The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Madrid is Spain’s largest LGBT hub, and one of Europe’s largest as well. This makes Madrid’s gayborhood, the lively central area of Chueca, one of the very best places for gay nightlife on the continent.
It is worth noting that the Spanish word “hostal” does not mean the same as “hostel”. A “hostal” is a type of accommodation specific to Spain and Latin America, which essentially boils down to something between a hotel and a hostel. It’s more useful to think of it simply as a budget hotel.
All accommodation in Madrid is gay-friendly, and you should not have any trouble booking rooms as a gay couple or group of friends.
There is one gay hotel in Mardid center, a branch of the international gay hotel chain Axel Hotels, famously HetroFriendly. The hotel is in Las Letras, which is excellently located for sightseeing and about 20 minutes walk from most of the gay bars and clubs in Chueca.
Given the city’s large and vibrant gay scene, all the hotels in the city center, and especially those in and around Chueca and Malasaña, are extremely gay-friendly. However, there are of course a handful of them that specialize in serving gay customers. During Madrid Pride (the largest Pride event in Europe), you can expect these to book up fast.
Most gay travelers to Madrid choose to stay in Chueca or in neighboring Gran Via.
Chueca is the heart of gay Madrid and the country’s biggest gayborhood. Here, you can find a gay establishment for every taste and every time of the day or night.
Gran Via sitting right between Chueca’s nightlife and the city center. Gran Via offers visitors the best of both areas. 10-minute walk to either gay bars and clubs or the sites of the city center.
Puerta del Sol comes south of Gran Via and sits slightly further from the Checa gayborhood.
Puerta Del Sol and the Gran Via, the city’s central avenue, are the heart of Madrid’s city center. Gran Via is lined with some of Madrid’s best shopping as well as some famous architecture, while Puerta Del Sol is one of the city’s main meeting spots for both locals and tourists alike.
Most of the main Madrid tourist highlights are within close walking distance to this area, including the Puerta del Sol Square, Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, and the three museums that make up what is called the Golden Triangle or Art Walk: El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemiza, and Reina Sofia.
Room007 Chueca is one of the top-rated hostels in Madrid. This cool spot has everything you would expect from a modern hostel: fun and colorful design, comfy dorms and privates, and super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The dorm rooms range from 4-person to a huge 11-person duplex room, and all come with individual lockers and plug sockets as well as super-comfy beds and linen. The privates are excellent, featuring wall art inspired by Spanish artists and contemporary furniture – there is even an option with a private terrace. Despite the impeccable quality, Room007 remains affordable on the whole and offers very good value for money.
The hostel has its own gastrobar, Saporem, which serves drinks and tapas well beyond your standard hostel kitchen fare. However, those who like hanging out in a large hostel communal area may be disappointed to find the set-up is closer to that of a hotel and that there’s not really that much room to chat to other travelers.
Room007 benefits from an ideal location, just between gay Chueca and its hipster neighbor Malasaña. The surrounding area is young, lively, and vibrant, so the lack of a proper hostel-style party bar isn’t strongly felt. For gay visitors, La Kama Cafe, Shower & Bar cruise bar, and LL Bar are all just a minute away.
Hostal Pizarro is located in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood, famous for its up-and-coming hipster vibe and for being an extension of Chueca’s gay offerings. Despite not being an official gay Madrid hotel, it specializes in gay-friendly service and the staff are always happy to help you with all things gay Madrid. There are two gay saunas under five minutes away, Sauna Principe and Sauna Adan.
The hotel itself is nothing fancy. In the usual style of Spanish hostales, there are a few communal areas in which you can meet fellow travelers and chat, and the rooms are standard for a budget hotel. Everything is super clean and very comfortable, perfect if you aren’t fussy about luxury amenities and trendy design.
There only 14 rooms and apartments are available for larger groups, which can house four to six people. Opt for one with garden views as these are more pleasant than the interior apartments, which have no windows.
