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Recent Key West reviews

  • 4 thumbs up

    "If I had 4 thumbs, this place would get 4 thumbs up! we have been going to Key West for over 20 years now, and have stayed at many places in Truman Annex. We have always been pleased with our accommodations, and of course, the island, which keeps us going back each year. This condo took our vacation to an entirely new level. We love Truman Annex, not only because of the beautiful neighborhood, but because it is quiet and private, yet only a quick (and safe) walk to everything! Though we were in a condo building with a condo above ours, and beside ours, we never once heard any other neighbors. I guess a building built to weather storms also provides great noise absorption. The condo itself was just the right size for my husband and me, my daughter and her husband, and their 6 year old daughter (who slept on the sleeper sofa in one of the bedrooms). The condo is very clean and beautifully decorated. The beds are very comfortable, and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking meals in. There was certainly no expense spared with the furnishings! The view was absolutely incredible...it was just like being on a cruise ship. The blinds in the living room , facing the water, open all the way, giving you basically a glass-wall to enjoy the view. We rarely enjoyed the view from the living room, though....we spent most of the time on the huge, private deck. When we read the reviews prior to going, we thought the deck must be shared by the entire condo; there is no way any individual condo would have it's own deck of this size. Well, it did. We spent our mornings eating breakfast on the deck, watching the island wake up with us...people jogging, tour boats going out, etc. We enjoyed the sunsets so much from the deck that we only made one obligatory trip to Mallory Square for the Sunset Celebration. Again, there was no expense spared with the outdoor furniture; plenty of (comfortable!) seating for everyone! There is also a gas grille for cooking out. Last but not least, the owners were an absolute pleasure to work with. Just like seeing the Cat Man and eating at Blue Heaven, we hope to add this condo to part of our Key West tradition."
    Guest: Ken B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 8, 2014
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  • FANTASTIC VACATION

    "stayed here for a family reunion of 4 adults; unit was clean, spacious, fully equipped with linens and kitchen supplies; tastefully decorated with a beautiful master bath suite; photos accurate but understate how beautiful the pool and hot tub area were....ocean view, lush landscaping replete with purple, white and yellow orchids, and additional amenities such as grills, shaded tables, and saunas. Patrick was friendly, available, accommodating, knowledgeable and informative; a bit far from town without a car, but for those renting a car, the underground parking spot was secure and convenient; would definitely go back and would recommend for anyone."
    Guest: lois Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014
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  • Sanctuary Indeed

    "My family and I recently spent some time at this Sanctuary house in Key West. This home is located in a quiet, quant, tropical gated community on Stock Island. Even though we were only a few minutes’ drive from everything Key West has to offer, when we returned to this oasis, it felt like we were in our own tropical hideaway. With three bedrooms and two baths upstairs, and one bedroom and half bath downstairs, this home will comfortably sleep six (more if you make use of the couch and futon). We all had our own space when needed, but, as a family, we enjoyed the entertainment spaces like the open living room-dining-kitchen and the private pool deck out back. During our stay we also made use of the two tri-wheeled bicycles provided, and the larger community pool. The location is perfect for those seeking adventure and the home itself is perfect for those seeking refuge. We would highly recommend this Sanctuary house."
    Guest: Lost in Vacation Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 23, 2014
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  • I had the best stay.

    "Rating Details: I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: My vacation rental was amazing. The condo was about 1 1/2 miles from Duval st. so we need to rent scooters as the walk was to far but its hard to park cars while having fun on Duval. Our condo was right next to Smathers beach so it was walking distance. The condo was large had an amazing size master bathroom. I was impressed with my stay. It was very clean and I seen no bugs. I would definitely stay there again."
    Guest: A guest from Hinckley, OH Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 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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