Known for its liberal attitude and vibrant nightlife, Berlin is one of Europe’s most LGBTQ-friendly cities. The abundance of hotels designed with the queer community in mind makes Berlin an attractive destination.
While Schöneberg’s Nollendorfplatz has traditionally been considered the centre of Berlin’s gay scene, other LGBTQ-friendly hotels can be found in Kreuzberg. Whether you are planning to attend the city’s annual Pride festival, also known as Christopher Street Day, indulge in a romantic getaway or party all night long, Berlin has LGBTQ-friendly accommodation to suit every budget.
There are 18 rooms at ArtHotel Connection | Courtesy of ArtHotel Connection / Hotels.com
Situated in a late-19th-century Art Nouveau-style house, ArtHotel Connection is an intimate 18-room boutique hotel ideal for LGBTQ travellers on a budget. Although ArtHotel Connection is located in a charming, peaceful part of Schöneberg, it is still within walking distance to all the gay hotspots of Nollendorfplatz. Known as the “grand dame” of LGBTQ Berlin hotels, this newly ArtHotel Connection offers all-day breakfast for guests who intend on partying until the sun rises.
Located in the traditional centre of Berlin gay life, Schöneberg, Axel Hotel offers 87 elegant rooms. The hotel resembles a high-end nightclub with its black, red and gold accents and, if guests weren’t already seduced by its glamour, there’s a gym, dry and wet saunas, and a rooftop Jacuzzi on the sixth floor that overlooks the city. For those new to Berlin, the knowledgeable staff members are more than happy to share their tips on the city’s gay nightlife and all the essential parties, events and exhibitions. For guests who want to stay local, the ever-popular BLOND Cocktail Bar – with an impressive 80 cocktails on the menu – is just a 10-minute walk away.
The owners of Guesthouse21 go out of their way to make you feel at home | Courtesy of Guesthouse21 / Hotels.com
Ideal for LGBTQ travellers looking to meet new people, Guesthouse21 offers both immaculately decorated bedrooms and charming communal spaces. Feel completely at home as gay hosts Daniel Paschky and Maik Stolle welcome you into their B&B-style hotel, making sure that new friendships are made before guests venture off to their next destination – an endeavour helped by the hotel’s excellent communal (and free!) breakfasts. Guesthouse21 is just a stone’s throw from the gay bars of Motzstraße and Fuggerstraße.
Built in the early 20th century, Hotel Sachsenhof has historically been a popular hang-out spot for the artists, writers and creatives of Berlin’s queer community. Writers Walter Hasenclever and Theodor Däubler were once residents, making Hotel Sachsenhof a pit stop on many literary Berlin tours. This pet-friendly, red-brick building isn’t officially a gay hotel but, thanks to its proximity to Nollendorfplatz, it has become a popular accommodation choice for LGBTQ tourists on a budget. Begin a night out at the hotel’s cosy bar, Heile Welt, and soothe your hangover at the generous buffet breakfast.
Location, location, location! For those who want to be at the heart of the action, Tom’s Hotel is perfectly situated at the centre of Berlin LGBTQ scene. Decked out with timber floors, contemporary art and splashes of orange, the hotel’s interior is indicative of the area’s fun, relaxed vibe. In the mornings, stroll over to Romeo und Romeo café or enjoy breakfast at the hotel. When the sun goes down, guests can stumble over to Tom’s Bar (go on a Monday to make the most of two-for-one drinks), dance to the bar’s rotation of queer DJs or make use of the dark room (where anything goes). Be sure to ask about the special pass available to guests, who are entitled to discounts to many gay saunas, nightclubs, shops and restaurants in the area.
Kreuzberg has fast become a popular district for the queer community of Berlin, acclaimed for its arty and politically engaged residents who have a proud history of protesting – in 2018, for example, the neighbourhood played host to demonstrations opposing a new Google campus in the historic Umspannwerk building. Set in a former chocolate factory in Berlin’s dynamic Kreuzberg area, Hotel Sarotti-Höffe opened its doors to guests in 2005 and has become a particularly popular accommodation choice among LGBTQ travellers. This affordable boutique hotel consists of 31 chic and stylish rooms, all equipped with a flat-screen TV, a private terrace and exposed-brick walls left from the building’s factory days. Guests are encouraged to quench their thirst with a cocktail at the cafe-bar, where you can also try the hotel’s own brand of chocolate. Regular karaoke nights and hilarious drag shows at queer bars Rauschgold and BarbieBar draw the gay and lesbian community of Berlin to the area.
For those who want to travel on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice style, Hotel Transit’s simple yet chic, loft-style rooms could be the perfect solution. This converted factory is located in the buzzing Mehringdamm district, where you can check out Berlin’s only sauna exclusively for gay men, Der Boiler. Featuring a steam room, Finnish sauna, whirlpool and dark room, this venue attracts a diverse clientele of all ages.
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