June is recognized as Pride Month, the annual celebration of the LGBT community and their fight for equality and rights. Many major cities now host large parades and festivals to honor the struggles and achievements faced by the community worldwide. This Pride Month, stay in welcoming hotels and attend nearby events or just simply celebrate love.
Paris hosts a yearly Pride event– called “La Marche des Fiertés”-- which draws over half a million people from all over the world. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, the City of Love is home to the best Pride celebration in the world. There are speeches and concerts to attend throughout the weekend as well as a giant parade and lots of parties. This year’s march falls on June 25th and is not to be missed.
Paris best Hotels
Hôtel Jules & Jim
Hôtel Jules & Jim is located in Paris’ Marais neighborhood, one of the city’s most LGBT-friendly quartiers. Discover a plethora of gay bars, restaurants, and other establisments as well as rainbow decor on every street. This area is always lively but becomes truly electric during June.
The 4-star, 23-room hotel boasts a terrace with incredible views of Paris: the kind that even locals can’t get enough of. Unwind with a cocktail or verre du vin here after a long day of festivities and enjoy a fresh breakfast the next day before you keep going.
Live colorfully at the Hôtel Georgette. Also in the Marais, this boutique hotel features modern, trendy rooms with unique layouts and even wall art. Enjoy being a 3 minute walk to the Centre Pompidou–Paris’s massive modern art museum– as well as a collection of street food storefronts, thrift stores, and quirky bars.
Sinner is a unique 5-star hotel conveniently located in the Marais. A self proclaimed “blend of religious heritage, opulent rooms and spectacular spaces,” the hotel is sure to provide a memorable experience during Pride. Try the South American and North African food at the hotel restaurant and socialize at the bar after a festivity-filled day. The 43 rooms all have red doors and decor that is dark, alluring, and mysterious yet homey; this hotel definitely stays true to its name and it is a must-see.
Check out these nearby bars and restaurants:
Le 3W Kafé
The 50th annual London pride parade takes place on July 2, 2022; this will be an incredible celebration of love and self as well as a march against hate. There will be events throughout the month of June leading up to the main event.
London best hotels
Hotel Café Royal
The party doesn’t stop when the parade ends– stay at the stunningly elegant Hotel Café Royal to make the most out of your time in London. This 5-star, 160 room property is the epitome of English luxury. Conveniently located one mile from Hyde Park– where the parade begins– and even closer to iconic sights including Buckingham Palace and Theatreland, this hotel is ideal if you want to enjoy Pride in style.
Enjoy posh decor and upscale amenities in the rooms as well as multiple bars and restaurants on site. Whether you’re craving Champagne and sweets or classic English cuisine, Café Royal has it all. Be sure to check out the hotel’s gorgeous indoor pool, spa, and fitness center while not out celebrating.
The Resident Kensington
Get lost wandering through the various parks and gardens of South Kensington when you stay at The Resident Kensington. 65 quaint yet modern rooms make up the property, which is just over a mile away from Hyde Park and a 10 minute walk to the magnificent Museum Mile. Free drinks are offered every evening, making the hotel a great starting or ending point for Pride weekend depending on your style.
Check out these nearby bars and restaurants:
The Retro Bar
Ku Bar & Club
The Karaoke Hole
500,000 or so members of the LGBT community and their allies will take the streets of Berlin on July 23, 2022 for CSD. Berlin is known for its lively party scene and Pride events are no exception. Expect a festive parade in addition to live music, art exhibits, and lots of partying throughout June and July. Take a look at the hotels we suggest staying in during your time in the German capital. With the motto “United In Love,” this weekend is sure to be a good one.
Berlin best Hotels
Axel Hotel Berlin
Find community at the Axel Hotel Berlin, an adults-only boutique hotel in Schoneberg. The website states that the hotel chain is “heterofriendly,” meaning that guests of all orientations are welcome but the design is geared towards the LGBT+ audience. The neighborhood is home to a thriving gay scene, making it the ideal location to stay in during the festivities. The property is comprised of 87 contemporary guest rooms, a wellness club, bar and unique Georgian restaurant. This is the perfect accommodation for meeting people during Pride Weekend or any other occasion.
Catalonia Berlin Mitte
The Catalonia Berlin Mitte perfectly captures the essence of the city’s artistic culture. Featuring unique designs such as exposed-brick bathrooms and street-art style murals done by local artists, this boutique hotel screams “underground rave” in the sophisticated way that makes Berlin special. It is close to many popular tourist attractions including Museum Island and Alexanderplatz Square, making it a great homebase for exploring the bustling metropolis.
Restaurants, bars, and clubs to check out:
New York City Pride is extra special as it is considered to be one of the birthplaces of the modern day Pride movement; the Stonewall Riots in 1969, led by transgender women of color, transformed the fight for equal rights worldwide. This year’s theme is “Unapologetically Us,” and with over 2 million average attendees, it’s going to be truly magical.
