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Recent Key West reviews
"this cottage is in a great location, literrally 1 block from Duvall Street. The courtyard area is very well kept, and has a private pool! The cottage itself was very clean as well when we arrived, the bedroom is a little bright, since its all white, so no sleeping in. But overall a great place and I'd definetly stay there again!"Guest: Kel Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 12, 2014View listing
"Staying here for our first time in Key West was awesome! We were extremely pleased! The space is perfect for two but can sleep four. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and as an upstairs unit it overlooks other units and so you feel secluded, which was nice as it was just my boyfriend and I. The location is stellar. Just a short bike ride (~5-7mins) to Duval street, Mallory Square and Southern-most point. Ted, the manager had told us bikes used to be provided until recently due to the fact people were abusing this added benefit. However, he allowed us usage of the bikes and being bike lovers we washed the bikes and kept them situated in a better location in an effort to avoid bugs/tree sap etc. Once we parked our car we didn't utilize it again until we left the island. We were very grateful for the bikes, thank you so much. The unit itself is great! 440sqft sounds small but it was perfect! While the kitchen was large and great for cooking, the only suggestion I have is to provide a block of knives. We cooked several times and the kitchen was equipped only with steak knives and a bread knife. The A/C units worked great! Nothing quite like walking into a cool place after a hot and humid bike ride around the island. The washer/dryer unit is in the living room but just having it was very convenient. The couch was very comfy, we in fact napped there a couple of times. The decor is cute and the bright colors paired nicely with the happy vacation vibe my boyfriend and I had. The pics provided are display the unit nicely. I believe the couch and coffee table have been updated. The bedroom has a cut out wall that looks into the living room which made the place seem more open. With two people it was perfect but with four I could see privacy being an issue. The bathroom is small but the tiled, stand up shower was nice. I would suggest providing a sliding door for the bathroom rather than a folding door. Or a knob from the inside of the bathroom would help close the door better. I would also suggest a fan in the bathroom. Overall, we couldn't have been happier with the property, the owner and the onsite manager Christina. I had left some items behind and she has graciously agreed to send my belongings back to me. They are both very prompt in response and very friendly. Not to mention the price is an absolute steal! You couldn't ask for a better deal, especially in Key West! We will definitely be back to Casa de Suenos, definitely can't wait until then!"Guest: Amyken22 Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 4, 2014View listing
"Marie and Tom were really great to work with. First time to use VRBO. Marie e-mailed us while we were there just to make sure we had everything we needed. Super nice. I told her when we left that the pillows were flat and she e-mailed me back that the cleaning lady would replace them. The beds were alittle firm for me. I like my beds softer. The condo is at the very end of the annex. We rented scooters. My wife loved them. The Truman Anex is a wonderful place to stay. The grounds are first class."Guest: Barry W. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 16, 2014View listing
"This was my 4th visit to Key West so I knew what area of town I wanted to stay in for a month long vacation and the Poorhouse Lane property couldn't have been more ideal as far as walkability to all the Old-Town sights. Duval is a short walk, but I did love that it was on a quiet street. The neighbors nearby are charming (especially Joseph who lives across the ally and was always ready with a good recommendation of restaurants for dinner) While there is no parking with the property we never had a problem finding on-street parking about 100 feet from the front door (in front of Jimmy Buffet's house). The house isn't huge (Most Key West homes aren't) but the layout and three bedrooms afforded us enough privacy for us to relax and get some quiet time if we needed it. The property management company that takes care of the house for the owners was very accommodating and tried to rectify an problems that we had during our stay. The gas grill stopped working, and Kevin the property manager arrived with a new one within two hours. I had realistic expectations this is a home and not a hotel. So there isn't daily housekeeping, and not everything is 100% pristine but I was found the house to be warm and welcoming and felt comfortable there. My only complaint was that the pool heater was broken for 3 of the 4 weeks we were there. The pool water wasn't freezing but a little to chilly for a wimp like me. I would certainly recommend this property to friends and would consider staying there again if we were lucky enough to go on another month long vacation. With rental rates for Key West being pretty high I found the rent to be far, and I appreciated that I was able to bring my dogs for an nominal fee. Thanks Soren and Irene for a great stay!"Guest: mcnelson Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 28, 2014View listing
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.