Suggestions for Gay Resort to Stay in Fort Lauderdale, March 2011

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    Jan 30, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    I figured a lot of guys here would have suggestions on this. I looked to see if it was asked before here, but the last info is from 2008, so I would think that things have changed.

    I'll be heading down to Fort Lauderdale for the first week in March, and I'm looking for a resort to stay at. I'm not looking for the most expensive place, especially as I figure I'm going to be outside most of the time. I'd just like a place that's gay, has a pool, is generally in the area where the gay life is, and all crazy party loud so that I'd never be able to sleep. As I'm not 22, I figure I don't want a place where I'd feel out of place.

    Granted, clothing optional places (as I understand are common there) is fine with me! icon_wink.gif

    Any suggestions you have welcomed. Also suggestions of things to do and places to eat is good. I will have a rental car, so I can go places.

    I'm also thinking about taking a trip down to Key West and having an overnight there, as I've never been there. Thoughts?

    As one who is braving the snowy Northeast, I'm looking forward to beach weather!

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    Jan 30, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
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    Jan 30, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    Me and my BF stayed at Alcazar a couple years ago... It has private pool and jacuzzi and clothing optional... (there are two neighboring properties... i think the neighboring was called worthington. alcazar is less expensive and you can use amenities of more expensive neighboring place...)

    I am not sure what you are into but everyone respects everyone to do their own thing.. I saw a few risque things going on so if you aren't into that, maybe rethink it... I will go back there....




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    Jan 30, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    My place is clothing "tolerated." icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 30, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't know if it's still there, but I stayed at a gay guesthouse in Key West called "Big Ruby's" and it was really great---well run, clothing-optional, friendly guys with zero attitude, nice pool (you'd be surprised how un-beach-y Key West is).
    Big Ruby's is still there (in KW)
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    Jan 30, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy place is clothing "tolerated." icon_wink.gif
    as is mine.. but my pool is naked mandated.
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    Jan 30, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't know if it's still there, but I stayed at a gay guesthouse in Key West called "Big Ruby's" and it was really great---well run, clothing-optional, friendly guys with zero attitude, nice pool (you'd be surprised how un-beach-y Key West is).


    Big Rubys is still there, all redone, it is an awsome place.
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    Jan 30, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    matt45710 saidI'm also thinking about taking a trip down to Key West and having an overnight there, as I've never been there. Thoughts

    We go to Key West fairly frequently, were there in November, will be spending another week the end of February until March 1st. We have lots of friends there with whom we could stay, but one of the destinations where we prefer to use the gay guesthouses (or "resorts").

    My personal favorite as a single guy was Island House on Fleming Street. Just about the biggest one there, if you're gonna be alone it's the most bathhouse-like for easy cruising and sex. About the largest outdoor pool of the bunch, you can actually swim in it (most others are like big spas), and nude, of course. They have day rates (meaning you don't stay overnight), with rumors the management hires guys to entertain their guests. All I know is that I always had a 1000 batting average there, and some of the guys I took to my room had eastern European accents, though they asked for no money. hmmmmm...

    There's a small but functional gym, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, steam room, sauna, group gang shower, upstairs video "play" room, and poolside bar and food service for most of the day. Couples outnumber singles, but that's true at most of the gay resorts, the age demographic tending to be from mid-30s to 50s, gays who have the money & time for such a vacation.

    Disadvantages include that it's at the far end of Fleming, a long walk up to the Duval Street area, the main tourist attraction. It's also on the expensive side, and like most gay places in Key West the parking is almost non-existent. Also, some of the less expensive rooms do not have bathrooms, relying upon a common hall bath. But it can be cruisey, having double open showers, multiple sinks, somewhat locker room-like, but very clean and attractive, and you don't need a bathrobe to walk down the hall to it. Or else you can use the bigger gang shower in the spa area. If I were single I might consider such a room.

    Further up Fleming we sometimes use the Equator, which is so-so, my partner having known the former owner. There you've got the more typical postage stamp-size pool, a moderate hot tub, limited bar hours in the evening, few other amenities, and mainly just buffet breakfast from their kitchen.

    But also clothes optional, and I remember this adorable young 20-something that came outside to the breakfast bar for coffee every morning stark naked. He'd get 2 cups and head back to their room, dick flopping the whole way, the guys who were sitting at poolside tables almost falling out of their chairs.

    Our current favorite is New Orleans House, which is on the second floor above the popular Bourbon Street Pub, right on Duvall in the heart of the tourist area. Plus there's a guest cottage at ground level around back, where the nude pool, hot tub, and thatched outdoor bar are located. There's also a sandy faux beach area with lounges (additionally there are 2 elevated sun decks, the 3rd floor rooftop one over the raised-ceiling gym giving a nice view of downtown Key West, though I haven't tried being nude up their yet).

