The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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The tradional gay area of Berlin is Schöneberg. This contains various gay bars, clubs, shops, cafes, and cruising spots. Most of the popular gay hotels in Berlin are in this area. Some of these are just gay-friendly, others are gay hetero-friendly brands, and some are just for gay men.
Many of Berlin’s gay bar and cruise clubs are concentrated in the city’s gay village, Schöneberg, however many of the biggest gay nightclubs are in East Berlin, Friedrichshain, so check out all the options below. There is more to gay Berlin than just Schöneberg.
All accommodation in Berlin is gay-friendly, but there are a few specific gay locations to keep an eye out for. The hotels listed below are all located in popular parts of the city for gay travelers and excel at providing value for money and quality experiences. Most of the hotels in this list have excellent public transport links, so you can also check out the gay bars and clubs in other parts of the city.
Berlin is an extremely tolerant city, with a history of progressive attitudes to gay rights. Berlin famously had its first openly gay mayor in 2001, and civil partnerships between same-sex couples were made legal that year as well.
The three most booked areas for gay hotels in Berlin are:
Schöneberg – The traditional gay area of Berlin is Schöneberg, just south of Tiergarten in West Berlin. This contains various gay bars, clubs, shops, cafes, and cruising spots. Most of the popular gay hotels in Berlin are in this area, including all the ones in this list.
Berlin Mitte is the city centre and as such home to all major tourist attractions, get your camera out for the Brandenburg Gate, Pergamon Museum, Reichstag Neues and Altes Museum. It’s also the best area in the city for shopping. Mitte sits between Berlin’s traditional gay village in the west, Schöneberg, and the up-coming East, Friedrichshain, where many of the biggest nightclub including the Berghain. As such many visitors choose gay-friendly hotels in Mitte to make the most of both parts of the city.
Friedrichshain – East Berlin is the alternative gay Berlin you always imagined. From indie boutiques and hipsters antique markets to Berlin’s infamous techno clubs like the Berghain. For gays looking to party Friedrichshain is a great base for a hotel, walk home from the biggest gay clubs the city has to offer. Lying to the east of Berlin, Friedrichshain is home to club nights – Lab-oratory @ Berghain, Die Busche, Chantals House of Shamem, Suicide Circus and cruise bar Große Freiheit 114.
♥ Fun, bubblegum-pop design and colors
♥ Perfect for creatives and music lovers
♥ Excellent location close to Berlin’s best clubs
Located on the banks of the river Spree, Nhow Berlin is a unique designer hotel themed around Berlin’s buzzy music scene. Not only is it a 20-minute walk from the city’s most iconic (and most selective) megaclub, Berghain, but it comes with cool perks like access to a professional recording studio and free guitar room service for when inspiration hits you.
The design of the hotel is gorgeous and impeccably on-trend, with pastel shades of blue and pink making every room an Instagrammer’s paradise. It is the brainchild of renowned interior designer Karim Rashid, and it gives the whole place fun and surreal vibe.
Rooms come in four categories, all of the luxurious and equally carefully designed. All rooms come with amenities like a Nespresso machine and a large rain shower, but you can upgrade for more floor space, a freestanding tub, or views over the river. If you’re really looking for the rockstar experience, the Penthouse comes with its own private balcony, two floors, a huge living room, and a hot tub.
There is a stylish and well-equipped gym, as well as a sauna, steam room, bio sauna, and several experience showers. The concierge service is great for booking tours and activities around the city, and you can also rent a bike to get around like a local. Both the bar and the restaurant have spectacular views of the river, and there are regular music nights on throughout the week. nhow Berlin is one of the most luxury booked gay hotels in Friedrichshain.
Located a short walk away from Alexanderplatz, this edition of backpacker favorite chain St Christopher’s offers everything you need for a budget stay in Berlin. As well as being surrounded by the city’s best shopping and some great nightlife, there’s a U-Bahn station just seconds away from the hostel door, and a tram stop is just a few minutes further.
This gay-friendly hostel has various sizes of dorm, ranging all the way up to 12 beds, but it also has some awesome private apartments. These can house up to four people and include a fully-equipped kitchenette and a spacious living room. Some of the private options have shared bathrooms, so it’s worth double-checking before booking. All the rooms and bathrooms are modern, pleasant, and clean.
