The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Budapest is one of Europe’s most up-and-coming destinations. It offers grandiose culture on the scale of Paris or London and trendy gay nightlife to rival Berlin, all at a fraction of the price of any of these other cities.
The savings extend to hotels to a certain point, but during peak season the rates are likely to be similar to what you would find throughout Europe. That said, bargains can still be found in the down season and in budget accommodations.
Budapest’s name comes from the two cities that formed it: Buda and Pest. Each former city, located on either side of the river Danube, maintains a different atmosphere. Stay in Buda for grand, leafy boulevards surrounded by palaces and grand houses. If you want to experience Budapest as the gritty, cool nightlife hub that it is, you’re better off staying in Pest. That said, there are plenty of upmarket gay-friendly hotels in Pest, including several on our list.
The city is divided into numbered districts, with most of the gay bars, clubs, and nightlife being centered around Districts V, VI, and VII in Pest. Cheap and convenient public transport links make it easy for you to get around no matter where you are, and the city is also generally pleasant to walk around in.
♥ Stylish and brand new
♥ Scenic location right next to the Chain Bridge
♥ Incomparable views from the rooftop restaurant
Hotel Clark is located on the Buda side of the Danube, right on the Chain Bridge. This places it just next to the beautiful Buda Castle but within easy walking distance of the exciting nightlife and attractions of Pest. Popular gay bars and nightclubs like AlterEGO and Habrolo are about a half-hour walk away, but you can easily reach them by taxi or public transport.
It is a stylish hotel, featuring sleek modern decor throughout and large windows that make the most of the incredible location. It is also brand new, having opened in 2018. All of the spaces look great, but the roof terrace restaurant with panoramic views is a highlight.
As well as being beautiful and spacious, all rooms come with great amenities like a Nespresso machine with a daily coffee pod selection. Go for a Danube View room to really make the most of the location – the Deluxe Danube View, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the room and bathroom, is incredible.
The gay-friendly hotel has a small but well-equipped gym with great views over the Chain Bridge, which all guests have complimentary access to. Another nice perk is free E-bike rental, especially given Budapest’s increasingly bike-friendly layout. Hotel Clark is one of the most booked gay hotels in Budapest.
♥ Gorgeously decorated multi-level suites (very Insta-friendly)
♥ Near gay saunas, gay cruise clubs and gay bars
♥ Best location to walk to main attractions
♥ Unique approach to room service and creative services
Stories Hotel is a boutique hotel located right in the middle of Budapest’s downtown area. The Danube riverbank, District VII’s trendy bars, and District VI’s hipster clubbing scene are all about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. This makes it an ideal place to stay for gay nightlife.
The hotel features spacious, beautiful suites, most of which are set over two or three open-plan floors. The decor is bright and colorful, but impeccably tasteful. Every room unique, and most rooms are furnished with chic designer pieces.
There are plenty of exclusive services available, from in-room barber and hairdressing to breakfast in bed, massage, and even tattooing. Little perks like welcome chocolate in the room and popcorn at reception keep you delighted and surprised throughout your stay.
♥ Historic and iconic hotel
♥ Discounted access to the stunning Gellért Baths
♥ Good location for access to Pest
The Danubius Hotel Gellért is an iconic Budapest landmark, opened in 1918 and has hosted celebrities, politicians, and other influential European figured during its lifetime. It is housed in a striking Art Deco building on the banks of the Danube, and is home to the famous Gellért Baths.
There is a sense of faded glory to the hotel – the interiors have not been maintained as well as they should have, and the decor and amenities in the rooms can be bare-bones. However, the rooms are all comfortable and clean, and the hotel is efficiently run by a friendly team of staff.
The Gellért Baths are well-known for their grandiose elegance, and they definitely do not disappoint. Colorful mosaics, elegant domes, and an absolutely stunning central swimming pool all combine to make this hotel’s spa worth the visit. Hotel guests get 30% off admission price for the Baths.
The gay-friendly hotel is located on the Buda side, next to the Citadella and to a bridge crossing over to Pest. RUDA Thermal Baths, a traditional Budapest hot springs popular with gay men, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, as is Why Not Cafe & Bar, the starting point to many gay Budapest nights.
