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Top attractions to visit in Key West
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- Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D’oeuvres
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- Key West Glass-Bottom Boat Tour with Sunset Option
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1. New Orleans House – Gay Male-Only Guesthouse 2* – Gay Key West Hotels
Located above a nightclub on historic Duval Street in Key West, Florida, this gay male-only guest house features an outdoor swimming pool, a clothing-optional sundeck, and an on-site restaurant. A daily continental breakfast is available, as is daily complimentary happy hour.
A microwave, refrigerator and coffee-making facilities come standard in each room at New Orleans House. A flat-screen cable TV is included.
Free Wi-Fi and a fitness centre are accessible at the Key West New Orleans House. Other facilities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. The property is located above Bourbon Street Pub.
Among the bars and eateries of Duval Street 2 blocks from Highway 1, this lively adults-only guesthouse catering to gay men is 4 minutes’ walk from the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and an 11-minute walk from South Beach.
The 11 unfussy rooms have free Wifi and cable TV, as well as mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some offer kitchenettes and/or balconies. A 1-bedroom apartment and a cottage provide pull-out sofas.
Freebies include happy-hour drinks, entry into partner nightclubs, and continental breakfast served on a balcony. There’s a clothing-optional pool with a sundeck, plus a bar and a hot tub. Minimum-stay rules may apply.
We have been to Key West many times but decided to give this place a try. Prior reviews don’t really take into consideration that it is a gay, clothing optional place. You don’t have to be nude, it is just optional and most guests are not. It is focused on time at the pool and the night life. They warn you there is some noise but not as bad as I thought it would be. We stayed in Room 25. It was clean but a little tired. We stayed two nights and had no problem even taking a nap in the afternoon. The staff is always very friendly and we enjoyed our stay.
It would be nice if they had darker curtains on the room to help block the sun and the a/c kept it nice but not really cold cold. We will be back as we had a nice time.
The heart of the gay triangle. Location is everything. It is all about the location and the club for me. The rooms are just okay. The clothing optional, pool, bar, nightclub and entertainment keep me coming back. You never have to leave the property except to eat, everything else is right there for you. This is my 4th stay and I will be back.
This was our first time visiting Key West. We had stayed at another hotel just up the street and wanted to extend our stay, but they were booked. We stumbled on this location through Booking and were pleasantly surprised to find that we had booked a gay resort.
They were very accommodating and were able to get us in two hours before check-in so we could go enjoy the beach without leaving our valuables in the car. After checking in we were given a complete walk through of the resort which was a nice touch of customer service.
Ken at the front desk booking was very welcoming and helpful in arranging a few day trips in Key West.
The room was basic enough, but just fine for the price we had booked it at. We were surprised to learn that there is a complementary happy hour at the bar out back; our margaritas were great! We also received free passes to the drag shows on Duval. Although we didn’t use them on this trip, its great to know that we have that option when we return for our next vacation. The breakfast in the morning was continental, but there was a wide selection. We loved the huge porch overlooking Duval Street as well.
How much does a room costs at New Orleans House?
Prices start 177$/night for Room with Shared Bathroom 23B – Men Only. The Deluxe Cottage – Men Only is 230$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This one-bedroom cottage features a full kitchen, a living area with a sofa bed, and a bathroom. The tropical Garden Bar, 15-person hot tub, and pool are located near the cottage.
Where to book online – New Orleans House – Gay Male-Only Guesthouse – Gay Hotels Key West FL – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Alexander’s Gay Lesbian Guesthouse (Adult Only 21+) 3* – Gay hotels Key West FL
Set in a 3-story, conch-style home in Key West, Alexander’s Gay Lesbian Guesthouse (Adult Only) offers air-conditioned guest rooms with free WiFi. Mallory Dock and Mallory Square are 1.1 km from the accommodation.
Guestrooms come fitted with a flat-screen TV, wardrobe, and private bathroom. Select rooms include a microwave while all rooms provide a small refrigerator.
A poolside continental breakfast is made available daily at Alexander’s Gay Lesbian Guesthouse (Adult Only). Amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub. Concierge services are available to assist with guests’ needs.
An early evening cocktail hour serves wine, spirits, and specialty cocktails. The lending library offers books and DVDs on site.
Built in 1902, this upscale, LGBT-only guest house is 0.6 miles from Duval Street’s restaurants, and 0.9 miles from the Key West Museum of Art & History.
