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Recent Key West reviews

  • A great Key West experience

    "My husband and I frequent Key West as a favorite destination and this was by far our favorite rental. The pool was fairly large and very pleasant. The house was amazing. There are a few glitches like a couple stove burners not working and other small issues but this is a historical home. The stairs are pretty high also. The outdoor patio in back is awesome. We spent all of time out there. We will be back to this place with family and friends."
    Guest: HRM Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 10, 2015
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  • Perfect Key West Condo and Location

    "Serenity was the perfect location in Key West. The condo had everything we needed to prepare our own meals and enjoy them either in the dining area or on the patio. The kitchen is truly equipped for those that prefer to stay in. The condo is perfectly equipped with beach chairs, towels, coolers, plenty of linens, etc. There is plenty of room in the condo for 4 people (although it was just the 2 of us). The facilities are wonderful. Great pool, hot tub, grills, garden/pool area. The location was excellent. Far enough away to maintain the quiet, and close enough to enjoy everything that Key West has to offer. The condo is right across the street from Smathers Beach where you can participate in any water sports activities - or just enjoy the beach, sunrise, sunset, ocean, etc. We really enjoyed eating at the Hog's Breath and the Half Shell Raw Bar. We truly loved our time in KW and are already planning another trip. We will definitely stay in another one of Bill's units on our next trip. Thank you Bill for letting us stay in your condo."
    Guest: Don & Kim C. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: January 7, 2015
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  • Anne M.

    "We had family coming from the Midwest visiting Key West for the first time. Rather than renting hotel rooms, we found Tom's Chicken Coop Condo. It was absolutely fabulous! We felt "at home" immediately. The view is spectacular and everything is clean and neat. What you see on Tom's video of the condo is exactly how it is. We could not have picked a better place for our vacation and showing the beauty of Key West to our family. I hope we can return again for a longer period of time.....like all winter."
    Guest: Anne M. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 2, 2015
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  • Just Perfect!

    "This house was just perfect for our April getaway. We needed a break from the Winter and this house allowed us to easily get to everything we needed - on foot or by bike. We did not even rent a car. We spent some days just hanging out on the back patio and cooling off in the pool while cooking on the grill. Other days we explored the harbor, checked out Duval Street, or rode our bikes to the beach...It was truly relaxing and the house was clean and comfortable with everything we needed! Highly recommended!"
    Guest: Tammy & Tony Panipinto Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 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.

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