A big rollicking, vast and ornate Venetian Palace (really!) the Belvedere is a landmark and a legend. The vibe is very Tennesse Williams meets Shangri-La! Cupolas, painted frescos, decks and verandas, ornate décor everywhere… It originally began as a mansion on the water owned by a Broadway scenic designer and it expanded into a sprawling inn of little corridors and spectacular rooms, each decorated with character and drama and its own brand of saucy elegance.
The clientele veers toward gay gentleman 35 and over who travel from all over to chill by the clothing optional pool and lounge on its many decks and balconies. The scene is decadent and boasts its own storied (and sometimes seedy) charm. It’s major.
The Belevedere occasionally hosts fun parties (like NYC’s popular and frisky Bana spa/pool parties) and one-off events. A languid sexual energy prevails, but it’s also relaxed; make of it what you will. Check out their website for the full effect.
Low season rooms begin at $60 (basic room – which mean small and possibly with shared bath) and $150 (luxury) and go way up from there. In high season, basic rooms begin at $125; luxe suites from $225. Two-night mininum stay required.
Read about the Belvedere’s legendary history in Next Magazine.