The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Amsterdam has a unique city layout, with several concentric rings created by the city’s canals. Most gay visitors like to stay within these rings, especially the large central area that contains the red light district, Dam square, and Damrak. Gay Amsterdam is more or less evenly spread out across the city, with two main clusters of bars. One is located in the red light district, and includes its fair share of gay fetish and cruising bars, as well as the only gay sauna in town. The other is further south, between the Singel and Herengracht canals.
There are all types of gay bars and clubs in Amsterdam, from traditional “brown cafe” pubs to large cruising clubs. The most popular gay club in town is Church Club, which is one of the latter, but you are always spoilt for choice if you want something more low-key.
♥ Two-minute walk to the gay sauna
♥ Cool, creative, and contemporary decor
♥ Excellent bar and restaurant in 5&33
art’otel has one of the best locations in Amsterdam, just opposite Central Station. When you stay here, you are perfectly positioned to explore the canals as well as various famous landmarks such as Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and the red light district.
Arguably more interestingly, however, you are also a 5-minute walk away from Amsterdam’s gay institutions like The Queen’s Head and Café ‘t Mandje and just around the corner from Amsterdam’s only gay sauna, Sauna Nieuwezijds. This, combined with the exceptional design and service delivered by this modern 5-star, makes it one of the most popular and most booked gay hotels in Amsterdam.
The hotel is a contemporary designer affair, featuring original artwork by Dutch sculptor Joep van Lieshout’s studio. The rooms are decorated in a subtle and understated style, with cool greys and whites contrasting with sleek black surfaces. But it’s not just about design – heavenly beds, relaxing mood lighting, and luxurious rain showers all combine to create a soothing and supremely comfortable atmosphere.
Perhaps art’otel’s biggest selling point is 5&33, the hotel’s restaurant / bar / venue / library / lounge / art gallery. The food is exceptional, the cocktails inventive, and there is always something going on – don’t miss out on their weekly promotions in the restaurant! There is also a very good Active Club with gym, indoor swimming pool, and sauna.
♥ Close to museums, attractions, and plenty of gay bars
♥ Modern, stylish decor throughout the building
♥ Extra comfy beds
Hotel V Frederiksplein is located on the southern end of Amsterdam’s city center, close to the gayborhood around Rembrandtplein. This means excellent gay nightlife venues like Queer’s Cafe, Amstel Fifty-Four, FAME, Cafe Montmartre, and Club YOLO are all under 15 minutes walk away.
This is also a wonderful location for culture buffs, as Museumplein (which contains Amsterdam’s best museums including Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum) is just a 20-minute walk away. Meanwhile, the Heineken Experience is even closer, and the trendy bohemian neighborhood of De Pijp is just outside your door.
This sustainable and gay-friendly hotel in Amsterdam features stylish, modern rooms decorated with textures of wood and concrete. The exceptionally comfortable beds are a highlight, as are the exceptionally friendly staff. If you want to splurge a bit, the V Loft is particularly attractive, feeling like a high-end designer studio apartment.
Hotel V Frederiksplein is exceptionally well decorated for a 3-star hotel, and everything feels fresh, modern, and well-maintained. There is a pleasant and trendy lobby with a good bar, and a tasty continental breakfast served every morning.
♥ Comfortable, spacious, and well-designed rooms
♥ Excellent on-site restaurant
♥ Perfect location: all of central Amsterdam’s gay nightlife within walking distance
Albus Hotel is a great 4-star designer boutique hotel in the city center, featuring creative, contemporary design with impeccable facilities. The rooms are modern, colorful, and extremely comfortable, each featuring a high-quality mattress, smooth Egyptian cotton bedding, Nespresso machine coffee, a convenient complimentary smartphone, and branded bathroom amenities.
All the rooms are spacious, but you may want to opt for a suite if you want to add a touch of luxury to your stay. The suites come with their own Heineken beer tap (you pay for each refill) as well as a complimentary bottle of cava, and the studio option also has a fully-equipped kitchen (including dishwasher).
The hotel is perfectly located for gay nightlife. Several popular gay venues, including Club NYX, SoHo, Taboo, and Exit Cafe, are located in the immediate vicinity of Albus Hotel, meaning you can have a full-scale, varied night out without walking more than 5 minutes. Even better, because of the hotel’s extra-central location, almost every city center gay venue can be reached within a 20-minute walk.
Both Albus Hotel Amsterdam City Centre and its in-house restaurant Senses have a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The Albus Hotel is one of the most booked gay hotels in Amsterdam.