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Recent Key West reviews

  • Bloom'n Paradise

    "You won't find a better property to stay at in Key West, period. We stayed here with both sides of my family (my parents and my inlaws) on separate occasions, and I could not recommend this house more. It works well for a large group, and is perfectly situated,a in walking distance to everything. You won't need a car. The house is beautiful and clean, and it has an amazing porch with plenty of seating to enjoy those Key West mornings, afternoons and evenings. It even has a pool house! My wife's single cousin stayed there, and we saw him intermittently during the trip. Let's just say he took advantage of his island time. At our next family gathering at home, my three-year-old son said "HEY, that guy who lives in the pool house is here!" The owner is very easy to deal with and couldn't be more accommodating to us. If you are still looking, stop. You have found your paradise!"
    Guest: Boneman Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: January 20, 2015
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  • Romantic Getaway

    "This home provided all the comforts of home. The photos provided do not provide or showcase the charm of this home. The side deck of the yard had a tropical flare that was amazing for evening barbecuing and gathering. This home provided all and more my sister could want for her 50th birthday she loved it, my sister-in-law and brother celebrating 20 years of marriage loved the master suite which was quite lovely. Finally, the location was perfect for being a tourist during the day and far enough away to have the comforts of a quiet neighborhood for evening relaxion. Another great feature of this home is it appears to be newly remodeled, beautifly decorated, family photo that brought warmth of the owner, and the cleanliness of the home was an extension of the owner's way of providing those who visit a sense and feel of a home away from home! Alma H."
    Guest: Alma H. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 29, 2014
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  • Perfect

    "My husband and I had stayed at Villa Al Mar a previous year for an anniversary - so when he had proposed to me and we started thinking of venues for our nuptials, there was no better place than here for our Key West wedding. The house was able to accomodate both my family and his - which was a great way for everyone to get to know each other! We held the Rehearsal Dinner (with private chef), Ceremony, and Reception all on the property. We even had a Pool Party for all of our close friends and family the day prior to the wedding. The Ceremony was held at "the point" overlooking the water, which is ideal for a wedding. We had close friends and family sitting with most standing and even had guests upstairs on the balcony looking down. Once ceremony ended, we moved everyone over to the pool area for Cocktail Hour, and then to the Reception area in the sand lot where we had lights strung, a live band, and tables for seating. Shoes were kicked off at the reception and dancing took place in the sand! As for the house itself, amazing! Luxury at it's best, in one of the most affluential neighborhoods. There is an in-law suite that was perfect for my sister and her children. The master suite has an enormous bathroom and balcony. Many bathrooms so you don't have too much sharing, and plenty of seating throughout living room and kitchen. The property is very private and water surrounding the majority of it! A big thanks to the owners of Villa Al Mar for a beautiful week!"
    Guest: Kelly Norman Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: November 10, 2014
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  • Wonderful Little Cottage

    "We had a great time at the Seashell Cottage. We stayed there for a week and everything was as promised. It was the perfect size for my boyfriend and myself and everything was clean and well stocked. The king size bed was very comfortable. We absolutely loved the outdoor shower, we didn't use the indoor one at all! And even though it was 100 degrees, we still loved and used the hot tub. I would definitely recommend this rental to anyone and cannot wait until we can book it again. We flew into Key West airport and rented bikes for the week and I am so glad we did. The house is in such a great location, as it is close to mostly everything, especially by bike. Carolyn and Cindy were wonderful to work with. We will definitely be back!!"
    Guest: Ashley T. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 22, 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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