I had seen ads for the Island House online, and read some reviews, but I was skeptical about trying it since it's quite a trip down to Key West from NY. I finally decided to give it a go once one of my friends told me he had been there and loved it.
I stayed for four nights, and all around it was one of the best vacations I can remember having. As other reviewers have said, the age group is mixed. This is a very social atmosphere, and within about 15 minutes of sitting at the poolside after I checked in I already made a few friends. The crowd is mixed with hotel guests, locals who come to hangout, and guys from other guest houses in the area. It's a very sexually charged environment, but without feeling sketchy - it's up to you how much you want sex to be a part of the trip.
I thought the food was fine, what's nice is that all of the meals are served at the poolside. Nothing I ate caught my attention as being overly exciting, but then again, I doubt anyone will come here just for the food.
I've paid less money for a room at the Four Seasons....the rooms here are small and plain for the price, but this is a niche resort and you're paying because there are few places gay men can go, especially in the U.S., to have a trip like this.
The bartenders and staff were all very friendly, and the bartenders are fun to hangout with - definately try a massage too, they're given in a tent by the pool, and worth the price.
Even though I wasn't totally impressed with the accomodations or the food for the prices they charge, I thought the trip was well worth it; I was so bummed about having to leave that I booked another stay before I checked out.
If you're curious and have doubts, definately give this place a try, it's a fun and relaxing place to go, and you won't feel lonely if you decide to take the trip by yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine.... a place where everyone is gay.... where it’s easy to make friends.... where you can really be yourself.... where you can enjoy yourself 24 hours a day..... in a secure locked compound, safe from the outside world...... where a friendly and capable all-male staff are on hand to make sure you enjoy your vacation...... in a tropical paradise. Well that place is waiting for you. It’s called Island House in Key West ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Island House Hotel Key West
- Island House Key West