The stylish, airy rooms have hardwood floors and free Wi-Fi, and come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and mini fridges. Some rooms add microwaves and wet bars, as well as living space, and private balconies or porches. There’s also a 2-bedroom suite with a kitchen and living/dining rooms.
Free perks include continental breakfast and a daily cocktail hour. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a bar, a hot tub and a garden deck, as well as clothing-optional sundecks.
Alexander’s Gay and Lesbian Guesthouse is proudly gay –owned and operated. Our guests can enjoy complete freedom and a little peace of paradise. Located in the heart of Old Town, Key West’s famous Historic District, Complimentary expanded continental breakfast served poolside and complimentary evening cocktails. Two sundecks are also available for sunbathing. Each room is uniquely decorated in a contemporary style, in addition to the basic rooms, Alexander’s offers deluxe rooms, suites and even a full apartment.
Everyone’s genuinely smiling, friendly, and accommodating, and it’s the most welcoming place I’ve ever been to. The bone-white property is spotless, with great foliage and furnishings. Our room (#6) was small with a very nice bed, but otherwise not memorable. (That wasn’t a big deal — we didn’t come all the way to Key West to watch TV.) The other guests were couples between 35 and 65, a mix of gay, lesbian, and straight. It’s definitely not a wild party place (you can hear the Island House across the street), but rather a quiet respite for People Like Us. Very relaxing.
A great small quiet guesthouse with large nicely furnished rooms, beautiful grounds, plentiful delicious breakfast, and a well stocked free happy hour bar. A friendly and helpful staff with many repeat guests, making it feel like a school reunion. The many repeat guests speak for itself, and in the future we will definitely book the Alexander Gay & Lesbian Guesthouse again.
This was our fourth year staying at Alexander’s. Don’t let the name of the guesthouse fool you. This is a gay and lesbian guesthouse but friends of the community are welcome also. We are a straight couple and have never been made to feel anything but extremely welcome and part of the Alexander’s family. Alexander’s is located as far away from noisy Duval Street as possible while still being in Old Town but within walking distance of everything.
The breakfast is wonderful and we look forward to the different selections they have every morning. The property is super clean. Our room is cleaned every day and made to look as if it is our first night checking in every night. The staff in incredible! They are all so personable and willing to go out of their way to make sure you have a great stay.
Beautiful boutique hotel; welcoming and friendly staff; social guests enjoying their time in a tranquil and relaxing environment. Property is proximite to Duval Street; the more party-focused gay hotel Island House is across the street. Highly recommend this hotel who want their home base to be warm, clean, friendly and relaxing, yet be near to all of the raucous fun in Key West.
The room itself was gorgeous, spotless, and charming. The area is full of fun things to do and places to see, all within walking distance. With us being gay and me being trans I’m always hesitant to stay at places that are too “intimate”, as it is potentially more dangerous for us. Therefore I was a bit nervous at the prospect of staying here. But everyone was wonderfully kind, and we had a fantastic time in this cozy-yet-chic guesthouse. Go stay here! We had a blast, and we’ll definitely be back again.
My partner and I have traveled extensively staying at Gay accommodations. Alexander’s is one of the best properties we have experienced. We particularly like the the policy of all inclusion of your LGBT brothers and sisters. The more people to meet and share the better! You can still get naked, if u must, in designated areas. Nice.
Everything was extremely well done and appointments to detail a priority. It was expensive, but that’s the cost of staying in paradise.
How much does a room costs at Alexander’s Gay Lesbian Guesthouse ?
This double room has a balcony, bathrobe and microwave.
Where to book online – Alexander’s Gay Lesbian Guesthouse – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West FL – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Kimpton Ridley House 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West
This boutique hotel is just 10 minutes’ walk from Duval Street and Key West’s nightlife and dining options. It offers a daily continental breakfast.
Guests can enjoy the on-site outdoor pool.
Museums, water-sports and shopping are located within walking distance of the property. The Southernmost Point of the USA is 1.6 km away. Mallory Square and the Key West Aquarium are also less than 7 minutes’ walk away.
A block from lively Duval Street, this polished, adults-only inn is set in 3 conch-style houses dating from 1888. It’s 0.7 miles from the Ernest Hemingway House.
The individually decorated rooms feature contemporary decor as well as flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and free Wi-Fi. Suites include separate living rooms with wet bars. Some rooms have porches.
