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Recent Key West reviews

  • Marriott Beachside

    "These accommodations were great! The place had all needed amenities, was beautifully decorated, fit 8 people perfectly without feeling cramped, private, and was conveniently located to tourist attractions. A highlight was the Marriott shuttle, which takes guests to and from Duval street every hour for free; if a shuttle became too full, the hotel staff easily ordered another shuttle to accommodate more people. We would all stay at this place again!"
    Guest: K Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: April 1, 2015
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  • Wonderful owner, wonderful place

    "Rooster Retreat is clean, well maintained and in a great location. We've stayed in a few different Shipyard condos and after this stay we're definitely hooked on this one. Since it's an end unit there's less noise from neighbors and the fact that we could see the sun coming up each morning, from the back porch, was a lovely morning treat. The photos accurately represent the unit. The beds and pillows were comfortable, towels plentiful and the kitchen had everything we needed for the week. We didn't use the grill on the back porch but it looked to be in working order. This condo has the best bathroom storage of any Shipyard condo I've seen. Between the medicine cabinet and a shelving unit on the wall, four of us could store all of our daily toiletries without a problem. We stayed in one unit where the only place to put things was the back of the toilet (that place clearly had an owner who didn't spend any time in the unit). Marie was prompt , clear and friendly in all of her communications. I talked briefly with Karen, the owners' local manager, and she was also personable and professional. We rented bikes from Eaton Bikes. Eaton delivered them to the unit and sent me a txt with the location of the keys so that we could hop right on the bikes after our arrival. Perfect! We always go to Faustos grocery on Fleming for our weekly breakfast and beach food needs and then eat out each evening. I left other recommendations in the guest book at the Rooster Retreat. We had a great week and hope to return soon - maybe we'll bring more friends next time and stay at the bigger place!"
    Guest: CherieD Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 31, 2014
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  • Wonderful home away from home

    "The home was actually as pictured. My family and I went down for the 4th of July weekend, and we were not disappointed. The location is perfect, about a half a block off Duval. The downstairs was spacious and comfortable. We loved the use of a full kitchen for quick meals. The upstairs rooms were super comfortable, and the perfect size for us. I would not hesitate to stay here again."
    Guest: Holly Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014
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  • Best Key West Experience on Beautiful & Private Sunset Key!

    "This was our 6th stay in Key West and by far the best one yet. We always rent a private home and this was the most comfortable and best maintained home we have rented. The location is fantastic, situated on a private island which is located 5 minutes from Key West. (Via private ferry ride). The island has 70 private residences and the Westin Cottages, Spa and Latitude's restaurant and bar (Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner). This home shares a private pool with about 10 other homes. We rarely ran into anyone at the pool. There is also a very large pool and bar at the Westin that you have access to. There is access a white sand private beach. It is the best place to watch the gorgeous sunsets. The home is very well equipped. It has two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (Master has awesome custom shower), gourmet kitchen, great room, main level wrap around porch, 2nd floor porch with hammock, and covered roof top deck (perfect for watching the amazing sunrises and the action at the Port of Key West). The owner and property manager are extremely professional, organized and courteous. Communication was easy, with them. They arranged a cleaning person to come in half way through our stay, which I would recommend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and plan to return."
    Guest: MplsMichelle Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 6, 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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