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Recent Key West reviews

  • Absolutely fantastic

    "Serenity was a perfect place to stay while visiting our daughter, (who is in the USCG), her husband and our grand-kids, in Key West. We were there for about 10 days the first week of Oct. The condo was perfect for my husband and I, and my parents. The pool and hot tub was a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day. We bought our groceries the 1st day and cooked most of our meals at the condo. Everything we needed was there for us. That’s not to say we didn't eat out. There are a lot of awesome places to eat on the island. Highly recommend Caroline’s, Hog’s breath, Mr. Z’s, and Hogfish bar and grill, just to name a few. We used Fury for snorkeling, and para sailing, and Tortuga for fishing (twice). We visited the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory (fantastic), the light house, and numerous museums. All 4 generations of us had a fantastic time. We are already planning another trip down there. Thanks Bill for a perfect location"
    Guest: Bonnie and David Date of Stay: September 2013 Review Submitted: November 14, 2013
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  • AWESOME

    "My family and I came down for summer vacation. This place is awesome. We had a ton of fun. Location is perfect, condo is perfect, it is a perfect vacation. I highly recommended it here."
    Guest: Jamie Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 17, 2014
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  • Fantastic Vacation Home!

    "We travel to Key West every year and always rent a private vacation home and this Flemming St. house is now at the top of our list! The location is great. We loved the fact that it was close to everything...just a couple of blocks to Duval St. or the Historic Seaport. Our favorite breakfast place Pepe's and favorite bar Schooner Wharf were just a hop skip and a jump away! We discovered the Eaton St. Seafood Market that was just around the corner and made a few trips there for some yummy scallops to cook in the wonderful kitchen at the house. The bedrooms and showers are nice... you will have to fight over who gets the 3rd floor bedroom and that amazing shower! The kitchen is large and has everything you will need. We loved the outdoor living space at this home. Many days were spent enjoying the pool which was large by Key West standards. Everyone in our group of 5 agreed that this was a fantastic place to stay. Don't hesitate... just book it and enjoy."
    Guest: HNR Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: October 21, 2013
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  • Very enjoyable stay!

    "This is our third year in a row coming to Sunrise Suites, and our first stay at this condo. It was clean, well maintained and in a nice spot near the tennis courts. Front desk staff very friendly and helpful as always. My only suggestions would be to replace some of the cookware. As we are a family of 5 we cook in a lot and the pans were in pretty bad shape (Teflon all scratched up). Also, we have never needed to use the pullout sofa bed during our stays, but this time we did. The mattress was pretty uncomfortable with metal springs, so we shifted around and one of us slept on the couch (not the pull-out bed). All in all a great stay and we would definitely come back!"
    Guest: The Wilsons Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 2, 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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