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Recent Key West reviews

  • Home Away From Home But So Much Better!

    "We had such a great time in Key West and couldn't have asked for more. We travel lots and rarely repeat destinations but we would come back here in a heartbeat and wouldn't change a thing! Condo was so well-stocked, there wasn't a single thing we wished for. We cooked every breakfast and a few dinners, and enjoyed dining on the balcony. Location is great. Easy access to all of Key West sights, walk to Smathers Beach. Duval is a hike, but possible. A rental car came in handy. Two couples and a toddler had loads of space, plenty of comfortable seating, fresh towels, and seriousky, everything we needed. It would have been nice to have an ocean view. That's probably the only reason we might select a different unit at 1800 Atlantic"
    Guest: HundleB Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 7, 2015
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  • Anne M.

    "We had family coming from the Midwest visiting Key West for the first time. Rather than renting hotel rooms, we found Tom's Chicken Coop Condo. It was absolutely fabulous! We felt "at home" immediately. The view is spectacular and everything is clean and neat. What you see on Tom's video of the condo is exactly how it is. We could not have picked a better place for our vacation and showing the beauty of Key West to our family. I hope we can return again for a longer period of time.....like all winter."
    Guest: Anne M. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 2, 2015
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  • Mel & Mary Cramer

    "We stayed for the month of December 2015. The house was very nice and was just as listed. I believe that it was more than we expected. All amenities were available. It was very peaceful, away from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street. However when we wanted to go to Duval Street we hopped in the e-car and drove there. We had a minor problem with the pool heater and the e-car but Jill and George took care of these minor problems as soon as possible. Overall we enjoyed our stay and I am hoping that we can book it again. Thanks Jill and George you run a "tight ship"."
    Guest: Melvin C. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 17, 2015
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  • The Real Deal

    "We've all heard nightmare stories of renting off of the Internet. Let me put your mind at ease about this rental as it is the real deal. The pictures on VRBO provide a true representation of this very comfortable and centrally located unit. The property is near many of the popular sites on the island, but also provides adequate peace and quiet. The unit is well appointed and comfortable. The owner, Mike is very responsive. The entire rental process was seamless. We love Key West and visit yearly. Would be very happy to stay in this unit again!"
    Guest: Maureen G. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 13, 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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