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“Your Own Special Island on the Island”
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Island House
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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125 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Your Own Special Island on the Island”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Island House is a welcoming community within the Key West community. The staff was very friendly and outgoing, easy to get to know on a first-name basis, especially the servers at the onsite restaurant, but without exception, made you feel at home from checkin to checkout. Rooms are on the small, intimate side but clean, comfortable and attuned to their target audience. Beds are exceptional; we tended to linger in the mornings. Rooms are on the high side, but viewed as a package (room, food and beverage) not out of line. Onsite restaurant (available 24/7) was quite good; you need not leave the premises unless you wish to. Amenities include impressive landscaping, pool, sun deck, large hot tub and workout room which is small and at times crowded, adequate but could be better equipped; quite a few of the guests are "gym rats." Congenial bar with free happy hour, friendly atmosphere, safe and secure. Felt like I fit right in. Parking is sparse, but that holds true most places on the island.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

I stayed here for the first time in February of 2014... The room, though small, was very comfortable, clean and well furnished. The staff was very friendly, and the food in the onsite restaurant was excellent. The location was a short 10 minute walk to Duval street. I would definitely stay here again on my next visit.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Hallo/Hello/Aloha
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was my second stay at the Island House. I was a year before because i´ve had heared of it. This time i wanted to show it my husband.
From the check in to check out you feel this special atmosphere there. You are no just a guest but a friend.
I could write storys just about these comfortable beds. I never slept that good in a hotel. But we did not say in bed all the time. Sitting at the pool, at the bar or the sundeck was so relaxing. It´s all very beautyful, the garden, everything...
The staff at the reception, at the bar, all of them are very friendly, it´s alwasy fun to talk to the. The food is great, the partys are big fun and if you wanna go out it´s just a nice 10 to 15 min. walk through the beautyful Flemming Street to the hotspots in the citycenter.
The Island House is the perfect place to meet new people, to relax, having fun... It´s just like heaven...
Thank you Paul, Gordon and the whole team to make these days special! We will be back for sure!
J.D. & Carsten form Stuttgart

Room Tip: Some smaller rooms have shared bathrooms. I haven´t seen one of them, but all rooms i have seen look...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

I stayed here for the first time Oct. 2013 with a friend. Had a great time! The staff was excellent and even gave us a room upgrade as one became available. Some rooms are small but since you are hardly ever in the room that wasn't a problem. Easy walk to Duval but we rented bikes, which I highly recommend, so we could get to the various sites and beaches. I will agree with one reviewer that smoking is allowed by the pool (still?!?, it's 2014!) and sadly the guests certainly take advantage of it. Love the free happy hour from 5:30-7pm. Will be staying again in June 2014 to take advantage of the buy 4 nights, get 3 free.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Eagan, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Key west, this is it. A little pricey, but for the most part you get what you pay for. I've stayed in a couple different sized rooms right inside the property, as well as the building right across the alley. Some inside rooms are a little small, but unless there is horrible weather, you won't be inside much anyway! Great bar, great food, great service, and all surrounding the pool! Will definitely be back...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Was pretty impressed with facility. They gave us a tour. Will come back. The entir facility looked great. Love the fact you can just stay in the resort for everything. Pool area and bar were quite impressive. Easy scooter parking.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

My experience in seeking out the sun at gay resorts is that you generally get what you pay for. I had a really nice time here. It was clearly better than most gay resorts, but the price seems exceptional to me. Yes, it is worth more than the average gay resort, but in comparison to what $350 will buy you elsewhere in Miami, the US, even the caribe, I have to say its a bit much. I will admit to having a great time though!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Island House

Property: 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 21 Specialty Lodging in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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