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“A Great Winter Vacation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island House

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Island House
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, DC
2 reviews
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“A Great Winter Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

Never having been to Key West, my partner and I had heard various reviews from friends, checked out a handful of gay places, and settled on Island House as the place we'd like to make the scene of our first deep winter getaway. We were greeted warmly by Gordon at the front desk, who took us on a tour of the immaculate property, explaining the way various facets of the resort worked. We were pleased with the genuine friendliness of the staff, and of the guests as well. The crowd was quite varied the week we were there, consisting of young, middle aged, and elderly, couples and singles, guests on day passes and resident guests. We found that, with the exception of a couple of walks downtown for sightseeing and shopping, and a couple of evenings our to dine at restaurants helpfully recommended by the front desk (who graciously made reservations for us as well), all we really wanted and needed was quite well supplied by Island House. The pool is fun (one might lament the absence of a high dive, though we didn't), the cafe food quite good and attractively served by an incredibly thoughtful and pleasant staff. We would definitely go back, possibly to cash in on their incredible 3-nights-free-out-of-season-for-4-nights-in-season deal.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

For this being my first time in Key West and gay, what an experience of a lifetime. I am a young 22 year old college student who traveled with a friend. I cannot express enough happiness to how great the staff was too me. There were a significant number of older men and it was fine. I met a lot of amazing people and hope some remember me. Your own experience at the Island House is what you make of it. If there is something you don't want, you just have to tell them no. I hope to return soon and have another great experience. Thank You Island House staff and the rest of the people of Key West.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

After spending a day here, I checked out early. The guests were very rude and total snobs. I have never experienced an attitude that the guests here have. If you come, either bring a book, or a couple of your own friends with so that you can your own little circle and snub everyone else. I will never return.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

stayed there with my partner and had a wonderful time. we never really needed to leave the compound. fine accomidation, full service bar and resturant, gym, pool 2 hot tubs and playroom. dont really need a car either as many things are in walking distance. we were there in the summer off season and were suprised at how busy it was. i would imagine in the winter months this joint is jumping

Room Tip: this is not a cheep place as mens resorts can get top rates, but it was worth it. there are rooms wi...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

I traveled here with my buddy after our amazing Atlantis cruise in the Caribbean and wow it was magnificent - we hardly left the complex - the food is great and the staff are ALL just simply brilliant - although a little more expensive than the other options available Island house was worth every single penny. It was both relaxing and loads of fun although we had a room right opposite the restaurant there were no issues at all. Absolutely love the staff they are all very professional and a great asset to the House.
Love it Love it Love it!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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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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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Key West
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,802 - ₹ 27,237
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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Island House Hotel Key West
Island House Key West

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