The Hat is a boutique hostel located close to Plaza Mayor in central Madrid. The “boutique” part can be seen in the design, which is trendy, elegant, and airy throughout – nothing like your standard hostel. They offer double rooms as well as large dorms and private 4 and 6-person rooms, so there’s something for everyone. All the rooms feature extremely comfy beds and lovely decor, with plenty of house plants and natural light.
The Hat offers an exceptional buffet breakfast and has a fun rooftop bar that is a great place to hang out in summer. The WiFi is super speedy, and private rooms feature Smart TVs and tablets. There are also free city tours available during the day and free entry to nearby clubs and bars at night.
H10 Villa de la Reina is located on Gran Via, just next to the Chueca gay neighborhood. It is less than five minutes away from great gay Madrid venues like RICK’S, ZARPA, Kavu Next, boyberry, GRIS, and much more, making it a popular choice for gay visitors to the city.
This gay-friendly Madrid hotel features beautiful modern design with a classical touch. Like many hotels in the area, it has been renovated from a grand early 20th-century building, and it maintains the original charm through its elegant decor and furnishings. The rooms are bright and airy, featuring mostly white decor with touches of color. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, from a compact basic room to an ultra-romantic suite with private terrace and jacuzzi.
The hotel serves a delicious and high-quality breakfast in its Las Infantas restaurant, and the bar is a great place to relax with a drink and a book from the resident library. H10 Villa de la Reina also stands out for its great service, with extremely friendly and attentive staff.
This hotel is dedicated to its neighborhood, the Las Letras area of Madrid, which famed for its rich literary history. Literary quotes and references to Spanish literature can be found throughout the hotel, making it a treasure trove for bookworms and culture lovers.
Although housed in a gorgeous early 20th-century building, the interiors are bright, colorful, and extremely modern. That said, original architectural elements like corniced ceilings and traditional iron balconies honor the building’s history. Some of the rooms feature modern secluded balconies with sun loungers, and some have their own jacuzzi.
The decor in the common spaces is a similar mix of old and new, with Art Deco elements contrasting with lovely bright colors. There is a Wine Bar, a Vermouth Bar, a restaurant serving traditional Madrid cuisine, and a rooftop terrace bar. The latter is especially worth the visit, overlooking the excellent rooftop pool with incomparable views over central Madrid. The gym is small but good.
The hotel is located on Gran Via, just at the edge of the Chueca gayborhood. All of Chueca’s gay offerings are within easy walking distance, as are Madrid landmarks like Puerta del Sol and the Golden Triangle Museums. It’s no surprise that Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Madrid.
Hotel Liabeny is an excellent hotel located right at the heart of central Madrid. It has an old-fashioned vibe, but nothing seems dated or worn. Some of the rooms feature more contemporary design, but most maintain the look and feel of an older hotel, with dark paneled wood and traditional paintings.
This traditional ambiance extends to the luxe lobby and bar areas, featuring decor steeped in old-world charm, which here means lots of dark wood and leather. The restaurant, Sensaciones, offers traditional Madrileanean dishes in an elegant setting. The buffet breakfast is fresh and delicious – try the homemade churros for a classically Spanish start to your day.
The hotel is just a couple of minutes away from Puerta del Sol, making it one of the most central options on this list. The gay bars in Chueca are just 10 minutes away, but there are two gay clubs even closer (Boite and Strong Center). Sauna Center, one of the largest gay saunas in Europe, is 10 minutes away in the opposite direction to Chueca.
This NH Collection Hotel is located around the middle of Gran Via, one of Madrid’s major streets. This positions it within easy walking distance to most of the city’s major attractions: Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and El Prado National Museum are all within a 15-minute walking radius of the hotel. More importantly, the Chueca gay neighborhood is just next door, with gay bars like Enfrente, Kavu Next, HOT, Rick’s, and ZARPA all about 3 minutes away.
