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Gay Travel: Holiday Apartment or Hotel?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Once you have decided which destination you will be visiting on your annual gay travel trip, you quickly start to look at the accommodation on offer.  Many popular gay resorts offer a wide variety of options to suit a variety of budgets and tastes.  Hotels and apartments are generally the two main choices for gay travelers, so what are the pros and what are the cons of each?

Hotel pros:

Your bed will be made for you each day.

Leave your old towels on the bathroom floor and come back to nice clean ones.

Breakfast will be made by someone else.

Room service, allowing you to stay in bed with your loved one and have food delivered to you.

Someone on reception who will know more about your gay travel destination that you.

Hotel cons:

Breakfast is at a time dictated by the hotel.

The maid can disturb you when you don’t want to be.

You have little or no private space if you are traveling as a couple.

The mini bar is priced so high you need to take out a loan.

You feel you have to move your things before the maid arrives

Apartment pros:

You have much more space

You can cook meals when you wan.

Can work out to be much cheaper, particularly if you are taking a gay trip with a group.

Apartments can often be styled in a much more individual style.

You experience how locals live a great deal more.

You wont be disturbed by the maid.

Apartment cons:

You have to do everything yourself even though you are on holiday.

Your bed will only be made by you.

Nobody on reception to tell you the gay places to go.

Before you make a cup of coffee you have to visit a local store.

Gay Travel: Bed & Breakfast du Village, Montreal, Canada

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Canada often gets overlooked as a gay travel destination, whilst its next door pal America gets all the column inches written about its gay travel delights.  Canada however has a great deal to offer gay and lesbian tourists.  One destination which needs to be on the list for gay travelers visiting Canada is Montreal.  Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and a must see destination.  Here gay travel makers will find a cultural hub for Canada, and a place that is often voted the most livable city.

Those choosing to make a gay travel trip to Montreal should check out the gay B&B – Bed and Breakfast du Village or BBV for short.  Gay travelers will find the hotel in the heart of the gay village in Montreal, making it an ideal location to explore the nightlife the city has to offer.

Visitors will find a very warm welcome at the hotel (gay or straight) and the helpful staff are on hand to assist you with all your travel needs.  Rooms are spacious and very clean, and guest can take advantage of the covered parking facilities at the hotel.   Rooms come with wi- fi facilities and air conditioning, so don’t sweat on both counts (sorry).  BBV has been welcoming gay travelers to Montreal for many years, and the owners have been working in the hospitality industry for over 2o years.

For more details on the hotel click here

Gay Travel: Hotel Le Central, Paris, France

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Gay travel to Paris is popular all year round, but now as spring arrives you will find no better time to visit the French capital.  April in Paris is a wonderful time of the year for gay and lesbian travelers to visit the and choosing a place to stay can be tricky.  Whilst the city of Paris has numerous hotels to tempt gay travelers, the standard in the city can be very varied.  Whatever your budget you will find plenty of choice on your next gay travel visit to Paris.

A gay hotel worth checking out is Hotel Le Central, situated in the Marais historical district, right in the centre of the gay quarter in Paris, this 17th century listed building offers gay travelers access to all that gay Paris has to offer.

The gay hotel offers seven rooms, two rooms on each floor with shared bathroom facilities.  The top floor offers a room with its own bathroom and toilet for those gay travelers who aren’t as keen on sharing.  If you would like to book the top floor room, it is suggested you do so in advance as it books out quickly.   The only downside of the hotel is that it has no lift, however the hotel only has five floors.

On the ground floor gay visitors will find the famous Le Central bar, which has become the place for gay locals and gay tourists to meet and start their evening.

Check out the hotel here

Gay Travel: The Ping Pong Hotel, Huainan, China

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Gay travelers who are on the look out for somewhere unusual to stay on their next visit to China could be in luck if plans go ahead to build the new Ping Pong hotel in Huainan, China.

The hotel is designed with sports fans in mind, and the far out design will no doubt attract many other travel makers.  The building shaped like a Ping Pong bat, will be like no other hotel in the area (and beyond)

Linking with sport the hotel is due to be built in the planned Olympic park, in the city based in East China.

Measuring 150 meters high, this impressive, eye catching design will help to put the area on the map.  The upside down Ping Pong bat will offer visitors sight seeing opportunities in the handle, which will be situated at the top of the hotel. The rounded windows of the guestrooms in the hotel are built to resemble the rubber surface of a Ping Pong bat.

Gay Travel: North America’s largest luxury gay boutique resort

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Next month will see North America’s largest luxury gay boutique hotel open its doors to gay traveling guests.  OK, size isn’t everything, it’s what you do with it that counts.  So what makes the Royal Palms resort so special?

