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. The former has most of the gay bars, as well as the city’s most popular men-only gay sauna, Trombeta Bath. These are concentrated in and around Rua da Barroca, between Tv dos Fieis de Deus and Rua da Salgadeira.
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.
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. Both neighborhoods are next to each other, so it’s just about a 10-minute walk from the bars to the clubs.
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.
♥ Best in Lisbon for wellness and relaxation
♥ Check out the Executive Suite with Sky Lounge access up the higher floor when booking
♥ Delicious and delightful dining
♥ Easy public transport links to city center
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a modern, green, and stylish 5-star hotel in northern Lisbon. It was selected the World’s Leading City Hotel at the 2018 World Travel Awards, and is a longstanding favorite with gay visitors to Lisbon. The hotel features stylish and tasteful rooms and suites, many with incredible views of the city.
The hotel restaurant, Erva, serves up fresh local ingredients cooked on an open grill in an informal atmosphere. Meanwhile, Soul Garden is an oasis of tranquility, overflowing with flowers and plants and offering delicious cocktails and quick bites. Breakfast served in a dedicated room with great views, is also exceptional.
Corinthia Lisbon stands out for its wellness facilities, which include a large heated indoor pool, a solarium, a well-equipped hotel gym, and a large award-winning spa. The latter is worth a visit in itself, with a range of luxury treatments and state-of-the-art sauna and bathing rooms.
The location of the Corinthia Hotel is a little out the way for central Lisbon. However, there is a metro stop nearby (Jardim Zoológico, about 5 minutes away) that connects directly to Chiado, the closest stop to Bairro Alto, so you can reach the central gay bars within 20 minutes. The location does also mean that the hotel is quiet and peaceful at night.
♥ Great central location with many transport links
♥ King Suite for 3 adults are available
♥ Spacious and comfortable rooms
♥ Walking distance to SaunApolo56
SANA Capitol Hotel is a large modern hotel, centrally located close to the iconic Marques de Pombal square where Avenida da Liberdade begins. The gay nightlife in Principe Real is about a 20-minute walk away, but the Bairro Alto bars are best accessed through public transport. With a direct metro link from Marques de Pombal station, this is easily done.
SANA Capitol Hotel is 10 minutes away from SaunApolo56, Lisbon’s state-of-the-art, “anything goes”, LGBT-friendly mixed sauna. DRAKO Club, a large fetish cruise club, is a short walk from the hotel.
The hotel features contemporary design and comfortable rooms. The standard rooms are quite spacious for Lisbon standards, while Executive Rooms and Suites come with extra perks like a Nespresso machine, massage shower, or even a PlayStation 4 with a selection of games.
Contemporâneo Restaurant serves a very good breakfast in the mornings and switches over to an intimate Portuguese restaurant at night, serving traditional foods with a modern twist. The Lobby Bar is an elegant and cozy spot for a drink and a quick bite. There is a small wellness area downstairs including gym, sauna, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, and massages by appointment.
♥ Men-only hotel for a truly gay Lisbon experience
♥ Both dorms and private rooms available
♥ Helpful and friendly gay hotel team
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.
♥ Award-winning hotel with stunning design
♥ Best location in Lisbon for gay nightlife and sightseeing
♥ Around the corner from Lisbon’s hottest gay sauna, Trombeta Bath (only 2 mins walk)
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.
♥ Only 10 mins walk to Trumps, Lisbon’s most popular gay dance club
♥ Glam nightlife with a show-stopping view at the Sky Bar
♥ State-of-the-art fitness and wellness facilities
♥ Outdoor pool, terrace and garden
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.
♥ Excellent location for gay nightlife, luxury shopping, and sightseeing
♥ Only 10 mins walk to Trumps gay dance club and 12 mins to Trombeta Bath gay sauna
♥ 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.
♥ Only 5 mins walk to Trumps, Lisbon’s most popular gay dance club
♥ Gorgeous, classically luxurious decor, comfy beds guarantee a great night’s sleep
♥ Very good value 5-star 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.
