First thing I noticed, which was a turn off. The wall they have surrounding their property has a huge sign painted on there. Paradise Lakes, where you can swim nude. (something to that effect) Then it was hard to find the entrance, because there are so many little streets. When we pulled up there was no one in the security booth. There was a sign saying "having gate issues". So we went through the gate that was left open (lacking security) and had no idea where to go. They need a sign pointing to the check-in building, because the first building you see is their real estate office. We checked in with no issues, the lady was polite. One thing I did not like is having to carry your luggage through the pool deck if you are staying pool side. It can be a bit tricky if there are a lot of people laying out. They should have a side gate to use. Have a key system or something. We got there early Friday Afternoon. We were able to enjoy the pool and have some drinks from The Key West Bar. Drinks were good, but they use very small plastic cups. I think they should be a bit larger for what they charge. They also never tell you your total when you order. Even if it is a running tab, every time someone puts an order in the customer should be told what that order total comes too.
If you are staying pool side you CANNOT have liquor, not even in your room. My husband is a Scotch Drinker and they did not have very good Scotch. Later Friday it started to rain so we went to our room. The TV did not work so we called the front desk and they sent a man out just to tell us the TV did not work. No wi-fi in the rooms either ;(. The rain stopped and we went outside again. We asked if we should make dinner reservations and we were told yes, we should because at 7pm 75 couple's were coming in (Tampa Bay Lifestylers). I was a little nervous about that. However, they made the place happening. Reveal (dance/bar) was very very packed and hard to get served. I believe there were 2 men behind the bar and I believe Heather was the waitress taking orders and serving. They were all pleasant even though they were stressed and under staffed. My husband and I are not into the life style but, they were fun and enjoyable. They did not bother us at all. The food at the restaurant was OK. Not bad, but nothing great. However, it served it's purpose. I ordered a drink at dinner and the waitress had to run over to Key West to get the drink, because there was no one in the bar where the restaurant was. That was a little awkward watching her walking in the rain with a drink in hand. The conversational pool was nice and warm and very busy. We had a good time.
We turned in for the night. A few things.... The doors to the room are glass so they have wide blinds covering the window. Some of the slats were missing and broke. I know it is a nudist resort, but we like some privacy. The blinds do not keep the lights out. If you are a light sleeper like I am you will have issues with this. They need to put a curtain rod up with curtains on rings to open and close the curtains for privacy and block out the lighting. The bed was a king and very comfortable, the room was clean. No small coffee maker or blow dryer :(. Rooms were small but we did not spend a lot of time in the room so they are perfect. I love the fact there are umbrellas already at the pool area. They need to pressure wash their deck in some places and their lounge chairs, but it is Florida and mold grows fast. It really was not an issue for us. Pools were very clean and probably the only pools I have been in and are not freezing! VERY COMFORTABLE!!!
We never been there before and I heard there are new owners. There are a few things they need to work on but it can not happen all at once. The average age I'd 60 and up. We are 45/51 yrs old. However, the age thing does not bother us at all. I do not get the fact when you are spending the night you still get hit with Day Fees. They are not high like Caliente, however we go to the Cove a lot and never get not with day fees if we are staying there.
All in all we would return to Paradise Lakes again! We had a great time.
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Lakes Hotel Land o Lakes
- Paradise Lakes Hotel
- Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel, Resort & Spa...We have over 100 hotel rooms; many of them are situated poolside, an upscale restaurant, a rocking nightclub, our Key West Bar at poolside, a fitness center with a gym. a day spa & a boutique featuring the hottest in clubwear, an RV park, tennis, sand volleyball, water volleyball, hot tubs, a heated conversation pool and huge all-season pool. ... more less