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Rating: 3.53

Address: 717 Breakers Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304

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    Comments (36):

    1. Chip P.
    This is an all male gay resort. Bob surprised me with this trip for my birthday. We arrived at 11:30am on a Monday and were issued a King Suite right away. Phillip promptly gave us a tour of the resort. He was sweet and helpful through out our trip. The weather was perfect during our 5 day stay. So after getting settled into the room we went to the pool and laid out. While at the pool we ordered some sandwiches and a cocktail. I then went to the room to take a nap. When I woke up Bob had Phillip bring a bottle of Schramsberg Champagne with chocolate dipped strawberries to the room. So our first day was perfect! Day two started with me at the RP Spa. I started with a 50 min message as part of the deluxe package. After that I had a really awesome clay wrap. Eduardio (sp?) took me into a room and gave me an exfoliating body scrub down. Then he put me on a thermal wrap sheet. Painted me with the seaweed clay and wrapped me up. The 20 minutes it takes to sit in the wrap he gave me a facial massage. After this I was jello the rest of the day. So, I went back to the pool. It seemed to be the best choice. The rest of the stay was great we went out to dinners and would come back to the resort and go for a swim before going to bed each night. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. I would highly recommend the Royal Palms and will make it my home next time I am in Lauderdale.

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. donald a.
    This review is for the bar only.I arrived to met a friend who was staying here.The back bar by the pool with a restaurant in between was very well done.Lush landscaping through out, immaculate(a god send in a gay hotel)rooms that were larger than general hotels and chic touches like a pebble shower floor.The grounds have all uplighting that creates the chicest looking spot in lauderdale.There was a drag show that last another few minutes while we were at the bar, so a little light entertainment.The food looked good , and my friend who is well versed in dining agreed as well after 3 days there.It has the feel of a mini Delano without the arrogant mess that place  has unfortunately become.(Mr Schrager knows all good things come to an end like Studio 54 permitting Bar Mitzvah parties in its dying days)Thankful this place is young , fresh and gorgeous, i can not wait to return for dinner and drinks.

    27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Jason K.
    Cutest place ever. Bartenders with heavy hands. Good drag, good food, good location, awesome experience. Thanks, Royal Palms!

    26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Aaron V.
    Note: This review is for the restaurant only, not for the hotel itself.

    My partner and I had been looking forward to trying out the bar and grill at the Royal Palms.  We thought Sunday brunch would be the best time to go.

    We arrived a little after noon on Sunday.  Walking through the trendy lobby, we were even more excited.  The downpour outside was not dampening our anticipation.

    The moment we opened the door to the dining room, our smiles dropped with a thud.  We stepped into a bland, tiny little room.  There was a short banquette with a couple of tables.  The room was all white with no art or anything on the walls (well, there was a television).  There was a counter off to one side that made up the waiter station.  We thought we has stepped into a pantry or something.  To the left of the door was the bar.  We asked the bartender if we were in the right place.  He said that we were, and to have a seat anywhere, and he would be over in a minute.

    So, we sat.  He brought over the menus.  It looked promising.  My partner ordered the beach benedict with fruit (instead of home fries) and side of sausage; I ordered an omelet with the home fries and toast.  There was no background music, and as we were the only ones there - there were a few guys at the bar outside facing in - the atmosphere was lacking.  Actually, maybe a little creepy.  The guys at the bar were nursing nasty hangovers with their coffees...sort of staring at us blankly.  With the TV volume on low and the sterilness of the room, it felt like we were in a waiting room of some nameless clinic waiting to receive dire health news.

    The food came fairly quickly, thankfully - at least in terms of breaking the  bad vibe of the room a bit.  However, the food only added to the dank experience.  My partner's eggs were way over-poached and sitting on mini discs of English muffins.  I didn't know they made English muffins that small!  It all came smothered in a pale, pale sauce...most likely from a powdered mix.  The side of sausage were two thin, tiny rounds of frozen patties...either steamed or boiled.  It made me nauseous to look at them.  My omelet was tasty enough, but it was overcooked...someone did not know how to make an omelet.  It doesn't take long to cook one egg (okay, maybe it was a 2-egg omelet).  The home fries were kind of nasty.  I think they used diced potatoes that were over-boiled in advance and then browned on a grill.  The outside was somewhat browned, but the inside was like mashed potatoes. The rye toast was toasted perfectly, the single slice of toasted bread.  I should note that neither of our plates were garnished...and this is a gay resort?

