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Gay and Lesbian Travel Guide

Our gay and lesbian travel guide gives you the inside scoop on the top LGBT-welcoming destinations on planet earth. At Orbitz, we believe that no vacation day should go un-traveled, so grab your partner or BFF and go get more stamps in your passports!

New York City Gay and Lesbian Travel

America’s largest city is a country unto itself. Sure, it may have become more sanitized and gentrified in the past few years as sky high rents continue to push even well-heeled professionals into the outskirts of the city. But New York City will always be one of the premier destinations for LGBT travelers looking for a monumental experience that demands all the energy, attention, and creativity that you can muster. It’s nothing less than exhilarating.

Among New York City's five boroughs, Manhattan is still where most of the LGBT scene is located, despite the rising rents that continue to push young queers into outer boroughs. Popular areas include the West Village (centered on Christopher Street and home to famous Stonewall bar which is now a National Monument), the scruffy East Village, Chelsea (the gay neighborhood du jour in the '80s and ‘90s but whose bar scene has all but disappeared), Harlem (which is becoming more gay-welcoming and more gentrified) and Hell’s Kitchen, the new epicenter of queer activity and nightlife. Brooklyn is the second-gayest borough and seems to be getting queerer every year—particularly in young, artsy Williamsburg. In Queens, the Greek-flavored ‘hood of Astoria is an up-and-coming gay area, as is the multi-ethnic enclave of Jackson Heights, home to a slew of gay bars. But basically, you’ll find LGBT life alive and well everywhere in New York—even in the uber-straight Bronx.

A gay trip to New York can be anything you want to make it: Check out the LGBT theater scene, take a tour of gay art galleries in Chelsea, explore the queer ethnic scene in Queens, delve into the leather bars, listen to queer poetry slams, watch gay rugby matches and dine in fine lesbian restaurants! No need to bite off more than you can chew—there is plenty of the Big Apple to feed you for multiple trips throughout your lifetime.

Travel Tips

1. Choose your lodging based on your interests. 

If you want to experience the best in queer nightlife, choose Hell’s Kitchen. If you're into theater, stay in Times Square. If you’re into the city’s vibrant African-American community, stay in Harlem. If you prefer the grungy, artsy scene, choose the Lower East Side.

2. Prepare to wait in line. 

It’s a good thing there are Ubers, taxis and NYC’s magnificent subway system to zip you around the boroughs in no time because once you arrive at your destination
you will probably have to stand in a line. Whether it’s for a Broadway show, a museum exhibition or an ice cream cone, New Yorkers wait and wait and wait for everything and so will you.

3. Add on Fire Island. 

During the season on Fire Island (roughly May to September), you can feel like a real New Yorker by joining in on the lively beach scene here. Of the two main LGBT enclaves on the island, The Pines is more male and exclusive; Cherry Grove is more lesbian and democratic. There are a handful of lodging options on the island, including The Grove Hotel and the Belvedere Guest House in Cherry Grove. Just book early!

Gayborhood hotels: Chelsea

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Dream Downtown

Dream Downtown

355 W 16th St, New York
4.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (64 reviews)

Located in Chelsea, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chelsea Market and The High Line Park. Union Square and Empire State Building are also within ...

$220

$220
Kimpton Hotel Eventi

Kimpton Hotel Eventi

851 Avenue of the Americas, New York
5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Kimpton Hotel Eventi is located in the heart of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, near Herald Square, half a mile from NYC's famous Macy's, Madison Square Garden ...

$179

$179
Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania

401 7th Ave, New York
2.5 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (1,013 reviews)

This New York City hotel located on Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street is across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

$86

$86
Manhattan NYC-an Affinia hotel

Manhattan NYC-an Affinia hotel

371 7th Ave, New York
4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (318 reviews)

Manhattan NYC-an Affinia hotel is located in the city's bustling Midtown. Madison Square Garden and Penn Station are across the street, and Times Square - the ...

$116

$116

Gayborhood hotels: Hell's Kitchen

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Wyndham New Yorker

Wyndham New Yorker

481 Eighth Ave., New York
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (434 reviews)

Rising 40 stories across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, this hotel is 1 block from Macy's, 3 blocks from the Javits Convention Center, and 4 blocks ...

$116

$116
YOTEL New York at Times Square

YOTEL New York at Times Square

570 Tenth Avenue, New York
4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (94 reviews)

This Manhattan hotel is in the Midtown West neighborhood, 0.8 mile from Times Square and within one-half mile of the New Amsterdam Theater and Madame Tussauds ...

$109

$109
The Belvedere Hotel

The Belvedere Hotel

319 W 48th St, New York
3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (118 reviews)

This New York hotel is in the center of all the action, located in the cluster of Broadway theaters. The center of Times Square is 2 blocks away, and Rockefeller ...

$134

$134
Row NYC

Row NYC

700 8th Avenue, New York
4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (265 reviews)

This Theater District hotel is at the corner of West 45th Street and Eighth Avenue, 1 block west of Times Square and 6 blocks west of Rockefeller Center.

$98

$98

Gayborhood Hotels: Greenwich Village

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The Jane Hotel

The Jane Hotel

113 Jane St, New York
2.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (15 reviews)

This hotel is in Manhattan’s West Village, across a highway from the Hudson River. Chelsea Piers and The High Line Park are within three-quarters of a mile.

$109

$109
Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

52 West 13th Street, New York
4.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Chelsea, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Square and New York University. Macy's and Empire State Building are also within 1 ...

$265

$265
The Marlton Hotel

The Marlton Hotel

5 W 8th St, New York
4.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Chelsea, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Comedy Cellar and New York University. Empire State Building and Macy's are also within 2 mi (3 ...

$215

$215
Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel

103 Waverly Pl, New York
3.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (56 reviews)

This historic West Village hotel overlooks Washington Square Park and is within 4 blocks of noted night spots Blue Note, the Comedy Cellar, and the Village ...

$219

$219

NY LGBT Events

Just about every American city has a Pride weekend worth checking out, but none is quite so exhilarating as NYC Pride (nycpride.org) . Pride Week boasts a ton of community and nightlife events happening all over town, but it’s the thrilling Pride Parade, which winds down Fifth Avenue and through the Village, that reminds us all of why New York is the world’s great gay mecca. 

