I stayed here for six nights - July 16 through the 22nd. The Out exceeded my expectations. It is a really unique place -- aside from the modern, slick look of the hotel, courtyards and rooms, it feels wonderful being in a gay hotel where you can just be yourself. The clientele while I was there was largely made up of friendly, gorgeous guys (which I found only slightly intimidating) and a few straight couples, or lesbian couples.. Most people were willing to say hello and engage in conversation. The staff was very helpful and outgoing. When the hail storm killed the internet, the staff was right on it and made sure it was up working by the next day. I met the hotel developer and the director of operations, both of whom were warm and welcoming.
I was delighted and surprised by the complimentary full breakfasts in the Kitchn hotel restaurant. The XL club has activities going on all night long -- usually a show from 8 to 10 PM, and dancing all night long starting at 11. Out guests get $5 off admissions, and get to enter ahead of the line. Here's the wacky part: I really didn't have a desire to step outside the hotel and see the rest of New York City -- there was so much to do between the food, the hotel and the club!
I'm really proud of this place because it is classy, fun, and so different than any hotel (or gay-friendly establishment) that I've been to. Some wondered whether New York City needs a gay hotel, especially after gay marriage has been passed, and yes it does. It is no different than Jewish groups going to the Catskills each summer to share experiences with people of similar backgrounds It's nice to spend time meeting other like people (and people who are friendly to like people) and having a great time. I would go back again and again - I was sad to leave.
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