    One word sums up the food and atmosphere - SAD.

    08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. M J.
    Very arrogant and ignorant assistant "manager". Very cold atmosphere. Lots of NOT pretty twinks running around...  bad food

    21/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    6. COURT P.
    This was our second stay at this resort.  It's one of our favorites. The staff is top notch.  The best we have experienced at a gay resort.  Rooms are beautiful and the gym is nice.  A bit more crowded than usual this time, being the 4th of July.  Parking was a bit scarce during the holiday weekend and our first room had an issue, but we changed with very little problem.  We will definitely be back.

    06/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. M M.
    You must stay here.
    The attention to detail by the staff is amazing. Great group of guys on property that take care of your every need. The rooms being recently remodeled,  are fantastic.
    Have a cocktail at the pool from the bar just steps away, or even a meal on the pool deck.
    By the way, while you're here, take advantage of the spa on site and treat yourself to a massage. True Bliss. Thanks, Larry!
    ...and if that weren't enough, just a block to the beach too, how convenient!

    11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Andrew L.
    my friend and I just returned from a 4 day stay at this newly renovated resort. Before i begin my critique, i must say acknowledge that The Royal Palms has not been open for too long. In fact, i believe that our stay fell only two weeks after their grand reopening. With that being said, the staff at the Royal Palm managed to exceed all of our expectations.

    the interior of the resort is a minimalist/sleek retreat. the exteriors of each wing are stark white and the manicured foliage adds beautiful bursts of green. pops of color come from the glossy red tile surrounding the poolside bar/restaurant and from the rainbow lights which dance along the hotel's walls nightly. our room had two nicely appointment queen beds and our bathroom featured a simple (spa-like) glass shower. the beds were surprisingly comfortable and the high powered air conditioner (along with the blackout curtains) allowed for an amazing night's sleep. our room overlooked the resort's secondary pool (away from the bar) and i'd recommend booking a room in this section of the property. i certainly love a party, but it was really nice to come home from the bars/restaurants to a quiet poolside room.

    since this is a clothing optional resort, you'll find a wide variety of people around the pool during the day. while 30% of the patrons chose to take it all off, most (including myself) declined. the wonderful thing about The Royal Palm is that each choice is met with the same level of professionalism. The hotel staff checked in with us regularly throughout the day but their presence was never too much. eucalyptus soaked washcloths were passed around to poolside guests every couple of hours (a wonderful touch that i haven't experienced elsewhere).

    there are a few things that i must suggest which would make The Royal Palm a true "must stay" resort.

    1. a hot tub: my friend and i were surprised to find that the resort did not contain one. in our previous travels to gay destinations/hotels. the hot tub served as a "gathering place" which often led to conversations with fellow guests. The Royal Palm staff told us that a hot tub was planned for a future expansion, but the resort is desperately missing a place (other than the bar) for guests to gather and chat.
    2. all drinks and food throughout your stay can be charged back to your respective room. however, our daily receipts did not leave a space to add gratuity for the amazing staff. at one point i had to tell our server how much to add (which made for a somewhat uncomfortable experience).

    in addition to the above, there are several positive areas which i feel deserve recognition.

    1. housekeeping: there wasn't a day that i returned to my room that didn't feel like the first day that i checked in. kudos to the team.
    2. the food: The chef at The Royal Palm consistently turned out phenomenal food. the breakfasts that we enjoyed each morning were cooked to our exact specifications and each dish was better than the last.
    3. the wait/bar staff: every member of the "service team" at The Royal Palm consistently went out of their way to be friendly, warm, and accommodating.

    in a time where gay owned and operated businesses are struggling, i think that our community owes its patronage to those who chose to open them. i encourage anyone who is looking for a great place in Fort Lauderdale to call The Royal Palm.

