Me and my partner were warned about the reputation of Island House before we decided to stay there, but we decided to stay there anyway. We have been to cruisy places in the past, but this place takes the cake. If you are looking for a meaningless "hook-up" with a faceless/nameless guy, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation after a year of working hard -- forget Island House.
A few good and bad points -- we stayed in one of the higher end rooms that face the pool. Be prepared to bring (or buy) Clorox to clean the mold off of the bathroom shower walls and floor. Although the bed is made on a daily basis, and the towels are changed daily, the staff clearly does not spend any time really cleaning. The mold in our shower ranged from black to pink depending on its age. Thirty minutes (and a bottle of Clorox later), the mold and its smell were gone.
Second -- there are a lot of little bugs (yes, insects) that were in our room. You need to learn to co-habitate with them -- If it's not your style, then skip this place.
Third -- The "video room" with "seven screens" as advertised is a pretty small hook-up room above the "gym". The "screens" are 20 inch or so TVs that are mounted into the walls of four seaparate little rooms. It looks like a back-room in any gay bar -- again, nothing special.
Fourth -- The food is absolutely first rate at really good prices. The staff can tell you what is particularly good on any particular day -- take their advice.
Fifth -- The bar staff and wait staff are very nice and do their best to make certain that everyone is having a good time. If you are lucky enough to have Donald on duty at the bar, you will get great service and a friendly attitude.
Sixth -- Good thing and bad thing -- depending on what the guests look like when you are there -- most people spend part of their time naked.
Seventh -- Very nice second floor sun deck away from the cruisy pool.
Eighth -- Although the pool is advertised as being the largest in the gay guest houses in Key West, it is still very small (especially when there is a large crowd od guests).
Ninth -- There is not a lot of chair space around the pool -- somewhere around 14 lounge chairs.
Well, I hope this helps if you are traveling down to Key West.
- 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