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By @ 05/16/19 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto for Pride and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThis gorgeous Gatsby-themed 1927 small four-story hotel is a glistening gem in downtown (Bay and Bloor streets) Toronto. Just minutes away from the city’s Gay Village (Church and Wellesley), the uber-elegant Windsor Arms is a five-star hotel of just 28 suites; many of them having multiple rooms. (I stayed in a multi-room 700 square foot Deluxe Suite, which was worthy of Jay Gatsby.) The insides and outsides have been lovingly rebuilt and revived by new owner George Friedmann. Past prominent guests include Barbra Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor; you never know who you might see today! (Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller were spotted here at a recent event.)

Rates

Given the Windsor Arms’ coterie of elegant suites, many fine restaurants and pampering facilities, and prime location (it is just off Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto for Pride and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineBloor on the surprisingly quiet St. Thomas Street), prices here are not cheap. During this year’s Pride Toronto festival (it runs June 1 to July 1, 2019), nightly rates start at US$292 (excluding taxes and fees) and hit $1335 for the 1500 square foot Windsor King suite. But think about it: This suite comes with a king and a double sofa bed. Split between two couples, you and your friends could have a super-luxurious and exclusive stay for just $333.75 each. That’s a bargain price for a small historic hotel so charming and different, you will love it as much as Babs and Liz did. It is worth noting that the Windsor Arms does not nickel-and dime its guests. The Wi-Fi is free, the in-room Nespresso coffee is quality, and the towels/dressing robes full and fluffy. Meanwhile, the hotel has been serving afternoon tea without fail since it opened in 1927; offering with delectable sandwiches, scones and pasties – and more fine teas than you ever knew existed.

Location

Given that is close to fashionable Yorkville, still sinful Yonge Street, and Toronto’s Gay Village – plus steps from the city’s subway lines – the Windsor Arms hotel could not be better situated for gays of all flavours and levels of daring. Want access to Toronto’s very best, most exclusive shopping? It’s here. Want to visit the Gay Village and sample everything from its edgy restaurants and clubs to steamy bathhouses and other no-longer-forbidden fruits? It’s just a short walk away eastwards on Bloor to Church Street, and then south to Wellesley and beyond. Frankly, if you are of a mind to get naughty during Pride Toronto, the Windsor Arms is a logical base of operations; given that is close to everything that counts.

Room/Bathroom

As mentioned above, the Windsor Arms’ rooms are all individually and beautifully decorated/furnished. Many of the rooms come with their own musical instrument for guests to play, from pianos in the largest suites to guitars and Celtic harps in the smaller ones. The bathrooms are also well-appointed with high-quality fixtures. For instance, the entry level, 550 square foot Junior suite features cream-colored walls with wooden accents (http://www.windsorarmshotel.com/suites/junior_suite//), residence-quality furniture, deep soaker tub, separate standing shower, and an acoustic guitar (which is regularly tuned). Like the high-priced suites, it also comes with ‘Butler Service’. This is a separate, lockable compartment beside the front door when food, towels, and other amenities can be discreetly delivered to without you having to interact with staff. Very useful if you are in the midst of naked passion and champagne suddenly arrives!

Gay Factor

Okay, so we’re talking about a very small, exclusive hotel in the heart of Toronto close to the Gay Village, with top-end decor, furnishings, amenities, food, drinks, and high tea; plus an indoor pool with fireplace and two floors of spa facilities? Plus Babs and Liz stayed here, and their photos adorn the walls. I mean, if you don’t get the gay factor here, I can’t help you. This is a perfect place for any gay or other LGBT couple, in a hotel with a reputation for welcoming gay guests with open arms. In fact, the only complaint I could find from a gay couple was that it was difficult to leave the Windsor Arms, because it is such a wonderful place to stay. (Friedman told me of one guest who called before arrival to ask for a bathtub full of Jello. The Windsor Arms’ only question to this request was to ask the guest, “what flavour?”)

About the CheckOut

ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

This post originally appeared in 2016 and has been updated today by the original author, James Careless, based on a recent visit.

 

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By @ 11/12/18 in CheckOut, Gay travel, Toronto

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineToronto’s tastefully-decorated Chelsea Hotel Toronto has three big things going for it. First, it is located close to Yonge Street (33 Gerrard Street) in the heart of downtown Toronto. This puts the Chelsea Hotel Toronto close to everything that’s going on. Second, with a whopping 1,590 rooms and suites to choose from, the Chelsea is Canada’s largest hotel — and has been since it opened in 1975. Third, even though the Chelsea has been recently renovated and offers a full range of guest amenities – including restaurants and a pool whose ‘Corkscrew’ enclosed water slide goes briefly outside the building – it is very reasonably priced compared to the nearby competition.

