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Recent Key West reviews

  • Our 4th stay here says it all!

    "We have stayed at the Cozy Condo for 4 years now and we will again. It is clean, and affordable. Yes it is small, but if you are spending your time in Key West in your room, then you might as well go to Cleveland. It suits our needs fine. In fact, it keeps getting better! This year the TV upgrade was nice when lying in bed after a busy day. The AC is cool, as is the fridge. Always has been close parking. We enjoy chatting up the locals. The deck area is great for relaxing. And it's Key West, so you can walk everywhere. We will definitely be contacting Bonnie again for our next stay."
    Guest: Dennis Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 19, 2015
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  • Catherine House

    "Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This is our second visit to Catherine House. It is perfect for us. The place is in excellent condition and is very clean. Air conditioning works well; so does the heat in the pool. Less than one block of a quiet section of Duval St so there are a lot of art galleries and shops to visit. We walk to all the restaurants and don't have a car in Key West. We have never had a security issue. Management company is always cooperative and knowledgeable. We are staying here again next winter. That is the ultimate vote of confidence."
    Guest: Robert M. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 14, 2015
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  • Wonderful home away from home

    "The home was actually as pictured. My family and I went down for the 4th of July weekend, and we were not disappointed. The location is perfect, about a half a block off Duval. The downstairs was spacious and comfortable. We loved the use of a full kitchen for quick meals. The upstairs rooms were super comfortable, and the perfect size for us. I would not hesitate to stay here again."
    Guest: Holly Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014
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  • Wonderful in many ways!

    "We loved staying here, the condo was exactly as described. Beautiful, very clean & furnished with everything we needed. Hated to leave there to come home. Very peaceful, quiet and relaxing yet very close to downtown Key West. We loved spending time in Key West but in a few minutes were back to the tranquility of the condo location, best of both worlds! The hot tub and pool were both great also. Would stay there again in a heartbeat! The property management company was very easy to work with, very accommodating and helpful. Highly recommend!"
    Guest: Wanda D. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 29, 2015
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Key West Travel Tips

Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.

Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.

Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.

The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.

You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:

The Ritzy Pool

A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.

The Happy Cats

Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!

The Lush Gardens

The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.

Other Literary Tour Stops

410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!

Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.

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