    02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Frank P.
    I keep returning to the Royal Palms.  Friendly and efficient staff assure that your room is perfect, everyday.  I love that they prepare delicious, healthy food at an affordable price on the premises, no need to get in car and drive.  Grounds are beautiful, rooms are sleek, modern and spotless and there are two pools and a full bar.  My favorite hotel in Ft. Lauderdale by far.

    06/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. B-rad W.
    Orlando, Carlos, Brian, Matt and the entire staff were simply unbelievable. The accommodations were top-notch and the food was superb, as were the drinks. This was our first of MANY visits to Royal Palms.

    28/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Bob B.
    Was just there for morning brunch but for the bar and little restaurant  that have its very nice. Reasonable prices for food and drinks which were very good. We meet the manager who was very nice. On the posh side with a Miami style. Lots of S&M. ( Standing & Modeling). Don't expect any goings on.

    31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. John R.
    GREAT location. They've done an amazing job of redesigning the space and making it a unique experience.  The pools are nice and heated.  The rooms were decorated nicely, but a bit sterile.  It's clear that the owner is fond of IKEA, as the entire space was designed with items i've seen there in past visits.  the bathroom was really nice.  a nice sized shower and the stonework is something i hope to repeat in my own home.  i loved the robes they provided so much that i purchased one of them.  the "restaurant" was really good, although somewhat limited.  the drinks are a good pour.  have to be careful, as you can charge to your room.  it was like being on a cruise and seeing the bar bill.  yikes!  JD greeted us from the start and made sure our visit was pleasant.  he's a great asset.  lastly, you'll love the whole "feel" of the place.  it was filled with professional people who were there to have a good time.  i never felt uncomfortable.  you pay a bit more than other places, but the quality of the space does warrant the extra cost.

    22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Stuart W.
    Unless you ask you are not explicitly told this is no longer a clothing optional resort. Turns out they'd rather have a bar. So after spending a ton of money to get down here I find out I have to wear a swimsuit the hole time. Too late. They have my money and all other places that advertise themselves correctly are booked.

    The ac is loud. It's blocks and blocks from any other restaurants. WiFi is spotty at best. Having to use my iPad cell service to connect. Can never get my laptop online. Not enough pillows. I could go on.

    Im stuck and frustrated.  Cant wait for this trip to end.  How's that for a vacation?  Won't ever stay here again.

    22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Michael Y.
    I can only attest to the Pool Party On Sundays! from 2 - 6 on Sunday this is the place to be. If youa re in town and want a fun vibe... Get to Royal Palms. My friends and I enjoy this spot. Sit in the pool and let the cocktail server bring you adult beverages.

    03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Ben D.
    I've been to this hotel twice.  Both times I absolutely loved it.  great space, good food, and the all gay men atmosphere was a refreshing getaway and a great niche market that had an amazing vibe.  I wanted to book again this year but was very disappointed to see they changed their policy to "gay-friendly" instead of all gay male because one silly person made a stink about bringing his girlfriend there although it very clearly says gay men's resort/hotel all over their website.  This used to be a fantasy getaway for me and my husband, now we will have to search elsewhere and I am sad.

    18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. Jerrod R.
    My trip to the Royal Palms Resort and Spa was a very relaxing experience.  If you are looking for a place in Fort Lauderdale that has drinks, food, pool (two of them) and spa together, this is a great resort to spend your time.  In addition, it is located one block off the beaches.

    The staff was extremely nice and helpful.  It has a poolside bar, which is a refreshing way to spend the day by the pool.  The bar is covered enough to keep you shaded from the sun, or you can choose to sit inside the covered bar area.  Do keep in mind, if you get a poolside room, the bar is a busy location, and so you will hear noise until late in evening.

    The restaurant/grille on site was surprisingly good, with well-prepared and tasty food for breakfast and lunch.  You can eat at the umbrella-covered tables or at the bar or the pool, and probably in your room, but there are no phones in the rooms to call for room service.  It is also convenient enough to walk to the many restaurants along the beach strip.