Rates

Without taxes and fees, the Chelsea’s rates vary from US$140 per night for 275 sq. ft. “Chelsea Room’, to US$331 per night for the 600 sq. ft ‘Family Fun Suite’ with two bedrooms. Then the sales kick in. At the time this was written, the Chelsea was offering 20% off its best daily rate during its Fall in Love With Toronto sale, and 25% off its best daily rate during its 4-Day Cyber Sale. Now both these sales were time-limited, but that’s the point: This hotel is willing to discount its room to make sales, which is why checking current deals at www.chelseatoronto.com is worthwhile,

The Chelsea will knock 15% off its best daily rate for customers who pay upfront online, under the hotel’s ongoing Pay Now & Save 15% Sale. (Be aware that once booked, this rate is not refundable.) Just because the Chelsea offers such good prices, doesn’t detract from the quality of this hotel. It is modern, well-appointed, and very pleasant to stay at. (When you have 1,m590 rooms to fill, you’d better be prepared to make a few deals!)

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLocation

The Chelsea is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, with easy access to everything that matters. This includes access to Toronto International Airport, because the train from the airport in Toronto’s west end goes straight to Union Station on Yonge Street; just a few subway stops south of the Chelsea. (Ride the TTC north to College Station; walk south on Yonge Street to Gerrard and then turn west/right to reach the hotel.)

Granted, Gerrard Street itself is slightly more sketchy than major cross streets further south or north off Yonge Street, so it is wise to keep your wits about you when walking outdoors late at night. But anyone who is comfortable moving around New York City will find this area to be a breeze. And thanks to taxis and Uber, you can go straight from the hotel to wherever you’re headed and back, with no hassle any time of the day or night.

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineRoom/Bathroom

The Chelsea’s rooms are modern, well-appointed, and comfortable. Many of them have balconies with views of the downtown Toronto skyline. Guests can rent everything from a standard Chelsea Room to a larger Deluxe Room with two double/queen/king beds; a Club Room with nightly rundown service and access to the Chelsea’s private 27th floor E|CLUB Lounge; kitchenette-equipped studios, one bedroom suites, and two-bedroom ‘Family Fun Suites’. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi and wired high speed internet access. The 16th floor Chelsea Room this writer slept in was low-key, comfortable, and clean.

CheckOut Hotel Chelsea Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineAmenities

The separate adults-only health club includes cardio and weight-training equipment, a heated indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. The indoor pool with the Corkscrew slide is part of a family complex that includes the Club 33 Teen Lounge and the Kid Centre. So if you’re an adventurous adult, the Chelsea is right for you. But the same is true if you’re a family man.

The Chelsea’s restaurants include the Market Garden (grab-and-go), express|o coffee and wine bar (sitdown), and T|bar (a varied a la carte menu featuring local ingredients; sitdown). All menus are optimized for people with vision impairment and Dyslexia. Add ballrooms and salons, indoor underground parking, and laundry/dry-cleaning services, and the Chelsea Hotel is a very complete place to stay. The hotel’s “Show Your Key & Save” program also gets guests price breaks at many Toronto attractions.

Gay Factor

The Chelsea’s downtown location makes it close to all the action in Toronto that’s worth taking part in. You can walk, taxi/Uber, or transit to the Gay Village at Church and Wellesley, the Air Canada Centre (home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team), the Theatre District, the business core, and lots of shopping. Worth checking out: El Convento Rico with its mix of Latin and Top 40 dancing, and eye-catching drag shows. You’ll find them at 750 College Street; one street north of the Chelsea at Gerrard, and then just over two miles west on College. To plan for your visit, check out www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca/copy-of-events-1 .

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ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

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By @ 06/06/18 in CheckOut, Gay travel, James Careless, Toronto, Travel

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe brand-new, stylistically-striking Hotel X Toronto in Toronto, Canada is anything but yet another cookie-cutter urban luxury hotel crammed into a downtown lot. Hotel X Toronto is a very short taxi/Uber/Lyft ride from everything that Toronto has to offer; making it an ideal headquarters for enjoying Pride Toronto or any other event in Canada’s largest city. Story by ManAboutWorld correspondent, James Careless.