New York best Hotels
Stay at the SIXTY SoHo in the trendy Soho neighborhood in close proximity to art installations, and shopping ranging from second-hand stores to luxury shops. The 97 room hotel is decorated in a posh urban style with marble floors and boasts a stunning seasonal rooftop lounge. There’s a variety of nearby cafés and restaurants serving every type of cuisine, but make sure to stop by Bistrot Leo, the onsite French eatery.
Duane Street Hotel
The Duane Street Hotel is located in Tribeca and just a mile from the Stonewall National Monument and parade route, making it a convenient place to stay for Pride Weekend. The neighborhood is known for its lofts housing celebrities, creative vibe, and film festival. The hotel itself is clean and simple yet elegant and rooms have remarkable views of the area.
New York Bars
The Stonewall Inn
Flaming Saddles Saloon
San Francisco Pride will occur on June 25 and 26 of this year, but the parade itself takes place June 26. The theme is “Love Will Keep Us Together,” so get ready for a weekend full of spreading kindness, inclusivity, and love. See below our list of recommended hotels for the weekend.
San Francisco best Hotels
Rock out at the Phoenix Hotel, a unique and colorful property with eclectic decorations. Located in Northeast San Francisco, the Tenderloin District is known for its creative vibes; there’s art galleries, bars, and concert venues of all shapes, sizes, and types. Hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurants and street art are also staples of the area. Part of the neighborhood includes the first legally recognized transgender district, making it a great place to learn about LGBT history.
Parker Guest House
This colorful, quaint bed and breakfast is the perfect place to stay for Pride as it is located in San Francisco’s LGBT neighborhood, the Castro District! Castro is an internationally recognized queer area with no shortage of LGBT supportive businesses and a rich history. This one of a kind neighborhood is a must-see.
With a variety of room types and a charming garden, the cozy Parker Guest House is perfect for travelers on all budgets looking to see and spread love. The website even states that they’re gay friendly. Don’t miss the complimentary evening wine social and continental breakfasts!
The best bars
Twin Peaks Tavern
Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
Wild Side West
Celebrate for an entire week leading up to a huge parade with Madrid’s loving LGBT community and its allies. With fun events such as Mr Gay Pride Espana, a High-heels race, concerts and more, you’ll want to stay the whole week! There’s also the Madrid Summit, an annual conference on human rights that hosts politicians and activists from around the world, which reminds us why we march. 500,000 LGBT residents call this city home, so you can be sure this Pride will be incredible.
Madrid best Hotels
Axel Hotel Madrid
A self proclaimed “Hetero-friendly” hotel, the adults-only Axel Hotel is perfect for those looking to meet other Pride-goers or LGBT folks. It boasts palatial guestrooms and an eclectic yet opulent rooftop pool and bar area as well as a convenient location in Madrid’s city center. Be sure to stop by the on-site restaurant for a unique take on local cuisine. Explore Chueca, Spain’s largest gay neighborhood during your stay.
Hotel Puerta America
You may never want to leave if you stay at the Hotel Puerta America. This 5-star hotel features jaw-dropping futuristic design, and every floor looks slightly different. One of a kind luxury is all we can really say to describe this masterpiece of a property. Overlook the city at the rooftop bar and gardens before heading out to the festivities or to check out the nearby Salamanca neighborhood for a taste of Spanish affluence and extravagance. This hotel… you have to see it to believe it.
Madrid best Bars
Fulanita de Tal
Black & White
Barcelona is hosting its own Pride parade on June 25, 2022. With concerts, parties, and even kid-friendly activities during the week leading up to the main event, this Spanish city is the place to be!
Barcelona best Hotels
Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa
Stay in the Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa, an inclusive, adults-only property situated in the “Gay-xample,” a neighorhood with a thriving LGBT scene. The 105 rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated which make for an ideal place to relax after a celebration-filled day. Spend time at the Sky Bar, which features a pool, hot tub, and bar, and treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa day. This is the perfect accommodation for meeting people during Pride Weekend or any other occasion.
Praktik Vinoteca is special not only for its stunning design but for its motto: “In Wine We Trust”! The self-proclaimed “boutique hotel dedicated to the world of wine” will proudly offer you a glass of wine upon arrival and many more opportunities to try the world’s finest wines. With a resident sommelier and over 900 bottles on display, this hotel is perfect for wine-lovers of all kinds. Also located in the “Gay-xample,” this hotel will ensure you have a unique experience during Pride or any other visit.
The Barcelona EDITION
5-star hotel in the “Gay-xample” with a terrific terrace and views? Marvelous minimalist elegant design? Not too bad! Oh, and it keeps getting better. The almost brand-new Barcelona EDITION, which was built in 2017, features 100 rooms with upscale amenities, custom designed furniture, and classy wooden touches. Located next to iconic Barcelona landmarks such as the Picasso Museum and Gothic Cathedral, this boutique hotel is perfect for those who seek to see the city and enjoy modern luxury during Pride weekend.
Barcelona best Bars
Sky Bar @ Axel Hotel