Some mainstream hotel companies trot eagerly out of their way to make LGBT travelers welcome at their properties, from putting together gay-specific websites and Pride packages to offering discounts and local scene advice to gay and lesbian travelers. These five homo-loving hotel companies deserve particular recognition for their efforts in making our overnights away from home a real treat.
America's stealth hot spot, Portland, Ore., has been transformed from a sleepy industrial city into a hub for musicians, artists and foodies seeking refuge from the stress of the East Coast and the high prices of California. Modest Mouse, the Dandy Warhols, the Decemberists and Pink Martini all call Portland home, as do filmmakers Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant.
Bangkok, Thailand, has been called everything from the Venice of the East to the Capital of Sin, but only recently has it been raising eyebrows as a cosmopolitan destination. The mantra "anything goes," once applied only to the city's naughty nightlife, now extends to everything from shopping and art to hotels and spas. Add a karma-driven culture and relaxed views on sexuality and gender and you have a gay mecca in the making.
If you've had your fill of hectic nightlife, frantic traffic, smog and stress, book some R&R time at one of these gay-popular destinations. Breathe the cleanest air, stretch out on the most unspoiled sands, swim in the clearest waters and rejuvenate at the most relaxing spas.
Cancun might seem like the obvious pick for gay travelers to eastern Mexico, thanks to its flashy gay discos and hedonistic reputation. But 200 miles west in Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, offers a welcome alternative for gay visitors who appreciate a serious dose of Mayan culture with their cocktails.
Sure, pretty much every hotel now alleges that it's some shade of green, but it takes more than a politely worded optional towel exchange and a low-flow shower to qualify as truly eco-friendly. Today's hip traveler doesn't just want to pack light; he or she wants to leave the lightest footprint.
Whether you want to start the year off on a stylish new note or have designs on a perfect romantic weekend, we've got at an enticing array of design-conscious new and newly renovated properties for you to check out and check in to.
Sign Up For Email Updates