♥ Ideal location between Bairro Alto and Principe Real, Lisbon’s gayborhood
♥ Less than 10 mins walk to Trombeta Bath, the city’s most popular gay sauna, and Tromps, a top gay dance club
♥ Impeccably luxury designed, featuring original artwork and the outdoor terrace pool
Memmo Príncipe Real is tucked away in a narrow alley of Bairro Real, making it a literal hidden gem in the neighborhood. Sitting squarely between the two gay areas in Bairro Alto and Principe Real, it is about 10 minutes from both Trumps and Rua da Barroca, making it a super convenient gay hotel in Lisbon.
The hotel collaborated with several prominent Portuguese architects, artists, and designers to create a decor that is both forward-thinking and reminiscent of Lisbon’s historical heritage. Rooms feature warm neutral tones and plenty of natural light through large floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests are treated to luxury tech and amenities like Bang & Olufsen TVs, Hermes toiletries, and Bose mini-stations.
Café Príncipe Real serves breakfast in the mornings and then becomes a stylish restaurant for lunch and dinner, serving dishes built around Portugal’s influence on South American, African, and Asian cuisines. They also have an excellent cocktail menu and a terrace overlooking the outdoor pool, one of the hotel’s highlights with stunning views over Lisbon.
Memmo Principe Real is one of the top 20 hotels in Lisbon on TripAdvisor and is among the top-rated 5-star hotels in the city on Booking.com.
♥ Only 3 mins walk to Trombeta Bath gay sauna and the city’s legendary gay parties at Trumps
♥ Sleek & modern, larger rooms offer panoramic views over Bairro Alto
♥ Awesome views from the rooftop terrace bar overlooking old Lisbon
9Hotel Mercy is a luxurious 4-star boutique hotel, designed by architect Miguel Saraiva and located in vibrant Bairro Alto. Guests can expect beautifully decorated rooms in tasteful beiges and blacks, with an emphasis on plush textures and soothing mood lighting. If you go for one of the spacious suites, you will also get a private terrace with views over Lisbon.
Even if you don’t get the suite, the rooftop bar offers incredible views. Overlooking Bairro Alto’s traditional streets and with sweeping vistas of the Tagus, it one of the best places in the city for watching the sunset over Lisbon with a drink in hand. There is also an excellent buffet breakfast available, and a stylish indoor bar for the rest of the year.
The hotel is extremely well located for gay visitors, with the Bairro Alto gayborhood a mere 5-minute walking distance. This includes Trombeta Bath, which is extremely popular on weekends, as well as local favorites like Clube da Esquina (mixed but very gay) and Side Bar (small gay cocktail bar). A slightly longer walk (15 minutes) will get you to Finalmente Club and the main Bairro Alto gay area.
9Hotel Mercy is a good example of the exceptional value you can get in Lisbon – rates are extremely affordable for the level of design and service you get.
♥ Intimate, sophisticated, and friendly gay boutique vibe
♥ Perfect location for gay nightlife, only 4 mins walk to Trombeta Bath gay sauna and 13 mins to Trumps gay dance club
♥ King Room with Balcony is a must when booking
♥ Mouthwatering breakfast
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.
♥ Ideal location for sightseeing and enjoying the gay nightlife
♥ Less than 5 mins walk to Lisbon’s hottest and most popular gay sauna, Trombeta Bath
♥ Only 4 mins walk to Santa Justa Lift, the city’s tourist hotspot
Ranked as one of the top 20 Lisbon hostels on TripAdvisor, Lisboa Carmo Hotel is a boutique gem located just at the intersection of Bairro Alto, Baixa, Chiado, and Avenida da Liberdade. The hotel’s biggest draw is its intimate and personal approach, with staff that is truly dedicated to helping you enjoy Lisbon like a local.
This location is perfect for sightseeing during the day and partying at night, walking distance from most of Lisbon’s top sights as well as it’s top gay bars. Even better, the hotel is located in a quiet street far from the nightly noise from Bairro Alto, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep on the days you decide to skip the partying.
