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 with 5-Star Quality resort amenities. 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.
|Feb 23, 2019 - Apr 19, 2019||$5800||$1100||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 20, 2019 - May 26, 2019||$4800||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 27, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019||$4275||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 15, 2019 - Aug 8, 2019||$4800||$875||5 night minimum|
|Aug 9, 2019 - Oct 19, 2019||$4275||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 20, 2019 - Oct 26, 2019||$6825||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Oct 27, 2019 - Nov 3, 2019||$4275||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 4, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019||$4800||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 11, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019||$4275||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 29, 2019||$4800||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019||$3850||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 27, 2019||$6125||$1100||7 night minimum|
|Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020||$7200||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Jan 4, 2020 - Jan 10, 2020||$5025||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 11, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020||$5025||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 24, 2020||$5025||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 25, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020||$5300||$1100||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020||$5900||$1100||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020||$6300||$1100||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 22, 2020 - Apr 17, 2020||$5900||$1100||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Apr 18, 2020 - May 24, 2020||$4800||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 25, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020||$4375||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 13, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020||$4800||$875||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 8, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020||$4375||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 23, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020||$6925||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Nov 1, 2020 - Nov 7, 2020||$4375||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 8, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020||$4800||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 16, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020||$4375||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 20, 2020 - Nov 28, 2020||$4800||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 29, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020||$3950||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 19, 2020 - Dec 25, 2020||$6225||$1100||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021||$7300||$1200||7 night minimum|
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“We had a group of eight at Twice as Nice. This was a perfect set up for a group. The location is fantastic and the accommodations were ideal.
“Everything was perfect! Great location on Duval St. The accommodations were extremely clean and beautifully decorated.
“Thought VHKW was very easy to work with and very professional. Property was great and equipped with everything we needed.
“Nice homes, very clean and well appointed. Very nice private pool. We had both houses and had a great time.
“Great location. Easy to book with great customer service. Both houses were very clean and provided all necessary needs for us to have a great vacation. Highly recommended.
“We rented Twice As Nice on Duval Street from June 28th through July 3rd. We had a fantastic experience! Both cottages were extremely accommodating for my family. We found the cottages very clean fully stocked with linens, appliances, and accessories for our every need. The pool was magnificent and the backyard provided my family with a nice outdoor living space for the week. We definitely rank this as a 5 star place to stay and we are looking forward to our next trip back. So many other family members would like to come, so we may upgrade to a bigger house. My only negative comment is in regard to the gas grill in the yard. The bottom of the grill is rotted out and the drippings leak down onto the propane tank. We used a baking pan and placed it on top of the propane tank to catch the drippings. This was NOT a major issue, but we did use the grill everyday. Thank you to the staff at VHKW for providing us with a stress free process from start to finish and a wonderful vacation. Thanks again! -
“We stayed at Twice as Nice for 5 days in June. The place was really nicely upkept and the pool was wonderful! It was super hot the time we were there and the pool area was very nicely shaded and had plenty of seating. The rooms were nice sized with plenty of closet and drawer space. Both kitchens were recently remodeled and were well stocked with a coffee maker, toaster, and blender. I really liked that every bathroom had a hairdryer, the houses came with beach towels, and both houses had a washer and dryer. We have stayed in many vacation rentals and beach towels and hair dryers are usually not provided. We had a couple of issues with the house but the rental angeny was beyond awesome! They were very attentive and took care of everything immediately! I would definitely rent from this company again...they were so great to work with! Thanks for an awesome vacation!
“This was a superb location for a great Key West trip! We were close enough to downtown to walk in and see the sights whenever we wanted, but far enough down Duval Street to enjoy the peace and quiet. We were near plenty of restaurants and bars, and just around the corner from a bike rental place, allowing us full access to the entire island. The house itself was clean and comfortable. Each bedroom having its own private bath was a big plus. The pool and backyard area were perfect for lounging and enjoying some group down time. We would definitely return for another perfect vacation.
* This property may not be available for the dates above due to other inquires and pending reservation.