Complimentary continental breakfast is served poolside; there’s also an evening cocktail hour, and refreshments are available throughout the day. An outdoor pool rounds out the amenities.
Once the estate of a prosperous industrialist, Ridley House is tucked behind classic picket fences and low-hanging trees. Here you’re immersed in a verdant oasis of ease and refinement. Of our five Kimpton Key West hotels, Ridley House is the most elegant—ideal for honeymooners and VIP stays. Key West is a one-of-a-kind island, and Kimpton Key West gives you five authentic ways to enjoy the carefree fun. Fanning across the heart of Old Town, our diverse collection of historic buildings each has its own tale to tell—and its own unique offerings.
From the low-key luxury of Ridley House to the quiet, expansive experience of Winslow’s Bungalows, there’s truly something for every mood. Tying them all together are bohemian style, glimmering pools, lush gardens—and Kimpton hospitality that is as warm as sunshine on a palm frond. We invite you to discover the Kimpton Key West hotel that fits you best, and escape to this land (and sea) of pure enchantment.
The staff were all exceptional, and would continually go above and beyond to help us with anything. Great location within walking distance to anything we wanted. Rooms and bathrooms were updated, clean, and nicely decorated.
How much does a room costs at Kimpton Ridley House ?
Rooms are 23 square metres.
Where to book online – Kimpton Ridley House – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West FL – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.comor Hotels.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
4. La Te Da – Adult Only 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West
Located on Duval Street in Key West, La Te Da welcomes adult guests with a restaurant and bar.
Every room has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.
A concierge service is available at the adults-only property.
Southernmost Point is 300 m from La Te Da, while the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is 300 m away.
On a vibrant street, this low-key hotel accommodates over-21s only and lies a mile from bustling Mallory Square, filled with restaurants and shops.
Airy rooms come free Wi-Fi, TVs and mini fridges. Some rooms open onto a courtyard pool area, while others have private porches.
Free continental breakfast is provided. There’s also a trendy restaurant serving local fare. Entertainment options include a piano bar, and on-site cabaret. There’s also an outdoor pool and a rooftop sundeck.
Found this place by accident while searching for a place to stay while on vacation. What a pleasant surprise. We loved it. I can best describe La te da as a cross between a bed and breakfast and a micro resort. Comfortable, warm and welcoming with a very interactive and caring staff on a small property that has everything. 20 or so private rooms that are clean and comfortable, not massive or over-sized but plenty large enough to not feel cramped. A small but usable pool to break the heat surrounded by lush local and tropical plants.
Great restaurant with very good food, not inexpensive but certainly not as high as many of the quality restaurants in old town. A very inviting outdoor bar and patio and an inside piano bar with live entertainment on a regular basis. Located on the quiet end of Duval Street, you are away from the chaos but only a few minutes walk to all of the excitement of Old Town. Great location, excellent staff, totally relaxing and enjoyable. Really nothing but good things to say. Final note for the closed minded, this hotel like many of the non-corporate businesses in Key West is run by gay men. This is an adults only hotel/resort.
Very nice outdoor bar with wonderful bartendresses and signature drinks. Caters a bit to the Gay and transvestite crowd, but all are welcome!! Very close to the Butterfly Garden and Southernmost Point. So a very good place to take a bit of a sightseeing break.
All the staff, from the person checking us in, to the waiters at the restaurant, were very friendly and helpful! The hotel had a laid–back atmosphere but did an excellent job keeping everything in tip-top shape. Our room was colorful and fun, AC worked beautifully, and shower water pressure was top-notch.
Complimentary breakfast included your choice of three items from the restaurant menu and all were amazing. I ate the sausage gravy and biscuit and my boyfriend had the pancakes–we were both thrilled. The location on Duval St. made it perfect for exploring the city. We would definitely stay here again in Key West.
Our room was on the ground floor, literally 2 steps from pool, 8 steps from dining room, 15 steps from bar. That’s convenient, but it also means you can hear the music from the bar when it comes on at 8am (although laidback and not too loud) and for the 8:30-10:30 pm show (louder, but that’s could be a plus, since you can listen in the comfort of your room, use your own alcohol and not have to pay for drinks). That show is free.
Drag show is upstairs and cost $32 plus 2 drink minimum. I didn’t like that when you got there, they give you a drink list with NO prices. Even after you ask, they just tell you it’s between $13 and $20 each, so basically the show is $72. But they do put a lot of alcohol in the drinks and I had fun getting drunk, which I almost never do (get drunk).
