The Coconut Grove is in the same complex as the Oasis. They are two houses next to each other, connected by a pathway. You check in at the Oasis, and breakfast and the two daily (free) happy hours take place there as well. All guests have access to the facilities of both guest houses, so in total there are three pools and two hot tubs. Guests can also use the pool & hot tub at the Coral Tree House across the street.
Any reviews that describe the Coconut Grove as being run down or dirty are outdated. The place suffered damage in a fire in the spring of 2006 and needed to be gut-renovated. Everything in the place is now brand new. I think we were the first to sleep in the bed. The room was quiet and comfortable and very tastefully decorated, It had a brand new plasma TV on the wall and a quiet Mr. Slim a/c unit. The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous with a glass shower compartment and Moen fixtures. Our room did not have a balcony, though many do. The balcony/patio rooms off the pool could potentially be a little noisy since the pool areas get very busy when everybody gets home from the bars (at 2 or 3 am). But for that, you probably get quite a show sometimes!
The staff was very friendly and accomodating. The happy hours were a good time to meet the other guests, who were also wonderful, as luck would have it. A bunch of us became fast friends and hit the bars together. I was there with my partner -- we are a couple in our early 30s and it seemed that most of the guests were in our age group. Not too many guys were younger than us. The older guys who were there did not seem like trolls at all -- everybody was really nice, as if they had pre-screened all their guests or something.
The pools and sun decks are all clothing optional, and I think about half the guests chose to exercise that option. I don't think anybody who chose not to felt uncomfortable. We preferred the sun deck on the roof of the Coconut Grove, which is four floors up and has a partial view of the water and the cruise ships in the port. From up there you also have a view of all the fun & games going on in the pool areas of both the Oasis and the Coconut Grove.
You may be put off by the room rates -- I think the high season rates average around $200 depending on room type. But if you shop around, you see that rooms in KW are all pretty expensive -- even at the straight, run-of-the-mill places. At least at the Coconut Grove you know it will be a very relaxed, all gay male environment, and your room will be newly renovated (make sure your room is in the Coconut Grove building -- our friends who stayed in the Oasis building said those rooms could use some updating). Also, we felt it was a good value for the money since we spent hours upon hours at the complex sunning ourselves, grabbing $2 beers from the honor bar (when we weren't being fed free happy hour drinks), and using the pool facilities -- it wasn't just a bed to crash in.
It was a great time at the Coconut Grove and we can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Coconut Grove Guest House Hotel Key West