Gay travelers who want to experience a comfortable and exciting vacation are wise to search for quality gay friendly hotels in which to book their rooms. The point of picking a gay friendly hotel is so you know you will get the service and care every guest deserves, information about bars, clubs and events of interest to you, and are supporting non-discrimination initiatives.
How can you be sure you choose a top quality gay friendly hotel for your vacation?
Check Destination Laws and Cultural Attitudes
Websites and hotel lists may offer a database of gay friendly hotels around the world, but some may be out-dated or give slightly incorrect information in the quest to make money through referrals. There are unfortunately countries in the world where gay people are not welcome, and some where it is even against their laws. Since comfort and relaxation is the ultimate goal of a vacation, research local laws and attitudes about homosexuality before booking your room.
Call Ahead for Information
Once you have narrowed down your favorite vacation destination, look for a list of quality gay friendly hotels in the area. Instead of relying on internet reviews and travel agent brochures, call the hotels to make sure of the amenities they offer. Do not be shy about asking for information about their policies of offers for gay guests.
Do they have a directory of gay bars and clubs? Are they eager to answer your questions about entertainment and experiences? Many hotels that earn the title gay friendly offer the “Out and About” travel guide free to their guests. These pamphlets outline places of interest to the homosexual community for each particular city they cover.
The Best Way to Get Recommendations
The changing culture of diversity and acceptance provides many options for finding recommendations and reviews of gay friendly hotels and travel destinations. Reading online review sites can give you both a basic overviews of location quality and how welcoming the people are, and specific issues and events that are both positive and negative.
In general, the best way to get recommendations of quality gay friendly hotels is to ask your gay friends where they stay when they go on vacation. If you trust the person you ask, you can trust their opinions about hotel rooms, dining experiences, events and night life and the entire atmosphere of the city or country you plan to visit.
Choosing a hotel and vacation destination can be a challenge for any traveler. The internet and travel agencies are awash in positive reviews and marketing speech about different holiday spots. As a gay traveler, choosing a hotel you know is gay friendly can ensure you will be welcomed and treated the same as any other guest. Hotels should be able to offer guides on local attractions and entertainment to all guests. Reading reviews, calling hotels to learn what they offer and talking to friends who have traveled there before will do more to make sure your vacation will be both exciting and stress-free.