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Recent Key West reviews

  • Truman Annex Condo!

    "We had a wonderful trip to Key West!!! The condo was perfect for our family! We found everything was nice and clean which made our stay even more comfortable. The Truman Annex is a lovely quiet community and walking distance to Fort Zachary Taylor Park and to the busy nightlife on Duval. We would highly recommend renting this unit and we're even planning for next year!!!"
    Guest: Carla P. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 21, 2015
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  • Key West Gem

    "This studio is exactly as described online, but what it doesn't tell you is the following: -How safe your studio/belongings are. It felt like home. -How receptive Ken is. He answered every text I sent in the matter of minutes. -The great condition of the bikes. That's why I gave 5 stars. These bikes made moving around KW a breeze. -Location. Less than a 5 min walk to Duval and 5 min bike ride to any beach. When you're visiting KW, you're not meant to sit inside your room the entire time. This studio was perfect because it was cozy, comfortable, and it was truly unique. (And the price is extremely reasonable.) Thank you Ken! Next time we come visit, we will certainly stay with you again."
    Guest: Melissa Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 14, 2015
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  • Perfect place to stay in Key West

    "We recently enjoyed several nights at this condo and found it to be perfect. We were 2 couples and had plenty of space and privacy. We enjoyed breakfast each morning on the terrace and walks on the beach which was very nearby! The condo was well equipped with everything we needed and was immaculate! Can't wait to come back!"
    Guest: Denise H. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 22, 2015
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  • Key West Wedding

    "Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Overall we had a great stay. We rented the house for our wedding so the family could stay with us. The pool side cottage is seperate from the house so it was perfect to have our own space. The landscaping was amazing! It had everything that we needed. We had a few mantaince issues, electrical, dishwasher, and all the locks stick. The house was scheduled for a 2 week maintance period after we checked out so it should be great for the next guests. Perfect location and we couldn't ask for more!"
    Guest: Rob A. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 28, 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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