    The rooms were very modern and sleek, all in white with modern white furniture and a flat screen TV.  The room had a great walk in shower, and each room has its own AC unit that keeps the room adequately cool.  My one suggestion would be that the room could use the addition of a ceiling fan.  The staff did a great job keeping the rooms neat and tidy.  There is also free Wi-Fi across the entire property.  

    The spa staff was equally as nice and professional as the rest of the resort team.  The massages were relaxing, and each masseur knew what they were doing.  My favorite of the spa treatments was the tropical body scrub.  The facilities were clean and music played throughout the spa area.

    I would definitely recommend the Royal Palms, and plan to visit again for my next trip to Fort Lauderdale.

    08/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Clint N.
    Newly renovated, staff is very friendly! Just not our scene. Seemed very "Twinkish" at the pool. Loud music pumping all day Sunday! Pool is also open to the public on Sundays. It was very crowded. We had some things stolen from our lounge chairs. Drinks were overpriced! We love a good party, but this just seemed to be a "twink" show. The only thing missing was a few bitchy drag queens! I am glad to be home

    23/09/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. MileHigh J.
    For a fun gay ole time, it's hard to beat the Royal Palms Resort.  We just completed a four-day stay over the long 4th of July weekend and we had a great time.

    The resort is tucked-away only one block from the beach in a fantastic location.  The rooms are spotlessly clean, vibrantly white and styled like a W Hotel.  The staff was constantly asking if there was anything we needed, whether for our room or while we were soaking up the sun at the pool.  Standouts were Carlos the bartender and Phillip the general manager.

    The weekend afternoon pool parties were fun, with a live deejay, great cocktails and everyone having a good time.

    We usually stay at 5-star resorts like the Four Seasons for the great service and to be away from kids.  Royal Palms Resort was all that and gay, too!  I'd return there on a moment's notice.  Great stay.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Elaine C.
    I came back a few weeks later. The hotel, bar staff, and DJ are extremely professional and accommodating. The patrons, except for about a dozen or so nice guys, were rude and obnoxious. I get the fact that it's a gay hotel and I'm straight, but seriously? They say women are welcome. The name itself is the Equali-Tea Dance. I don't judge you, gentlemen...give me the same respect.

    18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Dane W.
    We did not stay here but we stopped by three out of four days we were in town. It seems a nice hotel! However the bar hoste a nice T-Dance on Sundays with a fun diverse crowd. The bar is really the only gay bar in the neighborhood and the bratender Matt is a real star. He is friendly good at his job and cute as well. It is tottally worth a try!

    10/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. William L.
    So, although I am gay, I decided to head to Florida with a friend who was straight and female. When making our reservation we were never advised that this is a gay-only property. When we went to check in we we denied our room (even though it had been paid in advance). It seems, this gay property, while the want and expect the same rights as heteros, do not seem to feel that it goes both ways. I was very sad and sorry to see a gay business acting in such a deplorable manner. Granted, most people who come here are probably just gay men, but if you are anything but you will most likely see yourself denied entry and asked to leave. Equality it seems, is up to the property.

    To make matters worse, when I asked for a refund I was told the money would be put on a "gift card" for a future reservation for myself. They did not seem to fathom that if you do not want me and straight friend now, then I probably will not be coming back in the future. We score rooms at a nearby Marriott (who seemed happy to welcome a gay man and straight woman onto their property). It took letters to the BBB and a dispute with the credit card company to get my money back.

    Just a heads up for future reference.

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    22. Marqus R.
    Five Stars!!!!! For a gay resort, it doesn't get better than this!

    The place is all new, sparkling clean, luxury up to date state of the art rooms that typify all of what is good about modern South Florida design and décor.  

    The place is really huge, two big pools and a restaurant with great menu offering of unique foods prepared by an accomplished, experienced chef.

    The wait staff is extremely friendly as well as knowledgeable.

    Royal Palms offers everything that was of the historic, legendary Marlin Beach Hotel plus more, all being in a clean, modern up to date environment that the old sleazy run down Marlin ever had to offer. And for those of you that enjoy playing "balcony bingo" (don't ask) as was traditional at the Marlin and remains the game de jour at the Parliament in Orlando, the Royal Palms has baloneys too.

