Ft Lauderdale gay hotels

  • alby

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    May 03, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    I've been researching gay hotels to go to when I hit sebastian beach this June and the hotels that grab my eye are Cheston House and alcazar. Anybody been to those hotels and is there any you guys recommend? Just scouting out whats good and what not. Thanks!
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    May 03, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Also consider The Grand and the Royal Palms. I live just a few miles away, know them all.

    http://grandresort.net/

    http://royalpalms.com/

    Be aware all of these places are converted from older motels and quite small. And "clothing optional" may actually be restricted to rather limited areas on the grounds, because of nearby high-rises. They're all a block or three from the beach, since beach front is now lined with straight mega-hotels.
  • alby

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    May 03, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    out of personal experience how are they? Or it just depends on what environment you like and location?
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    May 03, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Alby saidout of personal experience how are they? Or it just depends on what environment you like and location?

    It is indeed a personal call. The Grand is one of the largest, and has a genuine spa, with massages, a salon, and a nice pool. The Royal Palms is recently renovated, with a slightly Euro flair and a pleasant staff, whom we know. We sometimes drop in for drinks there.

    Cheston House is rather unremarkable in my view, just a freshened-up motel. Likewise the Alcazar, and I've heard some complaints about their staff, though hearsay as I've only been a day guest there.

    If the weather is good you'll want to be on the beach and out and about anyway, I would presume, so maybe all you want is a room, and any of the gay guest houses/resorts will serve. If you want a nicer hotel experience, the ones I mentioned are a little better.

    As for location, most are along N. Birch Rd or streets crossing it. Check a map and see how close they are to Sebastian Street, which gives its name to the beach most favored by gay men.
  • alby

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    May 03, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    Thanks I appreciate your input and maybe we'll meet up when I'm there! I'll be totally new to the area! I'm a social guy so meeting new people and making new friends are a must...... icon_smile.gif
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    May 03, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    Alby saidThanks I appreciate your input and maybe we'll meet up when I'm there! I'll be totally new to the area! I'm a social guy so meeting new people and making new friends are a must...... icon_smile.gif

    We're always happy to meet RJ guys who visit here. Our last was paulflexes about a week ago. But be aware we're really old, so we're not gonna hang out with you, just give you some tips, maybe meet for drinks.

    Here's a pic of me on Sebastian Beach from a few years ago, when I was 58. Note there are no women behind me, all men.

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  • aznmtl

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    May 03, 2012 10:46 AM GMT
    I was in Fort Lauderdale about a month ago and stayed at the Pineapple Point. It's rated #1 (for guest housing) on TripAdvisor and for good reason...it's fantastic!
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    May 03, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    I stayed at The Grand once. Very nice. I'd definitely go back.
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    May 03, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    aznmtl saidI was in Fort Lauderdale about a month ago and stayed at the Pineapple Point. It's rated #1 (for guest housing) on TripAdvisor and for good reason...it's fantastic!

    Pineapple Point does have a good reputation. But I understood the OP wants to be near Sebastian Beach, and Pineapple Point would require a car, and beach parking, which is difficult. But you're correct, it's a really lovely place, the villas are gorgeous, the whole thing very Floridian. It reminds me of Big Ruby's in Key West.
  • alby

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    May 03, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    Art drinks for sure but anyways,

    I'll look into the Grand and as for the beach Art is right I prefer to walk down the street without worrying about my car! Keep the recommendations up! Any more input is greatly appreciated icon_smile.gif
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    May 03, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    Alby saidArt drinks for sure but anyways,

    I'll look into the Grand and as for the beach Art is right I prefer to walk down the street without worrying about my car! Keep the recommendations up! Any more input is greatly appreciated icon_smile.gif

    Did someone I've got blocked slander me again for my alleged drinking? I wonder if I get to claim they're drug users, having no more evidence for that than they do for my supposed excessive drinking. Over a dozen RJ guys have met me in person, and none has ever seen me drunk. Yet this vicious myth that the conservaposse spreads to discredit my political views continues. Well, anyway, had to set that right.

    As for parking, the Birch Road gay guest houses are very short of parking. Most just offer a small pull-in off the street for maybe 6 cars. If you get a space try to keep it; walk, bike or bus as much as possible.

    Other notes: to keep their gay guests free from possible harassment and surveillance (more so in the old days), and also to maintain the privacy needed when clothing optional, most have locked gated entrances to the property. Look for an intercom on the outside of the entrance to buzz the front desk and let you in. Have their numbers handy on your cell phone in case they're away from the desk; I've been stranded outside a number of times, though once you check-in you'll get a gate key or combo.

    How long will you be in town? Lots of other things to do. If you stay on or right off Birch Rd, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is just a 1/2-mile walk north up the beach-front road, A1A, you'll see the long iron gating bordering the sidewalk. That's an interesting tour, though pricey at around $20.

