In this case... "Two is definitely better than One"! A rare set of early 1900's "twin-cigar maker's cottages" perched on the southern end of famous Duval Street. The Twice As Nice vacation rental is at once adorable and elegant and a perfect solution for a discerning group who want to lodge together in luxury and yet require the maximum privacy offered with four separate upscale suites. The exterior beauty of this charming property is undeniably in its historic simplicity. Inside the beauty is not only reflected in the subtle color palette and elegant furnishings, but also through the thoughtfulness of the designer-builders when they transformed the lay-out to meet today's standards for a first-class resort accommodation.
Early Key West Combo: Twice As Nice is a rare combination of an historic "twin-set" of cigar maker's cottages that were originally built to match each other in the early 1900's. This type of "double design" is infrequently found around Key West within the prolific collection of turn-of-the-century wooden cottages built on the island by early ship builders. Located within a neighborhood close in proximity to the gloriously restored historic 8000 square foot building, originally constructed as Gato Cuban Cigar factory, the twin-cottages were first built in the early 1900's as part of hand-made housing for workers of the former factory. Today both the twin-cottages and the Gato building are completely gentrified, but their historic facades and location stand true as testimonies to the colorful economic Caribbean past of Key West.
Modern Transformation: The most recent transformation of the twin cottages to make them Twice As Nice was completed in 2008 and was designed so that they function either separately, or together as one - equally as well. Separately they are known as Havana Moon and Cockadoodle Cottage. When rented together as one accommodation, we call it "Twice As Nice" because indeed it is just that...providing four spacious bedroom suites (each has a custom designer en-suite bath), two gourmet quality kitchens, one private swimming pool with fenced back yard, two connected front sitting porches with a view of the ocean near the southernmost point of the United States, and private off-street parking! I also enjoy the convenience of a local's favorite coffee and tea house in a charming old house across the street - a bit like having a gourmet espresso and pastry "lobby breakfast service."
Interior Layout: In its new look the interior design and decorum of the twin-cottages bespeak the contemporary island romantic minimalist look, i.e. understated and elegant with a tropical feel. Appointed with classy furnishings, subtle colors and quiet artwork to set a tone of calmness and relaxation, floors are an intermixed use of wood and tile, and high ceilings with recessed lighting that give the rooms a more spacious feeling. Even though the interior is completely re-mastered to make four luxurious bedroom suites, two full kitchens, and two master bathrooms (one with double size handicap accessible shower and one with Jacuzzi tub), the owners were true enough to the original interior structure so that you can still enjoy the authentic flavor of the single "shot-gun" design. The classic layout of each cottage essentially mirrors its twin.
Let's begin our "walk-through" of Twice As Nice at the entrances located on the connected front porches. Facing the property, the Havana Moon cottage is the one on the left and the Cockadoodle Cottage is on the right, and front doors are on the left side of each building. Interiors of each cottage pretty much mirror each other in the sense that the basic layout stays true to the original "shot-gun" style.
Upon entering the front door of each cottage you step immediately into the common "hall room" that heads straight-away to the back door. Off this main "common room", on the side of each house, a symmetrical row of interior rooms proceed from the front to the back.
Starting at the front, the first door off the hall of each cottage leads to a front bedroom with custom en-suite bathroom. The front bedroom in the Havana Moon cottage offers a queen size bed and the front bedroom in the Cockadoodle Cottage provides a king size bed. Furnishings are tasteful and elegant in each cottage and compliment one another.* (see notes)
The next room in each cottage is a brand-new modern "U-shaped kitchen," complete with top-of-the-line appliances and recessed lighting. Kitchens in each cottage are open to a wide "sitting hall" which at this point opens to be a small interior gathering and common seating space for each house and makes a natural place for entertaining.
The last rooms down the hall of each cottage we find a spacious back bedroom and custom luxurious en-suite bathroom. Each back bathroom offers a unique feature with Havana Moon providing an oversized and double wide handicap accessible shower while the Cockadoodle Cottage provides a 2 person Jacuzzi bath tub. Finally, at the end of the hall of each cottage are the back doors where it's time to check out the fenced back yard.
Outside Layout: To meet modern luxury vacation standards, the original back yard on the Havana Moon side of the property has been remade to a accommodate a nice size swimming pool and large concrete sun deck for pool-side sunning. The other side of the yard has a small back porch. Back around to the front of the property, is the long covered front sitting porch where you can catch a view of the ocean and the soft salt southern breeze. Pretty wicker furnishings have been placed for guests to sit and watch the world of Key West go by.
Amenities: Upscale renovation and luxury furnishings. Swimming pool, large deck, tropical plantings, completely fenced. Two fully equipped kitchens, central a/c, telephone, color cable TV, stereo, washer / dryer. Linens and towels are provided. Catering can be arranged. Maid service can be scheduled. Off Street parking for 2 cars!
Activities: Elegant Upper Duval St. - Close to the Southern Most Point of the United States. The beach is just down the street to your left, so when you've had enough pool and porch time you can head for South Beach for some sun and good food. There is a great open air beach side restaurant there with a full bar and excellent beach side menu. Cafe neighborhood features art galleries, wonderful eateries and internationally famous fine restaurants, coffee house, fine gift and clothing stores, Grand Vin wine tasting, home made ice cream. Here you start at the top of Duval St. near the Atlantic Ocean and can take the 20 min stroll to the Gulf of Mexico (remember it takes 3 to 4 Key West streets to equal the distance of a typical city block). Sailing, boating, diving, museums, nightlife.