    Beyond the "beach" is the "Man Cave" where you can have some hanky-panky with glory holes and such, mainly when they open the back area around 6 PM to male customers coming from the Pub bar up front. (The Pub also has virtually naked male dancers on the weekends) Only caveat: they will let women back there for scheduled special events, but as long as you're not shy, I've seen guys swim naked anyway, and the upper sun decks always remain exclusively for male hotel guests only.

    Some KW guest houses are unisex, for both gays & lesbians, and I don't believe any of those are clothing optional. Do confirm the place you're considering is for men only, and clothing optional if that's your preference. The public ocean beach isn't too far away, but none of these places are on it, mainly just the huge straight mega-hotels. E-mail me for even more info and to answer your questions.
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    Jan 30, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    There is a place called the Dunes. It is really nice. Also, that is the week of White party in Fort Lauderdale, and it is season. Be prepared to spend money! You will have a great time.
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    Jan 30, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    fit2be saidThere is a place called the Dunes. It is really nice. Also, that is the week of White party in Fort Lauderdale, and it is season. Be prepared to spend money! You will have a great time.

    Yeah, in-season prices don't end until around April 15.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. I've been looking around, and I don't see that the White Party is in town that week. Maybe I'm wrong?

    I've got a few places in particular that I'm looking at. I'm looking to see how nice a place I can get for under $140 a night. Here are particular places that I've been thinking about:

    Palm Plaza Resort
    San Souci Hotel.
    Ortin Terrace
    Windamar Beach Resort
    Windamar Beach Club

    Any thoughts about which would be good?

    I think I'll probably not bother with the Key West run, as I do want to try to relax and not run around a lot. I'd rather go down there when I have more time.
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    Jan 31, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    matt45710 saidThanks guys. I've been looking around, and I don't see that the White Party is in town that week. Maybe I'm wrong?

    I've got a few places in particular that I'm looking at. I'm looking to see how nice a place I can get for under $140 a night. Here are particular places that I've been thinking about:

    Palm Plaza Resort
    San Souci Hotel.
    Ortin Terrace
    Windamar Beach Resort
    Windamar Beach Club

    Any thoughts about which would be good?

    I think I'll probably not bother with the Key West run, as I do want to try to relax and not run around a lot. I'd rather go down there when I have more time.
    I dont know why you just dont go down to KW and blow off Lauderdale!
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    Feb 04, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Well, I figured I'd hit Key West on another trip. I've got some friends in the FTL area (and relatives in Boynton Beach) to visit, so I figure I'll go stay in Lauderdale. Looks like the White Party's in Miami at the beginning of the month. Will that have any effect on Ft. Lauderdale?

    Have narrowed down my choices to The Worthington/Alcazar, The Grand Resort, and Elysium. Which would you choose?
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    Feb 04, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMy place is clothing "tolerated." icon_wink.gif



    i wanna get this on a t-shirt.
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    Feb 04, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    briefslover1 saidMe and my BF stayed at Alcazar a couple years ago... It has private pool and jacuzzi and clothing optional... (there are two neighboring properties... i think the neighboring was called worthington. alcazar is less expensive and you can use amenities of more expensive neighboring place...)

    I am not sure what you are into but everyone respects everyone to do their own thing.. I saw a few risque things going on so if you aren't into that, maybe rethink it... I will go back there....






    After my stay there, I refer to it as "Alcatraz"...
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    Feb 04, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    As for Key West, stay at Alexander's Guest House http://www.alexanderskeywest.com/
    on Fleming Street, a gay & lesbian place with discreet clothing-optional upper decks....right across from Island House..where more risque things take place.icon_eek.gificon_cool.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 04, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    After my stay there, I refer to it as "Alcatraz"...



    Studly, what happened? That's turning into my top choice, so I'd like to hear why you didn't like it.
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    Feb 04, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    I suggest checking out The Schubert in Ft. Lauderdale and La Te Da and New Orleans House in Key West. All are smaller places and not super luxurious but they are quite charming.

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    Feb 04, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI suggest checking out The Schubert in Ft. Lauderdale and La Te Da and New Orleans House in Key West. All are smaller places and not super luxurious but they are quite charming.

    Have fun! icon_cool.gif


    Thanks Sashaman. Why do you recommend these places? The Schubert looks a little more expensive, and seems to be further from the beach. Does it have something particularly good about it?
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    Feb 10, 2011 10:59 AM GMT
    fit2be saidThere is a place called the Dunes. It is really nice. Also, that is the week of White party in Fort Lauderdale, and it is season. Be prepared to spend money! You will have a great time.


    Not true about cost...
    If you are into the "circut party" scene MAKE sure you speak to someone who goes or has gone. There are tones of very, very nice places in the area including the dunes. There is also ed lugo which is my favorite. but there are many more and you don't have to spend a ton to do it.

