The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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From true 5 star luxury to backpacker hostels Beijing has it all and for a world capital city hotel rates are very low offering great value.
Hotels vary widely in terms of quality, so carefully consider anything suspiciously cheap. Besides, good accommodation in China is not prohibitively expensive, with some great modern hotels available for about $100 a night. If you prefer something more picturesque, there are some wonderful hutong (signature narrow streets and alleyways of Beijing) and courtyard hotels that allow you to truly immerse yourself in the city’s more traditional side.
Despite the fact that China still has a long way to go in terms of homosexuality acceptance, a cultural focus on the respect of privacy means that most hotels in Beijing are gay-friendly. You shouldn’t have any trouble booking and checking into any hotel in Beijing, but there are a few that are more popular with gay visitors. These include hotels close to Destination Club such as A Hotel and The Opposite House Hotel, the latter of which has a gay-frequented lounge bar.
Where you choose to stay will depend on what you plan to do in Beijing. The city is huge, so it pays off to stay close to the main attractions. This makes Dongchen a good option for sightseeing, especially Gulou and Dongzhimen. Nearby, Sanlitun is great if you want to enjoy the city’s nightlife, while CBD is perfect for shopping and fine dining.
♥ Beautifully designed
♥ A 20-minute walk or to Destination Club
♥ The indoor stainless steel pool is an incredible spot for a swim
The Opposite House is a 20-minute walk from Destination Club, making it an excellent option if you are looking to enjoy the Beijing Gay nightlife. If 20 minutes seems too long for you (or Destination Club too big and pricey), perennial gay favorite Kai Bar is a mere 3 minutes away, ready to tempt you with its ultra-cheap drinks and casual atmosphere.
However, it’s not all about the location. The hotel itself is exceptional, with striking, minimalist design transforming every room and common area into an oasis of understated luxury within the city. The hotel was designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who has brought together contemporary style and Chinese tradition for an overall effect that is equal parts totally unique and deceptively simple.
There are two restaurants, one offering high-quality Chinese cuisine and the other more low-key, cafe-style offerings. The bar, MESH, has a great selection of wines and cocktails and occasionally hosts gay nights. There is also a stunning indoor pool, a steam room, and a state-of-the-art gym.
♥ Stocked home bar in every room – need we say more?
♥ Access to the luxurious Clubhouse facilities with every booking
♥ Close to Destination Club and other popular nightlife spots
Destination club dominates the gay nightlife of Beijing, and this 5-star hotel is perfectly placed for those who want to party every night of their stay. CHAO is under 20 minutes away on foot – essentially just on the other side of the sprawling Beijing Sports Worker’s Stadium. There is also a shopping mall next door, as well as some of Beijing’s best nightlife throughout Sanlitun.
CHAO radiates modern luxury in every detail. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, solid wood, and leather furniture, as well as espresso coffee, artisanal teas, and an honest-to-god bar for you to make your own cocktails. The decor is subtle, tasteful, and impeccably designed for comfort and relaxation.
Every hotel booking comes with access to the Clubhouse, which is where CHAO truly shines. Facilities at this exclusive “Club” include – to name a few – a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, private cinema, cigar veranda, tea house, gym, library, and drawing-room.
The last two are particularly useful for digital nomads, remote workers, or simply those who know they will need to do a bit of work during their time in Beijing. There is also an exciting calendar of workshops and events on a variety of subjects.