Village Halloween Parade (halloween-nyc.com). New Yorkers love their uninhibited side and they’re going to show it off in front of thousands cold weather be damned. This long-running parade marches through the village every Halloween and brings in the costumed by the tens of thousands. The parade itself is a sight to behold, but so is just about everybody else.

If you’re lamenting the mainstreaming of queer cinema, look no further than Mix NYC (mixnyc.org), an experimental LGBT film festival which has been going strong since the 80s and has served as a launching pad for emerging talent such as Todd Haynes, Miranda July and Christine Vachon.

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Travel

Huge and sprawling and incomprehensible in its vastness (even natives have never seen all of it), Los Angeles can be daunting to the first-time visitor—especially if you don’t drive. The best way to approach this gay popular megalopolis is to think of it as a series of cities adjoining one another, each with its own vibe. There’s beachy, mellow Santa Monica and its funky seaside neighbor Venice. There’s dense and walkable downtown (DTLA) with its new yuppie residents elbow-to-elbow with the old-timers. The Valley incorporates a string of cities, including gay-popular Studio City, and it's far more than its unfair reputation as a suburban wasteland. And then, of course, there’s West Hollywood, which includes most of the famous Sunset Strip, littered with celebrities, nightclubs and swank hotels. WeHo’s wide and tasteful Santa Monica Boulevard is the focal point of most of the area’s LGBT action—with probably the best lesbian-specific nightlife on the West Coast. The other main gay area of L.A. is Silverlake, once seen as a leather-y village but now quite fashionable, and also home to a wide swath of LGBT nightlife. Long Beach, south of L.A. and bordering Orange County, has a large gay population that is slightly more sedate than in L.A. but still enjoys its local queer nightlife and beach life. But almost every one of L.A.’s cities has its own LGBT bars and businesses so you’re never far from the action.

Activities in this enormous metropolis are as plentiful and varied as your imagination. The traditional tourist sites are Hollywood Boulevard (with its stars embedded in the sidewalk and the fancy Hollywood and Highland shopping complex, home to the Academy Awards); Beverly Hills (with its exclusive shopping on Rodeo Drive); Universal City (with its backlot studios tour and theme park); Santa Monica and Venice (with a fun pier full of rides and a lively boardwalk scene that could rival Fellini); DTLA (which includes great museums, hipster hangouts and fun ethnic enclaves like Little Tokyo, Chinatown and nearby K-Town); and a ferry trip to Catalina Island (with its upscale Mediterranean vibe). And don’t forget the gay-popular attraction Disneyland and laid-back Laguna Beach—both of which are actually in Orange County.

Travel tips

1. Watch out for "June Gloom" and "the Santa Anas." 

Two L.A.-specific weather phenomena are the fog banks and overcast skies that can hang around for days in June (actually, it can happen anytime from March to August), and the Santa Ana winds that can make you feel like Dorothy in Kansas. Summer in general can also be very hot—especially in the Valley—and it’s peak tourist season.

2. Join a live studio audience.

A guaranteed way to actually see a celebrity in L.A. is by seeing a TV show being taped. Tickets are free, and are sometimes handed out on Hollywood Boulevard or Universal City. You can also get them at www.tvtickets.com.

3. If you don’t drive, stay in West Hollywood. 

If you don’t drive or are scared of the city’s monumental traffic, and simply want to focus on gay life, stay in one of WeHo’s upscale hotels. You’ll be within walking distance of gay nightlife, shops and restaurants.

Gayborhood Hotels: West Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Park Plaza Lodge Hotel

Park Plaza Lodge Hotel

6001 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles
2.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Fairfax District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Grove and La Brea Tar Pits. TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theater are also within 3 ...

$124

$124
Grafton On Sunset

Grafton On Sunset

8462 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (102 reviews)

The Grafton on Sunset is ideally located in the heart of West Hollywood near shopping at Sunset Plaza and Rodeo Drive, renowned cuisine at iconic dining venues, ...

$209

$209
Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills

Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills

8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
4.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (63 reviews)

This Los Angeles hotel is across from the upscale, 8-level Beverly Center mall; Sunset Strip is about 1 mile away—the hotel is ideally located for sightseeing ...

$299

$299
Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel and Suites

Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel and Suites

8585 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (188 reviews)

Within six blocks of 100 restaurants, shops, and nightclubs, this Los Angeles hotel is 3 miles from Hollywood, 5 miles from Universal Studios, and 10 miles from ...

$199

$199
Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel

Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
5.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Surrounded by high-end shopping and dining venues, this luxurious Beverly Hills property is located near Rodeo Drive and just minutes away from Paley Centre ...

$645

$645
Le Montrose Suite Hotel

Le Montrose Suite Hotel

900 Hammond St, West Hollywood
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (111 reviews)

Poised on a quiet residential street just steps away from shopping, dining, and nightlife, this boutique hotel is 1 block from Sunset Strip, within 2 miles of ...

$179

$179
The Crescent - Beverly Hills

The Crescent - Beverly Hills

403 N Crescent Dr, Beverly Hills
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

This eco-friendly hotel is located in Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills - West Hollywood), in the heart of Beverly Hills, just steps from the world famous Rodeo Drive. ...

$246

$246
The Beverly Hilton

The Beverly Hilton

9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (71 reviews)

Situated at the gateway of Beverly Hills at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard, The Beverly Hilton is steps from upscale shopping ...

$257

$257
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located on a tree-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills, this secluded Los Angeles hotel is less than a mile from Rodeo Drive boutiques and Beverly Center. The Sunset ...

$419

$419
Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian Los Angeles

8440 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
4.5 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Mondrian is near some of the best spots in the city. Located on the famed Sunset Strip, close to iconic bars such as The Roxy and Viper Room. Just a mile from ...

$272

$272

Los Angeles LGBT Events

The City of Angels eschews the traditional last weekend in June (perhaps so as to not compete with San Francisco) and instead celebrates its LA Pride (lapride.org) with an outrageous mid-month parade right through the heart of WeHo coupled with a full weekend of parties and events like a music festival featuring legit headliners.