Rooms are decorated in soothing pastel tones and come in a variety of sizes, from a cozy 15m2 double room to a spacious Family Suite. All the rooms come with high-quality amenities and many offer impressive views of Lisbon and São Jorge Castle.
The hotel’s restaurant serves up authentic Portuguese cuisine in a beautiful room with vaulted archways, inspired by traditional Lisbon taverns. Breakfast is tasty, varied, and high-quality.
♥ Great location for both sightseeing and nightlife
♥ Only 10 mins walk to the most popular gay dance club, Trumps and to the city’s hottest gay sauna, Trombeta Bath
♥ Indoor pool with direct outdoor access – great for all seasons
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.
♥ Excellent location in the uniquely beautiful Baixa neighborhood
♥ Only 10 mins walk to the city’s most popular gay sauna, Trombeta Bath
♥ Bright and cheerful decor done with excellent taste
My Story Hotel Ouro is located in the heart of Lisbon’s stunning historical district of Baixa. It is based in a renovated 18th-century building, two blocks away from the grandiose Rua Augusta. Baixa-Chiado metro station is just five minutes away, providing handy connections to the rest of the city. Meanwhile, the gay bars of Bairro Alto are a short and pleasant 10-minute walk away.
This modern and friendly boutique hotel features airy rooms decorated in soothing pastels and warm yellows. Recurring Portuguese tilework motifs are a nod to Lisbon tradition, while modern amenities ensure a comfortable stay. Rooms are available in twin, double, and single, the latter being an excellent option for a solo traveler.
There is an in-house restaurant and bar serving traditional Portuguese meals and snacks. The best part about this is the terrace seating, where you can while away the hours sitting on one of Baixa’s mosaic-tiled side streets.
The staff are all extremely friendly and attentive, making My Story Hotel Ouro stand out in terms of its service.
♥ Only 10 mins walk to Trombeta Bath, Lisbon’s hottest gay sauna
♥ Beautiful Baixa location
♥ Clean, comfortable, and stylish rooms
Brown’s Downtown is a sleek and contemporary 3-star hotel, with the attention to detail and design of a high-end boutique. Everything is impeccably decorated in a cool, minimalist style featuring plenty of gleaming wood and leather. Meanwhile, a focus on high-tech amenities makes it a particularly convenient option for the modern traveler.
Indeed, all rooms come with their own iPad and iMac computer as well as a Marshall sound system. They are also all equipped with invigorating rainfall showers and fluffy, comfortable beds. The Superior Rooms are considerably more spacious than the small rooms, and there are also rooms available with Castle views.
The hotel is located in the beautiful Baixa neighborhood, on a street just behind the central Rua Augusta. This is one of the most picturesque and iconic areas in Lisbon, and it is also walking distance to both the Bairro Alto gay bars and the clubs in Principe Real.
♥ Only 6 mins walk to Trombeta Bath gay sauna and 15 mins to Trumps gay dance club
♥ Excellent location next to classic Lisbon viewpoints
♥ Cool and contemporary design and amazing rooftop bar & restaurant
Monte Belvedere Hotel is a boutique hotel, part of the Shiadu group, which brings together several trendy guesthouses and hotels across Portugal. Monte Belvedere is a particularly gay-friendly one, just 5 minutes away from the Bairro Alto gay bars and Trombeta Bath. The hotel is also located next to Miradouro Santa Catarina, one of Lisbon’s most popular viewpoints.
There are 21 carefully-appointed rooms, all decorated in a modern, minimalist style. The rooms come in Standard, Superior, and Family, with the latter being a great choice for groups of friends looking for a stylish budget option. Some of the rooms have lovely river views over the Tagus.
The hotel’s biggest draw is its awesome rooftop bar and restaurant on the 7th floor, featuring an open-air terrace as well as covered seating. In the mornings, a delicious and high-quality breakfast is served here, which allows you to start the day with a stunning 360° view over Lisbon.