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Recent Key West reviews

  • Wonderful experience

    "It was our first time to key west. We found this home on the site and the pictures do NOT do it justice! It's wonderful. Upgrades are perfect, back yard was secluded and private, and you were only a block away from all the action. Couldn't have picked a better place. Owners were so friendly and helpful. Available quickly if anything was needed. We would love to come back."
    Guest: Cheryl D. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 22, 2015
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  • Key west condo

    "This condo was just fantastic. It was easy to get to and had covered parking. It is steps away from a beautiful beach and walking path. The condo is very spacious and has everything you need for a wonderful vacation. We will stay here again. It's a bit of a hike to Duval street but we walked it each day."
    Guest: Carol Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 7, 2015
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  • One of our favorite places to stay in the US

    "I normally do not write reviews on any site. After reading the one partially negative review, I felt this was important. We travel frequently and always rent houses from vrbo that are pet friendly and include amenities that we enjoy. We have rented this property every year for many years. I can not imagine renting another place in Key West or trying to stay in a hotel or guest house. Everything thing we could need or want in any rental is included. I am also selfish in the fact that this place is so unique in what it offers, I want it to be kept our secret, but the flip side is I want Sullins to make money year round:-) I am guessing based on the previous review, the owner, Sullins, took this all to heart. When we arrived this year, he had replaced all the appliances and made other improvements that I appreciate as a renter, but would have never stopped renting the place without. There are so many great restaurants within walking distance that we sometimes eat at 2 or more different restaurants every day without repetition. We have a parking space which is unheard of in Key West unless it is on the street and my mini van fits perfectly in the space. There is a spa around the corner we love for massages, and a great off leash dog park, about 1 mile walk from the house. I could continue my list, but I would run out of space. Thanks Sullins!"
    Guest: Susan Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014
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  • attitude key west

    "condo is fresh, very clean & spotless,nicely decorated. Has everything you need, which made you feel right at home. The owners were a pleasure because they were so nice and helpful when we booked. Condo is in a perfect location, just steps to Ft Zachary Beach, & Duval St. Property is beautifully landscaped also. The back porch is a nice added bonus! Everything about the condo was perfect. We highly recommend this condo. We sure will return again."
    Guest: d v. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 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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