While paling in comparison to its Orlando counterpart, Gay Days at Disneyland (gaydaysanaheim.com) finds the queer community barnstorming Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim in a show of LGBT solidarity (wear red to make your presence known!). While not officially connected with the parks, Disney is more than welcoming and be sure and check out the full weekend itinerary including pool parties, brunches and cocktail hours happening near the parks.

Chicago Gay and Lesbian Travel

The nation’s third-largest city is a major hub for every gay or lesbian in the Midwest and a popular gay travel destination. It’s a friendly, easy-going city despite its worldly refinement. The Windy City has a huge and very visible LGBT scene, centered in two main areas: nightlife-centric Boystown (a.k.a. East Lakeview), and cozy Andersonville. Boystown is about five miles north of the downtown Loop in a triangle bounded by Belmont Avenue, Halsted Street, and Broadway. (Halsted Street has most of the gay establishments and bars.) The Swedish immigrant neighborhood of Andersonville, with many trendy cafes, eateries and furniture stores on Clark Street, was a haven for lesbians in the late 80s and early 90s but these days is equally mixed. Meanwhile, the near West Side hipster mecca of Logan Square is home to such a high number of LGBT folk that some have dubbed it Logan’s Queer. And since Chicago is home to 27 miles of lakefront, don’t miss the massive gay beach scene each summer at Hollywood Beach in Edgewater.

Chicago is justifiably famous for its architecture, and the skyline is one of the most impressive in the world, home to the massive icons of the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Building, not to mention more recent additions by Jeanne Gang and Frank Gehry. (Be sure to take one of the city’s architectural boat tours that glide up and down the Chicago River.) The Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue in the heart of the city is not only lined with historic buildings, but with some of the city’s best shopping as well. For great outdoor views of the city, take a ride on the new Ferris wheel at historic Navy Pier. Downtown’s Millennium Park boasts a Frank Gehry-designed amphitheater, two 50-foot video block towers with fountains, and silvery “Cloud Gate” (aka “the Bean”), the Anish Kapoor-designed sculpture that reflects the city skyline and is among the most Instagrammed pieces of public art on earth.

Travel tips

1. Head to the Hancock. 

The lines are longer at the Willis Tower, and even though the John Hancock Building is not as tall, its Signature Room on the 95th floor is a great place to hang out in a lounge and sip a drink while gazing over the city and lake.

2. Visit in summer and fall.

The city is notoriously frigid in winter and springtime is usually disappointingly cold. Meanwhile, Chicagoans tend to enjoy each summer day like it’s their last on earth and September and early October are gorgeous times to visit.

3. Fly into Midway. 

O’Hare is one of the busiest and most hectic airports in the world, while the smaller and less busy Midway Airport is closer to the Loop and serves more discount airlines.

Magnificent Mile hotels

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The James Chicago

The James Chicago

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago
4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (167 reviews)

Right on Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago puts guests in the middle of Chicago's famed shopping district filled with boutiques and restaurants. A 5-minute ...

$155

$155
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago - Magnificent Mile

300 E Ohio St, Chicago
3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (258 reviews)

Located in the northern part of downtown, Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile is 2 blocks from Magnificent Mile shopping and dining, 3 blocks from Lake Michigan, ...

$123

$123
The Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel

20 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Gold Coast, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of John Hancock Center and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building are ...

$144

$144
The Whitehall Hotel

The Whitehall Hotel

105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,161 reviews)

Built in 1927, this Chicago hotel is one block from Michigan Avenue shopping and Rush Street restaurants and nightlife; Lake Michigan is within five blocks.

$110

$110

Gayborhood hotels: Lakeview

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Days Inn Chicago

Days Inn Chicago

644 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago
2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (156 reviews)

In Chicago's lively Lakeview neighborhood, this award-winning Days Inn is about 1 mile from Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigley Field, and the Peggy ...

$93

$93
The Willows Hotel

The Willows Hotel

555 W Surf St, Chicago
3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (91 reviews)

Situated among the Victorian greystone buildings of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, The Willows Hotel is within 1.5 miles of Lincoln Park Zoo and Wrigley Field. ...

$110

$110
City Suites Hotel

City Suites Hotel

933 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (141 reviews)

This Chicago hotel is in the Lakeview neighborhood, steps from restaurants, theaters, and nightlife. The Belmont train station is adjacent. Wrigley Field and ...

$118

$118
Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel

3434 N. Broadway Avenue, Chicago
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Located in Boystown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saint Joseph Hospital, Wrigley Field, and Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park Zoo is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

$131

$131

Chicago LGBT Events

International Mr. Leather (imrl.com). This full weekend of leather fetish parties and pageantry is one of the largest on earth and it’s the one time you’ll see folks on the street walking around in jock straps and harnesses. The contest itself is only for the diehard, but everyone loves the sprawling leather market and boozing and schmoozing in the lobby of the host hotel.

The city’s Pride Parade runs right through the heart of Boystown and is big—almost too big—for the ‘hood to handle. Nevertheless, the city has aimed to Chicago Pride (chicagopride.gopride.com) by spreading the festivities out over two weekends and redrawing the parade route to ease congestion. Expect nearly one million revelers each June.

Ft. Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Travel

A well-heeled and self-satisfied South Florida city of just 180,000 residents, Fort Lauderdale has emerged in the last decade as the Sunshine State’s undisputed gay mecca—even putting Miami to shame. Flashy high-rises are towering both downtown and along A1A, fancy Las Olas
Boulevard remains a great place to gallery hop or grab a bite and the city’s
23 miles of pristine beaches are clean, accessible and sun-drenched almost every day of the year.

Additionally, LGBT-owned resorts and guesthouses flourish, the bar scene is lively and outrageous and gay suburb Wilton Manors now ranks second in the country for highest number of same-sex residents. Case in point: Its main drag overflows with enough gay shops, restaurants and clubs to rival many a major American city. Victoria Park and Oakland Park also have a firm queer presence.

