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Cheston House Gay Resort
Charlotte, NC
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best Rainy Vacation Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2008

Even though we had rain almost every day of our vacation, we had one of the most enjoyable times ever. The resort was well cared for and the rooms were immaculate. Chuck, Bill and Earl were the best! They made us feel right at home. Each day, we looked forward to eating breakfast and enjoying happy hour with them as well as the other guests. I think we have found our “home away from home” in Ft. Lauderdale. We will definitely go back.

  • Liked — Clean room, great pool area and wonderful staff
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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new haven, CT
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2008

Just spent 3 nights at Cheston House and couldn`t have been more pleased with the experience. I won`t repeat all the wonderful things that TA contributors have said about this place, except to verify that they are all true. Chuck and his staff go out of their way to make their guests feel pampered and welcome every step of the way. The place is beautifully kept up and is amazingly successful in creating a warm, lush, tropical, intimate and friendly demeanor. This is a hedonistic haven for sun seeking sybarites.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, staff, location, beautifully landscaped pool
  • Disliked — Can`t think of any negatives
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2008

We just returned from an amazing stay at Cheston House. We had toured it last year while staying at a nearby property and vowed to return to Cheston House this year for our Florida holiday. While the other place was nice enough, their website didn`t give an accurate depiction of the pool and it was a huge disappointment to us. The 2 floors of rooms surrounded the pool on 3 sides and were nearly on top of the pool with no open spaces. It had a somewhat claustraphobic feel to it. On our previous tour of Cheston House we were immediatley enamored of the pool area with wide open, beautifully landscaped space. As others have pointed out, the entire place sparkles, the outgoing staff is perpetually welcoming, the clientele is amiable and accessible, the rates are extremely fair, the breakfast and cocktail hour are happily social and the entire experience is the stuff of a memorable and perfect vacation.

  • Liked — Everything mentioned in my review
  • Disliked — No issues at all
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2008

There are more than a dozen gay guest houses in this neighborhood adjacent to Fort Lauderdale Beach. I`ve stayed at many of them and taken tours of the rest. You`ll find everything from outrageously expensive properites with Four Seasons style furnishings, service and amenties (along with the requisite wealthy and pompous clientele), to low end places with shabby, cheap surroundings, indifferent hosts and young circuit party twink boy guests. Mercifully there are other options that fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. These are the kind of places I prefer, but having recently found Cheston House, I will look no further. This is a remarkable find with an extroverted, helpful staff, friendly and diverse guests and a stellar and quiet location. I have never experienced a cleaner, more pristine hostelry. The beautifully landscaped pool area and interiors are immacualtely maintained. There is a Fort Lauderdale city ordinance that requires pre-packaged pastries, bagels, etc. at bed and breakfast establishments like this which makes it a challenge to get creative in this department. Nevertheless, the breakfast options are still plentiful and nicely presented. The afternoon cocktail hour is an added bonus. Cheston house is a remarkable, reasonably priced find and will become my home for my frequent Fort Lauderdale vacations. Kudos to the owner and staff for knowing what hospitality is all about. Perhaps you should give classes to your nearby competition.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, location, staff, guests, pool, location
  • Disliked — All was excellent
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2008

My partner and I stayed at Cheston House because of the good reviews it received on TripAdvisor.

Upon checking in, we were immediately greeted by the staff and given a tour. The staff was very friendly and constantly made sure we were satisfied with the place. The grounds and rooms were very clean. The breakfast, although basic, was adequate. The happy hour was a nice touch.

We stayed during the low season, so we were the only ones and the place on the first night and another guest checked in on our second night! It was nice that the place wasn't crowded!

This is a clothing optional resort, and we took advantage of that. We alos loved how the place was only a 10 minute walk to the gay beach.

We had a good stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Liked — proximity to beach
  • Disliked — bathroom could use an updating
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Albany NY
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66 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2008

We've stayed at Cheston House five times, and look forward to it eagerly every year. The place is perfectly located, right near the beach, but on a quiet street. It's beautifully kept up, always clean and with a lot of nice touches. The staff is friendly, cheerful and always eager to help in any way, especially Bill the manager, who lives on the premises. Great pool with plenty of space, a perfect location to relax for whole afternoons. But the best part is the friendly, interesting, unpretentious clientele--we always meet great people to talk with, go out to eat with, etc. There are many repeat guests, so you begin to see some of the same guys every year, and they become real friends. It's great for young and older people alike. After a couple of stays, you get a discount on the rates, too. The only bad part is that we always have to leave before we want to!

  • Liked — The people, staff and guests
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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ST. LOUIS, MO
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2008

We stayed at the Cheston House between Christmas and New Year's. What a way to spend the holiday week! We were pleased from the moment we checked in until we sadly walked away to head home.
The staff are the best. They became like good friends during the week we were there. They kept the place--including our room--spotless. Someone was always available to give directions, provide beach chairs or sunscreen, or ask about our stay. We often sat around the pool after breakfast only to find our room already cleaned when we went in to prepare for the rest of the day!
The continental breakfast was a good way to start the day around the pool with other guests. And we always planned our beach time in order to be back for the daily cocktail hour. This also proved to be a good time to meet the other guests from around the country and beyond.
The 24-hour pool was heated and spotless. There were plenty of lounge chairs for catching some sun--also shade for those who preferred.
We thank manager Bill and the fantastic Cheston House staff for making sure we had one of the best vacations ever. If I didn't know better, I'd give them credit for the sunny, 80-degree weather we expreienced! I know they'd do it if they could!

  • Liked — staff, facilty, location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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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 33 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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