    Most of the gay night life is in Wilton Manors. At your age you might be interested in the dance bar Boom, next to the well-known Alibi. Tell us what your interests are (leather, cowboy, twink, sports, seniors, strippers, etc), and there's probably a club for it.
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    May 03, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
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    Alby saidArt drinks for sure but anyways,

    I'll look into the Grand and as for the beach Art is right I prefer to walk down the street without worrying about my car! Keep the recommendations up! Any more input is greatly appreciated icon_smile.gif

    Did someone I've got blocked slander me again for my alleged drinking? I wonder if I get to claim they're drug users, having no more evidence for that than they do for my supposed excessive drinking. Over a dozen RJ guys have met me in person, and none has ever seen me drunk. Yet this vicious myth that the conservaposse spreads to discredit my political views continues. Well, anyway, had to set that right.

    As for parking, the Birch Road gay guest houses are very short of parking. Most just offer a small pull-in off the street for maybe 6 cars. If you get a space try to keep it; walk, bike or bus as much as possible.

    Other notes: to keep their gay guests free from possible harassment and surveillance (more so in the old days), and also to maintain the privacy needed when clothing optional, most have locked gated entrances to the property. Look for an intercom on the outside of the entrance to buzz the front desk and let you in. Have their numbers handy on your cell phone in case they're away from the desk; I've been stranded outside a number of times, though once you check-in you'll get a gate key or combo.

    How long will you be in town? Lots of other things to do. If you stay on or right off Birch Rd, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is just a 1/2-mile walk north up the beach-front road, A1A, you'll see the long iron gating bordering the sidewalk. That's an interesting tour, though pricey at around $20.

    Most of the gay night life is in Wilton Manors. At your age you might be interested in the dance bar Boom, next to the well-known Alibi. Tell us what your interests are (leather, cowboy, twink, sports, seniors, strippers, etc), and there's probably a club for it.


    Art I have heard "nothing" about your drinking icon_razz.gif anyways thx for the tip on the parking and I'll be in town for 5 days icon_smile.gif ha twink is my scene ha icon_razz.gif any good drag shows? restaurants I should know of? I live in Orlando and there's a gay restaurant called Bananas, so is there anything like that?
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    May 03, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    Alby saidArt I have heard "nothing" about your drinking icon_razz.gif anyways thx for the tip on the parking and I'll be in town for 5 days icon_smile.gif ha twink is my scene ha icon_razz.gif any good drag shows? restaurants I should know of? I live in Orlando and there's a gay restaurant called Bananas, so is there anything like that?

    OK, just puzzled by your post: "Art drinks for sure but anyways," Wasn't sure why that suddenly came up out of nowhere. But as I said, I have most of my demented detractors on Ignore, so I don't see what they post.

    Drag show performances are variable, many places holding them as special events. I know 2 popular performers, I can ask them what's coming up, when I have your dates here in June. There's a nearby drag restaurant called Lips, but I find that a bit touristy.

    Gay restaurants include Rosie's in Wilton Manors, in a lovely outdoor patio setting, and MoJo a few miles to the north, indoors and with a bit more upscale menu. I'd say Rosie's for lunch, MoJo for supper. Both gay-owned, the owners friends of ours, if we go together we can make it very special. The Alibi also serves food, but a more limited menu, the quality variable.

    Another full-menu gay restaurant is Tropics (paulflexes was just there with us for Sunday brunch, their speciality), but a very much older (elderly) crowd. And frankly, ANY restaurant in Wilton Manors is a gay restaurant. Then there's J-Mark's in Fort Lauderdale (also ate there with Paul), gay owned and rather nice, but not so much a gay atmosphere.

    I can give you lots more places, but those would be a good start for a 5-day visit.
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    May 03, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    BTW, just leaving now for Rosie's restaurant, a little early for lunch, but we're having a planning meeting there with the head of The SMART Ride. I'll out of the net for a few hours if you have more questions.
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    May 03, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    You said most of the resorts are former motels. Are there any gay places that have room service and other resort features?
  • alby

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    May 03, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
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    Alby saidArt I have heard "nothing" about your drinking icon_razz.gif anyways thx for the tip on the parking and I'll be in town for 5 days icon_smile.gif ha twink is my scene ha icon_razz.gif any good drag shows? restaurants I should know of? I live in Orlando and there's a gay restaurant called Bananas, so is there anything like that?

    OK, just puzzled by your post: "Art drinks for sure but anyways," Wasn't sure why that suddenly came up out of nowhere. But as I said, I have most of my demented detractors on Ignore, so I don't see what they post.

    Drag show performances are variable, many places holding them as special events. I know 2 popular performers, I can ask them what's coming up, when I have your dates here in June. There's a nearby drag restaurant called Lips, but I find that a bit touristy.