Area: Upper Duval or ‘Uptown Key West’ has evolved into the “elegant end of Duval” and offers an exceptional variety of restaurants, beautiful boutiques, and art galleries. Close enough to South Beach that you can see it from the porch, and the Southernmost Point of the United States is just around the corner. Walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 15 to 20 minutes.
Restrictions: Smoke free house. Smoking permitted outside only. We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian. This property is not appropriate to stage loud parties. As with all private vacation homes, occupants of this property must adhere to the Sound Control / Noise Ordinance of Key West - ARTICLE IV Sec. 26-191. No pets please.
*Notes: This property is ideal for couples, professionals, executives, and families who have discerning tastes looking for a luxurious accommodation. One of the cottages in this group, the Havana Moon cottage may not be appropriate for children due to its location. Please contact us for more information.
|Jan 23, 2021 - Jan 29, 2021||$5500||$1059.75||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 30, 2021 - Feb 12, 2021||$6100||$1087.50||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 13, 2021 - Feb 19, 2021||$6500||$1116.00||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 20, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021||$6100||$1087.50||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 10, 2021 - May 30, 2021||$5000||$893.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 31, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021||$4575||$884.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 12, 2021 - Aug 8, 2021||$5000||$893.75||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 9, 2021 - Oct 1, 2021||$4150||$922.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 2, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021||$4575||$884.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021||$7125||$1224.00||7 night minimum|
|Nov 1, 2021 - Nov 6, 2021||$4575||$884.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021||$5000||$893.75||7 night minimum|
|Nov 15, 2021 - Nov 19, 2021||$4575||$884.25||3 night minimum|
|Nov 20, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021||$5000||$893.75||7 night minimum|
|Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021||$4150||$922.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 18, 2021 - Dec 25, 2021||$6425||$1150.00||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022||$7500||$1284.00||7 night minimum|
|Jan 3, 2022 - Jan 14, 2022||$5385||$1077.00||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 15, 2022 - Jan 21, 2022||$5385||$1038.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 22, 2022 - Jan 28, 2022||$5665||$1092.75||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 29, 2022 - Feb 18, 2022||$6285||$1122.50||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 19, 2022 - Feb 25, 2022||$6695||$1147.75||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 26, 2022 - Apr 17, 2022||$6285||$1122.50||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 18, 2022 - May 29, 2022||$5150||$919.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 30, 2022 - Jun 10, 2022||$4715||$909.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 11, 2022 - Aug 7, 2022||$5150||$919.75||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 8, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022||$4275||$946.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022||$4715||$909.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 21, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022||$7340||$1258.50||7 night minimum|
|Oct 31, 2022 - Nov 5, 2022||$4715||$909.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 6, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022||$5150||$919.75||7 night minimum|
|Nov 14, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022||$4715||$909.50||3 night minimum|
|Nov 19, 2022 - Nov 26, 2022||$5150||$919.75||7 night minimum|
|Nov 27, 2022 - Dec 16, 2022||$4275||$946.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 17, 2022 - Dec 25, 2022||$6620||$1182.25||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023||$7725||$1324.50||7 night minimum|
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“Everyone I spoke with at VHKW was fantastic! Willing to work with me to get the reservations complete, while I was working with my group on the final details. VHKW provided excellent maintenance when we called for minor issue with AC in the unit. Also appreciated the email we received from VHKW while on property when a hurricane warning was issued, giving us some tips on how to prepare, etc. Regarding the property itself, we stayed at Twice as Nice on Duval. It was perfect for our group of 7 adults. Units were very clean inside and out. Appreciated having a private pool. We loved the porch for people watching!
“The rental Twice as Nice was exactly what it was advertised as. Choosing a VHKW rental made this the best trip to Key West we have ever had. If your looking to book your next trip make sure you include a VHKW as your choice for lodging.
“Everything was wonderful . Looking forward to booking again for Thanksgiving.
“Twice as nice cottages were perfect for our family holiday. We had 7 adults and a 10 month old baby. The location was ideal, the four separate bathrooms were a plus and the pool was used every day of our stay.
“Our time in Key West was wonderful. The houses were awesome perfect great and you never felt crowded. Enjoyed front porch to wave to tour trains and said good morning to people passing The wedding was perfect . Weather perfect, advise we received from Genette and Paige was very good. They were great. Hope I get to have a return trip. Thanks for everything.
“This was our second stay at Twice as Nice and it was once again fantastic! Super clean & convenient. We did have problems with keeping the pool heated this time for some reason as it wasn’t heated when we arrived and seemed to keep turning off. The pool may also have a leak as the water level kept dropping. Aside from that, everything was perfect. We’ll see you next time!
“Wonderful time!!! Fantastic place to stay. Will do again in the future.
“Accommodations were terrific, checkin was easy and we had no issues during our stay! Thanks.
* This property may not be available for the dates above due to other inquires and pending reservation.