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“My spouse and I just wanted to "get away"”
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Island House
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

we are a couple and our relationship is very important to both of us. It seems that the other folks staying here assume that you are there to "hook-up" and I guess we were considered too much of a temptation because we were not left alone. We will not be back - we have found other locations in S Florida that cater to men that are just more upscale and relaxing.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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23  Thank fireman452
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

While a bit pricey, the Island House is a great place to base you visit to Key West. The facilities, staff, ambiance, food, and opportunities for fun are tops. It is easy walking distance from Duval Street in the Old Town area of Key West. I have spent 8 days there with two trips in the last year and will return. There are less expensive guesthouses in the area, but the value one gets at IH is worth the cost. One warning, the clientele is almost exclusively gay/bi and nudity in all areas can be expected. If one is offended by a frisky environment, the the Island House probably is not your cup of tea. Facilities include whirlpools, sauna, large pool with adjoining bar/restaurant with generous 'happy hour' drinks, nicely appointed rooms, and the always active video room.

Room Tip: Rooms beside the pool can be a bit noisy. Book early for festival weekends.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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8  Thank Robb R
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The best gay men's property in beautiful Key West. For me, Island House is a relaxing, friendly, no pressure environment. Jon Allen, the owner, runs an excellent business. The staff is fun and efficient. The restaurant is very nice, the pool is large, nice sun decks, nice small gym, comfortable rooms, and right in Old Town.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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7  Thank Travelnut1965
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We always enjoy our time at the Island House. Let it all "hangout" or stay somewhat "reserved" it's all up to you. Wonderful rooms and facilities. The bar/restaurant down in the pool area is definately the social place to be with daily "free" happy hours and awesome freshly prepared meals. Great location away from the touristy craziness but still close enough enjoy if you like.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank MarkOmaha
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

From the moment we walked in the door, our stay at Island House was filled with expert customer service and relaxed enjoyment. Three of us stayed on the 2nd floor pool side. The room was comfortable and spacious with great decorating details. The bed had to be one of the most comfortable that I've experienced while traveling. Some may feel it may be a bit noisy by the pool, but I personally had no problems at all. The entire staff was warm and friendly. From the front desk to the handsome landscaper, a staff member never made you feel like you were interrupting their day. They would stop and chat, offer guidance, and even touch base with you to make sure you were enjoying your stay. The food selection has something for everyone. I was a bit hesitant at first about the clothing optional thing, but after the 1st day I felt like was among friends and enjoyed the freeing experience of wandering around wearing nothing but a smile if that was my mood. Meeting locals who were using a day pass also allowed you to meet folks who actually lived there. The connection to the wireless internet wasn't always the best, but it may just have been our room. This was the best way to celebrate my birthday and have memories that I will cherish forever.

Room Tip: Definitely try to get a room by the pool if you enjoy being social and people watching.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Joel S
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Well, it's supposed to be the best gay resort in the world. Errrrmm.. well... I'm not totally sure about that title. It is however definitely up there with the top 10 of the best. It's in need of a little bit of tender care here and there, but there are some outstanding features. Putting aside the very friendly clientele the benefits of this place are the staff, the beds, the pool, the bar, the sun deck and the adorable and friendly guys who work behind the bar. In fact the entire staff can't do enough to be helpful. It's a place to lose yourself for a few days. Check in and tune out, the outside world fades away. It's an oasis of sun and blue sparkling water and lazy evenings under the stars. Check out the owner's suite on the balcony overlooking both the pool and the street from two private terraces, fantastic. Remarkably for a gay hotel they offer a pretty awesome selection of freshly prepared food from their kitchens. Take the plunge.

Room Tip: The owner's suite - splash out, it's fun.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Boywithkite
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in september in a lovely room which was poolside! I just wish the same room was available non poolside as the noise seemed to go on until about five inthe morning and this was from the non resident visitors it seemed, it made it very hard to sleep but once asleep the beds were v comfy! Location staff and pool are awesome and venue is good fun! Just a bit more peace for those who wish to sleep after two in the morning would be nice!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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6  Thank Southamptonboy
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Additional Information about Island House

Address: 1129 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040-6997
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Key West
Price Range: $85 - $399 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 39
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 
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