The 51 Gayest Hotels in NYC

By @ 09/18/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, New York

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With gay travelers welcomed at virtually every hostelry in the city, it can be hard for visitors to choose. Indeed, the paradox of choice leaves travelers spending hours poring over maps, reading reviews, comparing rates, and dissecting user-generated comments before making a reservation.

ManAboutWorld Magazine makes it easier, with opinionated recommendations that cut through information overload. There are 431 New York Hotels listed on TripAdvisor, yet fewer than 1 in 8 make our list. (Our list could be called the 50 Shades of Gay Hotels, since there’s only one truly gay hotel in New York.)

You’ll save lots of travel planning agita by reducing your consideration set to the 51 hotels (and 3 B&B’s) chosen by ManAboutWorld’s in-the-know Global Correspondent team, and grouped by neighborhood with advice for choosing among the neighborhoods as well.

 

The 51 Gayest Hotels in New York

For our gay-relevant descriptions of each hotel, along with savvy shopping, dining, nightlife, sightseeing and entertainment recommendations and insider tips, check out ManAboutWorld’s complete guide to Gay New York  — available for free in the August/September issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine with a trial subscription on the App Store.

CHELSEA

Chelsea’s greatest appeal lies in its convenience and neighborhood feel. Unlike touristy Midtown or SoHo, Chelsea is populated mostly by natives, including the city’s highest concentration of gays. And it’s convenient. You’re a quick subway ride away from most of Manhattan’s attractions, and even Brooklyn (on the L) and Queens (on the E). Chelsea has only a few lodging options: a few B&Bs, a couple of design hotels, a few mid-range hotels, and a unique hotel on the grounds of the General Theological Society. There are no luxury hotels in the neighborhood, but some great values in the nondescript area just north and east of the heart of Chelsea.
The Dream Downtown
Chelsea Pines Inn
The Desmond Tutu Center
The Gem Hotel
The Americano
Sheraton Four Points
Hilton NY Fashion District
Eventi

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Although there are lots of lodging options north and south of the Village, there are very few right in the heart of it: a few B&Bs, and one hotel. They’re recommended only for travelers who really seek out charming and quirky, or those with a burning desire to stay in the village. Personally, we’d seek out an apartment rental on airbnb.com or new gay-owned gay-ville.com, if you can live without the maid service or breakfast.
Washington Square Hotel
Incentra Village House

MIDTOWN

Staying in Midtown is great for quick subway access to many different neighborhoods, lots of things to see and do within walking distance, and a surfeit of hotel options. It just doesn’t get more convenient than this. But you have to really want to be in the thick of it to stay in Midtown. The hustle and bustle outside your doorstep rarely ebbs, and during rush hour and peak tourist times, it can be maddening to travel by cab around 5th Avenue and Broadway.  With so many options, we’ve narrowed the field to the 10 best recommendations for gay visitors, across all price points. Note that prices vary wildly depending on occupancy levels at most of these properties, so don’t limit your search to just one or two when price is a factor.
Peninsula
Andaz 5th Avenue
Bryant Park Hotel
The Ace
NoMad Hotel
The London
Room Mate Grace
W Hotel Times Square
Intercontinental NY Times Square
TRYP New York City Times Square South

SOHO

After many years with only one great place to stay (the intimate, stylish, fashion celebrity-popular Mercer), SoHo is now home to some amazing hostelries, and some moderately-priced chain hotels. It’s also home to the 46-story Trump SoHo, which sticks out like a giant middle finger to its low-rise neighbors. (We’re sure it has amazing views, but we won’t step foot inside to find out.)  SoHo’s charms are best viewed at night, when the shopping hordes have left and the cobblestone streets are easy to navigate.
Crosby Street Hotel
The Greenwich Hotel
The James
60 Thompson
Hampton Inn
Sheraton Tribeca

