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Recent Key West reviews

  • Great stay for 2 couples

    "Four of us stayed 7 nights during Fantasy Fest. This property is 1/2 block off of Duval street and is very quite and secluded. Has all the amenities of home. No need to bring lots of clothes (we overpacked) as the newer washer and dryer was a great. Pros: Nice living area with kitchen, TV, dishwasher, microwave. 5 foot deep pool and hot tub. Off street parking. Easy walk to Duval. Washer Dryer. Outside shower. 2- full baths. Plenty of towels for pool and bath. TVs in both separate bedrooms. Awning on back porch perfect for rainy days. Air conditioning in all rooms worked great. Gas BB Grill. Cons: Property was not cleaned thoroughly prior to arrival (floors dirty, broken glass around pool). Controls for Hot tub (heating and water fall feature) was more complicated than just on/off. Not much sun in pool area. The owner was very nice and communication very easy. He wants you to have a good and relaxing stay. He gives you numbers for the house cleaner and maintenance man for anything that goes wrong, or you have other needs. eg. supplied a crock pot for us just by asking. Very nice accommodations, roomy and well taken care of. We would definitely rent this house again."
    Guest: Carol Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 5, 2014
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  • Perfect

    "My husband and I had stayed at Villa Al Mar a previous year for an anniversary - so when he had proposed to me and we started thinking of venues for our nuptials, there was no better place than here for our Key West wedding. The house was able to accomodate both my family and his - which was a great way for everyone to get to know each other! We held the Rehearsal Dinner (with private chef), Ceremony, and Reception all on the property. We even had a Pool Party for all of our close friends and family the day prior to the wedding. The Ceremony was held at "the point" overlooking the water, which is ideal for a wedding. We had close friends and family sitting with most standing and even had guests upstairs on the balcony looking down. Once ceremony ended, we moved everyone over to the pool area for Cocktail Hour, and then to the Reception area in the sand lot where we had lights strung, a live band, and tables for seating. Shoes were kicked off at the reception and dancing took place in the sand! As for the house itself, amazing! Luxury at it's best, in one of the most affluential neighborhoods. There is an in-law suite that was perfect for my sister and her children. The master suite has an enormous bathroom and balcony. Many bathrooms so you don't have too much sharing, and plenty of seating throughout living room and kitchen. The property is very private and water surrounding the majority of it! A big thanks to the owners of Villa Al Mar for a beautiful week!"
    Guest: Kelly Norman Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: November 10, 2014
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  • Hanging in Key West

    "The property was very clean and nicely appointed. We were close to many restaurants and attractions, without being in the mayhem of parts of Duval. For those of you who do not want to take out a second mortgage, but want to stay in a nice place in Key West.... this is the place. The neighbors were great and we got to meet a lot of locals just sitting on the front porch. This rental property is a gem for the money!"
    Guest: Kenneth W. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 13, 2014
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  • Great Key West Townhouse

    "We rented Jeff's place from the middle of October to the middle of November, a great time to be in Key West...the Zombie Bike Ride, Goombay Festival, Fantasy Festival, World Powerboat Championships, etc....always something to do. This is the first time we have rented outside of the Historic District and I would say that Seaside Resort exceeded our expectations. The place is wonderfully decorated, is furnished with everything you need in your home away from home, the outdoor patio and grill were a favorite of ours and we loved the location....easy access to the Historic District and all the events (as long as you have a car or bike) yet away from the crowds of Duval St. The clubhouse pool was great and we were an easy walk away from the ocean and Smathers Beach. Best of all we didn't have to constantly search for an overnight parking spot. It was also conviently located near two of our favorite local's watering holes, Hurricane Hole Marina (great fishing with Triple J Fishing Charters) and Hogfish Bar and Grill. I would highly recommend this townhouse for your next long-term getaway in Key West."
    Guest: Mel Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: December 13, 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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