Fort Lauderdale is often called the “yachting capital of the world” or “the Venice of America” due to its 300 miles of navigable waterways and
innumerable canals, which permit thousands of residents to anchor boats in their back yards. To see what we mean, come in December for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, where more than 100 illuminated boats float along the Intracoastal Waterway through Fort Lauderdale. There also are Broadway-style performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and don’t forget the 
International Swimming Hall of Fame, with its hundreds of photographs of guys in wet Speedos and Olympic swimming pool which is open daily to visitors. Visit in late winter for the city’s annual Pride Festival or in late April and early May for Fort Lauderdale Bear Weeks and Weekends.

Travel tips

1. Take a boat. 

You don’t need a friend with a luxury yacht to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s waterways—water taxis are plentiful. Just avoid the more crowded 70-passenger “water buses.”

2. Choose your favorite gay beach. 

Fort Lauderdale has not one but three popular gay spots: Sebastian Street is where you’ll see the highest concentration of gay men walking around in tiny bikinis; Terramar is close to many of the gay guesthouses and more mellow; and visitors with cars often make the 30ish-minute trek to North Miami to visit clothing optional Haulover Beach.

3. Find the right accommodation for you.

Fort Lauderdale has a dizzying array of lodging options. The city home to more than a dozen gay guesthouses clustered along the beach and scattered elsewhere around town. Most cater specifically to gay men and most are clothing optional (meaning nude sunbathing is allowed). But also near the beach are gorgeous high-rise hotels and resorts like the Atlantic Hotel and Spa and the W Fort Lauderdale. There really is something for every taste and budget.

Gayborhood hotels: Ft. Lauderdale Beach

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort - A Noble House Resort

Pelican Grand Beach Resort - A Noble House Resort

2000 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (143 reviews)

This oceanfront Fort Lauderdale resort is 2 miles from the Galleria Mall, 5 miles from Las Olas Riverfront, and 6 miles from Port Everglades.

$178

$178
B Ocean Resort

B Ocean Resort

1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Set on a private beach, this Fort Lauderdale landmark is a 5-minute drive from the convention center, and close to the Port Everglades Cruise Port Terminal, ...

$90

$90
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort

4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale
3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (328 reviews)

4 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, this smoke-free hotel overlooking a stretch of beach known as Galt Ocean Mile is centrally located for guests traveling ...

$119

$119
Royal Beach Palace

Royal Beach Palace

3711 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and Bonnet House Museum and ...

$79

$79
Hyatt Regency Pier 66

Hyatt Regency Pier 66

2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (126 reviews)

This extensive resort-style hotel and marina occupies 22 waterfront acres just a bridge crossing away from Fort Lauderdale shops and restaurants, within half ...

$99

$99
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach

440 Seabreeze Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (180 reviews)

Between Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, this hotel is 1 mile from the downtown Fort Lauderdale scene and 1 block from water taxi ...

$101

$101
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (131 reviews)

Near the beach, this upscale resort hotel is near sailing and water skiing. For dining and shopping, The Gallery at Beach Place is nearby. Port Everglades (cruise ...

$129

$129
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (192 reviews)

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale stands steps from 7-mile (11.2-km) Fort Lauderdale Beach. Guests can drive 15 minutes to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, ...

$135

$135
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (105 reviews)

This family-friendly resort and spa hotel is set on Fort Lauderdale Beach, close to the airport and the Las Olas Riverfront/ cruise port. Nearby attractions ...

$89

$89
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

This 16-story Fort Lauderdale boutique hotel is adjacent to the white-sand beaches of the Atlantic; the Galleria Mall, city center, airport, and Las Olas Riverfront/ ...

$199

$199

Las Vegas Gay and Lesbian Travel

Once a getaway for late-career crooners, honeymooners and over-the-hillers, neon-lit, Vegas in the 21st century is one of the most popular gay travel getaways in the world. Despite its lack of a huge queer-specific infrastructure, the town by nature is as gay as it comes. Tight-clad gymnasts are beautifully featured in every Cirque du Soleil show, feathered showgirls still high-kick their heels and chances are your Vegas visit will include a residency by Britney, Cher or some other diva du jour.

Vegas has no bona fide gay ghetto, although the “Fruit Loop” between Paradise and Swenson has a number of LGBT establishments. The city’s pride parade happens in October (at night no less!) while Matinee makes a splash every Memorial Day weekend. There are so many shows and attractions in Vegas—centered both on the Strip and downtown—it would take a lifetime to see them all. Almost all the hotel resorts are open to the public, and just inhaling the vibe of each which alternates between
over-the-top themes (Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Luxor) and elegance (the Cosmopolitan, Aria, the Wynn) is itself an excellent way to discover the city. Meanwhile, once-downtrodden downtown Vegas now boasts its own vibe including must-do cultural attractions, hipster hangouts and the touristy Fremont Street Experience.

Travel tips

1. Avoid traffic by not driving.

If you’re staying on the Strip, which a majority of travelers do, you don’t need a car (and in fact some resorts have begun charging for parking). The Strip has an easy-to-use monorail system on its east side and just walking the larger-than-life boulevard is an experience in itself.

2. Get hitched. 

Vegas still makes for the classic wedding destination both quickie and planned and same-sex couples are lining up to take advantage. From the smaller, campy chapels on the
northern part of the Strip to opulent venues overlooking the Bellagio fountains, Sin City is still the place to proclaim ‘I do.’

3. Vegas can be cold. 

Although summers are brutally hot (although a summer pool party is not to be missed), winters can be downright chilly. Hotels close their outdoor pools, and it’s been known to snow on the Strip! Pack at least a light jacket between November and February and you’ll be just fine.

Hotels on the Strip

See all 440 Hotels in Las Vegas Strip
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,296 reviews)

Located on the southern end of the famous Las Vegas Strip, this hotel is close to McCarran International Airport, Crystals at City Center, and the University ...

$59

$59
Excalibur Hotel Casino

Excalibur Hotel Casino

3850 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (5,776 reviews)

Located at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip and close to McCarran Airport, this castle-shaped hotel features royal accommodations and a traditional action-packed ...

