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Staying in Melbourne City Center allows you to make the most of the city’s cultural, culinary, and nightlife offerings. Endless cafes, restaurants, markets, bars, parks, and galleries surround you, and you are well connected to the whole Melbourne metropolitan area for day trips and excursions. Collingwood and Fitzroy concentrate on some of the city’s best and busiest gay bars, clubs, and saunas, and are about a half-hour walk or tram ride from the Central Business District (CBD). Melbourne is a fairly expensive destination, so expect to pay for those luxuries. Opting for one of the city’s many cool, trendy boutique gay-friendly hotels, can help you save without cutting on comfort.
Australia is a tolerant and gay-friendly country. Being so, it’s unlikely visitors should experience any issues checking into any hotel in Melbourne. The gay-friendly hotels selected above are some of the most booked hotels by gay travelers located in neighborhoods with the most gay bars, clubs, and saunas.
Gay Hotels in Melbourne’s St Kilda VS Collingwood
The beachside area of St Kilda was one of Melbourne’s first gayborhoods. Nowadays, you are more likely to find gay nightlife in nearby Prahran or in downtown Collingwood, but St Kilda remains a popular destination for gay travelers. The place maintains an almost old-fashioned beach resort vibe, but with a modern Melbourne twist. Upscale boutique shopping, vintage carnival rides, and a gorgeous palm-fringed promenade all make up part of the St Kilda charm. A few long-standing gay institutions and fun dancey clubs remain in the area, so you’re never too far from a good night out.
This creative boutique hotel has a bright, colorful look, enhanced by original works of art from local art students. Rooms are well-designed for optimum comfort, with great amenities like a coffee machine, T2 tea, and branded toiletries. The Piccolo rooms are good for short stays, while the two-bedroom apartment with a private balcony and fully-equipped kitchen is ideal for a group of friends. Luna Park is about a 15-minute walk away, and gay-popular Prince Public Bar is just down the road. There are a bar and restaurant downstairs that’s a good place to wind down after a long day of shopping and strolling.
The polished beachy decor would be enough to make Rydges St Kilda a gay favorite, but it’s located just around the corner from long-standing gay institution Prince Public Bar really seals the deal. This gay-friendly St Kilda hotel is also under 15 minutes from Luna Park and the Esplanade Market, making it the ideal base for exploring the area. All the rooms are cozy and well-designed, but we especially recommend the spa suites with their decadent spa tubs. Alternatively, all rooms include access to St Kilda Sea Baths and it’s first-rate fitness and wellness facilities. The hotel is home to a cute, colorful cafe popular with locals and a cool wine bar. Rydges St Kilda is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in St Kilda Melbourne.
Each hotel in the Art Series highlights the work of an Australian contemporary artist – in this case, the late Adam Cullen. The hotel contrasts Cullen’s bold and colorful artwork with a sleek and polished contemporary design for an effect that is highly creative yet understated. Accommodation is made up of bright and spacious suites, all of which include a well-equipped kitchenette and a living area. These range from compact studios to large apartments that can sleep up to 6. Signature beds and high-end amenities guarantee your comfort. Both the downstairs American-style diner and the Dumpling Bar are local favorites. The gay-friendly hotel is located in Prahran, 5 minutes from the gay club Poof Doof and gay-popular club Love Machine.
The Prince Public Bar is one of Melbourne’s oldest gay-friendly venues, and its attached hotel has been welcoming guests since the mid 19th century. It was transformed into its current Art Deco form in the 30’s and has recently undergone a renovation that has updated its interiors to trendy, pastel-hued millennial chic while still preserving the history of the locale. All the rooms are elegant and supremely comfortable – splash out on the Premier Suite with balcony overlooking Fitzroy Street and a freestanding designer tub if you can. Downstairs, the freshly renovated Prince Public Bar looks better than ever, and the iconic Prince Bandroom is a great place to catch a gig.