Went to this venue in January 2017, ended up costing me about $45 to sign up for a membership then had to pay access to get in. The staff were rude, the venue was dirty and disgusting. I was there for no more than 20 minutes, feeling quite ripped off and the fact that the steam / sauna had been shut down, the place is falling apart and the showers were gross. There were about 5 overweight old men cruising around (they seemed happy there but possibly their eyesight was failing them?) Seriously guys, don't waste your time going here there are much better places you could waste money than support this business. They need to clean up their act and their venue and drop the attitude and the prices if they want people to go there.
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In a word,.........HORRID !I went there once last Saturday night before the Pride Parade and figured there would be lots of cute guys from out of town in the city for the Parade the next day and cruising for hot sex......BIG MISTAKE ! it was around 9:00pm and about 90% of the rooms were vacant and doors closed. There was nobody in there really but a few stuck up "Chelsea Queens" looking for Mr. Perfect with a 10'' dong ! They charged me roughly $40.00 for a temporary membership card and locker. The other poor souls walking around were fat, bald, ugly and really old men ! The staff is also rude, inattentive and seem to have attitudes that you are annoying them if you ask any questions. I do not know about you, but if I go to a gay sex-club or bathhouse like this, it's for sex and to get laid....and that is not happening in there ! If you have nothing better to do than to throw $40.00 dollars away and leave frustrated and annoyed....then this may be the place for you.Otherwise, avoid it completely !
I experienced hostile bartenders at Splash who ignored me or charged me more for the same drink someone else paid less for. And look what happened to Splash.... So the review by the customer who had a bad experience brought those memories back. Honestly, I found XL to be different. I am, served, and the security guards typically are respectful. But it can be hard to make a connection in that dark, vast place.
Had a great Thursday night. Drag queen was brilliant, staff friendly enough. Measures varied drastically.
It was my first visit this club in Sunday afternoon which seems to be the busiest time. Nyc is the most exciting city in the world but this club is the worst sauna in the world. I paid 37 bucks to a black guy at the window. After I signed the membership card he again asked 37 bucks. I really don't know he wanted me to pay double or he just can't remember anything about things happened 20 seconds ago. Anyway I didn't pay double but just be careful if you are a first timer.
There were only few people inside and most of them look like zombies. If you wanna see zombies in the cabins maybe it's a fun place but if you wanna have sex definitely not a place to go. I will never ever visit again!!!!
the black party is amazing...great music and greataction. i came 3x over the course of about four hours last year.
ITS NOT A CRUISING BAR LIKE IN eUROPE THEYY ARE NOT PLACES TO FACK AND THE STAF IS VERY RUD AND DONT LET YOU TO DO ANYTHING EVEN IN THE TOILETS.
It was wonderful
I met the guy who took the money and gave drink tickets Sunday night, I would love for him to email me. At email@example.com my name is Fausto Italian.
Been a while but used to go with my ex awesom party little attitude gr8 DJ
Went to XL Night Club on a Saturday night and it did not disappoint me, I'm a tourist and it was a fun night.
The dance floor was small, but loaded with hot guys and music good too.
On the negative side: coat check line was long and entrance cover was very high. Drink prices were very high as well, think I paid $12 for a small strong drink.
The place is bad, but there are some very nice bubble butt boys eager to be topped for real! There was this young sexy guy who said I was the most amazing top that ever fucked him, and right after being fucked by me, he went inside the cabin with another guy.
But make sure you do not enter the building next door. The guy I fucked said it is used for bible meetings by homophobes fanaticized by Christian mythology, so if you go inside the situation can be nasty, as they will all be begging for your dick up their asses!
Dirty as it may be, it was still quite a fun place.
I was a little concerned about all the negative reviews for this place but I ususally take reveiws with a pinch of salt as everyones opinion is different.
The doorway to the entrance is a little hard to find when you've never been before. The entrance is a lift inside a small doorway next to lips, it has no external markings, probably for safety reasons. Press number 6 button and away you go.
The man on the reception was polite and welcoming. He explained everything to me and I chose a room with a bed. It's not cheap for a first timer but NY isn't a cheap city to start with. There are 3 floors inside, the floor you enter on has lockers, a small sauna which holds more than 3 people as previously mentioned, some guys clearly like to exagerate and a small steam room. They were clean and well maintained. The upper and lower floor has the rooms with beds. My room was clean and smelled fresh. Sauna corridors are warm. There is also a small tv room on the middle floor with everyday tv channels.
The guys are mostly older which I prefer but there were a few younger guys. I had fun so couldn't ask for more.
I have been to saunas all over the world and this one is no worse or better than most. Use it or lose it. Go to have a good time and don't blame the surroundings if you don't.
Thanks goodness the Black Party no longer has VIP tickets for the event. The entire Roseland Venue is open upstairs and down, for all. I was there for the 2 years that they had VIP tickets, and yes, it was soooo confusing. They never said that without VIP tickets you couldn't go upstairs to play. I guess with enough angry e mails, they've eliminated that distinction, and once again it's all parts of Roseland are open to everyone.
I've read the other reviews and I have to defind this place - if you know when to go. I've been to places in Philly, Seattle, all over LA, and both places in NYC for over 20 years.
West Side Club losing the steam room and video lounge and allowing smoking... all of that ended with the Guiliani era in NYC. He changed all the laws by harassing businesses that dealt in sex. The steam room got shut down then and so did the video lounge. Police sweeps happened once upon a time and people were arrested for indecent blah blah blah. People were seen by these cops getting it on in the steam room and video lounge, so they shut them down.
Anyway, the draw here is NOT the amenities... it is the MEN. The other bath house - the East Side Club - draws a significantly older crowd than the West Side Club does. West Side Club is located in Chelsea, which is an awesome neighborhood.
The time to go here is between 11PM and 3AM on Friday and/or Saturday nights. Tons of hot men are packed in then. Most times you have to wait in line to get in because they are sold out of rooms, lockers, and changing rooms.
I usually find at least 2 or 3 guys that give me a boner on sight when I go during those hours... and there are plenty of aggressive muscular tops that just want to pound your ass. I've seen some HOT ASS scenes here over the years.
It's not a dirty place, it's just old and they don't put a ton of money into the place... you can put it like that.
Rapido, the New York way. Top prices, but worthwhile. Get the VIP-tickets, which includes cloakroom and 5 sodas (and no waitinglines). Those who know me ... you will get access to the balcony! :-) Okay, now here is the deal: the NY-ers are not up for foreigners ... they will stick with their own friends. Musicwise (Rosabel on oct 28/29) it will be going anywhere (singalongs, brasilian, house etc). Its good, but i question if this THE place to be.
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