Elysium Resort (Closed Permanently)

82% love it
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Fort Lauderdale's largest gay men's resort
Art Deco style, comfortable suites and located in the thick of the gay guesthouse neighborhood. Amenities include rooftop sundeck and two heated pools, all clothing optional.


    • JDSquared
      JDSquared Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The worst! Do not stay here you will be disappointed.
      I stayed here expecting a gay resort. Instead I was greeted with stark white walls and bare tile floors, not a hint of decor anywhere. Their website boasts the best breakfast however they DO NOT serve breakfast anymore. Likewise there is no workout room and no happy hour. In short, there is nothing bringing the guests together or creating any sense of community. I would never recommend this place.

    • drew22vb
      drew22vb Over a year ago
      Hates it

      What a Dissapointment
      I've stayed at the Elysium before, and it had always been a clean, reliable, reasonably priced place to stay with a friendly staff and fun guests. It had been a year since our last visit, and wow did things change for the worst. We were 3 guys sharing a 2 bedroom suite, but they only had 2 keys for the room. The room sleeps 4 but only 2 keys. We were not shown to our room and had to find it for ourselves. The room was dirty and bare. Not a single picture on the wall. Just off white walls, ceiling, tiles. The bathroom had no towel bar (you can see where there had been one that broke and was never replaced) and the toilet didn't flush properly. The list of issues goes on and on: window blinds had no wand to open the slats, some drawers on the dresser had no knobs, the smoke detector had been removed, the television in the bedroom did not work, the second bedroom had no windows or air conditioner, the dining table only had 2 chairs (remember the room sleeps 4). In the morning we learned that the free continental breakfast they offered in the past, was no longer offered. When someone asked about the temperature of the pool they were told they no longer heated the pool. The manager did not want to hear any of our complaints and had a nasty attitude. This was not the same property we stayed at in the past. We suffered through our 2 night reservation, but cancelled all future reservations. I will never be staying here again and I encourage anyone planning a stay here to reconsider.

    • pala1110
      pala1110 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I come to Fort Lauderdale 1-2 times a year and always stay at the Worthington Resort, but on a whim I decided to spend one night at Elysium. Even though I have heard terrible things about Elysium, from other guests when I stay at the Worthington, but took the criticism with a grain of salt; thinking the guests were just loyal to worthington. Well I should have stayed loyal myself since I arrived to check-in at Elysium and was told they did not have a room for me. Actually they said that I would be staying at another one of their resorts, winterset, a family friendly resort. With no other choice, since all the other gay resorts I called were completely booked, I stayed at the family friendly resort. Now the receptionist at the winterset was very nice and accommodating and even gave me a master key to access all of their other gay resorts in the area, but that made me wonder- why does the straight resort have a master key to the gay resorts- is this common practice to give away rooms at elysium and then move those guests to their emptier straight resorts?? The main two issues I don't think they understand is that I reserved a room, months prior to my arrival, at a specific type of resort and placing me in the complete opposite type of resort is ridiculous! Would they do the reverse and send a straight man to a gay resort and then give him a master key to access their other straight resorts? Secondly, beyond the gay aspect, it's an adults only resort that I reserved a room at and then to be placed at a family friendly place, well let's just say I was awoken at 5:30AM by shouting teenagers right outside my door and then again at 8:30AM by screaming and then crying children!! As the final insult I was given $20 off the room, but that really wasn't because of what they did, but rather because the rates at the winterset were cheaper. Seriously do not bother with this place- it is so poorly managed!!

    • ctrever23
      ctrever23 Over a year ago

      NOT what it used to be :(
      Not horrible yet, but not going in the right direction. The WIFI SUCKS! You can tell that he used to be owned by a couple of gay guys that took pride in their property... And now is owned by a larger company that just wants to make money off of a pride property.

    • JoeFuentes
      JoeFuentes Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Nice but Average
      I am a local and this is a good average hotel. Rooms are like an upscale Travelodge and the grounds are nice. Medium sexual energy. Ive stayed here a few times and thought the entire experience was average. Service OK. They need to realize that there is a lot of competition and they can't fall asleep at the wheel!

    • jarvar
      jarvar Over a year ago
      Loves it

      awesome spot
      My partner and I are staying here for a week on vacay. the pools are great. The hot tub is great. It is close to the beach. Some of the guests are friendly others are about their own business . . . but that's okay every now and again. Not very many super models as far as looks go but I like my men unique with great personality. The staff is fabulous. The fitness room could use some work but a good jog on the beach will do you just fine. I would definitely come back.

