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My Personal Favorite 8 Best Gay Hotels in the World—from Bangkok to NYC

Traveling as a member of the LGBTQ+ community can be a richly rewarding experience, offering opportunities to explore diverse cultures, connect with like-minded individuals, and find spaces where you can fully express yourself.

However, the quest for a truly enjoyable travel experience often hinges on finding accommodations that are not just welcoming but also celebrate and support LGBTQ+ identities. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a partner, choosing a gay-friendly hotel or resort can significantly enhance your travel experience, providing a safe, comfortable, and inclusive environment where you can relax and be yourself.

Gay-friendly hotels and resorts often offer more than just a welcoming atmosphere; they frequently feature amenities and events tailored to LGBTQ+ guests, creating a vibrant social scene where you can meet new friends or simply enjoy a sense of belonging.

These hotels aren’t always exclusively LGBTQ, but they’re often located in destinations renowned for their LGBTQ+ communities and nightlife, ensuring that you have easy access to cultural landmarks, nightlife, and other attractions that celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Here are some of the best gay hotels and resorts around the world that promise an unforgettable stay—based on my own extensive gay travel around the world. I’ve stayed at each of these hotels and have returned time and time again for their hotel bars (and sometimes restaurants) even.

The Best Gay Hotels & Resorts in the World

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1. Blue Chairs in Puerto Vallarta

Nestled in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, Blue Chairs is an iconic gay-friendly resort that has been a staple in the LGBTQ+ community for years.

Located on the popular Playa de los Muertos, this resort offers stunning ocean views, a lively beach scene, and a rooftop bar that hosts daily happy hours and vibrant evening entertainment.

Blue Chairs is renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, where guests can enjoy themed parties, drag shows, and poolside relaxation. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in Puerto Vallarta’s thriving gay scene.

2. The Woods Campground in Pennsylvania

For those who love the great outdoors, The Woods Campground in Pennsylvania is a gay-friendly, clothing-optional retreat that offers a unique blend of nature and community. Set amidst scenic landscapes, this campground features rustic cabins, tent sites, and RV spots.

It’s a social hub with amenities such as a heated pool, hot tubs, and various recreational activities including hiking, volleyball, and themed weekends. The Woods is known for its inclusive, friendly atmosphere where guests can connect with nature and each other in a liberating environment.

Palm Springs gay hotel resort pool

3. Avalon Hotel & Bungalows in Palm Springs

Avalon Hotel & Bungalows in Palm Springs is a chic, boutique hotel that has become a favorite among LGBTQ+ travelers. The hotel exudes mid-century modern charm with its stylish rooms, private bungalows, and lush gardens.

Located in the heart of Palm Springs, Avalon offers luxurious amenities such as multiple pools, a full-service spa, and gourmet dining options. Don’t miss the spa! It’s divine.

The hotel’s central location makes it easy to explore Palm Springs’ vibrant gay scene, including its famous bars, clubs, and LGBTQ events like the annual Palm Springs Pride in November.

4. The Boatslip Resort in Provincetown

The Boatslip Resort in Provincetown is a legendary waterfront resort that’s synonymous with the town’s famous gay and LGBTQ+ summer scene. Famous for its daily “Tea Dance” parties, The Boatslip offers a fun and energetic atmosphere where guests can dance, socialize, and soak up the sun.

The very gay resort features comfortable accommodations, a heated pool, and stunning views of Cape Cod Bay. Provincetown’s bustling nightlife, best restaurants, art galleries, and beaches are all within walking distance, making The Boatslip an ideal choice for an unforgettable stay in gay Provincetown.

Even if you don’t end up staying here, don’t skip the tea dance—it’s worth the pricey admission.

5. The Standard Hotel in New York

Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, The Standard Hotel in New York City is a sleek, modern hotel that welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers with open arms. Known for its chic design and panoramic views of the Hudson River, The Standard offers stylish rooms, a rooftop bar, and a rooftop pool.

The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ Manhattan nightlife of Chelsea and Greenwich Village, as well as nearby attractions like the High Line and Chelsea Market. The Standard’s inclusive atmosphere and prime location make it a top choice for LGBTQ+ visitors to the city.

I personally love the Boom Boom Room—a popular gay hangout for all the queer club kids (of the Amanda Lepore and Susanne Bartsch ilk). Sundays are the big night, though it’s worth visiting the rooftop bar for its stunning views any day of the week. Also: the hotel is so gay-friendly they even sell pride merch!

Island House Gay Resort in Key West - hotel room

6. The Island House in Key West

The Island House in Key West is an all-male, clothing-optional resort that offers a tropical paradise for gay travelers. Known for its relaxed and friendly vibe, The Island House features a heated pool, hot tubs, a health club, and a café that serves delicious meals around the clock.

The nude Key West resort’s lush gardens and charming accommodations provide a tranquil retreat, while its central location makes it easy to explore Key West’s vibrant gay nightlife and cultural attractions. It’s a haven for relaxation, socializing, and embracing the laid-back Key West lifestyle.

Sofitel So Bangkok

7. SO/ Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand

SO/ Bangkok is a stylish, luxury hotel in the heart of Thailand’s bustling capital. This LGBTQ+-friendly hotel stands out for its contemporary design, inspired by the five elements of water, earth, wood, metal, and fire.

Guests get to enjoy breathtaking views of Lumpini Park, a rooftop pool, and exquisite dining options. The hotel’s vibrant atmosphere and prime location make it easy to explore Bangkok’s thriving gay scene, including the famous Silom gay nightlife district.

SO/ Bangkok’s commitment to inclusivity and high-end hospitality ensures a memorable stay.

Gay Barcelona

8. The W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

The W Hotel in Barcelona is a stunning, sail-shaped landmark that offers a luxurious beachfront escape for LGBTQ+ travelers. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this hotel features chic rooms, a rooftop bar, an infinity pool, and direct beach access.

The W Hotel is known for its lively atmosphere and exceptional service, making it a popular choice for those looking to enjoy Barcelona’s vibrant gay scene. Located near the Barcelona’s best nightlife, cultural sites, and shopping areas, the W Hotel provides an unforgettable blend of relaxation and excitement.

Choosing the right gay-friendly hotel or resort can transform your travel experience, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment where you can truly be yourself. From the bustling cities of New York and Bangkok to the serene beaches of Puerto Vallarta and Key West, these accommodations offer unique experiences tailored to LGBTQ+ travelers.

Whether you’re seeking vibrant nightlife, tranquil retreats, or adventurous outdoor activities, these destinations promise unforgettable memories and connections.

Embrace the freedom to explore the world with confidence, knowing that a supportive and friendly community awaits you at these gay-friendly hotels and resorts.