How to Choose a Quality Gay Friendly Hotel

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.


Bardessonno in Yountville, Napa Valley California

The Bardessonno is a gay friendly, 5-star hotel and spa in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. If you are searching for ultimate relaxation and pampering, consider staying here. Their simplest guest rooms are richly appointed with organic linens and natural bath products, but the real stars are the spa suites that include a private spa setting in your own room. Luxuriate in the elegant bath or relax in front of the fireplace. Outdoor terraces with steam rooms and showers are also available.

After a long day of wine-tasting and touring the beautiful countryside, come back to the Bardessonno for signature meals created with local produce and all farm-fresh ingredients. This luxury hotel is dedicated to sustainability and the environment.

Whether you are looking for a luxury with an old-world, cultured feel, a fresh and bright poolside experience or an eco-friendly spa experience, visiting a 5-star, gay friendly luxury hotel in California will make your vacation experience one not to forget.


The Avalon, Beverly Hills

In cool white and blue, The Avalon 5-star hotel in Beverly Hills is a gay friendly establishment that caters to your every need with style.  The building’s unique design wraps around a cool and inviting pool in the central courtyard where guests can rest poolside after a swim for a cocktail or meal. The wide selection of room styles include spacious doubles to king-sized suites complete with private balcony, kitchenette and sitting room. The penthouse features a private 1,000 square foot terrace as well as two bathrooms.

The luxury of this gay friendly Beverly Hills hotel does not stop in the bedrooms. Eat gourmet Italian at the Olivero restaurant or exercise in the well-equipped gym. If you can drag yourself outside, the ultimate shopping experience awaits. Visitors can also visit the Getty and Art museums nearby.


The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles

If you love all things Hollywood and want to visit places that will give you a glimpse of the movie star rich and famous, the Redbury at Hollywood and Vine should be your place to stay in Los Angeles. Walk just a short distance from the iconic front doors to see the stars on the Walk of Fame or visit many great destinations. With all the luxury and charm inside, you might not want to leave. The Redbury offers spacious private suites decorated with a world-traveler artsy charm that doesn’t skimp on luxury. Large suites with included entertainment centers and laundry access encourage guests to stay as long as they want.

Staying at the Redbury offers many chances at experiencing the best things in life. Included gym and spa can keep your body and mind in top shape during your stay in L.A. The Cleo restaurant will delight your tastes before you visit one of the comfortable lounges or relax al fresco on the private patio.


Hotel Breakwater Miami Beach

Enjoy watching the beautiful people stroll by as you sample some of the most exquisite food in Miami Beach? The iconic Hotel Breakwater, a 4-star luxury hotel, offers guests plenty of options for al fresco dining, as well as an intimate and elegant indoor restaurant.  Ocean’s Ten is one of the hottest dining spots near the beach. It spans both indoor and outdoor patios at the Breakwater, and offers a huge selection of cocktails, beers and wines as well as a full lunch and dinner menu. For a more intimate gathering, choose the Ocean’s Nine Italian restaurant near the hotel lobby or outside on the sidewalk cafe area.


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