    Then there is "location, location, location" as the realtors are so fond of saying. Being beachside. located at 717 Breaker Street, it has that too.

    Royal Palms has just about everything, even access to the use of a 54 foot yacht.

    Somebody sunk a fortune into the Royal Palms, and it shows. However, I found the prices you would pay to be most reasonable.

    Be sure to see my pictures which speak better than I do.

    20/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Tim S.
    Sadly, Royal Palms is no longer clothing optional or gay exclusive... I don't really care one way or the other about the clothing optional part, but I think it creates a better atmosphere.  It also guarantees that it's gay only... which is the whole point of staying at such a place.  Otherwise, I can stay at a "normal" hotel with better rooms and better amenities for far less money.

    Bad things:

    1.  Straight people (including women and children) come into the pool area to have breakfast or sit at the bar (ok, the kids don't sit at the bar... lol) from neighboring properties owned by the same company.  While I have nothing against straight people, it destroys the "gay bubble" atmosphere.

    2.  No hot tub... seriously?!?  I still can't believe that.

    3.  Room A/C units are incredibly noisy.  So loud it actually wakes me up at night.

    Good things:

    1.  Staff is very friendly and attentive.

    2.  Bed is reasonably comfortable.

    Overall, for me, the bad things outweigh the good things, and I will not return.

    23/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    24. Robert S.
    Had a great stay here over Valentine's Day weekend. It was my first time here and I wasn't sure what to expect given some of the mixed reviews. My experience: courteous and helpful staff, a spacious,  clean and well maintained room (loved the large walk-in shower) .  Within easy walking distance to the beach... Tea dance on Sun was packed with lots of friendly guys... Looking forward to staying there again!

    17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Greg R.
    On a popular travel review site, people who comment on the Royal Palms not being men-only or clothing optional anymore, you'll see one of two replies from the resort's management:

    ..."we support our nation's act of equality for all , therefore we allow both men and women "

    "Please always keep in mind we have several gay men only resorts in North Beach Village that we could have assisted you with"

    So, the Royal Palms Spa & Resort supports equality for all when they own a property in a prime location, a block from the beach, with a bar and restaurant; otherwise, at the company's other properties, not so much for the equality.

    You know, the Royal Palms is not a philanthropic organization; it is a business, and as a business it is certainly expected to maximize its earnings, and if that means opening up the property to the general public, so be it. Just be honest about it. (It has updated its website since all the flap about its changes to say it is "hetero-friendly.")

    I spent four days over Presidents' Day weekend at Royal Palms. I always like to go to Fort Lauderdale that weekend, and for the past several years I have stayed at Pineapple Point, which is top-notch and a lot of fun, but was, regrettably, full this year when I went to make a reservation.

    But I used to stay at the Royal Palms in its former location, which was a much smaller place but very nice (and is now the Lush Royale); I'd seen ads for the new, much larger Royal Palms, so I made a reservation for four days.

    Some of my disappointment is my own fault for not asking, but assuming that it would be gay-only and clothing optional, as it was at the former location and also here until some point. The clothing optional part I'm mostly ambivalent about, but if you want to, it's great to have the, uh, option. I didn't see a lot of straight people or women (and no children) as some reviews have mentioned, but when you're used to gay resorts, it is a little off-putting for there to be a mixed crowd. As others have mentioned, was surprised there is no jacuzzi. All the things I was used to at my other place weren't here.

    I liked the poolside bar and restaurant and the proximity to the beach, and that I didn't need a car. But I didn't like that it's not a gay men's guesthouse, with all the stuff I, and others, mentioned, and that it's open to Ma and Pa America who can waddle in and belly up to the bar and look around disdainfully in some instances. Sorry if that offends anyone, I just want what I want, and what I'm used to.

    Honestly, it's fine, nice even. But I wouldn't go back. It's just not the kind of place I thought I was going, based on its previous location. I did look at the website when booking, and I believe it is deliberately misleading. All the photos are of men, and it says it's a gay resort. It should plainly say: The Royal Palms is not a clothing-optional resort; we have a bar and restaurant onsite in the main pool area that is open to the general public.

