For the past 60 years, Puerto Vallarta has held the defacto title as Mexico's most gay-friendly destination. However in recent years, it seems Mexico City is vying for, and could have stolen, that title. Mexico City is Latin America's most cosmopolitan and chic city, and as such is a huge draw for LGBT travelers. In fact, Mexico City reflects its progressive mindset with actions designed to enhance equality for all members of sexually diverse communities. In 2010, same sex marriage was made legal in Mexico City, a first for any Latin American jurisdiction. Legal adoption by same-sex couples was also enacted in 2010.
Mexico City's Zona Rosa is the birthplace of the LGBT rights movement, and is home to some of the best gay nightlife in the world. LGBT travelers will also love the architecture and history of the Centro Historico; the artsy enclaves in Condesa and Roma; and the affluent lifestyle in Polanco.
Looking for a night out in Mexico City? Some of the best LGBT bars include El Oasis, El Viena, La Perla and Marrakech Salon in Centro Historico. Where to Stay: Book a room at Hotel de Cortes. This hotel occupies a recently "boutiques" eighteenth century monastery. It is now a hotel hotspot, with its own rooftop bar. Gay travelers can also book a room at Hotel Downton Mexico, one of the newer boutique hotels in Mexico City. It is the centerpiece of a colonial palace that has been fashioned into a chic oasis, with two eateries and a rooftop bar, along with high-end boutiques.
In Condesa and Roma, LGBT partiers will like Ken, Living, Tom's Leather Bar, Bar San Luis and Felix. Book a room at Hotel Condesa df. This hotel has a decidedly Miami Beach feel. Though the rooms are small, it brings in an attractive and chic crowd.
But the most LGBT-friendly hotels in Mexico City can be found in the Zona Rosa. These include Hotel Geneve, which is over the top without being campy, and is not crazy expensive; Hotel JW Marriott, which positions itself as one of the city's number one spots for same-sex marriage; Hilton Mexico City Reforma; and W Mexico City.