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The best gay-friendly hotels in New York City

With the highest LGBTQ+ population in the United States, the gay scene in New York City is as dazzling as can be. Gay travellers are unlikely to face discrimination at any New York City hotel, but that doesn’t mean all accommodation options are created equal. Somewhat ironically, The City That Never Sleeps is home to some of the most spectacular hotels in the world—all a worthwhile splurge while exploring this gay mecca. Cool off in a refreshing rooftop plunge pool while soaking in panoramic Manhattan skyline views. Feel transported to the glitz and glamour of the Roaring Twenties at a restored, in-hotel Art Deco cinema. Or, meet and mingle at one of the first queer bars to reside inside a major hotel chain. Discover the perfect spot to lay your head with our definitive guide to the best gay-friendly hotels in New York City.

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The Standard, East Village

The Standard, East Village brilliantly blends colorful eccentricity with cozy details to create a one-of-a-kind stay that is entirely befitting of its artistic neighborhood, NoHo. Rooms feature all the luxe amenities you would expect from The Standard brand, along with spectacular floor-to-ceiling glass windows—some of which showcase unobstructed Manhattan views. That said, the hotel’s piece de resistance is hands-down NO BAR, one of the first queer bars to find a home inside a major hotel chain. This is a new-wave gay bar where anyone and everyone is welcome; come for everything from after-office happy hour to delightfully raucous drag shows.

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The Standard - East Village

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

Travel back in time to New York in the Twenties with a stay at The Roxy Hotel, aptly named after the beloved 1920s theatre and dance club of the same name. Located in historic Tribeca, the hotel’s retro jazz club, newly renovated cinema and moody cocktail bar all give a playful wink to the glitz and glamour of a bygone era—without sacrificing any luxuries and amenities. Spacious rooms feature a mid-century modern aesthetic with Art Deco and Regency details, a smart tribute to Tribeca’s industrial past. Add to the offerings complimentary cinema screenings and 20% off services at Joey Silvestera’s famed Blackstones Salon, and it’s hardly any wonder this is one of the best gay-friendly hotels in New York City.

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Spacious rooms feature a mid-century modern aesthetic with Art Deco and Regency details, a smart tribute to Tribeca’s industrial past

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Enjoy unparalleled views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. A nature-inspired design includes details like native greenery and reclaimed wood, creating a serene waterfront retreat that feels far removed from the concrete jungle outside. On a balmy summer afternoon, there’s no better place to be than the rooftop plunge pool, followed up with sunset and the libation of your choice at Harriet’s Rooftop. Organic cotton mattresses and sheets, holistic spa treatments, and market-driven American comfort food at the lobby restaurant, The Osprey, round out the eco-conscious offerings.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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citizenM New York Bowery

In the heart of the Theater District, just steps from scintillating Times Square lies citizenM New York Bowery. This modern, creative hotel oozes with state-of-the-art conveniences, from the convenient self-check-in to the stylish lobby room designed to feel like the coolest living room in the city. Rooms are compact yet comfortable with wall-to-wall windows that show off the Manhattan skyline; while there aren’t any frills or upgrades, there’s no denying you’ll sleep soundly in the fluffy, XL king-sized beds. Don’t miss the CloudM rooftop bar for its sweeping views and excellent cocktails.

Crosby Street Hotel

Even the most discerning of gay travellers will adore the ultra-luxurious Crosby Street Hotel, a sophisticated five-star boutique near to gay New York City’s top attractions. The brainchild of hotelier and designer Kit Kemp, expect avant-garde artwork, bold colours, elegant furnishings, and whimsical antiques. Each and every corner of the Crosby Street Hotel tells a story, and it’s this purposeful attention that makes this one of the best gay-friendly hotels in New York City. Bespoke furniture, designer fabrics and, in some suites, fireplaces and unhampered city views characterize the rooms.