Gay guests checking in at the gay hotel will find they are staying in the lap of luxury, at the recently renovated and expanded resort.  Tourists will find the hotel situated in the heart of North Beach, Fort Lauderdale, a perfect location for beach and nightlife lovers.  The gay resort is just one block away from the world famous Fort Lauderdale beach, a gay oasis.

Facilities at the hotel include a spa and fitness centre, to relax and unwind or work up a sweat in, you will also find a bar at the resort to relax and unwind in and a on site grill to tempt your appetite.

The resort has been a gay favorite for many years, and it is hoped that the recent work will help to further increase their reputation.  The all new gay hotel will feature 62 rooms, which are come complete with 42 inch flat screen TV’s, original artworks from Dennis Dean an inspirational photographer.  Gay travelers will find rooms are both stylish and have fantastic little extras which are perfect when you are traveling, free wi-fi for you to surf the net, and even access to iPads and mobile phones during your stay.

The gay resort now has two heated swimming pools, one which has a clothing optional option, for those gay travelers who like to let it all hang out.  Gay guests can also take advantage of bicycle hire and wait for it… a sleek 54 foot private luxury yacht, available for guest excursions, celebrations and commitment ceremonies.

Rates for gay travelers wanting to stay at the hotel start at a very reasonable $159 per night.

Check out more here www.royalpalms.com <http://www.royalpalms.com>

Gay Travel: Hotel Skt Petri, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

For gay tourists choosing to stay in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, if you are looking for a little luxury, check out the Skt Petri (Saint Peter) Hotel.  The hotel is in a central location, perfect for gay and lesbian travelers to base themselves while they explore the city.

The hotel has seven floors of accommodation, with amazing penthouse rooms offering fantastic views of Copenhagen.  Gay travelers will find the rooms have ample space.  They are decorated with a modern taste, offering flat screen TV’s (not a huge amount of English speaking channels), spacious bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.

The communal spaces of the hotel are what give the hotel a reason to talk about it.  The restaurant is a great location in the hotel, with fantastic lighting, it really comes alive at night.  The food in the restaurant is of a very good standard, although it does not seem popular with many guests.  The quietness of the restaurant may be due to the great location of the hotel, being only moments from many great restaurants and bars.

For those looking to take a drink in the hotel bar, cocktails are a must.  The bar staff are knowledgeable, but not pretentious.  This is a great place for gay travelers to mingle with fellow guests, and a perfect spot to start your evening.

Guest staying at the hotel should take advantage of the deal the hotel has with Palm Fitness at the base of the hotel.  This is a state of the art gym, which even has its own in house DJ!  Gay visitors will find a gym with every machine you could wish for, amble free weights and steam room and sauna facilities.

Gay Travel: Five Rooms Hotel, Barcelona

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Gay travelers to Barcelona, Spain have a ton of accommodation choices in the city. For gay and lesbian tourist seeking a more intimate setting the 5 rooms hotel should definitely be checked out. Here you will find (in the words of the hotel) a small urban oasis. You can’t really get them for false advertising though, as this is a beautifully tranquil spot. Located in the centre of Barcelona, this hotel is an ideal base for gay and lesbian tourists. A unique hotel, which is designed in an individual fashion. In fact the hotel is so beautifully designed you will find it hard to leave it, even to see a city as magnificent as Barcelona.

Gay visitors will find this hotel situated just 5 minutes from Las Ramblas and a short distance away from the gay heart of the city. Inside the hotel you will find standard rooms and suites for you to choose from, each beautifully presented. For gay and lesbian visitors looking for a little more freedom and space whilst staying in Barcelona, check out the apartments at 5 rooms.

Check out the hotel here

Gay Travel: Time to party at the White Lounge – The original igloo hotel

Monday, February 21st, 2011

For gay travelers who love the snow and to party, what better place to draw your attention to – than Mayrhofen and the Igloo hotel.  White Lounge is one of the most amazing accommodations in the Alps, it is certainly the most memorable.  Here, 2000 meters above sea level you will find this unique accommodation, which is very comfortable and a joy to spend a night in.  The hotel offers dinner and breakfast as part of your stay and you can also use the onsite sauna, to escape the cold climate for a while.

For gay and lesbian travelers who are feeling a little romantic, check out the specific romance packages offered by the White Lounge.  Arrange for a bottle of Champagne to be waiting in your room, a romantic dinner and then hop into your double sleeping bag with a great excuse to keep warm!

Whilst staying at the hotel make sure you check out the igloo bar.  A place to chill out after your day exploring the area.

