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Recent Key West reviews
"We visit every two years and this was our first stay in downtown. We had a great time and the unit was all we expected with the older feeling. No air conditioning problems for us. We loved the pool and found the place clean. The only drawback is the parking. We brought our Expedition, as the whole family came all adults now, with the knowledge that a parking spot was included. However on arrival we found the spot, while well off the street, would not allow a full sized car such as ours in without blocking the whole lot. Thusly we were forced to park on the street and hunt for spots. All in all we loved our stay and would love to stay again though with a smaller car next time."Guest: Don Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 9, 2014View listing
"My husband and I stayed here with a group of friends for a week and we absolutely love it! It was so spacious and beautifully decorated. The deck was great too. The pictures don't show how big it truly is! The condo had everything we needed- from all the stuff in the kitchen to beach towels and beach chairs. It was far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet but close enough to enjoy all the action downtown. It was a $5 per person cab fare downtown as long as you had 4 people in the cab. The pool and hot tub was perfect. The sun was shining on it all day. We would definitely stay here again! Terry & Pat"Guest: Terry G. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 22, 2014View listing
"We stayed in September and there were 4 of us. The house is split into 2 but all on the same ground with shared garden/pool area. The outdoor shower was excellent! Private and under palm trees and amazing at night! The pool was small but very deep at one end which was nice. The pool area was nice and we hung out there a lot just on the table, chairs and loungers. Location was perfect! We walked up and down duval street and other restaurant areas. Could walk to the beach but we hired bikes from eaton bikes (1 block away) and it was a nice easy 15 minute bike ride (max) to fort zach beach. Parking was easy for us - right outside the property. The lizards are cool; they are very small and they just dart away so you'll never get near them. We did see one gecko at night for about an hour but that was it. The amenities in the house were excellent; they had beach pass all ready setup and thought of everything you might need; umbrellas, cups etc....even a grill outside. the lights were really nice outside. I would thoroughly recommend this place! I would actually love to back but with a few more people as this would comfortably sleep a lot more than 4 (think up to 8 easily)."Guest: dazalexander Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 19, 2014View listing
"I was hesitant to visit KW with little children. It was our first flight with the kids and the only regret was we did not ride our bikes more. This cottage is fully equipped with everyting you need while visiting KW. Centrally and conviently located to everything you need to do but still yet very quiet and secluded for relaxation. Southard Comfort is very well maintained and decorated as described and we are counting the days until we are able to return. We made wonderful memories there and took home the vibe we felt while living in this house. Our children loved being so close to areas we rode our bikes everywhere and we loved our location. The pool and deck transforms you a feeling of paradise. Thank you again for helping us create life long memories of the butterfly museum, aquarium, riding bikes to the library and sunset celebration.. We loved the cuban sandwhiches from down the street at Five Brothers... until we can visit again."Guest: Anne Marie Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014View listing
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.