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Recent Key West reviews

  • Perfect honeymoon!!!!!!

    "When planning a destination wedding, its hard to imagine how things will be without seeing it for yourself. Our landlord Chris made it all so simple! She was amazing!!! She helped getting us all set up for our trip! One less thing to worry about! I feel like I have a new friend! When I emailed her, she responded. I never felt like I was in the dark! The condo was so cute and so clean!! Perfect for our honeymoon!!!!!! When Chris says pack light, she means pack light. She had everything there we needed! We will definatly be staying there again! We are going to make it our once/ maybe twice a year vacation!!! Love, love, love it!!!!!"
    Guest: Shelley C. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 9, 2014
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  • Perfect Tropical Paradise!

    "My husband and I just returned last night from a 6 week stay in this lovely tropical townhouse at the Key West Golf Club and are already planning next year's return. The place is clean, nicely furnished (just as pictured on this website), close to one of the Club's beautifully maintained and landscaped pool areas, neighbors are friendly and helpful as are the security folks, fine artwork graces the freshly painted walls. This vacation home has lovely, new tile flooring throughout, which along with the wipe-able blinds and quality mattress and pillow encasements in the master bedroom make for an almost dust-mite proof sleeping experience. The surrounding grounds at the Golf Club are lush and tropical, beautifully landscaped and maintained, reminiscent of Old Town Key West but without the noise and craziness. Amazing experience. In all the years we've been renting in Key West to escape the cold northeast winters, this is the first place we've wanted to return to!"
    Guest: Mary Anne Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 16, 2014
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  • location location location and bikes!!

    "My boyfriend and I stayed here the week of 8/1-10/2014 for my birthday and loved it! we will be back and we will rent #5! Ken is so easy to work with and the cost is just about fabulous! we biked to everything and met so many locals that offered great suggestions and tips!The only think to make it truly over the top would have been some sort of small pool to dip our bodies in as it was HOT!! nothing big to swim in but a place to chill with a glass of wine in the afternoon-otherwise loved it. It offered everything you could want so don't pack alot as they have free a washers/dryers in the building. Hairdryer in room/iron coffee maker etc.. Our fav breakfast place and so close was Six Toed Cafe(near Hemmingway's home-go figure) and Banana Cafe-yummy crepes and coffee. Blue Heaven for atmosphere but overpriced for what you get but hey eating with roosters and chickens is kind of cool. We were impressed with how clean the whole town is considering chickens/roosters and tourists are everywhere."
    Guest: Cindy T. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 12, 2014
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  • Excellent location and well appointed condo

    "My husband and I stayed here for a week with my elderly parents and we all loved it! Fantastic location, comfortable furnishings and decently equipped kitchen. Quiet, safe area but just a couple of blocks from Duval Street. We enjoyed watching the regatta teams and cruise ships in the morning and evening - great to just sit on the porch and watch all the activity below. Lindsay was very helpful and the rental process was a breeze. The only thing that could have made our stay even better would have been a higher toilet seat for my 90 year-old folks - they had a little difficulty with the low toilet in the master bathroom. (If I'd known earlier in our stay, we could have looked for a portable toilet seat riser for the week - I'm sure the medical supply store there would have them, and I think you can get one for under $50. Helpful for anyone with mobility issues.)"
    Guest: Rob & Caprice S. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 16, 2014
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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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