Recent Key West reviews

  • Beautiful condo with amazing views!

    Amy J.

    "Nancy's condo is located on Stock Island, which is a quiet end of Key West away from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street, about a 10-15 min drive. Everything you need for your stay is provided so you don't have to worry about the little things like laundry soap, dish soap, beach towels, etc. Nancy has thought of everything! The condo is beautifully decorated, but my favorite part was opening up the doors to the balcony and enjoying the ocean view and calming breeze! I miss waking up to that every day! Another tip if you are interested...we enjoyed visiting the large iguanas that come out every morning from the tree line next to the end of the complex parking garage near the pool. My kids got a kick out of throwing bread for them to snack on! All in all, we have stayed at many VRBO properties, and this ranks as one of the best we have stayed at. Thank you Nancy for providing this lovely property and for all of your prompt and helpful responses!"
    • Stayed April 2015
    • Submitted April 15, 2015
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  • Lovely, spacious property for family vacation

    Mike a.

    "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: We were a family of adults and rented the entire property. The home was clean and spacious. We loved the pool area and its beautiful tropical landscaping. Great location, quiet & private but walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and sites."
    • Stayed March 2015
    • Submitted March 25, 2015
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  • The Best of Both Worlds!

    The Ems

    "We stayed at Colony Poolside April 2nd to 10th and it was just excellent! No, really -- you can go into the action whenever you are in the mood and then back to Xanadu to relax, chat poolside with other bungalow neighbors and enjoy your lovely mini-home. The rental itself is clean, beautiful, private and cozy. The nautical theme is so well done. We loved it! Bed was very comfortable and place had all the amenities we needed. Shower power is great and being able to do laundry (we just do carry-on flying) was a plus. It was nice to be able to eat breakfast and lunches or have a cocktail at home when not biking out for a bite. The 1/2 block away corner store had all small convenience items and Fausto's (a 2 min bike ride) had everything else. Had a great time poolside each afternoon talking, swimming, sunning and listening to tunes with our bungalow neighbors. Definitely rent bikes for your full time there and you will not be disappointed. We biked everywhere in minutes and it was perfect. Could go either to a lovely restaurant, a different beach depending on the day, touring places or down to the Duval Street action at anytime. (Do leave the bikes and call a $7 cab if down there imbibing late night.) The only change we would suggest is moving the cleaning company's work hut, which is poolside and is the only communal gathering place in the whole setting. The tenant laundry room should be switched with their room as it is located further away. Didn't bother us often, but just a suggestion. We give this a full on 5 star review and recommend it to anyone looking for the best of both worlds for fun in the sun!"
    • Stayed April 2015
    • Submitted April 11, 2015
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  • Great Place!

    phyllis n.

    "Perfect for a family getaway. I traveled with my husband, 2 children, my sister and my father. It was very spacious and the condo was well appointed. There were beach chairs, towels and sand toys. The fact that it was oceanfront is a huge bonus. The pool area is absolutely beautiful. Very tropical and well maintained. The pool overlooked the water which was like paradise. The beach for swimming is a short walk from the condo. Smathers beach is great for kids. You can rent chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and paddle boards. There was plenty of information in the condo for other activities. We chose a 1/2 day excursion for kayaking and snorkeling. The locals told us to use Danger Charter for this activity and we were really pleased. It was a 65 foot catamaran, that took us to a mangrove island. It was very informative and very reasonable. Overall, I would recommend the condo for a large group. Everything was well explained and the condo was very accommodating. You won't be disappointed!"
    • Stayed April 2015
    • Submitted April 11, 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.