For someone who identifies as queer, a big concern when traveling is whether or not a place they are staying at is gay-friendly or not. Fortunately, there is a growing number of hotels that welcome people from all walks of life. If you can find gay-friendly hotels, it makes travel a much simpler affair.
1. Hotel Astor, Paris, France
The Hotel Astor is one of the many gay-friendly hotels in Paris. However, it stands above the rest because of its incredible value. The rooms are small but well decorated and very affordable for those on a budget. The staff is pleasant and helpful and the hotel offers free WiFi as well as a delicious spread for the breakfast buffet.
2. Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
The staff at Ohla Hotel strives to ensure absolutely everything is the way that you like it. They even ask you what type of sheets, pillows and room scent you would like when you book with them. The entire hotel is very clean and well looked after. Throughout Barcelona, the Ohla bar is well known for its affordable, delicious drinks and guests are just steps away from it.
3. Duane Street Hotel, New York City, the United States
It is hard to find a good hotel in New York City that is affordable, but the Duane Street Hotel is exactly that. The hotel is close to the subway so it is easy to get around the city for sightseeing. The rooms are fairly small, but they do fit a king sized bed and are very cozy and comfortable.
4. The May Fair Hotel, London, England
The May Fair Hotel is best known for incredibly comfortable beds. The rooms are very stylish and there is a lot of storage so you can really settle in and unpack your bags. Making yourself at home is not a problem in the large rooms. While the hotel is fairly expensive, it has all the amenities to make it your home away from home.
5. Romeo Hotel, Naples, ItalyPhoto: romeohotel.it
The staff at Romeo Hotel is very welcoming and professional. The hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms adorned with unique art. At the hotel bar, guests enjoy the talents of bartenders renowned for their unique and custom cocktails. The Romeo Hotel also has a restaurant that serves up some of the best of Italian cuisine in the area.
6. Nobis Hotel, Stockholm, SwedenPhoto: nobishotel.se
The Nobis hotel has an excellent location that is right near everything in Stockholm. It is only about a ten minute walk from the old town which is where a large variety of shops and restaurants can be found. The hotel is spotlessly clean and has an amazing bar. The rooms themselves are a nice size and the bathrooms are cozy but well designed.
7. Panviman Koh Chang Resort, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Panviman Koh Change Resort has some of the most amazing views in Thailand, overlooking the beach. The drinks and food are not over priced and the staff is quite helpful. One of the best rooms you can get is the deluxe cottage is right on the beach. There are hammocks hanging between the palm trees so guests can enjoy the sand and sun.
8. The Commodore Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
The Commodore Hotel is known for excellent concierge service. The hotel is right on the waterfront with some of the best views in Cape Town. Breakfast is included with your room. There is also room service that is not overpriced, so you can eat late at night without breaking the bank.
9. Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, the United States
The Hyatt is only three blocks from the beach. Not only is the hotel close to the water and all of the downtown shops and restaurants that Waikiki is famous for. They offer a free hot breakfast, wifi and a gym for the guests to use. The rooms are very clean and quiet and the hotel itself is right down the street from two of the cities greatest gay bars. The city has some awesome night markets to look through just around the corner from the hotel.
10. Stamford Grand Adelaide, Glenely, Australia
The Stamford Grand is spacious and clean and has a lovely view. There is a tram station just outside the hotel so you can get into the city quickly and easily. The rooms are very comfortable and the room service is very generous. Guests can go to the nearby beach or can swim in the rather large hotel pool.
No matter where you decide to go in the world, you are certain to find great hotels to welcome you. While some areas may not be as gay-friendly as others, there is always that special spot for you. Finding one where you will be comfortable is essential to ensure a successful vacation.