The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Milan is perhaps Italy’s most refined and sophisticated city, home of high fashion, cutting-edge design, and impressive architecture. It is also the largest business hub in the country, and these factors can lead to steep rates, especially during peak tourism season and when major conventions are in town.
Milan is a pretty expensive city, so if you want luxury it will come at a cost. We have highlighted some of the city’s best four-star gay-friendly hotels offering Milano elegance and sophistication at more reasonable Milano prices
Generally speaking, the closer to Duomo (the city’s iconic cathedral and its surrounding area), the more expensive the hotel, with more affordable options tending to sit up north towards the Central Station. If your priority is exploring gay Milan, you may want to stay in that direction, while those keen on Milan’s art and history will prefer to stay closer to the city center. The metro system allows you to easily cross longer distances – look out for hotels near stations to stay connected to Milan at large.
Milan is probably Italy’s most modern and liberal city – as such, gay travelers here can be more at ease than they would be in some other more conservative parts of Italy. This is especially for hotels in the Porta Venezia and Old Town area of Milan, where gay displays of affection are fairly common and unlikely to draw any attention.
Sadly, Italy does lag behind other Western countries in certain areas of LGBT rights. The laws regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and identity are also less developed than in many other European countries. Gay marriage is not yet legal in the country, and neither is same-sex adoption.
All of the gay-friendly hotels in this list are located Northeast of the city center, where most of gay Milan converges – specifically, the Old Town and the area surrounding Porta Venezia. The focal point of this neighborhood is Corso Buenos Aires, a shopper’s paradise containing the highest concentration of clothing stores in Europe. If you’re in town to shop and party, this has to be where you stay in Milan.
There’s another advantage to this location: most of the hotels in this list are close to Central Station. This is ideal for most travelers, since as well as being where most trains come in, the station is where the airport shuttle arrives and departs from.
This relatively new independent boutique hotel (opened in 2017) features 66 rooms, each custom-designed for your comfort. Sizes range from single to quadruple – book a Superior room for larger beds and more spacious layouts. The design is simple and minimalistic, yet stylish and well-considered. The beds are amazing, with high-quality hypoallergenic mattresses. A to-go breakfast box is available for those who want to have their first meal of the day on the go. As the name suggests, the hotel is right next to Central Station, and so ideally positioned for public transport (plus, G-Street and Confused gay bars are just 5 minutes away).
This independent boutique hotel is a great choice for those who prefer to avoid the big chains. It is housed in an elegant 19th-century building, with sleek, modern interiors. The compact single rooms are a very practical solution for solo travelers, and there are also spacious triple and quadruple rooms for groups. Some of the rooms have long, narrow balconies, which make for a lovely social space if you’re in town during the summer. The breakfast, made in-house by a pastry chef, is as authentically Italian as anything from a Milanese cafe. Illumined, a 24-hour cruise club, is 3 minutes walk down the road.
This is a simple, no-frills hostel in the Porta Venezia area. Dorm beds in mixed and male-only rooms are available, and you can also book a private double or triple bunk bedroom with friends. All rooms have shared toilets, and each bed has a private socket and light, as well as an assigned locker. There’s a communal guest kitchen if you like making your own meals. The biggest draw is the location: 2 minutes to Turati Metro station (Line 3), which connects directly to the gay clubs in the Southeast of town (Patchouli Cafe, Glitter Club, Plastic), and about a 20-minute walk to gay bars like LeccoMilano, MONO, and Chiringay (summer only).
This hotel brings you all the style you can expect from a high-end Milan hotel, at an affordable 4-star price. This is especially true of the cozy Classic and Superior rooms. If you’re looking for something more upscale, the Junior Suites and Suites have spacious layouts and come with perks like an espresso machine and free room service. There is a Family Room, but it is specifically designed for families with children – groups of friends should look at the Triple Room or two connecting doubles. There is a small, well-equipped gym and a sauna. The restaurant is run by popular Italian Deli chain Eataly, meaning there’s a fantastic selection of regional specialties from across the country on offer throughout the day. Most Porta Venezia gay bars are within walking distance, with Blanco being under a 5-minute walk away.
