Liberty Garden Suites – Interview With Owners of Gay Accommodations in Dania Beach, Florida

Author: , September 8th, 2016

Liberty Garden Suites
Dania Beach, Florida

Gay owned and operated garden suites between Fort Lauderdale and Haulover Beach

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

liberty-garden-suites-smallLiberty Suites in Dania Beach has been our favorite south Florida gay resort for years. Now rebranded as Liberty Garden Suites with a new look and focus, we know it will be a success with gay travelers looking for gay owned and operated accommodations just minutes from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and the world-famous clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

We chatted with owners Joe Van Eron and Jack Zimmerman.

How would you describe Liberty Garden Suites in one sentence?

We are sure you will love our unique “Piece of Tropical Paradise” with attractive, immaculately clean, turn key, self-catering accommodations, and the company of our Gentlemen Guests.

What makes Liberty Garden Suites unique?

We are centrally located in Greater Fort Lauderdale in Historic Dania Beach, just 5 minutes south of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, and are the closest Gay Accommodation to the World Famous Nude Beach at Haulover. Everyday conveniences of markets, restaurants & shops are within blocks, and we are short 15-20 minute drive to all Gay Greater Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors Nightlife and Attractions, as well as 5 Casinos including the new Casino @ Dania Beach..

The entire property is lushly landscaped and offers clothing optional sundeck, outdoor living room, patio dining with BBQ, Hot Tub/Spa, complimentary laundry facility and private off street parking. Each apartment is uniquely decorated, has private adjoining outdoor patio space, all with full kitchens and perfectly set up with all the amenities for vacation or longer term “Home Away from Home” Stays.

How would you describe your guests?

There are so few properties left that still offer a safe secure and private environment for exclusively Gay Vacation Rentals….our clients remain mostly mature, retired, well educated, successful and upscale Gay Men, singles and couples….which we believe there is a continued market, mostly with the aging boomers… as you know the Gay travel world has substantially changed, especially with the younger generations…the vacation rental market has exploded with Airbnb, Home Away, and the hundreds of other sites….and they no longer have to be so protective as we did in the early years and travel to large cites with Gay populations and Gay villages, and stay in safe Gay Guesthouses, and patronize strictly gay bars and restaurants….which I think is just wonderful…especially when I remember that I got my first apartment in Manhattan in January of 1969, 6 months before the Stonewall riots… “WE’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY !!”

Do you have any upcoming specials or packages?

Currently we are offering Summer Specials with rates as low as $79/Night and $495/Week….through September 30th …and as always during the off peak season we continue to accommodate longer term relocation stays as we remain an affordable and more pleasant alternative for those relocating in or out of the area, as well as extended business stays…and as Always, Pet Welcome.

For more information, visit

Liberty Garden Suites
1500 SW 2nd Avenue
Dania Beach (South Fort Lauderdale), FL 33004
Phone or Text: (954) 927-0090

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Straight Woman Traumatized By Stay at Gay NYC Hotel

Author: , November 14th, 2013

Out NYCA woman from Texas got quite a surprise when she accidentally checked into the Out NYC, a gay hotel in New York City.

“Elise K.” is a Yelper who lives in Austin, Texas. According to her Yelp profile, she loves “travel, art, beauty, architecture, design, jewelry, decor, music, performing, reading, dance, LIFE.” Her favorite movie is 1987′s The Last Emperor, and her favorite meal on earth is sushi.

Last August, she booked a room at the Out NYC, not knowing it was a gay hotel, and she wrote an unintentionally hilarious Yelp review about her experience.

Authored By Graham Gremore – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Plans for OUT Chicago Revised Again

Author: , August 16th, 2013

OUT ChicagoDevelopers behind the proposed OUT Chicago Hotel in Boystown are back with another set of new designs after neighbors shot down the project in July.

Ian Reisner and architects at Koo and Associates introduced the renderings Thursday, according to Lakeview Patch. The latest designs show a more rounded black exterior, more windows and even another version in the original white color.

The renderings still retains a lot of what Reisner introduced to Belmont Harbor Neighbors last month when he revealed the smaller 8-story building over Wood, rather than over Sidetrack. The building at 3343 N. Halsted St. was once proposed to be 12 stories, then was reduced to 10, followed by another cut at neighbors’ request.

Here’s the previous design. And the one before that.

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Boystown Business Leaders Approve Out Chicago Project

Author: , July 15th, 2013

Out ChicagoLooks like it’s a go for the second Out hotel, this one in Chicago. Go pride reports:

Plans for The OUT Chicago, a new “straight-friendly” boutique hotel proposed for the 3300 block of Halsted in Boystown, are moving forward after the Northalsted Business Alliance voted in favor of the project Thurs., July 11. The decision is a victory for Ian Reisner of Parkview Developers, founder of the The Out NYC, who has been trying to address neighborhood concerns since he first proposed the project in April. “The North Halsted Business Alliance voted in favor of The Out Chicago hotel project after reviewing their modified hotel plans that addressed many of the neighborhood and community issues,” Reisner told “Mainly [by] reducing the height of the building and shifting the massing of hotel to the corner of Buckingham and Halsted, with an iconic cantilever design that should be an architectural attraction for Lakeview.”

Love the blend of old and new. Wonder when they plan to open?