Amenities

Worth noting: The 404-room, 30-storey Hotel X Toronto is likely correct in claiming that it offers “a wealth of amenities unrivalled by any downtown hotel, including four indoor tennis courts, a full-service spa, two year-round heated swimming pools and TEN X TORONTO—a 90,000 square foot athletic centre with its own children’s area.” In addition to its restaurants (with options for vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan diets), Hotel X Toronto has an art gallery, beer garden, stadium-style movie theaters, event spaces, historical exhibits, and the three-storey rooftop SkyBar with – again – unparalleled views of downtown Toronto and the lake. The multi-story ‘living wall’ at the Front Desk – literally a vertical surface of plants rising high above one’s head – is impressive in its own right.

Rates

Hotel X Toronto is currently in what is known as a ‘soft opening’ until the end of July 2018, when it will officially open. This means that the hotel is still in the process of getting everything running – and giving guests price breaks as a result of it. (Note: Everything I experienced while there gave me the feeling that the hotel was fully operational.)

The good news: “During the soft opening period of Hotel X Toronto, you will find rates reduced as much as 30%,” said Celso Thompson, the hotel’s director of Sales and Marketing. “At any time, the hotel offers a prepaid, non-refundable option which clearly is the best deal if you are certain about your travel plans. Rates start at $350 for the entry level rooms.”

The bad news: You’ll have to go through Hotel X Toronto’s booking sites to get actual prices. Still, 30% is 30% off – and that is on top of the US dollar being worth about $1.20-$1.25 Canadian.

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Location

Located at spacious Exhibition Place (home of the Canadian National Exhibition – CNE — every summer, and various Class A events and conventions year-round), Hotel X Toronto is right on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is far enough from the downtown core to have a clear, unobstructed view of the lake, the nearby Toronto Island with its parks and airport, and Toronto’s major buildings; plus the lakeshore’s Ontario Place and the 1840s-era stone Stanley Barracks at Fort York.

Having grown in Toronto and spent many summers at the CNE in all its gaudy midway glory, I could never have imagined a true luxury hotel being located on the fair grounds. But much has changed at Exhibition Place. New convention/display buildings have been added (like the Enercare Centre) and older spaces renovated, while the rundown Exhibition Place grandstand has been replaced by the modern BMO Field (home of the Toronto FC pro soccer team). The historic Stanley Barracks next door has been restored and softened with the addition of gardens.

Add the fact that Hotel X Toronto is right on Lake Ontario, yet so close to the downtown hub (transit is available, in addition to taxis and walking), and this hotel combines the best of open waterfront breeziness with downtown urban access. It is a welcome alternative to the very best downtown cor hotels that are crammed together, through no fault of their own. (Runners will particularly like the quick access to the lakeshore and its open spaces, rather than being confined to car-packed downtown sidewalks.)

Room/Bathroom

I was fortunate to stay in a corner suite, on the 18th floor of Hotel X Toronto. I walked into an entrance hallway that angled left to the spacious modern bathroom (including a glass-walled shower with space for more than one), then turned right into a truly roomy bedroom with floor-to-ceiling full glass windows on two side.

The view alone from this suite justifies the price of admission. It is one of the best that I have seen in Toronto’s many downtown hotels. But the quality of Hotel X Toronto’s modern furniture and appointments is also worth mentioning: The wood, metal, leather and fabric far are above the usual hotel fare. They and the room’s fabric walls make you feel like you are staying in someone’s elegantly-decorated high-end condo; rather than yet another unsuccessfully pretentious hotel.

I was also struck by the bathroom’s elegant fittings, and the little details that were tended to; such as having two bathrobes and slippers available rather than just one. The room service was also a treat: What a luxury to have smoked salmon Eggs Benedict delivered to one’s room for breakfast!

Hotel X, Toronto in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gay Factor

If ‘Gay Factor’ translates into superb modern design with no false flash, elegance and quality in all things, and the sense that staying here somehow raises one’s game and sense of self, Hotel X Toronto has tremendous Gay Factor. That said, what I have just said applies to anyone, regardless of gender or orientation – as long as they have class, style, and a sense of how to comport themselves in public.

Meanwhile, Hotel X Toronto is a quick taxi/transit ride to everything in downtown Toronto; be it the city’s famous Gay Village, the Rogers Centre (home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club), the Theatre District, the business core, shopping, or the Toronto Island (accessible by an underground tunnel at the nearby Island Airport, or a short ferry ride across the harbor; well worth it).

