The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful and fascinating capital cities. Aside from being steeped in history and culture, it’s got incredible weather, easy access to beaches, and a vibrant, varied gay nightlife. This is mainly concentrated in the southern area of the city, in the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Principe Real.
As is the case with many European capitals, rooms tend to be on the small side, even in the 4 and 5-star hotels. For more space, look at booking the higher categories of rooms.
Legally all hotels across Lisbon are gay-friendly. The hotels listed below are located in popular parts of the city for gay travelers and excel at providing value for money and quality experiences.
Most gay travelers choose to stay in Bairro Alto and neighboring Principe Real. Both neighborhoods are located in the city center and in the middle of Lisbon’s gay nightlife.
Principe Real is where most of the clubs are, including Trumps, the biggest and most obvious place to head for a night of gay partying.
Bairro Alto has most of the gay bars, as well as the city’s most popular men-only gay sauna, Trombeta Bath. From the bars of Bairro Alto to the clubs of Principe Real it’s just about a 10-minute walk.
Bairro Alto is next to Chiado and Baixa, two of the city’s most historical areas. It is also close to the southern end of Avenida da Liberdade, which is Lisbon’s answer to the Champs-Elysees, with all the city’s most luxurious shops and hotels. This means that most hotels on this list are excellently positioned for both gay nightlife and Lisbon sightseeing.
If you do ever need to cover longer distances (or if the city’s many hills don’t appeal to you in the burning summer heat), public transport can usually help you out. Uber is also super cheap, so you can always get a taxi without worrying too much about the cost.
My Rainbow Rooms is a men-only gay hotel in Lisbon, offering basic but high-quality rooms in a quiet residential neighborhood. Despite being a bit far away from the gay nightlife, there are good metro and bus connections to Bairro Alto and Principe Real. Besides, with its sociable atmosphere, it can be very easy to meet guys to share an Uber with!
There are both private rooms and dorms available. All are clean, colorful, and comfortable, with nice amenities like complimentary robes and slippers. None of the rooms are ensuite, but the shared bathrooms are modern and well-equipped with large, two-person showers. The dorm rooms are restricted to guests under 35.
The hotel has a great team of “houseboys” – friendly gay staff members who are dedicated to making your stay as special as possible. They are a great source of information on gay Lisbon, so don’t hesitate to ask for their advice on where to go. Guests staying longer than 5 days even have the option of being picked up at the airport by one of the houseboys, free of charge.
♥ Excellent location for gay nightlife, luxury shopping, and sightseeing
♥ Only 10 mins walk to Trumps gay dance club and 12 mins to Trombeta Bath (one of Europoe’s best gay saunas)
♥ Supremely comfortable and relaxing rooms with great amenities
♥ High-quality drinking and dining options
Located on leafy and luxurious Avenida da Liberdade, this Sofitel honors Lisbon’s rich history at the heart of Portugal’s glory days of exploration. The decor takes inspiration from the lands that Portuguese sailors came across in their travels, with subtle Asian and African influences mixed with a classically grand European style.
In the rooms, the style is warm and contemporary, with rich golden tones and a truly relaxing feel. Sofitel’s super-comfy MyBed design makes every night a pleasure, while high-end amenities like a Bose sound system, Illy espresso machine, and Lanvin toiletries add that extra touch of luxury.
There is a very good restaurant, AdLib, which blends Portuguese and French gastronomies, and a swanky lobby bar. Both specialize in Portuguese wines and drinks, with the bar especially offering an excellent selection of Port wines.
Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade is just across the boulevard from Lisbon’s newest gay sauna, Olissipo Bath. The Bairro Alto and Principe Real gay nightlife is about a 15-minute walk away, and Avenida metro station is just two minutes down the road.
The Late Birds is one of two all-male gay hotels in Lisbon, and it is the higher-end of the two. It is set in a gorgeously restored 18th-century house and is based on an “Urban Resort” concept that prioritizes luxury, comfort, and exclusivity. It’s very much a boutique experience, with only 16 rooms and decor that has been carefully curated by the owners.
