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Review of Big Ruby's Guesthouse

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Review posted 9/19/2013 view all
robin.brasil from Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Goodbye Big Ruby's & the Gay old side of Key West!
We had the chance to enjoy Big Ruby's last days as a men's only, clothing optional resort in late August! Our experience of the guesthouse was completely up to our expectations but, on the second day we were there, we were informed that a Swedish consortium (who have already bought up 3 other "previously gay" resort properties in Key west and turned them straight)had also closed the deal for Big Ruby's and starting November 2013, what we enjoyed will be no more... That very afternoon, banana and palm trees that created a tropical ambience around the pool area were trucked away by a maintenance team to start work on a "new look"?!? Seems they couldn't even wait til after the sold out Labor Day weekend to start destroying a good thing! Wish the new owners luck with their (new) clientele... We liked the clothing optional areas and the men only regulations - something special for gay couples! So on our next vacation we'll be looking elsewhere - alas, perhaps far away from Key West?! Once known for it's gay community and liberated lifestyle, we felt the island in general to be decidedly straight and main-stream family oriented these days. The gay lifestyle seems to have been pushed out of town. Even the audiences at the drag shows on Duval Street were 99% straight! Time to head south for Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires - where the appreciation for gay travellers continues to expand as we speak!
Month and year of stay:
August 2013
Length of stay:
3 nights
Recommend hotel for:
Describe the hotel:
Exclusively gay
Would I stay at hotel again?
Unlikely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Exceptional
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Good
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Good
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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