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Recent Key West reviews

  • Loved the Privacy

    "Celebrating our 30th anniversary, we wanted a quiet, private and romantic getaway. This studio was perfect. Enjoyed our coffee every morning with a beautiful view of the beach and palm trees. Close enough to the action that everything was easy to get to. Holly had great suggestions about where (and where not) to eat and things to do. Felt kind of special driving down our private sandy lane and so glad not to have to hassle with on-street parking. Suite had every kitchen convenience we could have wanted. Try the upstairs 'tapas' next door at Louie's Backyard.Be sure to get there right at 5:00 and you will be rewarded with a charming table for two in a window/balcony overlooking the water. Magical."
    Guest: Happy Traveler Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 11, 2014
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  • Indeed Casa De Suenos!!

    "Staying here for our first time in Key West was awesome! We were extremely pleased! The space is perfect for two but can sleep four. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and as an upstairs unit it overlooks other units and so you feel secluded, which was nice as it was just my boyfriend and I. The location is stellar. Just a short bike ride (~5-7mins) to Duval street, Mallory Square and Southern-most point. Ted, the manager had told us bikes used to be provided until recently due to the fact people were abusing this added benefit. However, he allowed us usage of the bikes and being bike lovers we washed the bikes and kept them situated in a better location in an effort to avoid bugs/tree sap etc. Once we parked our car we didn't utilize it again until we left the island. We were very grateful for the bikes, thank you so much. The unit itself is great! 440sqft sounds small but it was perfect! While the kitchen was large and great for cooking, the only suggestion I have is to provide a block of knives. We cooked several times and the kitchen was equipped only with steak knives and a bread knife. The A/C units worked great! Nothing quite like walking into a cool place after a hot and humid bike ride around the island. The washer/dryer unit is in the living room but just having it was very convenient. The couch was very comfy, we in fact napped there a couple of times. The decor is cute and the bright colors paired nicely with the happy vacation vibe my boyfriend and I had. The pics provided are display the unit nicely. I believe the couch and coffee table have been updated. The bedroom has a cut out wall that looks into the living room which made the place seem more open. With two people it was perfect but with four I could see privacy being an issue. The bathroom is small but the tiled, stand up shower was nice. I would suggest providing a sliding door for the bathroom rather than a folding door. Or a knob from the inside of the bathroom would help close the door better. I would also suggest a fan in the bathroom. Overall, we couldn't have been happier with the property, the owner and the onsite manager Christina. I had left some items behind and she has graciously agreed to send my belongings back to me. They are both very prompt in response and very friendly. Not to mention the price is an absolute steal! You couldn't ask for a better deal, especially in Key West! We will definitely be back to Casa de Suenos, definitely can't wait until then!"
    Guest: Amyken22 Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 4, 2014
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  • Hidden Gem

    "We really enjoyed out time at the Queen Palm Cottage. It is isolated but yet only two blocks from Duval. We brought our Miniature long haired Dachshund and even he had a great time. The cottage was very Key Westy with bright and alive colors. It is a very well maintained property. Working with Ted was also easy. The pool was very well maintained and the compound is lush and well landscaped. We will try and stay there next summer again but for a longer time."
    Guest: Bobbie and Steve Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 2014
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  • high tech home, nicely decorated, fully equipped - close to Duvall

    "We came late on Thursday and Key West Hideways had keys and welcome package ready for us at their office drop box. We booked with Surrey and she was very pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The owner of Key West Hideways, Mr. Kevin came by next morning to check on us was also very helpful and accommodating. It is good to have that level of service and people who know what they do - you will be in good hands with them. Also, we booked the home 3-4 hrs prior to arrival - last minute deal and they allowed us 2 day stay instead of 3 minimum or 7 minimum as most places require - I am definitely going to use them always and recommend to family and friends. Six of us stayed including young baby and we were very comfortable. Home is amazing, loaded with all latest gadgets, free WI-FI, fully equipped, plenty of towels, washer, dryer, nice kitchen - because our girls like to cook and were impressed. Barbecue Grill in the back is also a bonus and works well. Private Pool Area is like a tropical garden with shade from the sun, lounge chairs - perfect for entertaining or chilling - I took a deep in the morning and they even had a floating mattress which is perfect to lay on in the middle of the pool. Size of the pool could be bigger, but still enough for 3 people to hang in. Duvall is 4 blocks away - so if you are looking for proximity and a quiet retreat from all the noise of Duvall - this place works very well. Parking was available right in front of the home. We had 2 vehicles and no problem parking. It felt good not to deal with parking on Duvall ST and be able to walk there."
    Guest: Dmitry Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 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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