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Out NYC to Branch Out to Chicago

Author: , April 11th, 2013

Out Chicago PlansThe folks whobrought us the OutNYC hotel in downtown New York City are working on plans for a second Out hotel, this one in Chicago. GoPride reports:

The developers behind The Out NYC hope to bring their “straight-friendly” boutique hotel to the Windy City, specifically to the 3300 North block of Halsted Street in Boystown. Although rumors of The Out Chicago have circulated for over a year now, confirmation that the plan is moving forward came Friday when Triangle Neighbors vice president John Becvar posted an announcement of the proposal on the neighborhood association’s Facebook page.

There’s a community meeting planned for tonight on the project:

Thursday’s meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the 19th District Police Station, located at 850 W Addison between Fremont and Reta. While no final decisions are expected, the meeting will give the developers a chance to release details to the public, garner community support and start the process to bring the luxury brand to Chicago.

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India: Is There a Market in Mumbai for a Gay Hotel?

Author: , April 8th, 2012

The Out NYC recently opened its doors to cater to gay tourists, but is also welcoming straight couples. We look at whether there is a market here for hotels specially targeting same sex couples.

Over the years, pink money has contributed to the success of different sectors, including hospitality, retail, fashion, beauty and travel across the globe, and has seen a considerable contribution to businesses everywhere. In keeping with the growing demands of this community, New York recently got it’s first gay hotel, The Out NYC. Is it time we got one in Mumbai too?

Film director Onir says, “Lots of hotels have reservations about letting out rooms to gay couples. Hence, it would be nice to have a gay-friendly hotel in Mumbai.” However, Vikram Doctor of Gay Bombay, an organisation that creates safe spaces for gay people, believes the concept serves no purpose. He says, “The standards of hospitality are very good and professional in India, so they are not likely to frown upon gay couples who book a room together. Also, I don’t like the idea of having a separate hotel for the gay community. Why can’t we have one hotel for everyone? The New York hotel targetting a gay clientele sounds like a gimmick.”

Full Story from the Times of India

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NY: Will the Coming “Out NYC” Hotel Hit the Mark?

Author: , January 2nd, 2012

The Out NYCThe website for New York’s incipient queer nightclub/hotel complex Out NYC was updated today and Gawker’s Brian Moylan took its owners to task.

That’s the thing about this Out NYC hotel. It’s like your gay friend from Pittsburgh coming to visit and he wants to go to Splash and shop on Eight Avenue and have brunch at Cafeteria and, god, it’s just so damn cheesey.

The gay hotel in New York is an utter embarrassment to those of us that live here. I mean, it’s called “The Out NYC.” What, are they going to have rainbow flag room keys? Also, have you ever heard anyone who lives in New York refer to it as “NYC?” There’s a reason.

Just look at this place! The website. It’s all slick and modern in that CB2 way that the blandest homosexuals are supposed enjoy… The facade looks like a giant TV set and the cruising grounds courtyard inside is of course filled with dapper men, because lesbians aren’t really welcome at a gay hotel, are they?

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New Gay Hotel Opens in Paris

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Jules et Jim Hotel, Paris, FranceAfter five years of research and construction kept under wraps, the new 23-room “straight-friendly” Jules et Jim hotel opened December 19, 2011 in the heart of Paris, a five minute walk from the Georges Pompidou Center.

Situated in the Marais, the hotel was conceived by Antoine Brault and Geoffroy Sciard, who have marketed their establishment as being particularly open to gay guests while welcoming all orientations. The theme pays homage to Francois Truffaut’s celebrated film, and aims to be, for guests, a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The rooms are spread out over three buildings, surrounding two cobblestone courtyards to give the feeling of a true break from city life. An eight-story building, combined with two houses, offers 23 custom-built rooms. Some rooms overlook the roofs of Paris, while others afford vantage points onto the interior courtyards of the hotel. Particular attention has been given to sound proofing, light filtering, privacy, and the highest quality of bedding.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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NY: The Out NYC Hotel Coming in 2012

Author: , September 21st, 2011

The Out NYCManhattan’s newest gay neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, is getting The Out NYC. It’s New York City’s first gay hotel and, perhaps, the only gay urban resort in the country, according to developer Ian Reisner, managing partner of Parkview Developers. Reisner and his business partners own other properties in New York State.

The idea came from a gay-focused boutique hotel in Barcelona where Reisner stayed a few years ago. He decided New York City needed a similar hotel and, in fact, an entire entertainment complex. It makes sense considering that, despite higher-profile gay-centric locations, New York is the top travel destination for both gay and lesbian travelers, reports Community Marketing, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in LGTB travel research.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” says Reisner. “What makes The Out NYC a gay hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for the community. The Out NYC will become a ‘can’t-miss’ for gay tourists as well as the epicenter of gay life for LGBT New Yorkers.”

Full Story from LH Online

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New Gay Hotel “The Out” Planned for New York City

Author: , July 21st, 2011

New York developer is planning to open what it’s calling New York City’s first gay hotel, THE OUT NYC. Now obviously there have been other hotels in the city that could fairly be referred to as “gay hotels,” so what makes this one different?

“What makes THE OUT NYC a gay hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for the community,” said Ian Reisner, managing partner Parkview Developers, the company behind the project.

Plans call for the complex, situated on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues, to include a 105-room boutique hotel,11,000 square foot XL NIGHTCLUB, and a cafe and restaurant called KITCHEN.

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