First, the bad: the rooms are on the small size, and quite expensive. Some don't even have private baths. Mine did, but it also faced the street, and was thus a bit noisy. I am sure those that face the pool also have their noise issues. I did not have any of the cleanliness issues that other reviewers have complained about. Also, a damaged curtain I complained about was never repaired. The food is excellent, extraordinary in fact, but also kind of expensive. The hotel is a long walk from Duvall Street, but who cares: there are nothing but breeder tourists down there anyway.
Second, this is a clothing-optional gay resort with a VERY cruisy atmosphere, an atmosphere that is openly encouraged by the management. If that is NOT what you are looking for, then stay away. I am tired of reading all these reviews by people who knew what they were getting into, stayed there, and complained about it anyway. This is the ISLAND HOUSE. What were you expecting? It's not a convent. It's a bathhouse with hotel rooms.
Third, if that IS what you are looking for, it can be the experience of a lifetime! You will get laid here. Multiple times! I did! Safe sex implements are complimentary. (Use them, please!) The pool has better eye candy than the best go-go joints around. The hot tub is a nice, friendly (VERY friendly) place to hang. (Actually, there are two of them.) The gym is well equipped (and the only place you must wear clothes.) And the "red room" or "chapel"? Enter horny, leave satisfied.
Also, I had no problem with "snobby" guests. I made lots of new friends here, and still am in contact with a lot of them. They come here from all over the country. The service is excellent, attentive, and friendly. I had a wonderful stay, and so will you.
- 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