I’m back from my fantastic holiday in Florida, the sunshine state! It was epic. The first part of my holiday I spent in Key West and the second part in Miami. Both completely different yet both totally in my league. It was a perfect combo: the Keys for a good dose of a no fuss, chill and relax mode, and Miami to satisfy the foodie, and luxury loving fashionista in me. So be prepared for lots of blog posts about both destinations. Today I’m starting with a look back at the most wonderful B&B I called home in Key West. The Paradise Inn.
A home away from home
The Paradise Inn was truly a home away from home. Moreover, it was my dream house. I have a soft spot for (post-)colonial wooden houses with a porch. Probably because my grandparents had one, but also because that desire was even more fed while I was living in Atlanta which is packed with that style of architecture. I have always wanted a white house with shutters, a porch and a rocking chair. So I was over the moon when I arrived at the Paradise Inn to find out that I had a suite with just that.
The Paradise Inn is tucked away in a lush palm garden, boasting with tropical vegetation, banana plants, palm trees and blooming bushes. The house rooster hops around the premises and makes sure you wake up bright and early each morning. Some might hate the rooster’s noise, but I personally love to be waken by nature instead of an alarm clock.
There’s a nice heated plunge pool, and a jacuzzi surrounded by lush vegetation. Every day from 5-7 p.m. wine and cheese is served to make your poolside time even more pleasurable and relaxing.
The suite: colonial class
My suite (room 101, a premium suite) was the best. Short stairs led up to the front porch and front door where you enter the living. The suite has a spacious living room, a large bed room, a vanity corner, bathroom with a tub and shower, 2 TVs, and that large front and side porch I coveted so much. The interior decor is colonial with muted colours, stylish fabrics, ceiling fans, and hard wooden floors. The shutters were the cherries on top of my cake. Only thing missing was the walk-in closet, or I had moved right in and never left again.
Another big plus of the Paradise Inn is the location. Simonton street is only 2 streets away from Duval street though very peaceful and quiet. For sightseeing you don’t need a car or a bike, although the Paradise Inn does offer rental bikes. Their breakfast isn’t very versatile, so most mornings I walked to my favourite breakfast spot Sarabeth’s a bit further down the street (530 Simonton st). Other days, I took a morning stroll in the side streets to photograph the pretty houses. I also had a wonderful pedicure at the neighbouring spa Ocean Wellness Spa (829 Simonton st)
It was with a heavy heart that I left this gem in Key West. Its name does it justice, and I hope to return very soon.
More info, bookings and rates: Paradise Inn