The Belvedere is a guest house for Men in Cherry Grove, Fire Island.
Built in 1957 by John Eberhardt and influenced by his trips to post-war Europe, the Belvedere is an opulent super campy gem on the Great South Bay.
During the late 1940s John did scenic painting for ABC and CBS. He applied his skills to the walls of the Belvedere with original murals and frescos.
John filled the hotel with authentic 18th century European furniture, which he bought at a bargain after WW2.
The murals, artwork and furniture, together with John’s dramatic architectural detailing, arouse a feeling of a campy Venitian chic.
The Belvedere is such a tribute to Venetian style that the mayor of Venice sent the Belvedere the flag of the city as a gift. You can still see it flying today above the hotel’s towers together with an American flag and a Pride flag.
Today the Belvedere is clothing optional so guests don’t have to worry about their tan lines.
The Belvedere provided the perfect backdrop for Michael Lucas’s 2008 adult film “Return to Fire Island.”
If you want to visit the Belvedere, you’ll have to travel by ferry or boat. In Cherry Grove on Fire Island there are no motor vehicles allowed.