About the Checkout

ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

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By @ 11/07/17 in CheckOut, Gay travel, Hotels, James Careless, Toronto, Travel

One King West Hotel in Toronto and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineLocated at the southwest corner of King and Yonge Streets, One King West Hotel & Residence is an uber-cool, LGBTQ-friendly place to stay and eat. The hotel starts within the restored 100 year-plus former Dominion Bank headquarters’ 13-story building connecting to a super-thin (to fit within the available real estate) 51-story glass tower known as “The Sliver.” Elegantly modern suites are available in each, while the original banking hall is home to “Teller’s Bar & Lounge.” That’s right: Where one-half of today’s Toronto-Dominion Bank once drove debtors to drink, you can enjoy a chic cocktail.

Location

Frankly, you couldn’t get a better location for staying in downtown Toronto than One King West. Within walking distance:

  • Hockey Hall of Fame (Canada’s spiritual version of the Vatican, with equal if not more significance to Canadians);
  • CN Tower
  • Air Canada Centre for major league sports (the NBA’s Raptors/the NHL’s Maple Leafs) and popular music concerts
  • Rogers Centre for Blue Jays American League baseball, Roy Thomson Hall for classical music
  • Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres for Broadway shows; the list goes on and on!

Add nightclubs, restaurants, shopping (including the Toronto Eaton Centre mega-mall), and much of what you want to see is close to One King West. And if it isn’t, then you can jump on the subway just outside the main door for other destinations.

Room/Bathroom

We love the 42nd floor one-bedroom suite/bathroom with floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing views of the rest of the downtown area, the Toronto Islands, and Lake Ontario. Rooms are tastefully decorated in rich, low-key modern tones and hues. And since One King West’s suites are actually individually-owned condos that are rented and managed by the hotel, the room came with an efficiency kitchen.

The room itself had space for the elegant kitchen area, a sitting area in the sweeping curved windows of The Sliver’s skin, and a bed with high-quality linens. The bathroom comes with a glass-walled walk-in shower and long counter with sink.

One King West Hotel in Toronto and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Amenities

Amenities include a rooftop fitness center on top of the original banking tower, where you’ll find a selection of cardio machines, free weights, yoga mats and separate saunas for men and women. One King West also has full concierge services, a business center, valet and self-parking (the latter with three chargers for electric cars).

Gay Factor

Being that it is in the heart of all things cool in Toronto, One King West’s gay factor is undeniable. You can hop onto the TTC subway outside the main door and go four stops north to Wellesley station; putting you just steps west of the city’s Gay Village at Wellesley and Church Streets. But frankly, you’re in Canada, where gay marriage was embraced long before it was in the U.S.. So just Google “LGBTQ clubs Toronto” and you’ll find lots of action nearby, including Club 120  on 120 Church Street northeast of King.

Rates

The rates at One King West are not cheap. But they’re not too bad, either. At the economical end of the scale (by downtown Toronto terms) at C$189 plus 13% HST/night is a Historic Superior suite in the original 17-story tower, or a Tower Deluxe Suite in the 51-story Sliver. At the top end is the C$559+HST/night for The Pinnacle Suite: One King West’s only two-bedroom feature suite. It offers stunning balcony views, a spacious living room, sexy bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, large-screen HDTV, and a kitchenette with fridge, microwave oven and dishwasher. You can fit four people in the Pinnacle, with comes with one king and one queen-sized bed.

One King West Hotel in Toronto and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

About the Checkout

ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure https://www.manaboutworld.com/?page_id=87 here.

Story by ManAboutWorld global correspondent James Careless.



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By @ 06/28/16 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Careless, ManAboutWorld, Toronto, Travel

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride TorontoLooking for a hotel for Gay Pride Toronto? Look no further! ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Careless recently visited and provides this report on the Omni King Edward Hotel. James recently wrote about another fabulous Toronto hotel, the Windsor Arm Hotel.

Top/bottom line: Originally built as Toronto’s premier luxury hotel in 1903, the ‘King Eddy’ (as Torontoians have long called it) has just undergone a $40 million renovation/restoration – and it shows. Located just east of Yonge Street on King Street, the Omni King Edward is deep in the heart of downtown and close to the theater district, high-end shopping, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Distillery District, and Toronto’s renowned Gay Village (Church and Wellesley). It features 301 over-sized rooms that seamlessly mix old-fashioned Edwardian class and spaciousness with modern style, appointments, and amenities. The result is a sense of airy elegance.