Manhattan, NYC

Manhattan, NYC

The Whitby

Also by the ingenious Kit Kemp and husband Tim is The Whitby, a hotel equally as luxurious as the Crosby Street Hotel yet with its own identity—a testament to the founder’s belief that hotels should be “living things, not stuffy institutions.” A celebration of contemporary art and design, the vibrant decor makes full use of vast murals, detailed wallpaper, and exquisite sculptures, all of which could easily find a home in any major art museum. After a long day of exploring the best of gay New York City, cosy up with a book alongside the sumptuous fireplace in the Reading Room, or while away an evening at The Whitby Bar and Restaurant.

The Whitby Hotel, NYC

The Whitby Hotel

The Whitby Hotel, NYC

The Whitby Hotel

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A celebration of contemporary art and design, the vibrant decor makes full use of vast murals, detailed wallpaper, and exquisite sculptures

Mr. C Seaport

The Ciprianis are no strangers to hospitality. The legendary Italian family is the creator of a smattering of swanky outposts across the globe, perhaps of which the most famous is Harry’ s—home to the one and only bellini. And with the opening of Mr. C Seaport, the Ciprianis can now include New York on their repertoire of posh hotels. Enjoy a welcome bellini, a clever nod to the family’s heritage, before escaping to your spacious, contemporary room. Teak veneer, rain showers, and Italian linens feature in each of the guest rooms, and ten premium suites boast panoramic balconies overlooking the East River.

MADE Hotel

Foodies need not look any further than MADE Hotel. This warm and leafy hotel is just a stone’s throw to some of the city’s top restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, Friedman’s and ABC Kitchen. That said, you’d be forgiven for not straying far from the in-house dining options, all overseen by seasoned food and beverage vet Carles Seich. The fine-dining restaurant Ferris serves impeccable tapas-style dishes from seasonal and mostly local fare. Then there’s Proechel, a gourmet breakfast spot far removed from your typical hotel buffet. When it comes to aesthetics, MADE feels effortlessly chic with its walnut floors, concrete ceilings, and lush, plant-filled nooks. It’s all very hip without ever falling to hipster cliches.

The Beekman Hotel

The Beekman Hotel is not only an ideal base for exploring the best gay things to do in NYC, but it’s also an architectural gem and historical landmark. Dating back to 1881, this gorgeous building was one of Manhattan’s first skyscrapers, a vital testament to the upward trajectory of New York City. Today the Beekman Hotel is more impressive than ever; the restored nine-story Victorian atrium is one of a kind, and the bespoke contemporary furniture evokes an undeniable old-world glamour. A stunning art collection curated by the brilliant Katherine Gass recalls the hotel’s prime location beneath the Brooklyn Bridge while honouring the legend of 19th-century visionaries like Edgar Allen Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The Beekman, NYC

The Beekman

The Beekman New York City

The Beekman

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The Beekman Hotel is not only an ideal base for exploring the best gay things to do in NYC, but it’s also an architectural gem and historical landmark

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The French Quarters NYC

No time in your busy schedule to fit both New Orleans and New York City into the travel itinerary? The French Quarters NYC is the obvious answer. This three-star boutique hotel exudes major old New Orleans vibes with its red brick facade, nostalgic gas lamps and wrought-iron grills. Gay-popular Hell’s Kitchen is nearby, as is Times Square. Rooms are cozy, if not decadent, with daily housekeeping and attentive staff.

The Chatwal

Steeped in history, the always elegant The Chatwal dates back to 1905 when it was first conceived by the one and only Stanford White. It would later be home to the Lambs Club, the first Thespian club in the United States. After much love and dedication, the iconic building has been restored and renewed by skilled architect Thierry Despont to create what is today: a 76-room small luxury hotel. Come for a heaping dose of historic NYC history and culture in an elegant setting; it’s impossible to miss the two-story NYC cityscape mural that adorns the lobby wall, while Prohibition Era decor reminds guests of the building’s storied past.

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