$31

$31
Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino

Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino

3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (2,267 reviews)

3 miles from the airport, the 43-story Mandalay Bay Resort sits on 60 acres at the south end of the Strip; a complimentary monorail connects it to the Luxor ...

$79

$79
Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park

Circus Circus Hotel, Casino & Theme Park

2880 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3.0 out of 5.0
3.2 out of 5 (4,857 reviews)

Iconic hotel located on the Las Vegas strip, Circus Circus is close to shopping, the Las Vegas Convention Center and downtown Las Vegas.

$20

$20
Stratosphere Hotel - Casino & Resort Hotel

Stratosphere Hotel - Casino & Resort Hotel

2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (5,708 reviews)

The Stratosphere Tower observation deck features 360-degree views of Las Vegas to the Strip. The gateway between vintage Vegas and Strip glitz, the hotel is ...

$28

$28
The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,616 reviews)

This all-suite resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip is a short drive from Fashion Show Mall, the convention center, Downtown, and McCarran Airport.

$149

$149
Flamingo Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas

3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (2,900 reviews)

The first casino hotel in Las Vegas, the Flamingo anchors the famous four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road and welcomes families as well as high-rolling ...

$35

$35
TI - Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

TI - Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

3300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (3,841 reviews)

Treasure Island - TI Hotel & Casino is connected to the Fashion Show shopping mall by bridge as well as The Mirage by tram, and within easy walking distance ...

$56

$56
Luxor Hotel and Casino

Luxor Hotel and Casino

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
3.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (6,467 reviews)

With 2 22-story towers and an eye-catching 30-story pyramid topped by a powerful light beam, this resort is 2 miles from McCarran International Airport in Las ...

$35

$35
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (3,467 reviews)

Centrally located in the heart of the action, this Las Vegas Strip hotel features a lagoon.

$36

$36

Las Vegas LGBT Events

The gay summer season officially kicks off with outrageous Matinee, a weekend of day and nighttime parties that center around the pool and promise to get you soaking wet.

It may not be as legendary as Sydney’s nocturnal Pride Parade, but make no mistake that Sin City’s downtown Pride (lasvegaspride.org) is an after dark, rainbow swirl of sequins, glitter and over-the-top pageantry. Orbiting the parade is a full weekend of events including circuit parties, family-friendly events and a pet-friendly festival.

San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Travel

The world’s gay and lesbian capital, San Francisco is nearly synonymous with all things queer. It’s been a liberal, tolerant haven for all kinds of people for generations, and the city’s LGBT scene is mature, developed, multi-faceted, and so integrated into the fabric of city life that it’s like living in a parallel gay universe. San Francisco (and increasingly Oakland) has a large and visible lesbian scene, with women-focused parties and events happening all over town. Beyond the classic gayborhood of the Castro, gays and lesbians can be found in every district of the city, but especially in lesbian-popular Bernal Heights and the Mission and around the gay establishments in SoMa (South of Market).

San Francisco is like a movie set—cinematic at every turn—and every part of the city is steeped in history. There's the still hippie-feeling Haight, lively Chinatown, cafe-laden North Beach and the Union Square shopping district. Also worth seeing are elegant Nob Hill and
Russian Hill, the picturesque Marina and the sweeping views of Twin Peaks. Tourist-choked but still worth-it attractions include Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and above all, the 1,000-plus-acre Golden Gate Park, one of the world’s great urban parks. Here you’ll find
the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden and the stunning De Young Museum, as well as miles of groves and trails. And everywhere in this world-class city, you’ll find top-tier restaurants, shops and hotels that pride themselves in their uniqueness.

Travel tips

1. You don’t need a car. 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains link the San Francisco and Oakland airports to the city. Most San Franciscans don’t even own cars, and instead get around via biking, riding the bus (MUNI) and walking, aka their BMW (bike, MUNI, walk).

2. Autumn is summer in the city.

First-timers can be shocked at how chilly San Francisco gets in the winter and even in early summer. The nicest weather is in September and early October, a time to hit the area’s beaches and explore the outdoors. But it’s a good idea to pack a jacket any time of year.

3. Weather can be very specific to what part of town you stay in. 

The Avenues (the westernmost parts of San Francisco) are known to be foggy even if the rest of the city is sunny, while neighborhoods south and east of Twin Peaks can be warmer. Pack in layers and prepare to add and remove accordingly.

Hotels in San Francisco

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The Westin St Francis San Francisco on Union Square

The Westin St Francis San Francisco on Union Square

335 Powell Street, San Francisco
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (379 reviews)

This elegant and historic 1904 hotel offers a prime location across from San Francisco's Union Square; cable cars stop right at the front door, and the Financial ...

$195

$195
Villa Florence

Villa Florence

225 Powell St, San Francisco
4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Infused with the spirit of Italy, this romantic downtown San Francisco retreat is on the Powell Street cable car line, less than a block from Union Square; theaters ...

$158

$158
Pullman San Francisco Bay

Pullman San Francisco Bay

223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (116 reviews)

Set along a tranquil lagoon, this contemporary resort-style hotel is 11 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and an equidistant 25 miles from San ...

$169

$169
Hotel Zephyr

Hotel Zephyr

250 Beach Street, San Francisco
3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (51 reviews)

This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier ...

$179

$179
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square

345 Stockton St, San Francisco
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (221 reviews)

Rising 36 stories above Union Square, this sleek, contemporary hotel is 1 block from cable cars, 3 blocks from Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping mall, ...

$209

$209
Travelodge San Francisco Airport-North

Travelodge San Francisco Airport-North

326 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco
2.0 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (610 reviews)

This 200-room hotel is 2 miles north of San Francisco International Airport and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco.

$118

$118
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (235 reviews)

Built around a skylit open atrium, this fully renovated 9-story hotel on San Francisco Bay features an onsite restaurant and is located 2.5 miles from the airport, ...

$109

$109
Serrano Hotel

Serrano Hotel

405 Taylor St, San Francisco
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (121 reviews)

The Serrano Hotel is steps away from Union Square, perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, 2 blocks from the Powell Street cable car.