♥ Cool and contemporary design
♥ Scenic and convenient location by the Chain Bridge
♥ Unparalleled views from the Panorama Suites
Lanchid 19 is a recently renovated boutique hotel featuring 45 impeccably-designed rooms. The decor is minimalist, with a mostly neutral color palette and occasional bright color accents. Large windows make every room bright and airy, and you can choose between a castle view or river view. Panorama Suites come with your own large terrace to enjoy this, as well as a jacuzzi tub.
The hotel is located on the Buda side of the riverbank, close to the Chain Bridge. This allows for great views on both sides, and it also makes it easy for you to travel between Buda and Pest to see everything it has to offer. A few gay Budapest venues are within walking distance, including VIBE and Oops @ Anker’t, both just over 20 minutes away.
Lanchid 19 Design Hotel has won many accolades, including Best Boutique Hotel Hungary at the World Travel Awards and a spot on both The Sunday Times Hot 100 Best Hotels To Stay in Europe and Conde Nast Traveler’s Best 65 Places To Stay.
♥ Ideal location for sightseeing and gay Budapest nightlife
♥ Large, comfortable, and recently renovated rooms
♥ World-famous Nobu restaurant on-site
Kempinski Hotel is a 5-star hotel in the heart of the city center. The design is understated and elegant, created by British designer Alex Kravetz. Large windows in all the rooms overlook Erzsébet Park or the streets of historic Pest.
There are two restaurants on-site, including a branch of the legendary Nobu – the first in Central Europe. Due to its fame and popularity, it is recommended to book ahead of time. For a more casual dining experience, there is a brasserie serving Hungarian-Viennese dishes with a modern flair as well as a cafe serving cakes and sandwiches. Two bars, Blue Fox The Bar and Nobu Bar, keep the high-class cocktails coming.
The hotel features its own art gallery, as well as a bright and airy luxury spa. The spa includes a small gym with some good cardio equipment as well as an indoor pool.
Kempinski Hotel is located in the Inner City, one of the two neighborhoods in central District V. This places it within close walking distance of many of the tourist attractions in the city, such as St Stephen’s Basilica and Buda Castle. There is a metro station (Vörösmarty tér, Line 1) just a couple of minutes from the hotel door, so you are always connected to the rest of the city.
Most of gay Budapest is also close by: Oops @ Anker’t, VIBE, and Habrolo are all under a 10-minute walk. Alterego, the city’s biggest gay club, and Coxx, Hungary’s largest gay cruise club, are both 15 minutes away from the hotel.
♥ Great riverside location in the heart of the city
♥ Large windows in rooms fully take advantage of the view
♥ Very good hotel gym, open 24h
InterContinental Budapest is located right on the banks of the Danube, a short walk from the iconic Chain Bridge. Most of Budapest’s gay nightlife can be easily reached on foot, including favorite spots like VIBE (popular with a young gay crowd), Oops @ Anker’t (busy Friday night dance party) and Habrolo (friendly and low-key gay cafe bar).
The gay-friendly hotel itself is a classic example of a luxury chain hotel, with impeccably efficient and well-trained staff and tasteful, elegant decor. It was selected as Hungary’s leading business hotel by the World Travel Awards 2018, but it has something to offer for all types of travelers.
The rooms come in various categories, all of which have large windows and good amenities. The Classic and Superior rooms are on the smaller side, although the latter category does come with stunning views of Buda Castle across the Danube river. For more room and even better views, go for a Deluxe room or one of the beautiful modern suites.
The hotel bar has a lovely terrace overlooking the river and serves fun, inventive cocktails. The attached restaurant focuses on local, seasonal ingredients for a modern take on Hungarian cuisine. Intercontinental Budapest also features a state-of-the-art spa with an indoor heated swimming pool. The gym is small but excellent, with a solid selection of both cardio and weights equipment. It is open 24 hours for hotel guests. The InterContinental is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Budapest.
♥ Beautiful location by the Danube and Chain Bridge
♥ Excellent breakfast with a vast range of choices
♥ Comfort and great amenities across all room categories
Sofitel Budapest brings all the style and reliability of the Sofitel brand to the banks of the Danube. From the second you step into the hotel’s breathtakingly tall atrium, you are met with cutting-edge decor by French designer Jean-Phillipe Nuel, starting by the airplane model hanging from the ceiling.
