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Top 10 Gay-Friendly Hotels in Europe

April 16, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Do your gay and lesbian clients want to get away for a European vacation? TripAdvisor recently announced its top ten gay-friendly hotels in Europe.

1. Colson House, Brighton, England

Colson House is a uniquely themed boutique hotel dedicated to the large screen—all hotel rooms are named after movie icons. Bonus: The hotel is located in the heart of Brighton's vibrant gay scene.

2. Hotel Sejour Beaubourg, Paris, France

The Hôtel Séjour Beaubourg is located in the very center of Paris, only a few steps from the Centre Georges Pompidou and within walking distance of the Louvre and Notre Dame.

3. Hotel Axel, Barcelona

Hotel Axel focuses on the gay community but is welcoming to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. This design hotel is close to the exclusive boutiques on Passeig de Gràcia and has a swimming pool, gym and sauna.

4. Hotel Ca' Dogaressa, Venice, Italy

In a picturesque corner in the heart of Venice, Hotel Ca' Dogaressa overlooks Canale di Cannaregio. Its traditional Venetian rooms have period furniture and precious marbles.

5. Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town, Prague

This modern property is the only four-star hotel in Prague that has membership of the IGLTA (International Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Association). The hotel is located in the city center, close to the river Vltava and within easy walking distance of the tourist sites of the Old Town.

6. Ty Rosa, Cardiff, Wales

Ty Rosa—Welsh for 'pink house'—is a boutique property 15 minutes away from Cardiff's city center.

7. Hotel Deutsche Eiche, Munich, Germany

The Deutsche Eiche (German Oak) is one of Munich's oldest meeting places for gay and lesbian visitors with a reputation for attracting creative and arty types. Less than 700 feet from the Viktualienmarkt, the hotel welcomes everyone. The Glockenbach district, the Marienplatz and the banks of the Isar River are just a few steps away.

8. The Golden Bear, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Golden Bear claims to have been the first gay hotel in Amsterdam, founded shortly after the Second World War. The hotel is located in two historic buildings dating back to 1737 and is situated in the very center of the city close to all the main attractions.

9. Los Almendros, Playa des Ingles, Gran Canaria

Los Almendros is a complex of private bungalows designed exclusively for gay and lesbian travelers. The hotel is located in the most gay-friendly part of the island, in the middle of Playa del Inglés and just a few minutes walk from the Jumbo shopping center.

10. Hotel Sachsenhof, Berlin, Germany

Hotel Sachsenhof is one of Berlin's oldest buildings, dating back to emperor times. Else Lasker Schüler wrote her famous poems here, and the building was the setting for Erich Kästner's story "Emil und die Detektive."


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By Jena Tesse Fox | April 16, 2010
Gay and straight clients alike will feel right at home in these European hotels.