$158

$158
Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square Hotel

351 Geary St, San Francisco
3.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (338 reviews)

A half-block from cable cars, this hotel is 2 blocks from Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre; the Moscone Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern ...

$169

$169
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco
3.5 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (522 reviews)

Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks from Union Square and within a mile ...

$169

$169

San Francisco LGBT Events

As one could predict, San Francisco LGBT Pride (sfpride.org) is, in a word, fabulous. Happening at the end of June to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion in NYC, the parade meanders down Market Street and ends in the Civic Center with a massive festival, but the entire month includes a smorgasbord of citywide events including Frameline—the city’s amazing LGBT film festival.

The largest leather fetish event of its kind in the world, Folsom Street Fair (folsomstreetevents.org) brings tens of thousands of fetish enthusiasts (and plenty of gawkers) to SOMA for a weekend of booze, music and more than 200 exhibitors. You’ll see tons of flesh on display, but the community is very welcoming and men, women and trans people are all supported in large numbers.

Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Travel

If you are ever going to feel a sense of patriotism, it will be in magnificently planned Washington, D.C., where there seems to be a breathtaking monument around every corner. You can also be proud of your gay history here too: In 1965, America’s first gay civil rights demonstration took
place in front of the White House, with picketers dressed in business suits; the city’s Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance is the nation’s oldest continuously active LGBT organization; in 1991, the nation’s first Black Gay and Lesbian Pride Day happened here; and within hours of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality in June 2015, the White House lit up in the colors of the Pride Flag.

You could spend days and days and still not see everything on the Mall, the gorgeous space between the Capitol building and the Lincoln Memorial. Most of the buildings of the Smithsonian are on the Mall, as are the National Archives (home to the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights) and the Washington, Jefferson and Roosevelt Monuments. In D.C. you’ll find a museum for any mood including the National Museum Natural History, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Air and Space Museum, the
National Gallery of Art, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Despite its reputation as a businesslike, buttoned-down and even sleepy town, D.C. is one of gayest destinations on the East Coast. Sure, it may not have the hip nightlife of New York or Miami, but scores of LGBT people call the place home. The city even has a Mayor’s Office on LGBT Affairs. Although gays are scattered across town in places like Capitol Hill, Shaw, Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, NoMa and elsewhere, the main hub remains the traditionally queer area of Dupont-Logan, although queer bars now flourish along the U Street Corridor. Visit Memorial Day Weekend for the huge, four-day Black Pride Festival; the multi-faceted Capital Pride Festival is held in June; and Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in January has become the East Coast’s must-do fetish weekend.

Travel Tips

1. Consider the trains—all of them.

Amtrak's high-speed train, the Acela, travels from D.C. to New York in under three hours (when it’s not delayed). It can be a lot less of a hassle than flying. Meanwhile, the city’s subway system—the Metro, is fast, efficient and reliable. Take it everywhere.

2. Visit during the quieter congressional recesses. 

Lawmakers break for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, July 4 and the entire month of August. Mid-March through June is the busiest time in D.C., as it’s springtime when the cherry blossoms are in bloom along the Potomac. Hot and sticky August can have cheaper hotel rates as well.

3. The tourism board gives good info. 

D.C. has a very gay-positive tourism board; go to washington.org/lgbt.

Gayborhood Hotels: Dupont Circle

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Churchill Hotel

Churchill Hotel

1914 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (95 reviews)

Once a luxury apartment building, this historic hotel in the Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood is within 4 blocks of cafés, boutiques, clubs, galleries, ...

$109

$109
Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Georgetown Area

2201 M Street NW, Washington
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. White House and Lincoln ...

$127

$127
Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters

Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters

1615 Rhode Island Ave Nw, Washington
3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (437 reviews)

Located 4 blocks from Dupont Circle, the 9-story Beacon Hotel is a 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) from the new Washington Convention Center.

$108

$108
Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

1731 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (229 reviews)

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle is in Washington, DC’s city center, a 9-minute stroll from historic Dupont Circle. Guests can reach the White House and President’s ...

$99

$99
The Dupont Circle Hotel

The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (342 reviews)

Overlooking Dupont Circle in one of Washington's most desirable neighborhoods, this hotel is about 1 block from Embassy Row and 7 blocks from the White ...

$127

$127
The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

1200 16th St NW, Washington
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (20 reviews)

With original letters from Thomas Jefferson on display, this aptly-named beaux-arts hotel lies five blocks from the White House and in walking distance of the ...

$221

$221
Washington Hilton

Washington Hilton

1919 Connecticut Ave Nw, Washington
3.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (209 reviews)

Back-to-back curved buildings comprise this hotel, just a few blocks from D.C.'s business district, Dupont Circle, and Adams-Morgan, and a half-mile from the ...

$89

$89
The Normandy Hotel

The Normandy Hotel

2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (155 reviews)

Set on a private street in the prestigious Embassy Row, this Washington, DC, boutique hotel is located off Connecticut Avenue for easy access to Dupont Circle ...

$123

$123
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (120 reviews)

This Washington, DC luxury hotel is in a shopping district, 2 blocks from Dupont Circle, 4 blocks from Georgetown, and 1 mile from the John F. Kennedy Center ...

$129

$129
St. Gregory Hotel

St. Gregory Hotel

2033 M St Nw, Washington
3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (426 reviews)

A life-size Marilyn Monroe statue greets guests at this elegantly casual and hospitable hotel located at the intersection of DC's business, historical, and entertainment ...

$111

$111

London Gay and Lesbian Travel

From Edward II to Oscar Wilde to Virginia Woolf, queers and London have always gone hand in hand. London continues to be in top form as a spellbinding, modern, international capital of culture and fashion and thanks in part to Brexit, an increasingly affordable one as the pound hit a 30-year low in 2016. Its LGBT scene is massive and can't be tackled in just one trip. Most of the homo-happenings are focused on Soho in the middle of the West End, with satellite cores in Vauxhall, south of the river, and in Dalston in the East. The Soho scene is typified by bar-filled Old Compton Street, but is mingled with Chinatown and the West End theatre hotspot. Other neighborhoods where lesbian and gay Londoners live include North East London's Islington and Stoke Newington areas, Shoreditch in the East, Camden and Hampstead in North London, and Brixton, Kennington, and Clapham in South London. The lesbian scene in London is particularly well developed, with a number of venues and lots of women’s nights at various establishments. The LGBT nightlife scene in London in general is the reverse of the Brits' stereotypical upper-lip-stiffness: It careens, thumps and explodes with life. Get ready for long nights of socializing!