The design throughout most of the hotel is playful and starkly contemporary, but the rooms themselves are decorated in a more traditional style. All rooms feature large bay windows for plenty of light, as well as marble bathrooms with bathtub and Sofitel’s signature ultra-comfy beds. Upgrade to a Luxury Room for unparalleled river views, or to an Executive Room or Suite for exclusive Club Millesime perks, such as butler service and access to the lounge.
An exceptional breakfast is served every morning at the terrace restaurant, while another restaurant offers a blend of high-end Parisian and Hungarian dining. The hotel spa has an indoor pool and sauna, and the gym is extremely well-equipped with cardio and weights equipment.
Sofitel Budapest benefits from an exceptional location just by Budapest’s Chain Bridge, across the Danube from the beautiful Buda Castle. Many of the city’s best sightseeing, shopping, dining, and nightlife destinations are in the surrounding area, including most of what gay Budapest has to offer. There is a tram station a stone’s throw from the hotel door. It is on the city’s most picturesque line, the Number 2 service that runs along the river.
♥ Grandiose 19th-century building and decor
♥ Located in the exciting nightlife area of District VII
♥ Gorgeous dining facilities
If what you’re looking for is Hungarian opulence, this is the hotel for you. Everything about New York Palace drips with 19th-century luxury, from the beautiful exterior to the intricate gilded decoration of the New York Cafe. However, touches of modernity keep the hotel grounded in the present day, as can be seen in the bright and airy central courtyard.
All the rooms feature this striking blend of old and new, with antique-style furniture offset by playfully contemporary design touches. Most rooms are very spacious and all are supremely comfortable, with great beds and beautiful marble bathrooms.
A highlight of the hotel is the New York Cafe, a decadent example of Belle Epoque decoration that has been called “the most beautiful cafe in the world”. Both the hotel bar and the breakfast room offer similarly grand surroundings, and the breakfast itself is incredible.
There is a beautiful sauna and indoor pool, with a small and basic gym attached. Do note that the pool will be unavailable for most of summer 2019.
The gay-friendly hotel is located in District VII, the heart of Budapest’s legendary nightlife. Simpla Kert, one of the city’s most famous “ruin bars”, is less than 10 minutes away from the hotel, as are many other great venues. If you’re looking for something more hardcore, Hungary’s largest cruise bar, Coxx, is just a five-minute walk from your hotel room.
♥ Beautiful and historic building
♥ One of the most beautiful swimming pools in Europe
♥ Easy walking distance to most gay venues
Corinthia Hotel Budapest opened in the 19th century as the Grand Hotel Royal, often noted as one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
The rooms are decorated in an elegant and traditional style and are all very spacious and comfortable. Go for the Executive category or one of the gorgeous suites for extra perks like a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary access to the Royal Spa and Club Executive lounge.
The gay-friendly hotel features a traditional Brasserie, a traditional pan-Asian restaurant, a Hungarian-Spanish fusion bistro, and a high-end Maltese restaurant. As well as the lobby bar, guests at the Corinthian have direct lobby access to the Orfeum club, a swanky jazz and swing music venue.
The marvelous indoor pool from 1886 is without a doubt one of the hotel’s highlights, offering perhaps the classiest swim of your life. It is the centerpiece of the large (and recently renovated) Royal Spa, which also offer saunas, steam rooms, treatments, and a gym. The latter is small but high-quality, with a good selection of equipment for all your workout needs.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest is located where District VI meets District VII, which is an excellent position for enjoying the city’s best nightlife. Several great gay venues are nearby, with Oops @ Anker’t, AlterEGO, and Coxx all about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
♥ Bright, relaxing, and tasteful design
♥ Good gym with all the basic facilities
♥ Excellent location for sightseeing and nightlife
Hotel Zenit Budapest Palace is stylish and centrally located, and a favorite gay-friendly hotel in Budapest. The whole place, from the skylit lobby to the spacious and comfortable rooms, features beautiful, minimalist decor with plenty of natural light and relaxing neutral tones.
There is a lovely on-site cafe and cocktail bar, which serves a very good buffet breakfast with freshly prepared items. Another plus is the gym, which is pleasantly spacious and well-equipped for a boutique hotel of this size.
The hotel is extremely well located in the city center, close to most major sights and landmarks as well as most gay bars and clubs. VIBE, Oops @ Anker’t, HELLO @ Toldi Mozi, AlterEGO, Habrolo, and Coxx cruise bar are all within a 20-minute walking radius of the hotel.