For gay and lesbian party lovers a great time to stay at the White Lounge, Igloo Hotel is between April 4th and April 9th, a time when Mayrhofen comes alive for the 12th annual Snowboarding festival.  This time of year attracts a lively crowd with snow boarders, skiers, and just plain old music fans gathering for a full on party.  This is the time of year when Mayrhofen meets Ibiza, so gay travelers come prepared to shake your thing.  the annual event attracts a host of world famous names such as Fat Boy Slim and The Prodigy, who are all in town to get the party started.

The snowboarding festival last for 6 days, and features more than 100 big names from the global clubbing scene.

Check out the White Lounge here

Gay Travel: The Mondrian, Soho gets set to welcome you

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Does New York need another hotel?  Are gay travelers struggling to find a bed for the night?  Well the answer is yes and no.  Whilst New York has plenty of places for gay travelers to lay their weary heads, in terms of hip hotels they are few and far between.  The Mondrian hotel hopes to add itself to the short list of hotels offering both style and service.

The hotel, situated in the trendy Soho district will offer 270 rooms, designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, and opens its doors to welcome guests later this month.  This will be the third hotel fro the group in New York, but its first move into downtown.  This will be a stylish hotel, attracting hip gay and lesbian travelers to the state.  Inside the hotel you will find a seafood restaurant ‘Imperial No. 9′, which will be run by acclaimed chef Sam Talbot.  Take a drink in the signature cocktail bar or perhaps a drink in the outdoor bar is more your thing.

This will no doubt be a welcome addition to the hotel list in New York, and remember whilst the city doesn’t sleep, does not mean you don’t have to.

Gay Travel: Axel Hotel, Berlin

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

For gay travelers to Berlin, you will find a wealth of gay travel accommodation offers.  Gay apartments, gay hostels and gay hotels.  In the gay hotels category, gay travelers will find both gay friendly and gay hotels on offer.  Or in the case of Axel Hotel, Berlin a Hetero Friendly hotel.  The Axel gay hotel in Berlin is part of a small chain of hotels from Axel.  They already have a gay hotel in Barcelona and a gay hotel in Buenos Aires.  The group is also planning a gay hotel for New York, a great gay destination to establish a new hotel and the groups first venture into America.

Gay travelers visiting Berlin will find the Axel Hotel in the heart of the gay area of the city, close to a huge variety of gay bars, gay clubs and gay friendly restaurants.  You are also only moments away from an underground stop which will take you to other gay hotspots and sights that the city of Berlin has to offer.

Inside the Axel hotel you will find welcoming and well groomed staff who will not only check you into your room, they are also on hand to provide great information on places to visit in the city.  In the reception area you will find a variety of tourist literature, little of which on my visit was specifically aimed at the gay travel market.  Fear not, just next door to the Axel hotel you will find a gay bookstore (Eisen Herz), which has a number of free gay publications and free gay travel maps for you.

On the first level of the hotel you will find the hotel restaurant and hotel bar, a great place to meet with other gay travel makers.  The bar serves outstanding cocktails and as a happy hour operating Monday to Thursday.  Start your evening off in the bar, before heading out to sample the nearby gay nightlife.

On the top floor of the hotel you will find the hotel spa.  This consists of a small gym, which is ample for those wishing to keep fit (ish) whilst away, this is next to a relaxation lounge with numerous sun beds.  Towards the end of the floor you will find small sauna and steam rooms and outdoors a jacuzzi, which offers great views of Berlin, an ideal place to sit as the sun goes down.  Many gay travelers choose to go nude so if this is not your thing, you have been warned.  If this is your thing then check in, strip off and get onboard.

Rooms at the Axel are spacious and are fitted to a high specification.  The beds are a very good size, and facing a flat screen TV, that offers regular TV channels, pay for movies (including adult) and radio channels.  You can also request an ipod docking station from reception to play your own tunes.  Why this is not a standard feature in all rooms, is a mystery.  For gay travel makers looking to connect to the internet you will face a charge if you wish to do this in your room, this is a huge bugbear of mine.  Particularly when their sister hotel in Barcelona offers this for free.  The hotel does however offer free use of the internet on the Apple computer situated on floor 3 (warning this can get very busy).

The bathrooms are wonderful, with a spacious walk in shower and separate toilet.  For those choosing to travel as a couple who are not actually a couple but wishing to share a room to reduce costs you should be aware that your shower is a very public affair.  Well public for your room anyway, as it is surrounded by glass.  So if you wish to shower in private, you will need to ask your traveling companion to leave the room.

On the rooftop of the hotel you will find the Sky Bar, plus more sun loungers and a fantastic view of the city.  In the summer this is the destination for gay parties in Berlin.