Recently,I spent a week’s visit at La Te Da, and I can safely say that this was by far the most amazing hotel that I have ever stayed at in all of my travels around the world. The staff was so fabulously friendly, caring and dedicated to what they are doing for the people that are staying there.
Live music each night inside the main building, that played out the windows that were open to their outdoor bar/restaurant that was so lovely, as it was located on one side to the street, and the other the edge of the pool. Most nights there is a live action drag cabaret happening upstairs with live singing Queens that put on a show like no other.
The owners are very nice and lovely people, and very thankful to have met them. I am already looking forward to returning. This hotel offers everything one is going to need… not to mention the food is mouthwatering. The hotel is located on the less tourist side of Duval street which made it so much less overwhelming when there are cruise ships in town, but the hotel is located central enough that one is able to access everything that Key West has to offer.
A short walk to the more touristy side of town and easy access to everything. I can safely state that this is the best hotel to stay at if you are going to be visiting Key West.
How much does a room costs at La Te Da – Adult Only ?
Prices start 303$/night for Superior King Room.
This spacious king room offers a private bathroom and air conditioning,
Where to book online – La Te Da – Adult Only – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West Florida – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
5. Ocean Key Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Key West FL
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this luxuryand spa features an outdoor pool with gulf views. Free WiFi is provided at and Spa.
On-site SpaTerre offers massage therapies, nail treatments, facials, and other spa services. The resort houses an on-site fitness centre and fishing boats, jet skis, and glass-bottom boat tours are available.
From spa baths and private balconies offering partial and full ocean views, rooms and suites at Ocean Key Resort come well equipped. A coffee machine and a private bathroom are also featured.
Overlooking the harbor and Sunset Pier at Duval Street, this classic island-style hotel is a 3-minute walk from historic Sloppy Joe’s bar, a 6-minute walk from the Harry S. Truman Little White House and 0.8 miles from the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
Rooms with bright accents have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and whirlpool tubs, and some have private balconies. All suites feature balconies, and some have pull-out sofas.
In addition to a full spa, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a poolside lounge, amenities include a waterfront restaurant, a boutique and valet parking (surcharge).
Stayed for 5 nights and chose this hotel for the location – Right at the end of Duval Street and connected to Sunset Pier – Perfect spot to walk to Mallory Square (right next door) and the fun section of Duval Street. We went to the pool everyday and loved it – Excellent service with beautiful unobstructed views of the water. Never had a problem getting a chair and umbrella – keep in mind that most of the pool deck is full sun all day.
This is a wonderful hotel. The beds are so comfortable, the rooms are so clean, there’s plenty of closet space to hang your clothes. And, the location cannot be beat. It’s next to Mallory Square and in the heart of Key West activities. You can easily walk to the Truman Little White House and other attractions. We used room service for breakfast and the food was wonderful. The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating.
Ocean Ley is a truly great resort. Located next door to Mallory Square at 0 Duval St. Poolside service is outstanding. Staff is fast friendly and professional. Rooms are large, clean and comfortable. Stay here to be very close to the action but once on the property it is quiet and relaxing.
We had a great partial ocean view room- Mallory, 5th floor- absolutely amazing view overlooking part of Mallory Square = and totally aligned with the setting sun! Room was beautiful – faux columns and beams divided a large room visually, add it the wood planks on the high sloped ceiling, bright and airy decor and large bathroom with walk in shower and separate jacuzzi tub and this place is a real winner! Any issues we had were quickly resolved.
Loved Hot Tin Roof for a light breakfast with a gorgeous view of the ocean and the gulf and the pool. Valet/bellhop Alex perfectly suited for assisting guests and Ali at the front desk was very welcoming. Sunset pier for, wait, the sunset…excellent service from Erica and the drinks and food there were well poured and yummy.
So well situated – rent bikes if you need but easy to walk most everywhere. Can walk to the Marina, Truman house, Duval street and a short bike ride to the other side of the island to visit restaurants or hotels there.
Ocean Key Resort & Spa exceeded our expectations. Each department team member made your experience one of great pleasure. Check-in & check-out was a breeze. The room amenities were fabulous. Our room had an amazing view of the Gulf of Mexico & Mallory Square. The pool & jacuzzi were great to kick back & enjoy. The location of the hotel can not be beat. Dinner at the Hot Tin Roof was fabulous. Service, food & atmosphere were top notch. I would certainly return next time we take a trip back to Key West.
