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Recent Key West reviews

  • Trip to Key West!

    "The accommodations were clean and the unit is spacious. We appreciated the new pots and pans and did some cooking every day as the prices in the Keys for meals are pretty high. We ate breakfast at the Blue Heaven one morning and the bill for the four of us was more than $100! Unfortunately the weather was very cool when we were there which was not the norm. The Unit was quiet and it was nice to have the cleaning staff give us fresh towels each day and make the beds. Although the unit is on the 3rd floor there is an elevator. Overall very nice. We would consider revisiting next time."
    Guest: Susan R. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 25, 2015
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  • Girls vacation!!

    "The place was what we wanted and then some. The condo was spotless. Everything worked perfectly - we even manged to ride bikes to the CVS one morning - haven't been on bikes in years...was a blast!! Pool was amazing..this is the place to be if you want to visit Key West. I suggest checking out all the coupons in condo before doing some outings..there are lots!! Cabs ran about $6.00 a person one way - with limited parking near Duval and drinking of adult beverages this was the best decision for us girls. Thank you again...LOVE IT!!"
    Guest: Amazing!!! Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 28, 2015
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  • Perfect vacation spot!

    "The condo was clean, neat, perfect for us! This was a girl trip with 3 of us. Spent a lot of time on the front porch which was cool and comfortable. Kitchen was well stocked, great clean linens, lots of towels, no complaints at all! You won't regret it. We have a rule that we can't go back to a place we've been on our annual trips but this is one we are thinking of going back too! I miss it already! Close to everything, parking right in front of unit. Could walk, bike or drive everywhere. Parking in town was difficult but we managed. We loved this trip and the accommodations made it even more enjoyable. Tracy was wonderful!! Wish we had more time!"
    Guest: Robyn G. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 2, 2014
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  • Holiday week

    "Great place to stay! The condo is clean, tastefully decorated and comfortable. Great back patio and close to the pool as well. The owners are wonderful and very helpful. I'd definitely book this condo again! The location is central to everywhere. Easy walk to Duval St, Mallory Square and Southernmost Point. The parking space was right in front of the door and a great time was had by all."
    Guest: Alison Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 7, 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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