I just returned from a long weekend at Island House that could have been a disaster, as Tropical Storm Isaac rolled into town a day and a half after I did. But it was one of the best vacations I've taken in a long time.
I had reserved a cheaper room with a shared bath but still felt like I was in an upscale hotel. The room was well appointed and the shared bathroom was elegant and always clean. Towels, sarongs and other amenities were always in abundant supply.
The Island House itself, once you get over the overwhelming gay vibe, is vast yet cozy and pretty much has almost everything you need. As the weather worsened I worried that being cooped up in the hotel would make me stir-crazy. But the atmosphere just fostered celebration and we partied and chatted, ate and drank, and even jumped in the pool during some of the torrential downpours. Locals constantly dropped by, freshening up the company, and the complimentary happy hour every day was always a high point.
Being a workout addict, their having a gym was an essential for me. Though small it was one of the most well-appointed I have ever experienced at a hotel.
The staff is very attentive, friendly and skilled. The cafe/bar staff, in particular, was excellent and while they were all great, standouts were Frank and Shawn. If I have one quibble, it is that the front desk staff was not always on its "A" game, and some things fell through the cracks. But none of it ever was major enough to spoil the good time I had and in many other instances they were extremely helpful and generous.
A note about my fellow guests: as this is a clothing-optional hotel, one might worry that it would be full of creepy guys that didn't respect personal boundaries. This was not the case. The clientele ran the gamut in age, body type and level of exhibitionism but all were friendly and respectful of each other. And I will just say that whenever I was looking for company of any kind, it was easy to secure.
Thank you Island House for a memorable vacation. I will have to start saving now so I can get there again soon.
- 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