How much does a room costs at Ocean Key Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort ?
Prices start 650$/night for Partial Ocean View Queen Room. The Oceanfront King Suite
is 1150$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This suite has a balcony, air conditioning and minibar.
Where to book online– Ocean Key Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort – Gay Friendly Resorts Key West FL – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
6. The Gardens Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West Florida
Located in Key West, Florida, this adult-only hotel offers two outdoor pools. Duval Street is a 1-minute walk away, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is 3 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
A private balcony or patio with property views is provided in all rooms at The Gardens Hotel Key West. A flat-screen cable TV, ironing facilities, and a refrigerator are also featured in each room.
Free Wi-Fi is available for guests. Guests can also take advantage of on-site bicycle hires, massage services, and concierge services. Live jazz music is performed in the gardens every Sunday evening as well for guests to enjoy.
Set on an acre of mature tropical gardens, this elegant, historic hotel is in the Old Town near Duval Street’s shops, and 7 minutes’ walk from the Ernest Hemingway House.
Plantation-style rooms, suites and cottages are individually decorated and have wooden beds with Italian linens, as well as flat-screen TVs, CD players, mini fridges and coffeemakers. Most rooms have either balconies or verandas, and some have whirlpool baths.
Free breakfast is served on a porch overlooking the gardens. There’s a heated pool with a poolside bar, plus an aviary, fountains, ponds and a wine bar. Massage services and rental bikes are available for a fee.
Once the largest private estate in Key West, the expansive grounds of The Gardens Hotel house 20 luxurious guest suites, and comprise over an acre of lush, tropical landscaping just steps away from Key West’s infamous Duval Street. The Gardens Hotel calls to mind the best of elegant boutique hotels,but with a decidedly Key West atmosphere. Start your day with a stroll through our tropical gardens and relax in our pool open 24 hours.
Our d’Vine Wine Gallery is the first Enomatic wine tasting system in the Keys. Taste, Flight or full pour, you can enjoy up to 35 different wines from around the world. Seasonal ‘Live Jazz In The Gardens’ on Sunday’s. Live piano in our Cabaret, Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s, 5-7 pm. Now a tradition and a stop off for both locals and guests, world class entertainers all in the beautiful Gardens.
I’m a frequent KW visitor, having rented homes there, stayed in other hotels, and a couple of the optional gay resorts over the last few years. I first went to The Gardens Hotel a couple of years ago with a friend for happy hour to enjoy the brilliant self-serve wine set up.
The Hotel is pristine. The grounds are impeccable, and the staff is great. The location was directly in the middle of the town. In walking distance of everything. It is also located off of the main strip. Which is very nice because the bars in Key West close at 4am It was so quiet you would have never known that it was a half a block away.
There are many hotels that cater to gay and lesbian people in Key West. My girlfriend and I were concerned that if we stayed at a place not geared toward gays and lesbians it would take away from our trip. This was certainly not the case. We were made to feel at home by everyone.
The cottages pool is quite small, but the main pool is open to all rooms & cottages, so this is not an issue. Breakfast is delicious, amenities are clean & well functioning. The only little negative point I would mention is the bed mattress that was too soft for us, but that didn’t prevent a wonderful stay. Location is very convenient, very close to Duval Street. If you want a nice & quiet place to stay, I would definitely recommend the place.
It is all about the service at the Gardens. Beautiful grounds that are continually being groomed to give it a feel of years getting be by. With Nat King Cole music and other icons of the 50’s and 60’s being played, you have a feel of a more quiet and pampered age. Rooms have private bath and all emminities. Wonderful fresh breakfast is included. One of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed. The location is the perfect one with one street over from Duval so you can come back to room easily to escape the afternoon heat. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
How much does a room costs at The Gardens Hotel ?
The Master suite features a full living room with a sofa bed, two flat screen plasma TVs, cathedral ceilings, sitting area, work station, fainting couch, his and her closets and a bank of French doors opening up onto a private veranda overlooking the gardens. The master bath has marble floors, double basin sinks, spa bath, separate shower, water closet with bidet, and private sauna.
Where to book online – The Gardens Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Key West Florida – you can find the best hotels deals in Key West During during Key West Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Key West FL on Booking.com or Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.