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.
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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.
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.
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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This article is an updated version of a story created by Lily Cichanowicz.