As longtime Big Ruby's fans, we were a little nervous about staying at Equator for the first time.
It took only a few moments for our doubts to be erased. We have found our new winter getaway in Key West! The staff (kudos to Michael, Tim and Perry) is always smiling and helpful, and made us feel at home right away.
Equator has done a nice job of combining its property with the former Coral Tree. There are two pools, two hot tubs, and lots of loungers, all surrounded by lush tropical plantings. Most visitors, but not all, ditch the bathing suit, but the atmosphere is very low-key and mellow.
Don't skip happy hour! Besides the free-flowing beer, wine and frozen drinks, it's where you'll meet people from around the country and the world, and share tips on restaurants, shopping, etc. The scene is always loud and filled with laughter, and the host/bartender makes sure your glass is always full.
Breakfast is fine, with a variety of pastries, along with hard-boiled eggs, cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit. There's a fridge and microwave in your room if you want to pick up your own food for meals or snacks.
The location, close to Duval Street but far enough away from its noise and crowds, is convenient for some great restaurants (Help Yourself is an organic cafe/market across the street that's perfect for lunch, and Mangia Mangia, one of our faves for fresh pasta, is just around the corner), and the bars are a safe, quiet 10-minute walk.
Key West may not be "as gay" as it used to be, but it's still a beautiful, relaxing place to escape from winter. Wonderful restaurants, fun bars, good shopping, charming architecture and Equator!
- 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