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One corner of Barcelona’s Eixample-Esquerra neighbourhood has been nicknamed ‘Gayxample’. While it’s not the only diverse community in the city, the district is certainly full of numerous gay bars, clubs and welcoming hotels. From stylish options with pools to self-catered suites, these hotels are happy to cater to the LGBTQ community and offer access to hip queer spots both in Gayxample and all across Barcelona.
The Hotel Pulitzer sits right on the corner of Plaça Catalunya, at the very centre of the city. This hip hotel is registered with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and offers stylish contemporary rooms with bright aqua blue-coloured bathrooms. The highlight of the hotel, though, is the leafy roof terrace, which is a great space to party. Here, you can enjoy sets by some of Barcelona’s best club DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a tasty array of drinks. The hotel also offers great services such as personal training, yoga, in-room massages and bicycle rental.
The Renaissance Hotel sits directly in Eixample and is also registered with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). The hotel provides a welcoming environment with ‘Navigators’ who give local tips about the city. There’s also the Goja rooftop bar with sweeping views of the city and a sleek party atmosphere, often hosting DJs and tastings in the evenings. Some of the premium rooms are perfect for groups, with additional pull-out sofa beds or are great for solo travelling with shower walls that can be made translucent or opaque depending on your preferences.
The four-star Acevi Villarroel is situated just two blocks from the Axel Hotel, also within the heart of Gayxample. It features a classic design with wood panels, polished wooden floors and light-coloured walls. What makes it an ideal base, though, are the wide range of facilities on offer, including a minimalist restaurant, a fully equipped gym, and the patio garden with outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a luxurious spa to unwind and relax.
Situated in the Eixample area, The Corner Hotel features trendy cosmopolitan design, which is functional, yet cosy. Hipsters will feel right at home here with the exposed brick walls, original architectural touches and cool industrial design. A trendy bar, roof terrace with swimming pool and buffet breakfast room complete the list of facilities.
Located between Plaza España and Plaza Universitat, the Hotel Soho Barcelona is a great mid-range option with smart modern rooms and minimalistic design. Facilities include a rooftop pool and terrace area, open during the summer months. The hotel offers its own LGBTQ-focused walking route, which provides suggestions of various LGBTQ-friendly venues you can visit nearby.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Tara Jessop.