The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Accommodation in Benidorm can feel like a mass of nondescript all-inclusive resorts catering to British families, but there are gems if you know where to look. Many hotels have freshened up their interiors with sleek modern designs in past years, and there are several lovely boutique options. In the more traditional old town, you’ll find old-fashioned independent hotels, all offering very good value right in the middle of the gayborhood.
Benidorm is a popular tourist resort and a historically gay-friendly place – the first gay bar in town opened in the 60s, when the country was still under fascist Franco rule. Gay visitors are openly welcome and should not face any hassle, especially within the Old Town.
Unlike its reputation, Benidom offers two sides; if you are in the mood for classic Benidorm gay party vibes, stay on the bustling Levante side; if you like something quieter, Poniente is the more chilled-out beach. No matter what side you pick, all the recommended hotels are within walking distance to Benidorm’s gay nightlife.
This friendly, no-frills hotel is located right on one of Benidorm’s busiest gay streets, Calle de La Santa Faz. On the same block alone, a couple of doors down from the hotel, you’ll find Eagles Bar, Bear Bar, and Buddha Bar. The rooms are classic and on the old-fashioned side, but everything is extremely clean and comfortable. An excellent value option if you want to stay at the heart of all the gay action.
Hotel Condestable offers basic, comfortable accommodation right next to the Old Town marina. Both Poniente beach and the less touristy Mal Pas beach are a few steps away, and it’s under a 5-minute walk to most Benidorm gay bars. Rooms are no-frills, with modern furnishings and compact layouts – the sea view rooms are worth spending a little more on, especially given the overall good value of the hotel. There’s an old-fashioned cafe with lovely sea views as well.
Hotel Queens is perhaps the closest you can get to a gay Benidorm hotel. Located right in the heart of the gayborhood and a long-running favorite with gay tourists, this adults-only hotel is steps away from several gay bars and clubs – the hotel bar and cafe, the Royal Queens Bar, is even a popular gay hangout in itself. The rooms are cozy and modern, with a relaxing cream color palette – they are all standard twin/doubles, but some come with a terrace with sea views. The rooftop terrace is lovely and a great place to start your night out. Hotel Queens is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Benidorm.
Hotel Bilbaino is a no-frills, comfortable hotel with a fantastic beachfront location facing the gay-popular corner of Levante beach, under a 5-minute walk from the Old Town gayborhood. The rooms are simple, modern, and many of them have fabulous sea views from the terrace. If you don’t usually use your hotel terrace, the interior-facing rooms offer very good value. The triple rooms are a good option for groups of friends.
This popular gay-friendly Benidorm hotel is located in the Old Town, between Poniente and Levante beaches and a couple of minutes from the nearby gayborhood. The rooms are decorated in an understated modern style and are compact, yet very comfortable. The Economy Single Room offers particularly good value for a solo traveler. Guests can enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop pool and the friendly staff will gladly make you a packed lunch if you’re going on a day trip. Hotel Centro Mar is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Benidorm.
Hotel Alameda is located right in the heart of the Old Town, with most of Benidorm’s gay nightlife under 5 minutes away. Indeed, the closest gay bars – Casper’s and Company – are about 100m from the hotel door. This is a longstanding local hotel, opened in 1967, but it was fully renovated in 2017, so everything looks spotless and modern. Rooms feature minimalist contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling patio windows. There’s a cafe and cocktail bar on the ground floor, a rooftop solarium, and a private whirlpool area available for rental.
As the name suggests, Gastrohotel Boutique RH Canfali blends the best of boutique hotel living and high-end gastronomy. The rooms are elegant and simple, with a cream color palette, minimalist furnishings, and tile-pattern wallpaper. The Sea View room with balcony is worth splurging out on, but there are also basic rooms offering a more budget-friendly experience. The hotel restaurant is one of the highlights, serving fusion Mediterranean cuisine and freshly-cooked a la carte breakfast – you can book a half-board stay to make the most of this. There is a rooftop terrace where you can enjoy beautiful sea views and relax in the hot tub with a cocktail in hand. The hotel has a privileged position right in between Levante and Poniente beaches, with the Old Town gay bars a couple of minutes away.
One of Benidorm’s iconic high-rise hotels, Hotel Madeira Centro is located in the city center. It’s about a 10-minute walk to the Old Town gay bars, and Levante beach is only 150m away. Rooms are comfortable and simply decorated: we recommend the Basic rooms for budget travelers, while the newly renovated Superior rooms are ideal if you like a sleeker contemporary look. There is both an indoor heated pool and an outdoor pool with sundeck, and the fitness room is very well-equipped. The rooftop bar and lounge, Planta20, has some spectacular panoramic views of Benidorm and is a great place to enjoy a drink at sunset.
Sol Costablanca is an adults-only hotel located directly in front of Levante beach, about a 10-minute walk from the gay bars in the old town. Rooms come in either single or twin and are fairly compact, making this a particularly good option for solo travelers. The decor is simple, with old-fashioned wood furniture and a blue and white color palette, and everything is extremely comfortable. Most of the rooms have at least partial sea views, but we recommend the direct sea view rooms for the full experience. There is a large swimming pool facing the ocean and the breakfast and dinner buffets are particularly generous and varied.
This gorgeous modern hotel is located right on the Poniente promenade, directly across from the gay-popular end of Poniente beach and under a 5-minute walk from the Old Town gayborhood. The decor is minimalist and contemporary with a subtle marine theme, with even the most basic rooms looking sleek and elegant. The Junior Suites are especially spacious and stylish, and there are some first-rate sea views available. The hotel has two plunge pools overlooking the sea, as well as an excellent spa and a bright, well-equipped gym. The rooftop bar, lobby bar, and restaurant are all impeccably designed and Insta-ready.