    As for the reviewer here who says the issue of straight people coming onto the property for breakfast has been "addressed" because they now go to the restaurant down the street, that is simply not true. Anyone can come for breakfast (lunch and dinner and to use the bar) and they do.

    23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    26. Christopher M.
    This was our first stay at Royal Palms, and we had a really nice time. The room was large, clean, and very comfortable. The staff were all friendly and available. The food we had for breakfast and lunch was quite good. Love having the bar right at the pool! One caveat, if you go during a holiday weekend, the pool area can get a bit crowded and noisy (too much for my taste at any rate), but a bit of planning and that can be avoided. We will certainly be back!

    29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Mike S.
    As others have said this hotel is no longer men only (even though their website implies otherwise) or clothing optional.   I can live with clothing required, but when I go to a gay men's resort, I prefer only men.   There are plenty of other hotels nearby for hetrosexual's.

    If the hotel was still men only I would probably give it a four or maybe even a five star.  The prices are higher than the mainstream hotels in the area and the rooms aren't as nice.   I can live with that if the hotel is a clothing optional gay mens resort, but if it's not I may as well save some money and stay at a main stream hotel.

    The rooms are nothing like the Hilton or W, but are clean and kept up.   The one good thing this place still has going for it is a bar that is open until 2 a.m. on weekends.   Drink prices are reasonable, poured strong.   The menu is pretty limited in choices but everything I had was good and the mall is nearby, as are other places to eat at.

    Philip the GM is great and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty and help out as needed and tries to get to know the guests.   Steve, the front desk clerk at nights is great, he checked me in and took my bags to my room and showed me around.   The bar staff is also great.   Brian, the front desk manager on days is a pompous queen, but all the other staff was good to me.

    The hotel has free bikes you can borrow but they are very old and the seats don't even adjust.   The spa services were good and reasonably priced.

    Wifi is free but very slow, reminded me of using a 600 baud dial up modem.

    If this was still an all gay men's resort, I would have no problems returning. Or if they lowered their prices, I would probably return.    If I am going to have to put up with a bunch of women and kids, I may as well save some money and stay at a nicer property in Lauderdale in the area.

    16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    28. Melissa A.
    Poolside bar is perfect before or after dinner drink location. The bartender Brian is FABULOUS and exactly what anyone wanting a drink is looking for. He will keep it simple for you or come up with the perfect compliment to your desires.

    13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Jc E.
    Hi
    On Sunday July 6,2014  I when to your pool party it was so much fun (2p-7p) the food was great the customer service. The barbers really nice and handsome. I can't wait to be back in town so I can visit again.

    09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Travis M.
    By far my favorite place to stay in Ft Lauderdale. The rooms are spacious, clean, modern, affordable, and the service is that of the level you would receive on a cruise. The staff even takes the time to learn your name. Again, I can't rave enough about the service. I would recommend this resort to anyone I love, and no one that I don't. Sometimes we have to keep the good things for ourselves, lol.

    30/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Marc Aka Max H.
    This was my second stay at Royal Palms Resort (RPR), this one with my partner celebrating our birthdays, and about 18 months ago we hosted an out of town friend. I've also stopped by on occasions for the Sunday Funday, as well as a drink at the poolside bar, and lunch. I live north of Ft. Lauderdale, and have stayed at other gay resorts in FL and around the USA.

    Let me address the issue which some guys have raised regarding it being gay, gay friendly, or overrun with straights/women/families. There is no doubt that this is a gay establishment, not simply gay-friendly. While there may have been an issue in the not so distant past where guests at other hotel properties owned by the same parent company visited RPR for breakfast, that seems to have been addressed with the offering of breakfasts at the [very good] PLAZA BISTRO, a block away, also owned by the same parent company. During our 4 days there, about a week ago, we saw no families with children anywhere on the premises, not anyone who would be classified as a "gawker", (other than some guys in their 80's), but I don't think that was the group some guys were complaining about! There may have been one woman as a hotel guest, and there were 2 at the Sunday Fun-Day.