LOWER MANHATTAN

For most visitors, lower Manhattan isn’t a convenient place to stay. But if you’re looking for an offbeat experience, the Lower East Side can be a fun for a few days’ exploration. The deluxe hotels here that cater to Wall Street during the week can be a real bargain on the weekends, if you don’t mind the walking local streets that are mostly deserted and shuttered.
Hotel on Rivington
Andaz Wall Street
Gild Hall
The Millennium Hilton
The Conrad Hotel
W New York Downtown

UPPER WEST SIDE

There is really no great reason to base yourself in the Upper West Side, but staying near Columbus Circle grants you quick access to most of the neighborhoods we talk about in this guide by foot (Hell’s Kitchen) or subway. If you’re a culture vulture, there are worse places to stay than near Lincoln Center’s 42 on-campus performance venues. Plus there are terrific shopping opportunities, repertory movie houses and the Tucker Greenmarket, a year-round spot to buy fresh produce and baked goodies Thursdays and Sundays (Broadway at 66th St).
Mandarin Oriental
6 Columbus
Hudson Hotel

HELL’S KITCHEN

Hell’s Kitchen and midtown overlap, and some of the hotels we’ve listed under Midtown are quite convenient to Hell’s Kitchen. The hotels we’ve chosen to list here are closest to the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, or farther west, or on streets that feel still feel a bit gritty. The neighborhood south of 42nd St. and the Port Authority Bus Terminal is home to a number of mid-range chain hotels that have recently opened or will soon. The neighborhood is as gritty as midtown gets, but you should be able to score a bargain here until the next wave of gentrification rolls in with the extension of the number 7 subway and Hudson Yards development.
414 Hotel
Ink48
The OUT NYC
The Yotel
Element by Westin

UPPER EAST SIDE

Upper East Side hotels fall into the small-discreet-personal subset of the luxury market. Unless you’re specifically looking for that or you’re visiting Mayor Bloomberg who has a lavish and ever-expanding townhouse on E. 79th (get an eyeful of our very own 1% mayor’s sumptuous digs here, we recommend staying on the West Side. With a lack of subway service (the East Side’s second subway line along 2nd Ave. has been nearly 80 years in the making so don’t hold your breath), gay visitors tire quickly of shuttling back and forth from the Upper East Side to the West Side and downtown where so many restaurants and certainly most bars, clubs, and entertainment are found.But the Upper East Side is lovely, quiet, super luxurious and near some of the world’s finest museums and shopping. If that’s what you’re looking for, pack your plastic. If you’re looking for more affordable accommodations, look elsewhere.
The Lowell Hotel
The Mark Hotel
The Surrey Hotel

EAST VILLAGE

Accommodation options here are limited. We like both of the luxury boutique hotels here, and recommend airbnb or gay-ville for apartment rentals. 
Standard Hotel
Bowery Hotel

BROOKLYN

If your travel itinerary is mostly Brooklyn-based, or you don’t mind the commute to Manhattan, Brooklyn offers affordable and intriguing lodging options, and some stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn is quickly becoming Hotel Row, with a Sheraton,  aloft,  and the Hotel Indigo. It’s only about 20 minutes to Chelsea, or 30 minutes to
Times Square by subway; 15 and 20 minutes respectively by taxi.
King & Grove Williamsburg
Wythe Hotel

HARLEM

Unless you’re here for an in-depth exploration of the neighborhood, there’s no need to stay in Harlem—especially the section we are highlighting which is easily accessible from anywhere on the West Side of Manhattan.  Personally we’re not B&B people but if you love this sort of experience, there are two recommendable, historic gay-owned properties. The Harlem Renaissance House is located in a late 19th-century Italianate townhouse in the Strivers’ Row section of Harlem on a leafy street about a mile north of most of the recommendations in this guide. The meticulously restored Mount Morris House B&B — among the top rated NYC guesthouses on TripAdvisor — is only about a half mile east of most of our Harlem recommendations, and it’s on one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Manhattan, Marcus Garvey Park and in an ever-evolving a part of the city dubbed a “Neighborhood of Tomorrow” by New York magazine in 2011.
If you decide to stay, our top choice is the new Aloft.
Aloft Harlem


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