Although Guadalajara often takes the LGBT-friendly attention in Mexico, alongside its nearby resort town of Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican capital is also a surprisingly inclusive LGBT destination. From the popular Zona Rosa district, to the urbanite hipster epicenters of Roma and Condesa, there are plenty of LGBT-friendly attractions and destinations for the gay, trans or bi traveller. Here are the top places for LGBT travelers to stay in Mexico City.
Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
Easily one of the capital’s best and most inclusive LGBT-friendly hotels is the fantastic The Red Tree House B&B, which is conveniently situated in Condesa. At this establishment, which is gay owned, they pride themselves on offering a home away from home service that will leave you feeling like you’ve been staying with family. Aside from the welcoming environment, the rooms in this converted, artsy 1930s house are pretty great as well, ranging from petite to expansive. The Red Tree House is ideal for first-timers to the city or mid-range budget travellers.
Room Mate Valentina
Room Mate Valentina is one of Mexico City’s most regularly recommended accommodation options, not just for gay travelers, but for anyone who’s looking for a quirky stay in the Mexican capital. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s ideally located for the LGBT traveler in particular, as its right at the heart of popular gay district, the Zona Rosa. If you want a truly eye-catching stay, try and snag the vibrant room with the pink bed canopy, although honestly, every room at this modern hotel is fantastic.
Another excellently located hotel for the gay traveler is the gay-owned Condesa Haus, which as the name suggests is in the upscale yet quirky Condesa district. While Condesa Haus is definitely a more intimate option than some of the other accommodations on this guide – it only offers 12 rooms and five suites – you can be sure of a relaxing stay in some really spectacular surroundings. If you’re simply stopping by, opt for one of the rooms, or if you plan on staying longer get a suite with a kitchen and dining area.
Oft recommended, and with good reason, Condesa DF is a slightly more bustling option for the LGBT traveler who wants to stay in the Condesa district. Situated right by the fantastic Parque España, the 40-room Condesa DF is well-known throughout the city for its cosmopolitan rooftop bar which draws in the Mexico City elite on a nightly basis and offers spectacular evening views of the capital. Best described as modern, sleek and contemporary, the beautiful hotel itself isn’t too shabby either.
If you’d rather be closer to the Zona Rosa neighborhood, then it doesn’t really get better than the progressive Hotel Geneve, which was one of the first hotels in the city to allow lodging for unaccompanied single women (yes, really). Staying at this elegant spot, which is situated mere steps from Paseo de la Reforma, will put you in easy walking distance from plenty of the capital’s key sights, and you can also enjoy the effortless combination of a classically European architectural style and décor with all the up-to-date amenities required by the modern traveler.
Hotel Suites Amberes
Another Zona Rosa-located option is Hotel Suites Amberes, a five-star hotel with 28 exquisite suites that prides itself on absolute professionalism and top-quality service, as well as 24-hour room service. As with the previous accommodation, it’s a stone’s throw from the best sights and sounds of Mexico City, and handily located in the capital’s premium gay district, meaning you’re not far from all the culture and excitement Mexico City has to offer. Plus, the onsite bar has more than 500 tequilas – what’s not to love?
Hotel del Principado
From one Zona Rosa option to another, the Hotel del Principado may not boast the five-star rating of the aforementioned Hotel Suites Amberes, but it does boast a similarly amazing location with great transport links and a more accessible price point for the budget-conscious LGBT traveler. If you want a lovely bright room, opt for one on the south side of the building and remember to go higher up if you want to escape the noise of the charming, but sometimes raucous, Zona Rosa barrio. Clean, comfortable and practical.
El Patio 77
Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
For the eco-friendly LGBT traveler, there’s no better accommodation option in Mexico City than the amazing El Patio 77. The only entirely green B&B in the Mexican capital, El Patio 77 is built on a foundation of inclusivity and offers some really wonderful amenities for its guests, including an art gallery (!) and a charming patio. It’s also perfect for travelers who like to get off the beaten track, as this 1890s’ mansion house is situated off the main drag of Mexico City, in the quaint and artsy San Rafael neighborhood.
Hotel Plaza Florencia
Sometimes referred to simply as Hotel PF, Hotel Plaza Florencia is situated on Calle Florencia in the Zona Rosa, which puts it at the heart of the gay district in Mexico City. If you’re working to a budget but want comfort and convenience, then you can’t go wrong with this reliable spot that is a step up from a hostel yet not quite as costly as a hotel. Do keep in mind that it’s close to many bars and nightlife joints though, so it can get noisy in the evening.
If you’d rather not stay in any of the conventional Mexico City accommodation options, then you can always make use of the MisterBNB app to find a local, off-the-beaten path place to stay. It works just like Airbnb and you simply arrange the details of your time there with the property owner first. One excellent option we found through MisterBNB is Casa Mannach, which consists of a welcoming set of classily-decorated apartments and suites, complete with a Jacuzzi and relaxing common areas.