    • ALandCHUCK.travel
      ALandCHUCK.travel Over a year ago

      Gary the manager is the sweetest guy in the business.

    • SteveDenver
      SteveDenver Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I stayed at the Elysium for three days and wished I would have booked it for a week or two. Great location, close to the beach and restaurants and a very friendly staff. We are in our 50's but the age ranged from 20's and up....everybody interacted and we had a great time....would recommend the Elysium at any time. Rooms were not the Ritz but they were clean and everything worked!!

    • GT200
      GT200 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome experience
      This was my first experience at any gay resort. I was scared initially. But the place is amazing. Rooms so clean and impeccable. Large spacious with kitchens. Has people from all ages around you and two pools, which i couldnt use. The staff and owners are friendly and help you out with a lot of stuff, and provide with useful information for new people to the area. Would visit again

    • Elysiumrox
      Elysiumrox Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great place to stay july 4th week!
      I have been going to the Elysium for the 4th of July week, almost every year for several years, and I have to say Im not sure about the authenticity of the horribly negative reviews on here, because in my 6 or 7, 10 day stays Ive never seen ANY attitude from the owners. They are incredibly nice and hospitable. Most likely the negatives are competitors trying to trash their good name. The rooms are always clean. The property is immaculate and very pretty. Everyone that comes here drops the attitude and relaxes. The visitor age ranges alot, but one thing Ive noticed is if you prefer the younger croud they certainly come here on 4th of July week. For some reason its the place to go for the young croud, probably bacause the prices are so reasonable. I would say 60-70 percent of the clientel that week is 18-30. Anyways Dont hesitate to make reservations!!!! The Elysium ROX!!!!

    • flashgordon
      flashgordon Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Gay gay gay!
      Great location a block from the beach and hotel restaurants and the biggest gay resort. Heated pool and huge jacuzzi. It does end to have an older crowd, but there are young guys there too. Rooms are very affordable and clean. It's not the newest but it is a lot of fun and the place we like to go the most. It's cruisy at night, so don't be surprised if you see guys walking around at night. But, it's not pushy and no one will bother you if you're just looking to hangout. I've met lots of guys just at the pool during the day that have become friends- no sex involved. The staff is very accommodating. Get a room by the Jacuzzi or above the main office if you want some privacy, but still want to see what's going on. Take a cab from the resort to Wilton Manners- it's about 10 bucks.

    • WestSeattle
      WestSeattle Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Worth a stay
      For the price, atmosphere, and location the Elysium is a great deal. Id stay here again before some places Ive spent around a $1000 a night on in the last few years. The landscaping is amazing, I like having a mini-fridge and full size coffee maker available, and it is near the gay beaches and bars. The staff was without exception friendly and welcoming. The property is a little older, but in line with the rest of the neighborhood, and is well cared for, so this was not an issue at all, esp. given the reasonable room pricing. I also enjoyed the clientele; everyone was friendly and chatting with everyone at the pool and on the grounds, no pretense you can get at some places. Ill stay again next time Im in Ft. Lauderdale.

    • brazilian1979
      brazilian1979 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not What it Used to Be
      I thought it was just me but on my last day, there was a group of us sitting around having breakfast discussing how we have all stayed at the Elysium previously (some 5 visits or more) and this was our last.

    • tb27609
      tb27609 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      "An Unwelcoming..." Unfair Review
      I must take issue with italy72's "An Unwelcoming Experience" review. My partner and I have stayed at the Elysium 6 times and always find the owners (Steve and Gary) to be warm and welcoming. Staff is professional, helpful, and friendly. Your problem was that they wouldn't let you pay what you wanted to pay? (A price less than you knew it would be?) Who tries to "negotiate" resort room rates? You weren't making an offer to buy a used car or haggling at a bazaar. You say his rudeness took you by surprise, but to a disinterested third party reading your tirade, yours comes across loud and clear. I think it's unfair that you choose to discredit this establishment (and hurt their business) for an unpleasant situation of your own making. I'm just sayin'. (PS: In referring you to "The W" perhaps he was actually referring you to The W - the Starwood hotel located in sight of the Elysium. You might have better luck trying to bargain at a large chain hotel.)