you a congenial view as you enjoy a meal here.
Nearby a doorway opens into the bedroom with queen bed flanked by bedside tables with lamps. Above the bed, a Casablanca-type ceiling fan provides air circulation and light. The room is embellished with art work, two windows, and wall mirror that reflects the romantic scene back onto itself. A flat-screen TV is nicely positioned on an opposite wall for watching the news or latest episode of Nurse Jackie from the bed. An armoire in one corner offers plenty of space for your hanging items and four drawers for folding items. Near the rear wall is the entrance to the en suite full bath, which features colorful tile flooring, shelving, and a well-lit mirror over the sink so you can easily check on your tan lines.
The kitchen is small but perfectly functional with storage drawers, stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and blender. Again windows on two walls and a cloud white color scheme make this room light and airy and a pleasure to be in.
Your vacation accommodations are just the beginning-the whole of America's only Caribbean island awaits. Since Ann Street Gardens provides off-street parking, you'll find it ever so convenient to leave the car and walk or bike everywhere. For example the Historic Seaport and Boardwalk is over just one block. Follow the wooden walkway along the Key West Historic Seaport to find tall ships offering day and sunset cruises out into the Gulf of Mexico or take an all-day ferry excursion to the Dry Tortugas. If you're interested in watersports, you'll find diving, fishing, parasailing, snorkeling, and jet skiing close at hand. If you get hungry, a dozen or so restaurants of varying levels of informality ring the harbor. Maybe sit under a banyan tree filled with tiny white lights at funky Schooner Wharf while you eat a fresh Mahi sandwich, listen to local musicians, and gaze out at a harbor full of boats of all descriptions. Or for a higher vantage point, try the rooftop bar at Turtle Kraals.
From the Seaport, the world famous Duval Street with its tours, museums, shops, restaurants, and bars is only a block away. Before you walk too far, be sure to check your cell phone for sunset time so you don't miss the daily celebration at Mallory Square. And leave time to hang around for the after party as artists and street performers entertain the crowd with carnival acts, food, and drink. Maybe you've already heard about Dominique and his Flying House Cats, a feline troupe of alley cats that jumps through hoops of fire, walks tightropes, and performs other astounding circus feats.
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Additional amenities include: beds pull-out full sleeper, beach distance biking, bed size 1st/master queen, washer/dryer coin operated, square footage, est. 479, number of baths 1 full, bldg. complex name ann street gardens....Read more
Left on 01/16/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in December. Great location off Duval Street, but quiet. Very safe. 1 off street parking spot, but if flying into Key West airport, a car is not necessary at this location.
The apartment was clean. There were beach towels provided. The private lanai was spacious and very nice. Grill worked well. Pool never had anyone at it.
I would recommend this to 1-2 people staying in Key West.
Left on 12/12/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This is a lovely little cottage that couldn't be more conveniently located. Check-in was quick and easy and we found everything spotless when we arrived. It was well-stocked with kitchen items, cleaning supplies, books and games. There is a huge private covered patio and beyond the privacy gates is a small pool shared by several cottages. Late Oct. found the pool just too cool since there is really very little sun due to the lush landscaping and shade of the trees. If you drive there, it is great to have a private parking space and never worry about parking when you come home; only a block and a half from Sloppy Joes and Duvall St., yet very quiet - except for the daily garbage pick-up around 4am. The aC worked great and there is a ceiling fan over the bed. The kitchen is small but very functional. It was nice to arrive finding ice frozen in the trays in the freezer. The rear of the cottage looks out over the small pool; the front looks at a parking lot and backs of buildings, so not the choice for a view. But...definitely the choice for location, cleanliness and comfort! We would gladly choose this cottage again.
Left on 06/14/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Key West had 5 1/2 inches of rain just before we got there, so we were happy that our house was dry, many places were flooded. The house is located close to all the fun of Duval street. It's only about 3 blocks to Mallory square, so it's just a short walk and plenty to see on the way. The house was furnished with everything we needed, we even used the bbq grill to cook some fresh Mahi Mahi that I caught on a fishing trip. The pool was nice and we also enjoyed the covered sitting area. We took our car to the beach, the parking on the street was free. If we came back to Key West we would stay at ann Street Gardens again.