This boutique-style hotel is made up of spacious, well-appointed Junior Suites, each featuring sleek contemporary decor and ample work, sleep, and living space. Certain suites have extra perks – we recommend the Fitness suite with your own Technogym machine or the Relax suite with a chaise longue and angle bathtub. A Family Suite that sleeps up to four people is also available. Beds are large and extra-comfy, and special rates for single use are sometimes available. G-Street and Confused, two gay bars right by the Central Station, are less than 10 minutes away on foot.
This stylish hotel is located in a renovated 1950’s skyscraper, offering fantastic views of the city from many of the rooms. The rooms have minimalist all-white interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, making them bright and airy. They are also fairly spacious, starting at 20m2 and ranging up to a roomy loft with panoramic views. A courtesy minibar with daily refills and a Chromecast-equipped TV in every room are both nice extra touches. The restaurant and bar is excellent and there’s a modern, spacious, well-equipped gym. INNSIDE is very well located for gay nightlife – a 10-minute walk will get you to G-Star, Confused, and Illumined 24-hour cruise club, and a further 10 to most of the Porta Venezia venues.
This is possibly the best combination of location and value on this list. Ibis Milano Centro features ibis’ trademark blend of comfort and convenience at affordable prices, all with stylish contemporary decor and a lovely garden terrace. Meanwhile, the hotel is located 5 minutes from Via Lecco gay bars like LeccoMilano, MONO, and Red Cafe, and even more distant gay venues like La Boum, G-Star, and Inferus cruise club are only a 20-minute walk away. All three metro lines have stations within walking distance, and the Central Station is nearby. Guests have a choice of Standard, Design, and Executive rooms, with the Standard options being more compact. Triple rooms make for a great choice for a group of friends. All the rooms are modern, clean, and comfortable.
Set in a historic Liberty (Italian Art Nouveau) building, this is a 5-star option for those who like a bit of old-fashioned romance. There’s a storybook feel to the hotel, from the palatial dining rooms to the whimsically renovated bedrooms and suites, each inspired by a fairy-tale or opera. The compact Superior rooms are great for a weekend stay, but we recommend you book at least a Deluxe if you want more room to spread out (the gorgeous La Boheme suite is especially roomy). Meanwhile, the dreamy, luxurious spa and exceptional organic, locally sourced dining help make Chateau Monfort a perfect choice for a romantic getaway. There are several gay bars within a 15-minute walk, including LeccoMilano, MONO, and Chiringay (summer only).
NH Milano is set in a beautiful palazzo, once home to Milan’s first railway station. Its grand external facade, combined with soothing contemporary interiors in pastel tones, makes for a luxe but unpretentious stay. The rooms, decorated in a simple all-white style, are compact and extremely well designed for optimum comfort – the 10 m2 single is a great option for a solo traveler, while the terrace Suite is perfect for couples looking to treat themselves. There is a small but well-equipped gym and a very stylish spa with jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and sensory showers, access to which is free for all guests (massages and treatments also available). The location, west of Porta Venezia, is about a 20-minute walk from gay bars like LeccoMilano, Illumined, and MONO.
♥ Beautiful, original decor throughout the hotel
♥ Spacious, comfortable, and well-decorated rooms across the board
♥ Walking distance to major Milan sights and Via Lecco gay bars (LeccoMilano, MONO, Blanco, Chiringay)
♥ Handy public transport link to several gay clubs (La Boum, NoLoSo, qLAB, DEPOT)
This boutique-style hotel seamlessly blends old-school Milanese architecture with a fresh, contemporary feel. Set in a former palazzo, the interiors are filled with nods to Milan’s fashion and art heritage – even the Standard rooms are beautifully and uniquely decorated. The rooms are relatively spacious for Milan, with even the smallest being a comfortable 20m2. The hotel is very well located for both sightseeing and gay nightlife – about 15 minutes’ walk from city sights like Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II and 20 minutes from gay bars like LeccoMilano, MONO, Blanco, and Chiringay (summer only). Plus, San Babila metro station (Line 1) is under 5 minutes away, and connects directly to many gay clubs in the Central Station area like La Boum, NoLoSo, qLAB, and DEPOT.