Many gay tourists make their home basenear Soho, which is a good choice since it's not only close to the nightlife, but also to landmarks such as Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. London is full of art and monuments that no serious traveler should miss. On the cultural center of the South Bank, there’s the National Theatre, Saatchi Gallery and British Film Institute, home since 1986 to the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival each spring. Other cultural highlights are found in London's riverside neighborhoods, where you’ll find the Shakespeare's Globe, the vast Tate Modern museum and the London Eye Ferris wheel. And don’t forget the old standards: Buckingham Palace, the world-famous artifacts in the British Museum, the gruesome history in the Tower of London and the royal tombs of Westminster Abbey. London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but its kinetic energy and fascinating scene make it worth every penny.

Travel Tips

1. Choose Heathrow. 

Most U.S. flights land in either Gatwick or Heathrow airports. Heathrow is on the London Underground (“Tube”) system, making your entry into London a little easier.
Gatwick is farther from town and not linked to the Tube. Taxis to London from Gatwick are pricey, although there is a surface train.

2. Don’t count on the Tube when you're out late. 

London’s subway system stops running just after midnight Monday through Saturday with reduced hours on Sunday, but thousands of buses work the streets at all hours. 

3. Your bible is TimeOut. 

The authority for LGBT London is the weekly free magazine Time Out, which lists hundreds of LGBT parties, events, shows and venues.

Gayborhood Hotels: Soho

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The Nadler Soho

The Nadler Soho

10 Carlisle Street, London
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Soho, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of London Palladium Theatre, Leicester Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The British Museum and Her Majesty's ...

$169

$169
W London Leicester Square

W London Leicester Square

10 Wardour Street, London
5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Centrally located in London, the 5-star W London Leicester Square is steps away from Theater Land, the catwalks of Brewer Street and Soho’s electric nightlife. ...

$263

$263
The London EDITION

The London EDITION

10 Berners Street, London
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

This family-friendly London hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of BT Tower and London Palladium Theatre. Leicester Square ...

$314

$314
Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel

1 Ham Yard, London
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in Soho, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Piccadilly Circus, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Leicester Square. Nelson's Column and Trafalgar ...

$410

$410
The Soho Mandeville

The Soho Mandeville

Rupert Street, London
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Soho, this apartment is steps from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. Her Majesty's Theatre and Trafalgar Square are also within 10 minutes.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel

31-36 Leicester Square, London
5.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Surrounded by the theaters of Leicester Square, this handsome, late-Victorian building is within a block of the National Gallery and 5 blocks from London's busy ...

$206

$206
Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel

Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel

20 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, London
4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Covent Garden's Seven Dials village, this Mercer Street hotel is on the doorstep of London's most celebrated theatres. London St. Paul's Church and ...

$202

$202

London LGBT Events

Long-running BFI Flare (bfiflare.org.uk) is London’s LGBT film festival. It turned 30 in 2016 and continues to be a must-do cultural event for queer cinephiles. Spread out over 10 days each spring, the festival attracts more than 25,000 gay and lesbian culture vultures.

Still the biggest rainbow-drenched affair in the entire U.K., London Pride (prideinlondon.org) attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers to the capital city for a full two weeks of parties, social events, family-friendly gatherings, activist meet ups and more. Oh, and there might be a giant parade at the end of all of it!

Not content on just one annual Pride celebration, the queer community heats up January with Winter Pride U.K. (winterprideuk.com), a night of culture and clubbing that extends into the wee hours. Think summer Pride but with less Speedos and more winter coats.

Paris Gay and Lesbian Travel

The City of Light is held close to many travelers’ hearts. They speak about it in hushed tones, with reverence, like the Holy Grail of tourist destinations. And for good reason: This perfectly planned, meticulous and sparkling city is postcard perfect just about any day of the year. It harbors so many iconic wonders—the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur, the Champs Elysees—that it seems like you have already visited before you even set foot in the place. Sure, Paris can seem imperious and arrogant, but it’s arguably earned the right to be.

Paris has had an openly gay mayor, in 2013 became the 13th country worldwide to allow same-sex marriage, and a happening gay scene that, in true French style, makes up in quality what it may lack in quantity of establishments. The heart of gay Paris is one of its oldest areas, the former Jewish district of Le Marais (it means “The Marshland” from the days before the neighborhood was drained). Here you’ll find gay hotels, restaurants and bars, but the gay scene is really sprinkled throughout the city as a whole, from saunas near the Louvre to lesbian cabaret near Pigalle.Andthe lesbian scene, while still dwarfed by the males, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.

Travel Tips

1. Learn your arrondissements. 

Paris is organized into 20 districts called arrondissements, starting with the first (1er) in the city center, and spiraling out in a clockwise fashion. Le Marais is made up of parts of the 3e and 4e arrondissements.

2. Find the artsy areas. 

What would Paris be without its artists and their ‘hoods? But the areas you’ve heard about being artsy -- Montmartre, Montparnasse and Le Marais -- have long since evolved into expensive neighborhoods. Now you need to go to the 11th arrondissement, a blue-collar neighborhood between Le Marais, Menilmontant and Republique.

3. Hotel rooms can be had in summer. 

Most travelers who have never even been to Paris have heard that July and August is the worst time to visit since Parisians vacate the place and businesses can be closed. Still, it’s when most Americans visit. You will be able to find hotel rooms during this time since French visitors and major conventions are both absent. Just keep in mind that budget hotels can be booked up with students on holiday, and most Parisian hotels don’t have air conditioning if a heat wave hits.