The rooms are decorated simply but tastefully in clean white tones, and feature large comfortable beds, high-end toiletries, floor-to-ceiling windows, and your own personal iMac computer. Some of them have private balconies and most have great views over the city.
Due to the intimate atmosphere, the common areas are one of the hotel’s best features: indeed, the stylish pool, lounge bar, and terrace are all perfectly suited to mingling with fellow guests. The cooked breakfast is exceptional, and there is even a delectable brunch on offer on weekends. The bar sometimes hosts live performances of traditional Portuguese music.
As can be expected of Lisbon’s premier gay hotel, the city’s gay nightlife is just next door. Trombeta Bath and the bars along Rua da Barroca are less than 5 minutes away on foot, and Trumps is just a 15-minute walk. The owners and staff are all lovely and knowledgeable about all things gay Lisbon, and so are a great resource for finding out what’s happening in the city.
BessaHotel is a bright, modern, and colorful 4-star hotel situated on the southern end of Avenida Liberdade. This location places it within walking distance to Lisbon highlights like Baixa and Alfama, while also being more or less equidistant from the Principe Real and Bairro Alto gayborhoods (just under 15 minutes to either). There’s also a gay-owned cafe, Tribo Tapiocaria, just around the corner.
The hotel has brand-new facilities and modern rooms, all decorated in a neutral and tasteful style. All rooms feature an integrated Bluetooth sound system and comfortable beds – check out the Superior Room with two double beds if you’re traveling with friends.
There is an in-house restaurant and bar, Tabik, which serves creative dishes and inventive cocktails in a laid-back contemporary setting. The terrace is particularly lovely, with a large vertical garden overlooking it. It is adjacent to the pool, which is indoors but glass-fronted, making it a pleasant space any time of year.
In addition to the pool, BessaHotel has a sauna, Turkish bath, and a gym available for guests. The gym is small but airy and well-appointed, with cardio equipment and free weights.
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade is one of Lisbon’s most prestigious and iconic hotels. Opened in 1933, it has been welcoming some of the city’s most distinguished guests for almost nine decades. The hotel succeeds in blending its 1930’s origins with a modern approach to design, for an overall effect that is both vintage and contemporary.
Rooms are decorated in a classic but understated style, with comfortable beds featuring bespoke linen. Many offer views of the city or Avenida da Liberdade. The Deluxe Family rooms sleep four, and could be a good option for a group of friends looking for a bit of luxury.
The Sky Bar is one of Lisbon’s best, a spacious and modern terrace with colorful murals, delicious cocktails, and regular events. SEEN, a high-end restaurant featuring stunning Art Deco design, and Cervejaria Liberdade, specializing in beer and fresh local seafood, make for a delicious and well-rounded food offering.
The hotel is also ideal for fitness and wellness enthusiasts. There’s a state-of-the-art spa offering a range of holistic treatments, a small but gorgeously designed outdoor pool area, and an excellent hotel gym.
As the name indicates, the hotel is located on Lisbon’s most glamorous boulevard, Avenida da Liberdade. Avenida metro station is just a few steps away. It’s a 15-minute walk to Trumps and to the gay bars in Bairro Alto, making this 5-star institution a particularly gay-friendly Lisbon hotel.
Eurostars Das Letras is a 5-star hotel themed around literature. It is located close to Avenida da Liberdade and to the Botanical Garden, less than 10 minutes away from Trumps and the gay bars in Principe Real. Avenida metro station is about a 5-minute walk away, making it an easy connection with other Lisbon areas like Chiado and Parque das Nações.
Every room is dedicated to a great world author and decorated with their famous words. All feature sleek, contemporary design with an emphasis on rich quality materials such as leather, walnut, and marble. Many have great views over the city, and all feature large, plush beds and excellent showers.
Das Letras Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine, and the breakfast is varied and high-quality (although on the expensive side). There is a spacious hotel gym and a sauna for relaxing after your workout. Staff are exceptionally cheerful, friendly, and helpful.
With prices often under $100 a night, Das Letras is usually excellent value for the quality of service and amenities offered.
