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Another sunny morning on day 50 so back to the beach for a couple of hours. In the afternoon we had the not so fun task of doing some washing at the local launderette. Its weird how clean clothes have become such a treat - saddos. The thunder and lightning started as we were leaving the launderette so we rushed back to the flat just in time before the heavens opened for the daily afternoon showers. Got to Skype with Hemmings and the Williams's this evening - really nice ...
We woke up this morning in our car on the Walmart parking lot. The plan for the was going to the biggest outlet mall in the USA, the sawgrass mall till 1 o'clock and than driving down to Miami . We went to the Mall and walked through a lot of stores especially the sports and shoe stores. In the Adidas store we both got a pair of shoes for a unbeatable price. Later we went to the Bose Factory Store to see if they can make us a good offer for the Bose Acoustic Wave which they ...
... to CUBA, for goodness sake, and there was a lot we needed to be prepared for.
We need to remember that there is no "freedom of speech" in Cuba so we need to be sensitive to our guides, the lecturers, the locals, etc. Bathrooms would not be to our standards so be ready for that. Anticipated problems could be anything from no A/C to no hot water to loud noises to ----just have your "flexibility hat" ...
... the opposite direction. After making a U-turn they proceeded to drive thru South Beach and found themselves at the mouth of the port again. Turning around they traced their way to Ocean Drive and were accosted by a valet who wanted $20 to park their car. Turning him down they drove a few blocks over and found a space in a public pay lot and for $8 had obtained 4 hours of parking blocks away from the sand.
Heading east they were on the beach in 3 blocks. Karina and Caroline ...
... from the hostel, we were in a great location. I regretted not changing out of my flight attire of leggings and a tshirt almost immediately, it was just far too hot for clothes! The beach was incredible, miles and miles of white sand (although the sand was more like shingle, not the soft stuff we were used to in south America!) and multi coloured parasols as far as the eye could see. It was packed with people, even though it was early evening by this point. We had a ...
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Don't stay in room 18!
The niceness of the room depends on what room you stay in. Let me tell you about ours. The walls were dirty and needed to painted desperately. There was actually nose waste (boogers) on the wall. The pillowcases were not changed the whole time we were there (6 days). The apartment was spacious but very awkward. On a brighter note, we peeked into other rooms, they seemed nicer. However, we were not close enough to see the walls. I will not be staying here again. Very uncomfortable.
I thought the VP was VERY nice and VERY reasonable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was very spacious and clean. The service was also very good (they even washed my dishes!). The only dirt I saw was on the ceiling fans, so I do not agree with the negative reviewers. My only complaint is that the staff is a little stingy with the towels. The hotel was very quiet and I felt very safe (locked gate after 10pm). My rates were less than other hotels in the area and I had a much bigger room. The full size kitchen was very usable (please note there is not a micorwave, just a stove and a full-size fridge). It was a great place to make a sandwich, soup, or cook a frozen pizza. If you are looking for a clean place to lay your head, I whole heartedly suggest Villa Paradiso!
I stayed at Villa Paradiso with my husband in February 2005. We both were very satisfied it!
Stay here. You won't regret it.
A really nice place to stay. Don't believe any negative reviews. It is reasonably priced, clean, safe and comes complete with a very helpful and welcoming management. I will stay there on my annual trips to South Beach.
Lovely Villa Paradiso
This is a find, and we will definitely return! It's very well located- you can walk to the ocean, shopping, restaurants, and don't need a car at all. The rooms are nicely furnished and have kitchenettes which are quite functional. Since restaurants in Miami are fairly expensive, this is a nice way to save some money by being able to prepare some of your own food.
There is a lovely patio/jardin that is filled with plants and has great seating. We spent nearly every evening out there.
Definitely coming back!
Just got back from a wonderful week at Villa Paradiso. The room was perfect--cute little kitchen, plenty of room to spread out, clean, and well maintained. Comfortable bed & couch and lots of closet space. Can't beat the location, 1 block to the beach, and the staff was unbelievably friendly and helpful. We'll be coming back next time.
From teh minute you walk in this place you are treated like you are the most important person in the world. Sondra, who runs the office, is always friendly and has the most amazing ability to put a smile on your face and is always ready to tell you the best places to go for a happy hour cocktail or just a lite bite.
Been 3 times, love it.
I've stayed there 3 times - nice roomy studios, wood floors - polite cleaners - never came and woke me up if id been out late - and its remarkably quiet there, for somewhere around 14th st and collins. v friendly and helpful staff. nice and clean - ok, the place is a bit old, but thats part of the charm, certainly not in disrepair like that first guy made out. i did seee a dead cockroach the first time i went there, but never since - but you're bound to get the odd bug somewhere that hot, esp if they wander in from outside. the kitchen adn bathroom were totally nice and clean adn the cleanign lady even did my washing up a few times. lovely lovely place adn ill keep goign back.
The hotel website makes this look as though it is a beautifully restored tropical oasis. Perhaps it was years ago. I, however, found it to be old and in dire need of repair and cleaning and pest control.Ants in the kitchen, rusting furniture in the bedroom. stains on the couch that could not be explained. tiles broken in the bathroom, MOLD in the bathroom, dirty walls throughout. Had I not been obligated to stay here because of monies already paid, I would have checked out earlier.
PLEASE STAY AWAY from this hotel. The location is great, but the hotel is in disrepair. I am hardplaced to think of how others could give it such high marks
Loved paradisoguest house
I will never stay in a hotel again after staying in this guest house-makes you feel like your on an island--the rooms were fresh and clean-especially the bedsheets and the staff could not have been any nicer---went next door to check out the Bringham but think the lady there forgot her prozac that day-seemed irritated by anyone not directly staying there.