Madrid is considered to be an extremely LGBT-friendly city—in fact, it will be hosting WorldPride 2017. If you’re looking for hotels that specifically state they are LGBT-friendly, you’ll find that many are located in the neighborhood of Chueca, known as Madrid’s “gay” neighborhood. Here’s a list of some of the best.
Hostal Pizarro specializes in gay-friendly customer service, helping LGBT guests find bars, restaurants and activities to do throughout Madrid. Non-LGBT guests are also welcome. The building itself was designed by architect Mauricio Jalvo Millán and is considered to be a great example of Modernist architecture, once home to several Spanish newspaper headquarters. The hostel has 14 double rooms, three triples and three singles, and all feature mini-fridges and flat screen TVs.
Situated on the edge of the Plaza de Vázquez de Mella in Chueca, the Room Mate Óscar has 74 rooms and a gorgeous rooftop pool and bar. The rooms are airy, bright and modern, and the hotel itself is decorated with style, juxtaposing geometric prints with bold colors. If you’re in need of a splurge, the suites have incredible views of the city.
This hotel, known for hosting famous writers and poets (hence the name “The Letters Hotel“) is an LGBT-friendly property located on Madrid’s busy Gran Vía. Some of the 109 rooms feature outdoor terraces, others have private jacuzzis and many have poetry or stories written on the walls. The hotel also has a library where guests can relax with a book or a cocktail in hand.
One of Madrid’s newest LBGT-friendly hotels, the Dear Hotel is located on Gran Vía in the center of Madrid and has a gorgeous Sky Lounge, complete with a rooftop pool. The rooms are simple and chic, decked out in white, and all of them overlook Madrid’s sprawling main street. One of the trendiest hotels in the city, the Dear Hotel is reasonably priced and a cool place to stay.
The Petit Palace Ducal in Chueca has been recently renovated, and some rooms even feature iPads or exercise bikes. The hotel isn’t just LGBT-friendly, it’s also pet-friendly and eco-friendly, offering bike rental services to its guests. Many rooms also have small balconies with french doors and great views of the city.
The Hostal Puerta del Sol markets itself as a gay hotel, so if you’d like to stay somewhere where all or most guests are LGBT, this may be the best option on the list. A small hostel, the space has just 17 rooms, some which come with a private bathroom and some with a shared bathroom. Many rooms feature views of the city center, and all come with free continental breakfast.
The Abalú Suites is a boutique hotel in Madrid with uniquely decorated rooms and suites. Some of the rooms come with jacuzzi tubs, cinema projectors, kitchenettes or iMac computers. There’s also a cocktail bar in the lobby that’s open 24 hours a day.
Only You Boutique Hotel Madrid | Courtesy of Only You Boutique Hotel/Expedia
The Only You Hotel has two locations in Madrid, but the Chueca location is specifically known for being LGBT-friendly. This is the spot to stay in if you want that curated, boutique experience. With 125 rooms decked out in blue and white, the hotel is definitely one of the most stylish on the list. The chic experience starts the moment you walk through the blue awning and head into the lobby, checking out the sleek interior patio furniture to the right and the bar mixing up delicious concoctions to the left.