Great for a long stay with a group
Submitted: August 12, 2010
Stayed: August 2010
We stayed in "Eve's Paradise" this last weekend. It is much bigger than the pictures look online. When you first walk in, there is a large sitting room with a couch and two side chairs, On the left side of the sitting room is a large dinning table. Next to the dinning table are large French doors that lead out to the private covered deck and patio. The kitchen also overlooks the deck and patio. There is a bedroom off the sitting room that has a comfortable queen size bed. Off the sitting room, through lovely shuttered doors, is the living room. Off the living room is the second bedroom which is larger than the first one. The living room has a fold out sleeper sofa. The bathroom is gorgeous with a huge shower. The half-bath is outside off the patio; it was way too hot last weekend to use it without sweating to death. The garden shower is on the opposite side of the deck. The water pressure is pathetic, BUT if you only need to rinse off and have short hair, it works fine. We did not use the deck or patio simply because it was so hot and humid, though there are two ceiling fans above the deck.
Tips on the location: when you walk out of the condo and exit the property, turn to the right and proceed one block. On the corner is a lovely restaurant called Sarabeth's. We had a fantastic breakfast there. Continue down Southard a few more blocks and you will hit Duval Street. Duval has lots of shops and bars. If you turn right on Duval and walk all the way down the street (about a 10 minute walk), you will hit Mallory Square on the water. You must go at sunset because there are vendors and performers - lots of fun. In front of one of the hotels in Mallory Square is a old truck that has been transformed into a bar. They have the most AMAZING mojitos I have ever had. They are nine dollars, but they are big and tastey.
Getting around Key West: taxis are incredibly expensive. We rented bikes each day from a shop on Southard St. So, again, take a right out of Hollinsed's, walk down Southard past Duval, and the bike/motorscooter place is a few more blocks down on the corner of Duval and Whitehead (I believe). Bikes are ten dollars per day, but you get a better price for multiple days. If you keep going past the bike shop on Southard, you will get to Fort Zachary Taylor park and beach. You pay a few dollars to get in, but the location is perfect (about a 10 min bike ride down Southard from Hollinsed). Take your own chairs and umbrella too.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: Actually Duval Street is only one block from Simonton Street (The Hollinsed House is one house from Simonton Street). When you live in Key West you realize that the locals, Conchs, do not refer to alleyways as blocks. They count blocks as major street. Sorry for any confusion this causes to guests. The water pressure for the outdoor shower is definitely dependent on the number of guests that are staying at he Hollinsed House. It "at the end of the line"!!!! Sarabeth's is absolutely always my recommendation for breakfast in Key West. The Smoked Salmon eggs is out of this world and the toast that is homemade can't be beat! And I will most certainly take your recommendation and go try a mojito at the truck bar. I think they have the best mudslide on the island! We hope to see you at the Hollinsed House on your next visit to Key West........
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