    Yes, it is no longer clothing optional at the pool, but it wasn't clothing optional about 18 months ago, either. And honestly, does it need to be clothing optional to allow guys to "express" themselves? Most of the really built guys were wearing speedo-type bathing suits, underwear which covered very little, or jocks. Some were so well hung, and their "swim suits/underwear" so tight, you could see the veins/rim of their dicks. Like, guys, isn't that enough? and also hot? Like come on, its not a bathhouse.

    OK, there is not a hot tub/jacuzzi. And while some have commented that such would be a good venue for guys to meet other guys, I saw lots of guys meeting in the pool, at the bar, at their lounges. And, no one commented on the small, but well appointed, and immaculate GYM...you can go there, pose, work-out, and meet/greet. Again, it's a hotel, boyz.

    LOCATION/PARKING: One block from the ocean. For awhile until construction begins, you can actually see the ocean from several rooms, as well as the bar. They have plenty of designated, safe and free parking spots.

    BAR/CAFE: Serves free good coffee all day. Breakfasts are really good, huge omelets, fresh fruits. Lunches include huge salads, generous sized wraps and burgers, with a variety of sides. Alcohol flows all day, bar is open on weekends till 2 AM, it gets busy at lunch and in early eves. Area to sit with tables, or eat/drink poolside. Waiter service poolside.

    HOUSEKEEPING/UTILITIES: In a word, outstanding. The rooms are kept immaculate throughout your stay, plenty of towels, the bed linens will be changed if you desire. Lots of hot water. Rain head showers. Open and spacious showers.

    DESIGN OF PROPERTY/DECOR: This is renovated 1950's style Fort Lauderdale beach 2 story hotel. Two buildings. Two pools. Two floors in each building. Lush landscaping/natural trees/private. Access rooms by a balcony. The furniture in rooms is simple, clean, Ikea-style look. The rooms are basically white/white, all furnishings white, splashes of color. No phones in rooms. Safety boxes. Yes, the AC system is a bit louder than one might like, but it did not prevent me from sleeping or otherwise chilling in the room [like how much time do you spend in your room?] SEE PHOTOS.

    MANAGEMENT is always on-site, is there to respond to any concerns. Is the current general manager gay? No, but does that really matter? Some staff are gay, others are not. There is a long time bartender who is so handsome/sexy/flirty all the guys love him (and many non locals assume he is gay). And yeah, he is straight. He makes great drinks, remembers your name, doesn't ignore you, and isn't that what's important? Guys, Let's try to get away from what I call "the gay ghetto mentality", where everyone we deal with needs to be gay, and if not, they are somehow less than us? Hmm, sounds like some form of discrimination to me.

    Yes, I know its a lengthy review, but I wanted to address some of the issues raised by others, and trued to be comprehensive. See pictures I've posted, I have not been shy showing the "feel of the place" in a variety of settings.

    NOTE: I have no financial interests in this establishment, do not know the owners, do not socialize with the management or staff, and did not receive any encouragement to submit this review. I'm just being as direct here as I am with all my reviews.

    09/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Ocean L.
    BEWARE OF ANY PROPERTIES OWNED BY NORTH BEACH VILLAGE! !!

    Never have I seen such horrible down turn in property management as I have witnessed here.

    Please check Trip Advisor and watch this place slipping in all main areas, cleanliness,  bedding, maintenance and curb appeal.

    Watch their replies to only certain negative reviews with sarcasm and leave others unanswered.

    This is how they manager their properties with a I don't care attitude.

    If you do decide to rent any of their properties,  check your room prior to locking in for that may save you a very unhappy stay.

    Extremely poor rating for this corporation that doesn't care to keep a repeat clients.

    So very sad, as the previous owners about 5 years ago ran this place to perfection.

    That is why the bubble ratings are still high, but coming down each week from unhappy customers.

    So in ending, BEWARE!!!!!