Rates: There are all sizes and kinds of rooms available at the King Edward; including the Luxury Executive (800 square feet) suites that include sitting rooms with 180 degree curved walls on one side and multiple windows. Not surprisingly, the King Edward’s combination of location, quality interiors, two excellent dining rooms (the Consort Bar is full service; Victoria’s Restaurant is exclusively for Afternoon Tea, which has been a tradition since 1903) is not cheap. But compared to other cookie-cutter luxury hotels that charge comparable rates, the King Eddy is worth it. Prices start at $215 (C$269.10) for a 350 square foot Deluxe Room, to $323 (C$404.10) for the Luxury Executive suite. If you are feeling particularly grand, the 1,800 square foot Royal Suite is available; you’ll have to call for prices. This one-of-a-kind, two-story hotel-within-a-hotel comes with a sunken living area, a formal dining area for eight people, a work area, two fireplaces, and full kitchen with butler’s entrance. Personally, I have stayed in most of Canada’s grand old hotels over the years; including the Chateau Lake Louise and Toronto’s Royal York. But the renovated King Edward is the only one I have ever visited that is traditional without being stuffy or dated – and the redecorated rooms (I toured all of the options) are superb.

Omni King Edward hotel for gay pride Toronto

Location: One reason I love downtown hotels is that they tend to be close to the action; whatever the action may be. On the classy side, the King Eddy is within walking distance of top restaurants, theaters, and clubs. At the same time, it is a short subway ride to the Gay Village in all of its textures; from LGBT entertainment venues to steamrooms and beyond. (I like to cover the waterfront.) A must-see destination that is close to the King Eddy is Club 120; two blocks’ north at 120 Church Street. Club 120 is a legendary Toronto LGBT restaurant and diner, and is home to Mandy Goodhandy; Toronto’s witty transgender comedienne. Club 120 also hosts LGBT dances, live music, and stand-up comedy nights.(Check www.club120.ca for the latest events.)

Room/Bathroom: The King Edward’s rooms are all very individual, from the Deluxe to the Royal Suite. You’ll find stylish, comfortable furniture; big firm beds, and bold interior decorations; including the signature scarlet wall behind each bed with its monogrammed King Edward pillows. The bathrooms have also been completely updated; many of which have seen their tubs removed in favor of large walk-in showers with glass walls. Everything is fresh and well-appointed; as are the understated restaurants and the big two-story lobby with its giant chess pieces! If you can afford it, go for the Luxury Executive suite with its curved walled sitting room. It is literally a good walk to go from the bedroom past the bathroom, in order to get to the sitting room. You will feel like royalty!

Gay Factor: Staying at a one-of-a-kind, tastefully-decorated grand hotel is a definite ‘gay factor’ perq. You won’t cringe here as you might at a pretentious ‘McClassy’ chain hotel with its knock-off modern art and mass-produced mock-designer furniture. That said, the King Eddy’s gay factor is definitely one of swanky style, not glitzy flash. Meanwhile, the location of this hotel is perfect for any LGBT guest; everything you need or want (or both) is within reach! Frankly, one stay at the King Edward, and chances are that this will be your gay HQ anytime you stay in Toronto. (And if you want to impress someone you’ve just met, this is the place.)

About the Checkout: ManAboutWorld highlights properties we have recently and personally stayed at, and is editorial, not advertorial. Like virtually all travel publications, we sometimes accept discounted and sponsored travel, but ManAboutWorld is beholden to no one but you. Our recommendations are based solely on the experience and opinions of our editorial team and trusted network, putting our readers’ interests above all. If you ever have an issue with anything we recommend, please let us know. We always have your back, and your travel satisfaction in mind. Read our full disclosure here.

 

 

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 04/13/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Steven Bereznai, Toronto, Travel

IMG_1165One of Steven’s favorite ways to see the world is traveling to international gay and lesbian water polo tournaments with the Toronto Triggerfish. This has taken him to the World Outgames in Copenhagen and other events in Cologne, Iceland, and Antwerp, where his team won gold in 2013. He’s written extensively for both gay and straight outlets, including Instinct magazine, Xtra!, Fab, VIA Destinations, The Toronto Star, and NOW magazine. When home in Toronto, Steven helps promote wellness through his work as a hypnotherapist, trainer, and fascial stretch therapist. He’s the author of the survival guide Gay and Single…Forever? 10 Things Every Gay Guy Looking for Love (and Not Finding It) Needs to Know, and the gay teen superhero book series Queeroes.

Follow Steven on Instagram at Brave1956 and his blog stevenbereznai.com.



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