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Recent Key West reviews

  • It doesn't get any better than this!

    "This was the perfect place for our family vacation! There were six adults and two children and all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A lot of thought and planning obviously went into the renovation of this historic home. It is very well laid out and furnished with quality appliances. Any thing that you need or desire has been thought of and supplied in advance for your comfort. Including games, a small library, internet access, stereo system, flat screen led TVs. And best of all a heated spa/pool with a water feature out on the ample deck. There is also a wraparound porch complete with a swing. The neighborhood is quiet and well cared for yet only a short bike ride to all the action. All in all a very enjoyable vacation in a perfect home and location"
    Guest: Bruce Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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  • high tech home, nicely decorated, fully equipped - close to Duvall

    "We came late on Thursday and Key West Hideways had keys and welcome package ready for us at their office drop box. We booked with Surrey and she was very pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The owner of Key West Hideways, Mr. Kevin came by next morning to check on us was also very helpful and accommodating. It is good to have that level of service and people who know what they do - you will be in good hands with them. Also, we booked the home 3-4 hrs prior to arrival - last minute deal and they allowed us 2 day stay instead of 3 minimum or 7 minimum as most places require - I am definitely going to use them always and recommend to family and friends. Six of us stayed including young baby and we were very comfortable. Home is amazing, loaded with all latest gadgets, free WI-FI, fully equipped, plenty of towels, washer, dryer, nice kitchen - because our girls like to cook and were impressed. Barbecue Grill in the back is also a bonus and works well. Private Pool Area is like a tropical garden with shade from the sun, lounge chairs - perfect for entertaining or chilling - I took a deep in the morning and they even had a floating mattress which is perfect to lay on in the middle of the pool. Size of the pool could be bigger, but still enough for 3 people to hang in. Duvall is 4 blocks away - so if you are looking for proximity and a quiet retreat from all the noise of Duvall - this place works very well. Parking was available right in front of the home. We had 2 vehicles and no problem parking. It felt good not to deal with parking on Duvall ST and be able to walk there."
    Guest: Dmitry Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014
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    "We LOVED this house! Nicely appointed and clean was the first thing we noticed. The location is perfect...a couple of blocks from Southernmost and plenty of places to eat. We suggest El Siboney for good Cuban food...and quite frankly, we liked Southernmost for breakfast as opposed to Camille's which was recommended by a friend. The Circle K is 2 blocks away if you need to run and get a few things. The pool was perfect for our group. We had 2 couples in the main house, and a friend in the pool house so everyone had their own space. The house is fully stocked - from toilet paper, to paper towels, bath and beach towels, you name it. As for the comment about the roosters...well, there are roosters and hens on every block of Key West! Sleep with ear plugs or ENJOY the charm of seeing these creatures on your walks! We rented bikes and that is a great way to get around. I would stay here again in an instant...and highly recommend it."
    Guest: Lin Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 7, 2014
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  • a little bit of paradise

    "My husband and I just spent a month in the Tree House and loved every minute of it. The deck is a wonderful place to relax either lounging in the hammock, sitting in the lounge chairs or just sitting at the table eating your meal. We also enjoyed the generous hospitality of the owner who went out of his way to please. The location is also great for walking to "whatever is happening" on Duval Street or the Historic Seaport. We are going back!"
    Guest: Eva Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 14, 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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