    Gay restaurants include Rosie's in Wilton Manors, in a lovely outdoor patio setting, and MoJo a few miles to the north, indoors and with a bit more upscale menu. I'd say Rosie's for lunch, MoJo for supper. Both gay-owned, the owners friends of ours, if we go together we can make it very special. The Alibi also serves food, but a more limited menu, the quality variable.

    Another full-menu gay restaurant is Tropics (paulflexes was just there with us for Sunday brunch, their speciality), but a very much older (elderly) crowd. And frankly, ANY restaurant in Wilton Manors is a gay restaurant. Then there's J-Mark's in Fort Lauderdale (also ate there with Paul), gay owned and rather nice, but not so much a gay atmosphere.

    I can give you lots more places, but those would be a good start for a 5-day visit.


    oh lovely, a good start to planning out my getaway in Ft Lauderdale icon_smile.gif Anyways ummm what I meant was to meet for drinks for sure with you Art. I never intended anything else! icon_smile.gif anyways I'm planning June 4th to the 8th icon_smile.gif
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    May 04, 2012 12:53 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidYou said most of the resorts are former motels. Are there any gay places that have room service and other resort features?

    The term resort is very loosely used by these places. Most don't even have on-site food service, let alone delivery to your room. Some don't have bars, either, though a couple, like The Grand, have a modest spa. They may bring extra towels to your room, but that's about it for room service. Check their websites to confirm, or phone their toll-free numbers, cause things change.

    Pineapple Point does have a concierge, and they bring a thermos of morning coffee if you have a suite or villa. They also have special extra-cost packages, for things like anniversaries, that can include candies and champagne brought to your room. But not full, on-call room service in the traditional big hotel sense, as I think you mean. These are mostly small boutique places.
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    May 04, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    Thinking about also visiting Ft Lauderdale this summer. Are any of these resorts better than others for going to solo? Looking to have a relaxing vacation with some added possibility of fun.
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    May 05, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Royal Palms was quite nice.
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    May 05, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    swimguychicago saidYou said most of the resorts are former motels. Are there any gay places that have room service and other resort features?

    The term resort is very loosely used by these places. ...
    Think "last resort" and you pretty much nailed half of Ft Lauderdale's "resorts." icon_lol.gif
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    May 05, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    swimguychicago saidYou said most of the resorts are former motels. Are there any gay places that have room service and other resort features?

    The term resort is very loosely used by these places. ...
    Think "last resort" and you pretty much nailed half of Ft Lauderdale's "resorts." icon_lol.gif


    Ouch! There must be some nice places for gays in South Florida?
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    May 05, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    swimguychicago said
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
    swimguychicago saidYou said most of the resorts are former motels. Are there any gay places that have room service and other resort features?

    The term resort is very loosely used by these places. ...
    Think "last resort" and you pretty much nailed half of Ft Lauderdale's "resorts." icon_lol.gif


    Ouch! There must be some nice places for gays in South Florida?
    South Florida IS a nice place for gays. The "gay ghetto" (aka: Wilton Manors) is awesome, and so is South Beach (but don't add 1500 after typing it). Anywhere in between is also awesome. My location of choice is near downtown Hollywood FL, east of I-95. It's small, but perfectly nestled in between South Beach and Wilton Manors...20-30 minute drive to either one, depending on traffic. And the downtown Hollywood area is very gay friendly. No need for "gay" places when all of the "straight" places welcome you as you are. icon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
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    Alby saidThanks I appreciate your input and maybe we'll meet up when I'm there! I'll be totally new to the area! I'm a social guy so meeting new people and making new friends are a must...... icon_smile.gif

    We're always happy to meet RJ guys who visit here. Our last was paulflexes about a week ago. But be aware we're really old, so we're not gonna hang out with you, just give you some tips, maybe meet for drinks.

    Here's a pic of me on Sebastian Beach from a few years ago, when I was 58. Note there are no women behind me, all men.

    572f09b07b475d46586afc7397e3d144.jpg


    note also no one behind on the beach in that picture you would want to fuck anywayicon_idea.gif
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    Art_Deco said
    Alby saidThanks I appreciate your input and maybe we'll meet up when I'm there! I'll be totally new to the area! I'm a social guy so meeting new people and making new friends are a must...... icon_smile.gif

    We're always happy to meet RJ guys who visit here. Our last was paulflexes about a week ago. But be aware we're really old, so we're not gonna hang out with you, just give you some tips, maybe meet for drinks.

    Here's a pic of me on Sebastian Beach from a few years ago, when I was 58. Note there are no women behind me, all men.

    572f09b07b475d46586afc7397e3d144.jpg


    note also no one behind on the beach in that picture you would want to fuck anywayicon_idea.gif
    There were probably a couple there, but he already tied them up in his trunk for later. icon_razz.gif
  • alby

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    May 22, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    I'll be staying at the grand June 4th for 4 nights hope it goes well for my first time!