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Cheston House Gay Resort
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
39 hotel reviews
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“Nice and Simple”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed 2 nights end of April and enjoyed it. That was our first time in FL. Everything was clean including Pool. Were looking for a quiet place and it was. Next door are two other establishments but this is more of a party crowd that goes 24h .....
Room was simply furnished but it did not bother us at all.

The only downside was the music at the pool .... we wished they would at least change the type during the day ..... simply because it is a gay resort it has to have club music right in the morning and all day long is not justified.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

We just love this place. Chuck and everyone who works there are very helpful and very polite.
The rooms are very clean and everything else are also very FANTASTIC thats why we have been there the last 5 years. Hopefully we can go back next year:-)

Its very close to the beach and a nice walk down to the bars at the beach.

Gaybars you need a taxi or drive yourself.

Thanks to Cheston for taking so good care of us. The sun allways shine and so do you.

Love you all

T & T from Norway

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

I checked into this hotel following a trip to Orlando and was warmly greeted
the Beach location is GREAT
The pool is warm and clean
The rooms are clean and comfortable
I would definitely stay again!
And my dog who always travels with me was most welcome at this property

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Saint Petersburg
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

From the time we booked this place till check out it was perfect. We checked in late and our room was waiting for us. Nice clean room. We opted to upgrade to a suite which gave us more room. Daily cleaning of the room was good. The courtyard/pool area was nice and quite. Very relaxing atmosphere. The pool is open all night for your use. They have a continental breakfast every morning. The staff there was very attentive and very nice. I would recommend it for a nice quite weekend get away.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

We opted to stay at the Cheston when it was decided to come out to Fort Lauderdale on a whim, so in all honesty, we didn't do our research as we usually do. We both thought that owner Chuck was not as friendly as the reviews I see here indicate, and when we've stayed elsewhere, we recognize an owner who really enjoys mingling with his guests. They do have a wine and beer only happy hour, which is nice, but thought it tacky that the owner is talking to us with a mixed drink that we aren't privy too. Also, not sure what the deal was with GM Lawrence, but a friendly hello when you pass by your guests would go a long way. Only Tony was the only customer friendly one out of the bunch and we tipped him accordingly since he seemed happy to go the extra mile for us. All this is not really the reason for the 2 star review. The main factors were the horrendously filthy pool (one of the worst ones I ever came across) and given there are few other amenities, I would think that this would be something that they would take care of better. The other issue is that the place itself has never been updated in years. They need Hotel Impossible to visit them and perhaps get some free renovations since apparently, they don't have the cash to spare. And yes, this is nit-picky, but if you are going to play Pandora for the guests, can't you at least splurge the 3.00 a month to not have commercials? Again, sounds nit-picky but that tells me something about how the resort is run and their interest in creating the resort experience for their guests. I will give them props on the room however as it was clean and the bed was comfortable. If the room is all you care about, it is definitely one of the few pluses. While we were there, we checked out The Flamingos and saw their rooms and the resort setting and I have to say, the prices were identical (except we did get one free night staying here after 3) and the rooms were even nicer (more up to date). Also the pool area was spotless. We also checked out the Royal Palms and impressed by their front desk manager who was the definition of what a front desk manager should be - friendly and engaging with his guests. (They also have a poolside bar open 24 hours and a restaurant and again, a clean pool.) So given both of these places were priced similarly, we will definitely check one of them out next time around.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2013

We stayed at the resort in the first week of July. Whilst it was quiet, we really enjoyed the courteous and helpful staff in the accommodation at CH. The resort is small but clean and provides all the needed amenities (including suntan lotion if you forget to bring your own). Chuck and Co. are professional in their daily task but friendly and un-intrusive. They even went out of their way to help us getting a taxi so we wouldn't be late for our flight during the Fourth of July celebration. Thanks so much Chuck for making our trip pleasant and memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to any sun seekers/ fun seekers who value good times in the private and not so private environment. It is not a tough call to return to CH!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

We spent 5 nights and enjoyed our stay at Cheston House- thanks to Chuck and the staff for a memorable time- helpful and accommodating right to the end on July the 4th when we checked out Chuck offered to join their BBQ lunch whilst waiting for our taxi!! Highly recommend Cheston House and hope to stay again next time when in Florida. Thanks Chuck from the two Aussie Travelers.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Cheston House Gay Resort
Address: 520 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-4043
Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Fort Lauderdale > Central Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Fort Lauderdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Cheston House Gay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cheston House, an intimate, all male gay resort, located 2 blocks from Ft. Lauderdale beach. Friendly staff, warm hospitality and spacious accommodations awaits you. Experience our immaculate lush tropical surroundings along with a swim in our heated, clothing optional pool. Whether you choose a guest room, suite or apartment we bring you all the comforts of home. See for yourself why our guests keep coming back time after time. ... more   less 
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