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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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  • Great Condo

    "This trip to Key West was our first time renting a condo....and we were not dissapointed. What a really great place! The condo has everything that could possibly be needed and was extremely clean. We enjoyed the absolutely amazing view from the balcony. Brian is great to rent from :)"
    Guest: Mary Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 3, 2014
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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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  • Awesome place

    "This is a great place in a perfect location. Being so close to Duval makes everything great. The studio is the perfect size and having a full kitchen and BBQ area allowed us to eat some meals in. The pool is great for relaxing in during the afternoon. The owner was very accommodating and also helpful with bike rentals, which we think is a must for cruising the island. We would definitely recommend and would stay here again."
    Guest: Michael Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 21, 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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