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Recent Key West reviews

  • 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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  • Perfect place

    "My grown sons, their girlfriends and I spent a week here. It was perfect. Perfectly located, perfect space, perfect amenities. It is exactly as in the photos. The feeling of the house is nice also -- very welcoming. We walked everywhere. We loved the restaurants, the beaches, the sights, as well as our drive to Key Largo and back... Don't miss a trip to the Dry Tortugas either!"
    Guest: K Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014
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  • All-around fabulous!

    "We loved our stay in the Coral Condo! Wonderful location within easy walking distance to everything, well-appointed condo with all the comforts of home you could need, quiet and clean, and adorable Hollinsed House kitty to greet us as we came and went every day! The porch on the second floor made for fabulous afternoon happy hours with breezes and shade. For half the price of the hotels, you get a full apartment with all of the amenities. We will definitely stay here again when we return. Love it!"
    Guest: Jocelyn K. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 29, 2014
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  • Love Key West!

    "My husband and I rented this property in May, 2014. The property is absolutely beautiful and we loved our stay. The house is beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. The staircase might be a concern for anyone with small or young children as it is unusually designed and would be a hazard to children or toddlers. The two upstairs bedrooms each have a queen size bed and private bath. Washer and dryer came in very handy for light packing. Although we ate dinner out most nights, We ordered groceries from Fausto's Food store on Key West and they delivered them to us for $5.00!!! What a bargain and their specialty items (shrimp salad and specialty cheeses) were incredible. The resident's beach is secluded and very nice. The house manager, Bob, was extremely welcoming and helpful. The gardens and flowers were amazing and beautifully tropical. This property is lovely and we will definitely return!"
    Guest: Love Key West! Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 10, 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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