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“The Best Guest House in Key West”
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Equator Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Best Guest House in Key West”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

This place is a gem! You have quite a few options for gay resorts in Key West but this one simple exceeds the rest! The resort is situated on Fleming Street - one of the most beautiful on the island. Close enough to the "scene" but far enough away for an afternoon siesta. The rooms are spacious and clean and many have private patios or balconies. The best part of the Equator??? The staff! So friendly and welcoming....no attitude here....as it should be....it's Key West for crying out loud! "ONE HUMAN FAMILY". Great pool and spa as well! Go ahead...book it....you will not be sorry!

Room Tip: All rooms are nice but the pool area at night can be a little loud depending on the guests staying a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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5 Thank Neil P
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

2012 was our 5th year at The Equator. The staff is excellent !! Friendly, Helpful, Funny and just plain delightful. Rooms are clean. Pool and Hot tub are sparkling clean. Great atmosphere. Nice upper deck to tan all those hard to reach places. Love these guys. Won't consider any other place to stay in Key West. Yes. It's that good.

Room Tip: Whether you want a room that looks out on the pool or a quiet room tucked out of the way. They'...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Witt-Kiz
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2012

My partern and I have stayed at the Equator many times and will return again and again. We visit Key West frequently and would not consider staying anywhere else. The staff, Gary, Rocco, Billy and Jay do everything possible to make our visit pleasant. They are always willing to offer advise or make reservations for you at local venues. Like us, many of the guests are return visitors. It is like a second home to may of us. We love it.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank starman543
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Having stayed here several times, my partner and myself were disappointed this time around. The room was never mopped during our entire visit. We had to wash our feet before going to bed since the floor was so filthy.
The breakfast has been reduced to stale bagels.
Very rowdy and noisy guests prevented us from sleeping. When the management was contacted, we were told to call the police. No staff came to deal with the situation . We felt we were not treated very well this visi and the request for a 10% gratuity is ridiculous .

  • Stayed December 2011
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8 Thank thomb902
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Washington, DC
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

OK place. Hopefully you probably won't spend a lot of time in your room. The othe guests are cordial and some are actually quite friendly.

I would only recommend as a second or third choice.

  • Stayed December 2011
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3 Thank moussedc
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Chicago
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82 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2011

The latest trip for me and my partner was December 2010. The new upper sun deck was just added, it's nice, a little secluded. The pool is not really small, but you can't do laps. I just get in the hot tub, switch to the pool to cool off, and back to hot tub. We've met some nice guys, some international travelers and there's always a mix of ages and singles/couples. The staff has always been very helpful and accommodating. The rooms and bathrooms are always clean, although we did have one issue with a smelly air conditioner. Of course, the larger King rooms have correspondingly nicer bathrooms.
I will say I really enjoy the happy hour- free drinks by the pool. It's great after a long day of vacationing, to come back to the resort, relax in/by the pool and have a drink or two while deciding where to do dinner. It seems almost all the guests do this, and it's fun to meet and talk with everybody. A tip- be careful about having an enthusiastic happy hour and then having a free bottle of wine with dinner, as some restaurants offer.
Breakfasts are generally good, I like a light breakfast. The offerings won't challenge restaurant fare, but if you'd like something more you can easily find it within two blocks' walk (I'd go to Island Joe's coffee shop). There's usually one hot item (some sort of egg dish, varies daily) plus fruit, yogurt, cereal, waffles and pancakes. The coffee is also good, and I'm picky.
We really enjoy Key West, and the Equator does enhance our stays there. It's not perfect, no place is. The staff is what makes us come back again.

Room Tip: King rooms have nicer and bigger bathrooms, better for couples. Room #27 is in the main building ne...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank JC_chgo
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West Sussex
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2011

I have just returned from staying at the Equator Resort. I have stayed in Key West on a number of occasions in other gay properties, but after reading reviews on this site decided to try the Equator. I am so glad I did stay here. From the minute I checked in the staff were polite, friendly and helpful. The room was perfect, clean and tidy. There was a really nice atmosphere around the resort. I would definately recommend staying here.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Equator Resort
Address: 822 Fleming St, Key West, FL 33040-6904
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The all male - clothing optional Equator Resort in Key West meets all your needs and expectations to experience a relaxed and private escape. Beautifully designed and landscaped this high end post modern Caribbean resort invites our guest to enjoy a secure and exclusive all male experience. Offering numerous accommodations options ranging from island views, pool views with private balconies or our private owners suite all our rooms provide private baths. Included in each night stay are: Complimentary Continental Breakfast daily with fresh locally baked savory pastries, Complimentary Happy Hour daily with selections of frozen drinks, beer, wine and liquor options, Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and 9 complimentary adult male channels in each room. Only 3 blocks from Duval St and nestled in the heart of Historic Old Town Equator is the only choice for location, comfort and privacy. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Equator Hotel Key West
Equator Resort Key West, Florida

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