The hotel is decorated in a simple but sleek contemporary style. The rooms are quite minimalist, with soothing greys, whites, and blues, and come with good amenities like bathrobes, Nespresso coffee machine, rain effect showers, and extremely comfortable beds. Some have views over Gran Via.
There is an extremely pleasant and comfortable rooftop terrace, where a Sky Bar serves tapas and cocktails with a view. However, this only opens during the summer months, so for the rest of the year, you can head to the stylish indoor bar. There is also a restaurant, Picalagartos, blending Mediterranean cuisine with more traditional Madrid elements. The buffet breakfast is tasty, generous, and good value for money.
Urban Hotel offers sleek and contemporary luxury in the heart of Madrid, ranked within the top 30 hotels in the city on TripAdvisor. It is decorated in a unique Art-Deco-inspired style, blending stark modern design with natural materials of wood and stone and brought to life with plenty of natural light. A permanent display of art from Papua New Guinea is housed within the museum, and pieces from around Asia can be found in the rooms and common spaces.
The rooms and suites have all been meticulously designed in this style. Most of them feature dark colors and a blend of textures like satin, leather, and wood for a rich and decadent effect. The larger suites tend to be brighter and airier, featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows.
One of Urban Hotel’s highlights is its in-house restaurant, the Michelin-starred CEBO. There is also a second restaurant, Glass Mar, created by Michelin-starred chef Angel Leon, and a swanky terrace bar. The hotel also has an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and solarium with views over Madrid, and a small gym.
The location is excellent, in the Art Walk just a short walk down the road from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Chueca and its gay nightlife is less than 10 minutes away on foot, and several Madrid highlights like Puerta del Sol, Buen Retiro Park, and El Prado Museum are even closer.
This adults-only gay hotel in Madrid is part of the international Axel chain, which features several trendy gay hotels across Europe and Asia. As always, the hotel is hetero-friendly but decidedly gay. It is one of the top 30 hotels in Madrid on TripAdvisor, which is a testament both to Madrid’s popularity with gay visitors and to the hotel’s overall exceptional standards.
The rooms feature some of Axel Hotel’s most quirky and unique designs, honoring the 80’s counterculture of Madrid. In the smaller rooms, you can expect pink neon and black and white tiles, while the larger ones feature a more baroque style with plenty of gold and intricately molded walls. The Gold Deluxe suite in particular feels like your own private palace, including a freestanding bathtub next to the bed.
Axel Hotel Madrid features an exceptional rooftop terrace with swimming pool, loungers, and a trendy Sky Bar that is a popular gay meeting point in central Madrid. The best thing is that, unlike many other hotel terraces, this one can be enjoyed year-round. There is a small but well-equipped gym, jacuzzi, sauna, and massage booth also available.
As can be expected of a gay hotel, Axel Hotel is located close to Chueca – about 20 minutes away from most of the gay bars and clubs. There are two popular hardcore cruise clubs – Club Baco and ATTACK – within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, and Sauna Lavapies is just a bit further. Meanwhile, many of Madrid’s cultural offerings are also a short walk away, including the museums of the Golden Triangle and Plaza Mayor.
Far Home is a hostel located just off Gran Via (there are other locations throughout the city). Callao metro station (Lines 3 and 5) is a short walk away and the gay neighborhoods of Chueca and Malasaña are very close. The nearest gay venues are boyberry and Erotic Palace, both popular cruising spots.
The hostel offers both private and dorm rooms. The privates range from an economy single room to a quintuple room, all with private bathroom, making this a very good choice for groups of friends on a budget. The dorms come in 4 and 5-bed rooms with shared bathroom. There are also two-person and three-person suites.
The decor in the hostel can be a bit loud and confusing, but everything is modern and super comfortable. The beds are great, the windows are soundproofed, the lockers in the dorms are spacious, and the communal kitchen well-equipped. As usual with hostels, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.