Gayborhood Hotels: Le Marais

See all 206 Hotels in Marais
Pavillon de la Reine

Pavillon de la Reine

28 Place Des Vosges, Paris
4.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

This grand hotel in the Marais district faces Place des Vosges, Paris’s oldest square, and is a 2-minute walk to Victor Hugo’s house. The Chemin Vert Metro station ...

$323

$323
Hotel Original Paris

Hotel Original Paris

8 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in the heart of Paris, this hotel is within walking distance of Place de la Bastille, Opera Bastille, and Place des Vosges. Also nearby are Picasso Museum ...

$123

$123
Hotel Duo

Hotel Duo

11 rue du temple, Paris
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in 4th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bazar de l'Hotel de Ville, Centre Pompidou, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Forum des Halles ...

$177

$177
Hôtel de JoBo

Hôtel de JoBo

10, rue d'Ormesson, Paris
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 4th Arrondissement, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Vosges and Picasso Museum. Opera Bastille and Museum Georges Pompidou ...

$166

$166
Hotel France Louvre

Hotel France Louvre

40 Rue De Rivoli, Paris
3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Located in 4th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hotel de Ville and Picasso Museum. Notre Dame Cathedral and Museum Georges Pompidou are ...

$78

$78
Hotel Jacques de Molay

Hotel Jacques de Molay

94 Rue Des Archives, Paris
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Picasso Museum, Museum Georges Pompidou, and Place des Vosges. Notre Dame Cathedral and ...

$115

$115
Grand Hotel Malher

Grand Hotel Malher

5 rue malher, Paris
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in 4th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Vosges and Picasso Museum. Notre Dame Cathedral and Opera Bastille are also ...

$130

$130
Hôtel de La Herse d'Or

Hôtel de La Herse d'Or

20 Rue Saint Antoine, Paris
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in 4th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera Bastille and Place des Vosges. Notre Dame Cathedral and Picasso Museum are also ...

$72

$72
My Hôtel In France Marais by Happyculture

My Hôtel In France Marais by Happyculture

2 Bis Rue Commines, Paris
3.0 out of 5.0
2.3 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Picasso Museum and Place des Vosges. Notre Dame Cathedral and Opera Bastille are also ...

$74

$74

Puerto Vallarta Gay and Lesbian Travel

Located in the Pacific state of Jalisco, sandwiched between mountains and gorgeous Banderas Bay, P.V. attracts not only a swath of gay and lesbian American and European travelers, but also its fair share of queer Mexicans as well. Puerto Vallarta has over a dozen LGBT hotels, rentals and guesthouses, a large selection of gay bars and clubs, a world famous gay beach (“Blue Chairs” and its neighbor, “Green Chairs”), gay boat trips, and lots of fine dining to boot. Most of the gay and lesbian infrastructure is in the Zona Romantica (also called the “South Side”). The city is small but sophisticated, with a huge art gallery scene and one of the most gay-positive vibes in Latin America. Welcome to coastal Mexico’s sun-drenched queer mecca. 

More modern hotel and shopping areas (like Nuevo Vallarta) have arisen north and south of the cobblestone old town, allowing the area to retain much of its colonial charm. Malecon (the town’s main waterfront street) presents sculptures in an outdoor palm-lined art walk, and galleries outnumber churches. Despite the onslaught of timeshares and ex-pats who now call the city home, Vallarta still feels authentically Mexico. You can also take side trips to the natural hot springs in the mountains surrounding the bay, and there are tours for swimming with dolphins as well.

Travel Tips

1. Choose the right beach for you.

If the scene at Blue Chairs is simply too much, don’t worry: more than 26 miles of beaches line the Bay of Banderas. If you’re looking for a gay nude beach, board the raunchy Wet and Wild Gay Cruise which includes a detour at a private beach where you can strip down.

2. Avoid September. 

Although P.V. is always warm, the humidity, rain and temperatures are worst during September.

3. Join gay excursions. 

No need to bump Speedos with straight tourists when going on excursions: Both Diana’s Tours & Wet  Wild Gay Cruise offer LGBT boat trips.

Romantic Zone Hotels

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Hotel Posada de Roger

Hotel Posada de Roger

Basilio Badillo 237 COL, Puerto Vallarta
3.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galleria Dante and Malecon. Uno is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

$34

$34
Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea

Blue Chairs Resort by the Sea

Malecon y Almendro No. 4, Puerto Vallarta
2.5 out of 5.0
2.9 out of 5 (229 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Romantic Zone resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Muertos Pier, Malecon, and Uno. Playa de los Muertos and Galleria Dante are also ...

$62

$62
Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa Adults Only

Almar Resort Luxury All Suites & Spa Adults Only

Amapas #380 Col. Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Muertos Pier, Malecon, and Uno. Playa de los Muertos and ...

$111

$111
Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa

Olas Altas 380, Puerto Vallarta
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (259 reviews)

Overlooking the Banderas Bay with direct beach access, this Puerto Vallarta resort is in the Romantic Zone, a 5-minute walk to downtown and about a 20-minute ...

$74

$74
Hotel Tropicana

Hotel Tropicana

Amapas #214 Col., Puerto Vallarta
3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Romantic Zone hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Muertos Pier, Malecon, and Uno. Playa de los Muertos and Galleria Dante are also ...

$57

$57
Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro

Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro

Insurgentes 322 Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale, La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and Los Muertos Pier. Playa de ...

$29

$29
Casa Dona Susana

Casa Dona Susana

Manuel M Dieguez No 171, Puerto Vallarta
2.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Muertos Pier and Malecon. Uno is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

$55

$55
Hotel Belmar Galeria

Hotel Belmar Galeria

Insurgentes 161, Col. E. Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
2.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale and Malecon. Uno is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$24

$24
Emperador Vallarta Beachfront Hotel and Suites

Emperador Vallarta Beachfront Hotel and Suites

Amapas 114 Col Emiliano Zapata, Puerto Vallarta
3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (105 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Los Muertos Pier and Malecon. Uno is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

$46

$46
Garlands del Río

Garlands del Río

Aquiles Serdan 359, Puerto Vallarta
4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in Romantic Zone, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale and Malecon. Uno is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

$59

$59

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