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    Feb 10, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    matt45710 said
    sashaman saidI suggest checking out The Schubert in Ft. Lauderdale and La Te Da and New Orleans House in Key West. All are smaller places and not super luxurious but they are quite charming.

    Have fun! icon_cool.gif


    Thanks Sashaman. Why do you recommend these places? The Schubert looks a little more expensive, and seems to be further from the beach. Does it have something particularly good about it?


    I liked it because it had a cool retro feel to it. It is further from the beach but it is in an area called Victoria Park which is walking distance to some restaurants and shops. Plus, if you are planning on spending any time in Wilton Manors, it is closer.
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    Feb 10, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
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    sashaman saidI suggest checking out The Schubert in Ft. Lauderdale and La Te Da and New Orleans House in Key West. All are smaller places and not super luxurious but they are quite charming.

    Have fun! icon_cool.gif

    Thanks Sashaman. Why do you recommend these places? The Schubert looks a little more expensive, and seems to be further from the beach. Does it have something particularly good about it?


    I liked it because it had a cool retro feel to it. It is further from the beach but it is in an area called Victoria Park which is walking distance to some restaurants and shops. Plus, if you are planning on spending any time in Wilton Manors, it is closer.

    I know the Retro Schubert Resort (its full name) fairly well, and its owner, Tony Dee. He has other properties here in Wilton Manors, is often on site, not an absentee owner, which helps.

    It's clothing optional, except for the front lobby, and all male. Females used to be allowed until a couple of years ago, the clothing optional applying to them, too, so you had to get into a public nudist beach mindset around the pool. In fact, most of the housekeeping staff was female back then, too.

    Which gave my ex-BF quite a start his first morning there, when he walked out of his room naked for an early swim, thinking the place was all-male, and ran into a uniformed cleaning lady. He ducked back into his room, fearing he had made a terrible mistake, and phoned the front desk staff, who assured him the cleaning staff was accustomed to nudity, even the female workers.

    I mention all this in case you may hear stories about the former co-ed policy, which as I say, has changed to 100% male. I believe the Schubert still doesn't have a liquor license, despite having a small bar, but you can BYOB. The exterior is 1950s motel, but the room interiors are modern and fairly well appointed. I don't recall any elevators to the second floor, so if handicapped be sure to tell them, in case you need to get a ground-floor room. It doesn't have an ocean view, but then none of the gay guesthouses east of there do, either, being located a couple blocks in from the shore in a strip along and adjacent to N Birch Road.

    The Schubert's much farther from the beach, and you have to go nearly 2 miles east and then south to reach the section known as Sebastian, where most of the gay men congregate. So you need to take a car, even a bicycle a bit of a job, because of the heavy traffic around the Galleria mall you must pass, and then cross the high drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. I think a bus runs by, a block north on Sunrise Blvd, but you'll have to ask the staff about that. Fortunately they have good on-site parking if you have a car, which most of the other gay guesthouses closer to the beach do not offer.

    It's walking distance to the Galleria, the best mall in town, with a couple of good places to eat and drink there, like the Capital Grille (perhaps a little pricey and don't wear beach togs), and the Blue Martini for mostly drinks, both favorites of mine. And it is closer to Wilton Manors, where much of the gay nightlife (and daylife, too) is located.

    So you should enjoy the Schubert, if it suits your budget. And if Tony Dee is there when you check in, mention our names to him, I'll e-mail you again matt45710 if you want them.
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    Feb 10, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    UPDATE: I was just on the phone with the Retro Schubert, spoke with owner Tony Dee, and confirmed the items above I wasn't sure about. I was all correct: still no liquor license there (BYOB), still 100% male, clothing optional, no elevator to the second floor (that info more for others here who might require that rather than for the OP, I presume). So those disabled ask for ground floor, which personally I would recommend anyway, at poolside for the convenience, and for the clothing optional view from your picture window if nothing else. icon_wink.gif

    Really crowded this time of year, plus with the awful winter up north, so make reservations early. Not only for the Schubert but I would think for other places, as well.
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    Feb 11, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Another good choice in Lauderdale is Pineapple Point if you want higher end ($$$). It is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and you could drive right by it unawares, like I did the first several times I had to go over there to fix their WiFi.

    Lush landscaping and the boys seem like they pamper the guests during their cookouts (I think they offer those on the weekend afternoons). You can drive to the gay nightlife in Wilton Manors in about 8-10 minutes and it's close to all the foofoo places on Las Olas Blvd.

    Anyway check their web site and read some reviews, but read the reviews with a critical eye as there seem to be a lot of very biased and unrealistic viewpoints on these review sites any more. We need reviews on the reviews!
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    Feb 11, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I got an email from matt45710, saying he had made reservations at a gay guest house near the beach. Sounds like he got a great price for in-season, I hope it works for him. I may try to drop in on him, to check the place out myself, so I know for next time someone here asks for advice.