As the largest city in Mexico and the first part of the country to legalize same-sex marriage, Mexico City is a popular destination for LGBTQ travelers. From chic hotels near the Zona Rosa gay district to ecofriendly retreats away from the heart of the capital, these places to stay in Mexico City offer travelers a range of options – bookable on Culture Trip.
As well as a vast metropolis, Mexico City is also a cosmopolitan urban center. It has long been at the forefront of gay and lesbian rights in Mexico – the first pride march in the country was held here in 1979 – and it’s a great place for finding a wide variety of LGBTQ-friendly hotels. From relaxed guest houses to sharp establishments that look like they’re straight out of a glossy magazine, there’s something for everyone in Mexico City.
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Set in a castle-like, art deco-inspired glass and concrete building, this five-star LGBTQ-friendly boutique hotel in Mexico City is just over half a mile (1km) from Chapultepec Castle. Sophisticated rooms and suites veer from subtle greys and golds to stripes and hot orange accents. Upgrade for the chance to relax in a whirlpool tub. Three restaurants serve food from all over the world, including Mexican fare, while the enormous spa includes an adults-only indoor pool. It’s also super-close to Chapultepec Park, a vast expanse of urban greenery.
A chic cream- painted brick facade (brought all the way from England in the early 20th century) hints at the stylish interior of this gay-friendly Mexico City boutique hotel in the hipster Roma neighborhood – although you’ll struggle to leave your room, with its soothing palette of blonde parquet floors, generous beds with crisp white sheets and walls painted soothing tones of grey, cream and taupe. Suites feature claw-foot baths and private balconies. Bag the rooftop suite for a hot tub and sunlounger. The shaded roof terrace surrounded by lush greenery is the perfect spot for an afternoon aperitivo before dining on modern Mexican cuisine at the Brick Restaurant.
A one-hour drive from the hustle of the city, surrounded by well-tended rolling gardens leading to woods, this ecofriendly – and LGBTQ-friendly – boutique hotel is made up of nine rustic-chic cabins with fireplaces, living rooms and terraces with garden views. Jet-lagged? In-room massages are available, even though there’s a spa too, and if you feel full of life, there are outdoorsy activities such as horse riding. Admire those views you’ll never tire of through the floor-to-ceiling windows as you eat your healthy organic scrambled eggs with green mole sauce, which has a nutty flavor and contains pumpkin seeds.
This super-chic gay-friendly hotel blends herringbone floors with dark marble and humorous touches in the form of modern art. Its private rooms in the Polanco neighborhood, east of the Zona Rosa, feature minibars with gourmet products, although there’s also an on-site bar-restaurant. The suites offer a French-style bathtub, a kitchenette and a living and dining area. Borrow bicycles free of charge and cycle the 1.3mi (2km) to Paseo de la Reforma, exploring your tree-lined surroundings as you go. Just watch out for the potholes – and some of the drivers.
This cozy, family-run guest house in Mexico City charms with its traditional decor and welcoming, laid-back ambiance. The hotel is made up of four properties built in the 1930s and 1940s and set around lush patios and gardens in the Cuauhtémoc neighborhood, close to the bustling avenue Paseo de la Reforma. Sociable mealtimes at communal tables mean chances to practice your Spanish or compare sightseeing notes with fellow tourists. The hotel has the feel of a home away from home, and prides itself on its friendly staff.
Frida Kahlo fans will love that it’s only a 1,300ft (400m) stroll to the bright-blue Museo Frida Kahlo from this modern Mexico City resort in the heart of historic Coyoacán. Also on offer are mineral-inspired rooms (based on agate, amber, amethyst and aventurine) blessed with deep free-standing tubs and warm wooden flooring. Cute hanging pods on the patio offer relaxation, as does the stone-clad spa serving up facials and massages. Cooking lessons mean learning how to whizz up a Mexican breakfast, and if you forgot your book they’ll even lend you a Kindle.
Upgrade your stay and check-in at one of Mexico City’s most luxurious hotels, or extend your adventure as you visit Oaxaca’s best beaches and stay at one of Mexico’s super luxury hotels – all bookable on Culture Trip.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Lauren Cocking.
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