The hotel has been in the ownership of the Miles Family since 1948, and the family takes great pride in its condition. It is currently operated by Bob Miles, as his mother Faye Miles is now 101 years young! Presently they are embarking on a new venture; actively promoting El Patio on their website, through the Venice Chamber of Commerce, publications and the internet. While the hotel has been previously known as a rooming house and catered to long-term residential guests, El Patio has been transitioned into a more traditional hotel.
Remodeling of this historic hotel, originally constructed in 1926, includes an elevator and allows each of the 16 suites to include a private bath, as well as air conditioning and heat. Additional room amenities include color cable television and a small refrigerator. A large rooftop deck with a new outdoor hot tub treats guests to a panoramic view of historic downtown Venice. Coffee, a microwave and toaster are available in the bright, airy lobby, which runs the length of the hotel and serves as a delightful meeting place. There is parking available for hotel guests behind the hotel building.
The El Patio has always provided clean, comfortable accommodations for its guests and continues to deliver such, amid an atmosphere of charm and warmth. A favorite lodging place of yesteryear for parents of youths schooled at the Kentucky Military Institute winter campus, today it is sought out by a new generation looking for history, convenience and location while staying in Venice. According to Bob, “The El Patio is the only hotel located in the center of downtown Venice with easy walking to restaurants, a variety of shops and entertainment, and a lovely path to the beach.” Miss Faye shares, “A lot of people we know come back year after year.”
El Patio maintains a website located at www.ElPatioHotel.com. A visit to their website not only provides photographs and additional rate information, but also a bit of history. Numerous articles about the El Patio and Miss Faye have appeared in area publications and several of these have been added to their website.
Photographed by Terry Cylkowski
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