Bairro Alto Hotel is located just between Bairro Alto and Chiado, offering the best of Lisbon’s cosmopolitan nightlife as well as its traditional cultural center. The location is impeccable for any visitor, but gay travelers are particularly well-served: Trombeta Bath is a tantalizing 3-minute walk away, while it’s just 15 minutes to Trumps and Lisbon’s most iconic gay nightlife.
This luxury boutique hotel has been designed with renowned Portuguese architects and designers, just recently undergoing a renovation led by award-winning architect Souto de Moura. The hotel itself is ranked within the top 30 Lisbon hotels on TripAdvisor and is the winner of a Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award.
The rooms and suites are all supremely comfortable, most of them offering great views over the city and all including excellent amenities such as Le Labo toiletries, Marshall Dock Station, and high-tech entertainment system. The decor is elegant and subdued, with neutral and pastel tones highlighted by the occasional geometric pattern or pop of rich color.
Both BAHR, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, and the rooftop terrace feature menus designed by Michelin-star-winning chef Nuno Mendes. The latter is an intimate (bookings recommended!) and gorgeous spot to admire the city’s beautiful seaside location from above. Downstairs, a Pastelaria offers coffee and home-baked goods throughout the day. There is also a small but well-equipped gym and basic sauna facilities.
♥ Rooftop pool terrace with incredible views and a great vibe
♥ Excellent location for gay nightlife, gay beach, Trombeta Bath gay sauna, and all-round sightseeing
♥ Double Rooms with Private Bathroom are available
♥ Great staff who go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay, there’s also a co-working space
Sunset Destination Hostel has an excellent location just opposite the waterfront and inside the Cais do Sodre metro station building. This makes it very easy to walk to areas like Baixa, Chiado, and Bairro Alto, while having a convenient public transport connection to places like Parque das Nações, Belem, Alfama, and the beaches in Cascais (including the gay nude Beach 19)
The location also makes for an awesome rooftop pool terrace, with great views over the Tegus and a laid-back party atmosphere in the summer. This is by far the biggest draw, but this is also a great hostel in every other way. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, the dorm beds are cool and bespoke, and the communal areas make it easy to make friends. Free sangria during happy hour is just the icing on the cake.
There are also private rooms available, including a Family Room which sleeps 4, ideal for groups of friends. You can choose between private and shared bathroom for most private rooms.
Yes! Lisbon Hostel is consistently one of the top-ranking hostels in the city. It is modern, clean, and extremely friendly, with a social and communal atmosphere that makes it easy to chat to people and make new friends. It is also perfectly located: in the heart of historic Baixa, 3 minutes from Baixa-Chiado metro station, and an even shorter walk to the riverfront. The Bairro Alto gay bars are just 10 minutes away, and the Principe Real clubs 10 minutes further.
The party hostel stands out for its awesome staff and ample selection of group activities. There are hostel dinners every night and pub crawls on weekends, both offered for €10. The hostel also offers free walking tours in the city and a tour to Sintra, a beautiful historical town north of Lisbon. The common areas are large and usually busy, and the big kitchen is open for anyone to make their own meals.
The accommodation itself is also very comfortable, with a mix of dorms and private rooms available. The dorm beds are specially made and are extremely roomy and cozy, with individual lockers, privacy curtains, and electric sockets.
Lisbon Poets Inn is an excellent hostel offering both dorms and private rooms. It is located quite far away from most of the gay nightlife and major sights, but there is a metro station less than 3 minutes away with a direct connection to Baixa-Chiado as well as various bus stops. The famously picturesque neighborhood of Alfama is just 15 minutes away from the hostel.
The dorms feature specially-designed beds with privacy curtain, reading light, individual locker, and two plug outlets. They come in two, four, or six beds, meaning the rooms are never too big or too crowded. Privates are either twin or double, shared bathroom or ensuite. All the rooms are clean and decorated in a neutral style.
One of the best things about this hostel is its friendly and sociable vibe. A full course dinner with unlimited sangria, cooked by an in-house chef, is offered every day for 10 euros. You are also always welcome to use the kitchen to make your own meals. There is a free tour of the area available every day as well as a wider range of paid themed tours.