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Recent Key West reviews

  • Absolutely perfect location, would return and highly recommend

    "The location of this little sleepy bungalow is a block from Sloppy Joe's and two blocks from the sunset cruise catamarans. A block in the other direction is Caroline Street, which has an even better bar than the ones on Duval, Pepe's. It is quiet and yet in the middle of everything. There is a smallish pool, yet big for Key West, which helps a lot when you work up a sheen of sweat walking around, which is inevitable. I can't say enough about this little place. The photos do it justice; it is beautiful. It's a bit small, but the secluded patio really make it feel isolated. We chose this place for our honeymoon and are extremely pleased. We definitely plan on returning - to this location specifically. One thing to keep in mind is there is no parking - at all. As you plan your trip, make sure to keep that in mind."
    Guest: Bill E. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 13, 2014
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  • 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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  • Nice Condo for Family

    "Pro: good price for family of 5 or 6. clean rooms. convenient w/ full kitchen and washer/dryer. good location (away from noise). easy check-in. Cons: delayed response from owner (so better book early), one of the hair dryer broken, tiny parking space (but alternate parking space available too). Overall, we had a good time staying there."
    Guest: Carlene L. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 8, 2015
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  • Southard Street - Queen Conch - 4 Bedrooms/4 Baths

    "Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: This was a perfect house for 4 couples. The house was very clean and well maintained. The landscaping was beautiful for a pool setting. Pool was a little dirty when we arrived. We told the management company about the pool and they sent someone right out to clean it again. Management Company even bought a new fish grill and delivered it to the house so we could grill fish that was caught on a fishing charter. Location was terrific."
    Guest: A guest from Gilbertsville, PA Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 12, 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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