Backpackers tend to be on a budget, which is why St. Christopher’s Hostel is keen to make your trip to Berlin as wallet-friendly as possible. They offer free walking tours during the day and nightly activities, which often include reduced entry to Berlin nightclubs. The hostel bar, Belushi’s, offers incredible value, especially during Happy Hour, and is a great place to meet new friends before starting a night out.
Tom’s Hotel is a famous gay Berlin hotel, owned by the people behind the iconic Tom’s Bar cruise club (which is two doors down). It is undoubtedly one of the gayest option in Berlin – bang in the middle of Schoneberg, surrounded by gay bars and clubs, and with a clientele and staff team comprised entirely of gay men. That said, it is also a pretty convenient hotel for general Berlin sightseeing, with Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station just a few minutes away.
Tom’s Hotel provides modern, well-appointed rooms in single and double sizes. Design and luxury are not the focus here, but all rooms come with WiFi, flatscreen TV, DVD player, complimentary water, and fresh fruit. A stay at Tom’s Hotel also comes with a Hotel Pass, which gives you exclusive discounts and deals at many Schöneberg gay shops, bars, and clubs.
There is no in-house breakfast, but the Pass does include a 15% discount at Romeo & Romeo, a coffee shop across the street owned by the same team. Romeo & Romeo is known for its excellent coffee and delicious breakfasts, so don’t miss out. Similarly, there is not a gym but you do get free access to a nearby one.
Tom’s Hotel is one of the most popular gay hotels in Europe. It’s the place to go if you want to immerse yourself fully in gay Berlin, and if you want to discover everything Schöneberg has to offer for the gay visitor.
Ku’Damm 101 brands itself as a “lifestyle” hotel, aiming to embody the kind of place that young trendy travelers want to be. This boutique hotel achieves this by paying close attention to what their guests actually want from a modern urban hotel experience, and delivering it seamlessly. It succeeds in being both casual and aspirational, with a luxury approach to design and service at affordable prices.
The hotel specializes in ultra-minimalist decor, inspired by the Bauhaus concepts of Le Corbusier and executed in sustainable materials. The rooms are all spacious and attentively designed, blending comfort, practicality, and style. Most of them feature designer furniture, which you are encouraged to move around as you like in order to make yourself at home.
There is not a fitness suite, but there is a spa which includes a delightful lemongrass-scented sauna. The lobby bar is a great place to hang out and meet people, and the buffet breakfast is exceptionally fresh and varied.
As the name implies, Ku’Damm 101 is located on the iconic Kurfürstendamm shopping avenue, which great news for its guests (and bad news for their wallets). It is a bit far from any gay nightlife, but you can take a bus directly from the front of the hotel to the main gay area within about 20 minutes. S Halensee S-Bahn station is also nearby, which is handy for covering long distances across the city.
♥ Close to gay nightlife, but in a quiet and peaceful location
♥ Artistic interior design
♥ Super gay-friendly hotel for luxury lovers
SO/Berlin Das Stue is a luxury boutique hotel tucked in between Tiergarten and the zoo. This idyllic location is perfect for enjoying Berlin’s largest and busiest park as well as the Schöneberg gay area just south of it. The hotel also offers exclusive access to the Zoo through a private entrance, and you can even look into the ostrich and antelope enclosures while you sip your cocktail at the bar.
Hidden behind a grand stone facade, the hotel’s elegant and cutting-edge interior design is a reflection of Berlin’s avant-garde sense of style. The lobby and Stue Bar both blend classic elements such as marble and dark polished wood with modern, angular furniture, original artwork, and a sophisticated sense of fun. Nods to the zoo animals can be found everywhere, from the small rhino statues that inhabit the hotel to the crocodile head at the entrance.
The rooms are all decorated in a beautiful contemporary style which is half-industrial, half-snug, for an effect that is both imposing and intimate. Many of them offer beautiful views over Tiergarten and the zoo through floor-to-ceiling windows, and many also have a private balcony.
Das Stue has an artful signature culinary philosophy for the all-day dining restaurant at The Casual. It combines regional high-quality products, blended with simple but expressive modern dishes. The hotel bar, meanwhile, is themed around classic lounge-style dens and features a wide selection of whiskeys as well as an inventive cocktail menu.
Das Stue is located about 20 minutes from the Schwules Museum as well as low-key gay bars like HarDie’s Kneipe, Blue Boys, and K6 and is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Berlin.