Left on 04/09/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Senior Traveler
Reserving and checking in went as expected. The renter was friendly and efficient. We liked the home for the most part, but we did feel like poor cousins compared to our friends who stayed at ann Street Tranquility in the same complex. They had a bathroom and kitchen with updated and lovely finishes, including a dishwasher and washer/dryer within the unit.Our washer/dryer was located outside and therefore accessible to the complex. We couldn't count on having access when we needed it and yet were required to leave clean towels. Then, the dryer didn't work.
The location was wonderful and the best part.It was a short walk to Mallory Square and Duval Street. The pool area was a nice retreat, but the overgrown plantings along the fence kept it from being a truly beautiful area.If this area was groomed, it would open up a more comfortable seating area at the pool and a stunning view. Read more
Ann Street Gardens does not require the Guest to leave clean towels or do any laundry before leaving as it is a shared Washer/Dryer (for the complex). This requirement only applies to private Washer/Dryer homes.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
River City USA
Great little space!
Left on 02/09/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Great location - easy to walk to a number of attractions. Close by, but also very quiet!
Left on 10/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Came, saw, conquered, and loved!! More than words this little slice of heaven made our trip and our honeymoon. From the friendliness of the staff, to the cleanliness of the villa, everything was amazing- and beat expectations. We will for sure be back, as Chicagoins turned Keywesterners for life!
Destiny and Steve Coty Read more
Thank you for the wonderful review of our little cottage.
A romantic honeymoon in tropical paradise.
Left on 08/16/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Monika Tiffany
Sean and I spent our honeymoon in the ann st gardens cottage in June, 2012. It was everything we could have asked for: a great location, clean and well lit, quiet and romantic, and even the pool was wonderful. Thank you so much! I hope someday we'll make it back!
Left on 12/03/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Ann Street was the best location especially for fantasy fest..a really cute place.
a comfortable home away from home
Left on 03/14/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | DNA
Having stayed in the "area" before, liked the idea of the patio opening out to the pool area. This turned out to be the best idea ever. Although the pool is not heated, sunning by the pool for hours each day was very convenient. Unfortunatly the extremely cool winter took us by suprise in the Keys, never wore my shorts, but the house had a REAL furnace....what a life saver...It was literaly freezing in the evenings, so glad to have HEAT.
Happened to run into friends also on vacation, had a Valentine/indy 500 party....3 couples, dinner moved inside, plenty of room....never could have pulled that off at the other homes we rented.
Have no complaints, no problems, really is a home away from home............GREAT LOCATION!!
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend?
Recommended for: Friends, Disabilities, Tourists, Families w teenagers, Romantic, Families w children
Left on 01/25/2010 for a stay in November 2009 | Michelle Wynne
We stayed here for our anniversary weekend and
absolutely loved this place. The location can't be
beat and the property is lovely. We were very
comfortable here and would definitely book the Ann
Street Gardens location again. We left on the Key
West Express and Historic Hideaways was more than
willing to accommodate a late check out. Only
problem: no extra toilet paper and only a little bit
left on the roll!
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend?
Recommended for: Friends, Groups, Tourists, Families w teenagers, Rugged, Romantic, Families w children, Singles
A FlipKey verified reviewer
A wonderful place to stay but too noisy at night after the bars
Left on 01/22/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The only complaint I have in regard to staying on Ann St. is that around 4:00am most mornings we were awakened by the noise in the parking lot across the street. There was also the vibration from the music being played on Duvall finding it's way into the bed at other various hours of the night. That is the only reason we decided to move a block further East away from Duvall. (We will be staying on Whitmarsh Lane for the week of Easter.)The cottage had everything we were looking for in a vacation rental except quiet time throughout the night to sleep.
Left on 01/22/2010 for a stay in December 2009 | Frequent Traveler
The Ann Street Gardens property is the perfect spot for a get away. The location
can't be beat--a half block from the heart of Duval. The back of the property is just
beautiful...a nice, quiet pool and lush, tropical landscaping. The kitchen is small, but
well equipped. The house was very clean ( and I have high standards ), comfortable,
and nicely furnished, including two flat screens. My husband and I were very pleased
and will definitely stay there again if we go back to Key West.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Left on 05/17/2009 for a stay in May 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
had a wonderful time. cottage was great. very comfortable and clean. staff was very heplful. would definitely come again. cannot say enough good things about it.
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