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.
♥ Location – Downtown Mitte perfect for tourist sights and conveniently located between the original gay village in the west and the popular gay clubs in the east
♥ Unique style and individually designed rooms by the Paint Club
♥ Make your day extra special and hire the completely private rooftop with hot tub
The Weinmeister is Berlin at its coolest and most grown-up (literally – it’s an adults-only hotel). Highlights include Berlin-themed contemporary design across the board, creative signature rooms, and a rooftop chillout zone that’s unbeatable in the summer.
The standard rooms come in small, medium, or large, depending on how much space you need. All of them come with the hotel’s large signature bed and inventive, open-plan layouts, but the large rooms come with the undeniable bonus of a big bathtub. Alternatively, you could go for one of the Signature Rooms, which feature unique themes and quirky decor.
The rooftop deck has a hot tub and loungers for taking in that summer Berlin sun, all with an incredible view overlooking Alexanderplatz. For breakfast, the hotel has partnered up with Einstein Kaffee across the courtyard, which will keep you fuelled up for exploring the city.
Located in hipster Hackescher Markt, The Weinmeister brings together the best of Berlin as a cosmopolitan urban hub as well as its coolest, most unique offerings. Alexanderplatz is less than 10 minutes away on foot, and there are several U-Bahn stations within walking distance, so you’re covered no matter where you need to go.
♥ Close to gay nightlife, but in a quiet and peaceful location
♥ Gorgeous contemporary decor
♥ Michelin-star dining
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 a Michelin-star restaurant, Cinco by Paco Pérez, which specializes in contemporary molecular Mediterranean cuisine. There is also a more casual dining option, also presented by Paco Pérez, offering modern tapas – on a warm day, you can enjoy these on Das Stue’s gorgeous zoo-facing terrace. 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.
♥ Lovely, bright, and relaxing rooms
♥ Great food at BLEND Kitchen
♥ Largest hotel pool in the city
This Pullman hotel offers the brand’s usual mix of contemporary design, friendly service, and dedication to their guests’ comfort and enjoyment. The lobby features a bright and colorful decor that is both striking and playful, while the rooms are decorated in soothing, neutral whites and beiges to create a haven of relaxation.
All of the rooms are spacious and feature large windows that let in plenty of bright, natural light. Everything is carefully designed for comfort and practicality: for example, the desks feature connection hubs for both a laptop and mobile phone, and the blackout curtains allow you to enjoy your sleep for as long as you need in the morning before bathing your room in natural light.
BLEND Kitchen and Bar offers a melting pot of international cuisines, reflecting the diversity of the city, all in a vibrantly colorful environment inspired by the animals at the zoo next door. Fitness fanatics will enjoy the great gym and pool – the largest hotel pool in Berlin, in fact – as well as the poolside bar. Do note, however, that the spa and pool areas are being renovated until end of April 2019.
Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof is located just next to the zoo and to Ku’damm Avenue. The gay nightlife of Schöneberg is about 15 minutes away on foot, making this a popular gay hotel in Berlin.
♥ Best location in Berlin for shopping and gay nightlife
♥ Designer rooms and decor
♥ Impeccable service
This Dorint hotel (previously Sofitel) benefits from an exceptional location overlooking Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s best and busiest shopping street. The hotel It is, however, tucked away behind the boulevard, meaning you can feel a sense of peace and quiet while being very much in the middle of it all. After you’ve spent your day shopping and exploring Berlin using the convenient U-Bahn links, you can walk 15 minutes to gay Schoneberg hotspots like Connection Club, WOOF, HarDie’s Kneipe, and more.
The hotel itself blends a classic sense of sophistication with Berlin’s forward-thinking approach to design. The building is a striking structure, but once you step inside you are welcomed with warm woods, chic Bauhaus furniture, original pieces by German artists, and an overall sense of both comfort and refinement – all curated by architect Jan Kleihues.
The rooms follow a similar pattern, with original art and bespoke furniture complementing a dedication to pleasure and relaxation. Enjoy gorgeous marble bathrooms, huge windows with stunning city views, high-end toiletries, and supremely comfortable beds.
Dorint Kurfurstendamm Hotel features a restaurant, lounge bar, breakfast room, and library, all of which are impeccably designed and extremely pleasant. There is a good fitness suite with a range of machines and an extensive wellness area, which includes a sauna, steam room, jet-powered foot baths, an ice fountain, and massage treatments.
The hotel prides itself on its exceptional Concierge service, which is part of the prestigious Clefs d’Or association. The hotel concierges here will go out of their way to make your stay in Berlin unforgettable, and the rest of the staff are equally friendly and obliging.
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.
Ibis Berlin Kurfürstendamm is very well located near Tiergarten, the zoo, and the Schöneberg gay area. There are gay bars like Blue Boy Bar, K6, New Action, and Bull just over five minutes away, and all of the rest of the gay venues in the neighborhood are at most a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Because of this, this is a consistently popular choice for gay travelers to Berlin.
The standard rooms are on the smaller side, but are very bright, modern, and comfortable, featuring Ibis’ own Sweet Bed design. There are larger rooms with balconies, which are particularly comfortable and feature a lovely view over Wittenberg Platz, the KaDeWe department store, and the Berlin skyline. There are also several themed rooms from Ibis’ “MyRoom” range, which allows employees to design rooms based on their interests – here, these range from nature to gaming to David Bowie.
There is a bar downstairs serving snacks and drinks round-the-clock. The buffet breakfast is very good, serving nice coffee and a varied range of hot and cold foods.
This Ibis is based in a large building, immediately next to Ibis Budget (see below). As usual for the Ibis brand, this hotel is a step above the Budget brand, meaning that the breakfast is better and more varied, there is a bar, and the rooms are larger.