    22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    33. Dylan M.
    After once considering this hotel a 4 star after my first stay when they originally opened its has gone down hill a bit with each year I have returned. I had read some recent reviews which made me a bit nervous and this feeling was defiantly warranted. The reservations center they now use is horrible. You used to deal directly with the hotel itself now they use a service that deals with all their properties. When I called to ask for a specific room request they said they weren't aware of the layout of the hotel and would transfer me to the front desk which only put me into a voicemail which I left several messages and never got a return call. Finally after about 12 calls over a few week period they finally called back after I had sent a 3rd email. They confirmed my room request but out of precaution I noted who spoke with and the date. When I arrived the reservation according to them had been canceled even though I had a confirmation reminder the day before. They blamed it on the third party website so I called where I booked and they spoke to the hotel and resent me a confirmation stating it was still very much confirmed and there. They hotel said they were sold out and didn't have a room. I went onto the hotels own website and it showed they had availability right then as he told me this. When I showed them this they argued that too and dismissed it. Regardless they said they were full and didn't know what happened. They moved us to a sister hotel of theirs but I was not happy and wont be back. Beware this establishment is not the hotel it  once was.

    29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    34. Chris F.
    We went here for a mini honeymoon. We went from Monday-Thursday in October. It was very pleasant and welcoming!
    The staff (for the most part) are all warm, inviting and friendly. The rooms are clean, just remember to put the "please change the sheets" card out of you want to have new sheets.
    The bartenders mix great drinks and again were very friendly! The food was okay, a bit overpriced (but your in a total tourist trap area so expect that everywhere) and not very impressive. We ordered at the bar although we wanted to go for table side service somewhere else we ended up just eating there, once, for breakfast. They offer breakfast and lunch on a limited menu.
    In the lobby they have free cookies! Yum! They also offer spa services, however it is by appointment only (the masseuse is not on premise all the time) so schedule a day ahead. It was well worth the money!
    The team also held our bags and allowed us to hang out on premise when we were waiting for a late flight back home.
    Go check this place out!

    02/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Mam M.
    If you want to stay at a place that is less expensive than others around the area and don't expect good customer service, this is the place.
    If you call the resort, no one will answer so you have to leave a message but don't expect a back phone call anytime soon.
    To me wash clothes are important when taking a shower, my housekeeper forgot to leave me some so I went to front dest to ask for some and I was told by front dest person that he doesn't normally work at this location so he has no idea where to get some. Now why would they have someone out front in charge if he has no idea how things work at this resort?! Not to mention I had to walk a mile to ask cause they don't have phones in room. He said he would ask and I never got them.
    Younger bartender "think I am so hot" kind of guy gave me attitude cause I gave him a dollar tip and he  made sure others notice how cheap I  was being. Yes I know you are thinking that I am a high maintenance gay man and I am but they should no better at a gay resort.

    19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    36. David F.
    We stayed from Sunday to Friday and actually arrived in the middle of Tea Dance. We immediately decided to forget about the luggage in the car and join in the fun. We had a great time and that didn't end until we left. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. One bartender had a bit of an attitude, but we only had to deal with him once at the Tea Dance.

    I would have rated this place higher, but I have to ding them for having horrible mattresses in the rooms. They have these super soft pillow top mattress pads on them that are not removable. For people with back issues (like me), these mattresses spell trouble for you. Luckily, most of the bartenders pour a stiff drink and after a while in the pool and sun, you forget about your back pain. The other strike against this resort was not having towels for guest use at the fitness center. Even after bringing it to staff's attention one day, there were still no towels the next day...I asked for them again and they didn't bring them until I was literally walking out of the gym. Luckily I was able to get a face towel from one of the housekeepers.

    Those are a few examples of the negatives. Now for a prime example of the positives. On the day we left, we had to check out of the room before we needed to leave for the airport. The man at the front desk was more than kind. He not only watched our bags for us but told us that we were still considered guests and to feel free to use the facility until we left for the airport. He also let me charge my laptop while we went swimming, etc. Well, after a few of their now famous heavy pour drinks, we grabbed our luggage but forgot about the laptop. A different person was in the front office and didn't realize the laptop was mine. When we got to the airport, I realized I forgot it. I called the resort and they were good enough to take it to the UPS store and ship it to me.

    I would absolutely stay here again, even with the lousy mattresses. Hopefully, the new suites they are building next door will have better mattresses!!

    05/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0