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Recent Key West reviews

  • Sisters Vacation

    "We are 4, in our 50's sisters, who left the husbands home in cold, snowy New England for a 3 night cruise out of Miami, then a trip to Key West for 5 days. This condo was perfect! For me, who had never been to Key West, the best part was the balcony overlooking Duval Street. No matter what time of the day you could sit out there and people watch. The condo was spacious and clean. The wi-fi worked well with 3 of us using it at once. The upstairs king bedroom was HUGE! (It had a queen size sleeper sofa if you needed the extra sleeping space). The pool was a ways away. We walked to it one day just to see it, and decided it would be closer to walk the 2 1/2 blocks down Duvall Street to the beach. Which was a fabulous find! We took the beach chairs and beach towels supplied by the condo owner, but at the beach they rent out chaise lounges and umbrella's for $10.00 each a day. Lunch at the little restaurant there was super good, and very affordable. We drove to the Keys, but after parking the car upon our arrival, never used it again. We walked or took the trolley. Thos condo was in a great location, comfortable and clean. The owner was very nice to deal with, as was the property manager who stopped by to make a quick fix on something for us. We would defenitely stay here again if planning another trip to the Keys."
    Guest: DebLNH Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 14, 2015
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  • Excellent house and in a great location

    "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, 2014
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  • Key West Gem

    "This studio is exactly as described online, but what it doesn't tell you is the following: -How safe your studio/belongings are. It felt like home. -How receptive Ken is. He answered every text I sent in the matter of minutes. -The great condition of the bikes. That's why I gave 5 stars. These bikes made moving around KW a breeze. -Location. Less than a 5 min walk to Duval and 5 min bike ride to any beach. When you're visiting KW, you're not meant to sit inside your room the entire time. This studio was perfect because it was cozy, comfortable, and it was truly unique. (And the price is extremely reasonable.) Thank you Ken! Next time we come visit, we will certainly stay with you again."
    Guest: Melissa Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 14, 2015
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  • A great place to relax and enjoy the best of Key West

    "This studio is a wonderful space that really makes you feel like you are on vacation – everything you need is here. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. And if you have a chance to spend some time with Loretta and Marshall, you are truly lucky to meet two of Key West’s best ambassadors. While you are here, please check out some of the things to see and do: Pigeon Key (the other side of the seven-mile bridge close to Marathon) Latitudes Restaurant on Sunset Key The sunset cruise on the Appledore The Conch Train tour Turtle Kraal Restaurant for cerviche The Old Wharf Saloon Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Tropic Cinema Mikey Moe’s Fort Zachary Taylor (there is a great beach there) Saluté’s Restaurant Blue Heaven Restaurant for breakfast Bad Boy Burritos Buy a Happy Hour ring at Local Colors Shop Ride your bike everywhere"
    Guest: Ann Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 25, 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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