GOOD NEWS from @islandhousekw

Long-time owner of award-winning Island House Key West guesthouse for men
cancels sale of property and remains at helm with renewed focus

Key West, FL (August 26, 2014) — With no suitable buyer for Island House Key West, Jon Allen removed his award-winning property from the real estate market and, with renewed vigor, redoubled his team’s efforts to making it the world’s best gay resort. With a nod to Stephen Sondheim, he’s still here! Never willing to rest on his laurels, Allen has announced a new managerial appointment, exciting special events and collaborations and an ever lengthening busy season, with high occupancy even in summer.

Allen announced that financial director Julian Ward has been appointed manager of the resort replacing the long-time and very popular previous manager Steve Silva, who remains actively involved in the future of Island House as a new co-owner of the property. Reporting to Ward, the rest of the highly trained, professional and joyful team has remained, and continue to run Island House as an all-men’s, clothing-optional resort where gay men can be themselves in a safe, comfortable environment, relax and meet other men. Working closely with Allen, Ward and his team have announced a full roster of new and improved events, including the annual White Party as well as collaborations with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7, Andrew Christian, Daniel Nardicio Productions, Manhunt and Jack’d. The idea is to help bring the ever-improving gay men’s resort to a wider audience including younger generations who may be unfamiliar with this oasis of safety and fun in Key West.

This year, the resort is reporting record bookings thanks in part to the popular “stay four nights, get three free” offer which results in high occupancy (and more fun at the resort) even in the summer months. Click here for details. Island House which continues to receive accolades from guests and travel experts alike, including “Favorite LGBT Guesthouse/Resort” by the EDGE Media Awards and a coveted ManAboutWorld “2013 Editors’ Choice” award, declaring that Island House “sets the bar for all-male gay guesthouses.” On TripAdvisor Island House continues to rank near the top among the very best of specialty lodging options in town.

Book early, book often
The Island House team wishes to thank its guests for their patience during this process and encourage them to continuing their robust bookings— early and often! The team looks forward to receiving all its guests to the same welcoming resort environment that Allen created and his team maintains day in and day out to enjoy its many all-year round amenities including:

  • 100% open bar from 5:30-7pm daily includes all premium spirits, craft beer, premium wines and bubbly;
  • Wednesday’s Hot Naked Humpday Pool Party (including an extended free happy hour for guests starting at 5pm);
  • Hot Naked Sundays, an event that has grown beyond the resort’s wildest expectations — the epic “it” place to be every week; and
  • Other scheduled upgrades to the property and amenities (detailed deep cleans, Starbucks coffee in poolside rooms and apartments and more).

To book a room, call the resort’s live operator/concierge 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-890-6284 or visit

About Island House Key West
The 34-room award-winning Island House Key West is the longest continuously operated gay guesthouse and a destination unto itself, with a poolside Café and Bar open 24/7, an on-site gym and spa area, two Jacuzzis, and an atmosphere allowing guests to enjoy a safe stay of their own making from mild to wild. Island House offers abundant complimentary amenities from a lively happy hour to WiFi throughout the property. Island House celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011 and has completed over $2.5 million in transformative upgrades over the past dozen years. A live operator/concierge is available 24/7 to answer questions and book rooms.

Join the discussion
Join the online discussion with Island House Key West’s friends, family and staff on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. To see what our friends in social, digital and traditional media are saying about the resort, check out their latest (and sexiest) video.

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