This is a relatively new hotel in the Schöneberg area. The location is about a 10-minute walk from the gay bars and about 20 minutes from Tiergarten. There is a U-Bahn station (Bülowstraße, Lines 2 and 3) a couples of minutes away, and two others just a little bit further for Lines 1 and 4.
Novum Hotel Aldea Berlin Centrum is a no-frills budget hotel. The rooms are clean, well-maintained, and quite roomy for a budget city hotel. There are basic amenities like toiletries, TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. The family room, which sleeps five people in five individual single beds, is a very good option for friends traveling on a budget.
There is a pretty good buffet breakfast in the morning and a vending machine for snacks and drinks.
Quentin Design Hotel is located in the very center of Berlin’s gayborhood, less than five minutes away from great gay venues like Tramp’s, Hafen, Heile Welt, Mutschmanns, and much more. The hotel is also conveniently close to Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station, so you can easily get around the rest of the city.
The hotel itself is elegant and simple, with neutral, stylish decor. The beds are comfortable, the showers are invigorating, and all the necessary amenities are covered. The rooms are clean and well-maintained. Overall, the hotel is quite basic but has everything you need for a cozy stay in the very heart of gay Berlin.
One thing that does stand out here is the gorgeous garden patio, with cozy seating and an abundance of green plants. The staff at Quentin Design Hotel are also exceptionally friendly, attentive, and helpful, and are a real plus for the place.
ArtHotel Connection is a gay Berlin hotel located in the Schöneberg gay village. It is located in the same building as two popular gay hotspots, Connection Club and Prinzknecht, meaning you can have a full night out without ever leaving the immediate vicinity of the hotel. If you do feel like exploring further, the rest of the gay nightlife in the area can be reached in about 15 minutes. ArtHotel Connection is one of the most booked mid-range gay hotels in Berlin.
This hotel calls itself the “Grande Dame of Berlin’s gay hotels”. Based in a art deco building that was formerly the residence of a wealthy Berlin citizen, it has been recently renovated to a stylish contemporary standard. It offers great value for money with affordable rooms ranging from a single to a large fashionable suite.
All rooms have been provided with modern amenities such as flatscreen TV, DVD player, and iPod docking station. The decor is colorful and varies from room to room, giving a personal and intimate boutique feel.
The staff at this independently-owned hotel are consistently lovely and helpful, and are one of the best things about the place. Breakfast is simple but high-quality, and served until mid-afternoon – which is great news for anyone who may have overindulged in Schöneberg’s attractions the previous night. ArtHotel Connection is “everyone-friendly” and a very popular choice with gay travelers.
This Ibis Budget sits next to the Ibis Hotel and offers a more bare-bones hotel experience. The rooms feature Ibis Budget’s award-winning “Cocoon” design, which packs in all the requirements of a good night’s sleep into a tight space without sacrificing comfort. Despite their small size, the rooms are all bright, airy, and relaxing.
There is even a larger balcony room available, which overlooks Kurfürstendamm and the KaDeWe department store. There is also a series of “MyRoom” themed rooms designed by the employees, featuring everything from art materials to relaxing murals to an actual climbing wall.
As usual with Ibis budget, the facilities are more basic than you would find in its sister brands. The breakfast here is very basic (no hot options), and there is no bar. Overall, this is perfect for two people looking for a comfortable, no-frills base from which to explore gay Berlin.
Sana Berlin Hotel offers a wide range of rooms, suites, and apartments in a convenient central Berlin location. The hotel is near the zoo, Tiergarten, and Ku’damm avenue, with all of Schöneberg’s gay nightlife within a 20-minute walk. Connection Club, a popular weekend techno party with downstairs cruise area, is less than 10 minutes away.
All of the accommodation offered by Sana Berlin is decorated in a minimalist, neutral, and elegant style. Everything has been carefully considered and the focus is on absolute comfort. The rooms are all spacious and airy, but it’s the suites and apartments that are exceptional. You can choose between a compact studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom suite, and some suites can accommodate up to four adults.
Sana Berlin has two bars, one cozy and stylish lobby bar and F8/eight, a jazz lounge bar with its own smoking room and an excellent selection of drinks. The outside terrace attached to the lobby bar is a particularly pleasant space, with large sofas and soft mood lighting coming from the distinctive giant flame-shaped lamps.
The hotel has a small fitness suite, including swimming pool, gym, sauna, and Turkish bath, all of which are designed to the impeccable standards of the rest of the hotel.