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.
Gay visitors should not have any trouble booking any room in Budapest, and all accommodation will generally be gay-friendly. Hungary is relatively legally progressive in terms of gay rights, with discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation being illegal.
However, socially, the country can be less tolerant at times. Right-wing groups have long clashed with LGBT activists including at Budapest Pride.
Most gay visitors prefer to stay in Pest, since it is closer to all the main attractions and to the city’s gay nightlife. Budapest’s name comes from the two cities that formed it: Buda and Pest, on each side of the river.
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 most booked hotels are all around the city center in District V, VI and VII. From here it’s easy with most of the gay bars, clubs, and nightlife being centered around Districts V, VI, and VII in Pest.
Stay in Buda for grand, leafy boulevards surrounded by palaces and grand houses. Cheap and convenient public transport links make it easy for you to get around no matter where you are, and the city is also pleasant and easy to explore on foot.
♥ Scenic location right next to the Chain Bridge
♥ Insta-perfect floor-to-ceiling windows
♥ Incomparable views from the rooftop restaurant
♥ Fun facilities – gym and free E-bikes
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.
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.
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.
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. With this location and value is not surprising that Hotel Zenit is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Budapest.
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. Sofitel is one of the most booked luxury gay-friendly hotels in Budapest.
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.
Hotel Memories is a perfectly designed boutique-style hotel in the heart of Budapest’s nightlife district. Despite the central location, the hotel itself is located on a quiet street in the heart of the Jewish quarter, meaning you won’t be kept up at night.
The design is soothing and minimalist, dominated by cool neutral grays and blues. All the rooms are the same size (which is relatively small), but the compact layout is very well thought-out so it doesn’t feel cramped. Amenities include a mini-fridge, coffee capsule machine, and safe. The only difference between the different categories is the size of the beds, as well as the fact that some rooms offer city or Synagogue views.
The hotel offers a varied and tasty breakfast selection of hot and cold dishes. There also is a small, basic gym area with a sauna and jacuzzi.
This hotel is made up of several spacious apartments, each including everything you need to make yourself at home in Budapest. You can choose from a 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or Studio apartment, all of which come with a fully-equipped kitchen.
The decor is a bit outdated, but everything is extremely comfortable and perfectly maintained. The biggest draw by far is the amount of space you get for such a central location, which is truly incomparable. Indeed, the hotel is located just one street back from the Danube, in the Inner City area. Most of Budapest’s sights, shopping, and gay nightlife can be reached on foot.
The hotel features a small but well-rounded fitness area with a sauna, jacuzzi and a good gym with both weights and cardio equipment.
As usual with Ibis Styles, this hotel has a focus on cool and playful design, with bright and colorful rooms and common areas. Here, the rooms have a quirky “gamer” theme, as well as Ibis’s custom-made “Sweet Bed” concept.
Facilities are limited but there is a Snack Bar open throughout the day and an excellent buffet breakfast is included with every booking. The staff are friendly and efficient, and all speak good English.
Ibis Styles Budapest Center is located in the trendy District VII neighborhood, close to the city’s “ruin bars” and to several great bars, clubs, and venues. Most of the gay nightlife is under 20 minutes away on foot, or easily reached by tram or metro.
Continental Hotel opened in 2010 on the site of an Art Deco bathhouse, and it has preserved the beauty of the original building. The curved stained glass ceiling of the lobby is a remarkable example of this, as are the polished marble floors and gorgeous main entrance.
In the rooms, the decor is more modern and subtle, with small nods to the Art Deco aesthetic. All rooms are extremely comfortable, with the Deluxe and Executive categories being particularly luxurious. The suites are also excellent, each with their own private balcony.
Continental Hotel is a popular gay-friendly choice, especially since it is just a couple of doors down from Coxx cruise bar. Most of the other popular gay Budapest venues are also easy to reach on foot, as are city’s unmissable “ruin bars”.
There is a good gym, containing a selection of weights equipment as well as the usual cardio machines. The hotel also features both an indoor pool and an outdoor rooftop one, the latter being quite rare in Central Europe.
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.