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.
♥ Chueca gayborhood and its gay nightlife is less than 10 mins walk
♥ Award-winning eating options and artsy design throughout the hotel
♥ Outdoor swimming pool for those scorching summer days
♥ Look for Suite room type when booking
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.
♥ Beautifully designed boutique hotel
♥ Perfect location for Chueca nightlife and central Madrid views
♥ Exceptional standard of service
The Principal is a luxury boutique hotel located right on Gran Via, one of Madrid’s major boulevards. It is ranked within the top 15 hotels in the city on TripAdvisor, thanks to its impeccable approach to design, service, and comfort.
The entire hotel features showstopping views of Madrid due to its incredible location, meaning the city is always put front and center of the design. The decor is meant to evoke old-world charm with a modern sensibility, and the result is a classic luxury that feels fresh. The rooms are more contemporary, featuring cool greys and blacks for a timeless and soothing feel.
The Principal features a beautiful outdoor terrace bar, with solarium area for lounging in the sun. There is also an excellent restaurant by Catalan chef Ramon Freixa, offering top-class cuisine in an informal and laid-back setting. The hotel is also very well-rated for its staff, who are always ready to make your stay as special as it can be.
The hotel is located just at the edge of the Chueca neighborhood, meaning most of Madrid’s huge offering of gay bars and nightclubs is just a super-short walk away. In fact, long-established gay bar Griffin’s is just around the corner, and other gay Madrid favorites like NICK’S, ZARPA, and Studio 54 are under a 3-minute walk.
♥ Excellent central location
♥ 10 mins walk to Black and White, Madrid’s longest-run gay bar
♥ Modern, bright, and colorful decor
♥ Lovely rooftop terrace for cooling down
Hotel Indigo Madrid brings together colorful modern design with luxe amenities for an experience that reflects the youthful energy of the city as well as its grand history. Murals of Madrid’s most iconic locations decorate the airy and cheerful rooms, complemented with bright touches of color and huge floor-to-ceiling windows.
One of the hotel’s best features is its rooftop terrace, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, sun loungers, and Sky Lounge bar. It is one of the best places to watch the sun come down over the city before setting off to the nearby gay nightlife. The gym is small but well-equipped. There is also a restaurant specializing in traditional Madrid cuisine, which is perfect if you love discovering authentic local gastronomy.
This gay-friendly Madrid hotel is located just off Gran Via, close to plenty of great shops, bars, restaurants, and major Madrid attractions. Plaza de Espana, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and Puerta Del Sol are all within a 10-minute walk, as are most of the gay bars and clubs in Chueca. The museums from the Golden Triangle all about 20 minutes away.
♥ Superb location for sightseeing and gay nightlife
♥ 5 mins walk to Madrid’s gayborhood Gran Via and Chueca
♥ Bright, airy, and supremely comfortable rooms
♥ Look for Premium XL Double Room for 3 adults for a better value of money when booking
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.
♥ 6 mins walk to Sauna Center, one of Europe’s biggest gay saunas
♥ Old-fashioned hotel (that never feels old)
♥ Super central location
♥ Look for Superior Triple Room for 3 adults for a better value of money when booking
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.
♥ Bright and colorful design
♥ Delightful rooftop pool, great luxury add-ons in rooms
♥ 5 mins walk to Sauna Center, Madrid’s most popular gay sauna and its gayborhood
♥ Look for Superior Triple Rooms for 3 adults for a better value of money when booking
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.
♥ Excellent location and a popular choice for gay visitors to the city
♥ Elegantly decorated and a good range of room sizes
♥ 5 mins walk to Chueca gay neighborhood and many gay venues
♥ Triple Rooms for 3 adults are available
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.
♥ 15 mins walk to Chueca and Gran Via gayborhood
♥ Impeccable Scandi design
♥ Insta-worthy rooftop pool
♥ Look for Deluxe Connecting Rooms for 4 adults when booking for better value of money
Dear Hotel Madrid is a stylish boutique hotel featuring gorgeously minimalist Scandi decor throughout. Everything is impeccably designed, from the lobby to the rooms to the dining area, meaning you’ll be filling your Insta feed with envy-worthy shots your entire stay.
However, it’s not all about the #aesthetic: the design also serves to make everything as comfortable and convenient as possible for your stay. The beds are heavenly, the rain showers are a treat, and amenities like Nespresso machines and smartphone speakers in every room help you feel right at home.
The hotel’s bar and restaurant offers stunning 360 views of Madrid and serves an exceptionally tasty breakfast every morning. There is a really cool rooftop plunge pool that is too small to swim in but absolutely perfect for taking a few pictures and enjoying the view.
The hotel is located right at the beginning of Gran Via, a stone’s throw away from Plaza de España and its metro station. Madrid landmarks like the Royal Palace, Temple of Debod, and Puerta del Sol are all just a 10-minute walk away. The heart of the Chueca gayborhood is about 15-minutes away, but there are also a handful of closer gay venues like Sauna Principe, Sauna Adan, My Pleasure, and PK2 SeXion.
♥ 15 mins walk to Gran Via and Chueca gayborhood
♥ Double Rooms with Private Bathroom (for couples) are available
♥ The standard of a boutique hotel with the price and social life of a hostel
♥ Rooftop terrace bar, free daily tours and entry to local clubs
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.
♥ Boite, a popular gay club is just a couple of minutes away, and 10 mins walk to gay nightlife in Chueca and Gran Via
♥ Vibrant social atmosphere
♥ Free daily tours, pub crawls, and dinners
♥ Comfortable beds (no bunks!)
Sungate ONE is a friendly and modern hostel in the heart of Madrid. It has a very social environment, making it the ideal choice for travelers who like to make new friends in hostel common rooms. As well as a “Family Dinner” every evening, the hostel offers a daily tour in the city as well as a nightly trip to a local bar or club, all free of charge. As well as being super friendly, this is also great value for money as it allows you to save on tours and meals.
There are multiple common areas with distinct vibes, and guests have 24/7 access to the hostel kitchen if they want to make their own meals. The rooms come in 2, 4, and 6-person sizes, all with shared bathrooms. There are no bunk beds, which is good news for anyone who has spent a night feeling their bed move with their bunkmate’s every toss and turn.
The location is great for Madrid sightseeing, very close to Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, and the Golden Triangle museums. There is a popular gay club, Boite, just a couple of minutes away, and the Chueca nightlife is a 10-minute walk.