Key West Recommendation?

Old Jan 28, 04, 2:51 pm
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We spent 2 nights at the Equator Resort. We were very pleased with the room and location. The grounds are very nice, except that due to the height of the trees and lush vegetation, the pool area does not receive a lot of direct sunlight. The happy hour was fun (and complimentary) and friendly.
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Old Jan 29, 04, 4:06 pm
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I stayed at the Lighthouse Court a couple of years ago. The rooms were really basic, and the crowd was mixed - some were friendly, some not. It really is a bathhouse disguising as a guest house - especially late at night. We went to the Island House for a day - the grounds seem nicer, but it was also really sexually charged. Not necessarily a bad thing, though.

I have to agree that KWF is getting a lot less gay - especially on Duvall. However, it does have warmer nights than Palm Springs - it was way too cold to go for a dip in the pool at night in Palm Springs!
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Old Jan 29, 04, 5:04 pm
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Myself and my other half would chime in for the Equator. We've even ended up meeting the owners when they are in P'Town for thier vaction in the summer.

The place is well kept and very friendly. They even have a happy hour around the pool. Quite nice as you start to chat with the other guests.

This time (over New Years) they were full. I like Big Ruby's as well, though it's been a while since we stayed. One other that looked interesting were the ones next door to Equator (Coral Tree, Coconut Grove). Again booked up. We finally booked into the Fleur de Key, which has a five palm rating from out and about. We'd give it one. It just did not work for us. If you really want to know what we thought, look them up on tripadvisor.com (my other half was NOT impressed at all!).

I also have to say we were not into Key West this time. We did some fun things (I HIGHLY recommend either a snorkelling sail or sunset sail with Captain Steve (http://www.captainstevekw.com/) We had a great time. However, I see a bit of the shine being taken off KW with all of the cruise ship passengers. It (I hate to say it) is becoming a bit too touristy (read: straight) for my liking. I walked down the street NYE thinking this must be what it's like to be in Falaraki or Mazatalan.

We're going to give KW a bit of a time out I think.

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Old Jan 30, 04, 9:40 am
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I also noticed the "touristy" aspect of KW has increased. We took the sunset cruise with Capt. Steve & 1st mate Moe. There were 5 passengers, which made it feel like a personal outing; it was the highlight of the trip. The restaurant scene is very good, but pricey. We ate at 7 Fish (my 2nd time there), and it was still excellent. The next night we ate at Michaels. The food was good, and the service was fine, but it seemed odd that we could only get a res at 930... when we arrived half the restaurant was empty.
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Old Jan 30, 04, 10:32 am
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You're right about the food prices. However we did have an excellent meal at Alice's. She's still got the restaurant at La-Te-Da (now called Bacchus) and has opened up her old place across the road.

She shuttles back and forth and it's a nice touch (IMHO) that she comes out to meet the customers.
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Old Jan 30, 04, 1:57 pm
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My partner and I were there in early november, and we stayed at the Fleur de Key. It was lovely - the people there were very friendly, we had a lovely room, and it wasn't cruisy at all. We're going to book there again for when we're back in June. We ate at Seven Fish, and I must concur that it was excellent. I didn't find the restaurants therethat expensive, but I'm used to the ridiculous prices that you pay in London.
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