The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Rome fascinates and charms with its centuries of history. From ancient Roman ruins to grand Renaissance palaces, there’s more to see here than you could ever fit into one trip. When you add in some of the best food in the world and a lively, varied gay nightlife, you have a gay destination to rival Berlin and London.
Like most European capitals, Rome isn’t exactly cheap to stay in. You can save a lot of money by visiting outside of the peak season in summer, and it might also be more comfortable – Rome in August is swelteringly hot and crowded with tourists.
There is a huge variety of accommodations available, from luxury 5-star urban resorts to stylish boutique hotels and cool party hostels. Once you get to the 4 and 3-star midrange hotels, you can find some really great value for money.
Legally all hotels are gay-friendly. Gay travelers should encounter no issues in general especially in the larger hotels and international chains. However it’s worth noting, the laws regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and identity are also less developed than in many other European countries.
Despite being the capital, Rome is not necessarily as progressive as one would hope. It is still quite a traditional city with a large population of conservative Catholic Italians, so discretion in terms of public displays of affection is advised outside of the city’s gay spaces.
Most gay visitors to Rome stay in hotels around the Colosseum in the Celio neighborhood. This area offers a great base to explore the sites and Rome’s gay nightlife.
Celio (R.XIX) – Home to Rome’s most famous landmark, the Colosseum, as well as to Gay Street, the closest Rome comes to having a gayborhood. This street houses some of Rome’s most beloved gay bars, such as Coming Out and My Bar.
The Roman city center is best explored on foot, so we have mostly included centrally-located hotels. The metro can be useful for covering bigger distances, but you will have to mostly rely on taxis for getting back from the bars – unless you are staying in one of the many gay-friendly hotels close to the Colosseum gay nightlife.
This urban resort is a sleek and stylish five-star option on the banks of the River Tiber. The design is contemporary with touches of Italian classicism, and the result is both atmospheric and supremely tasteful. Note, the Villa Agrippina Gran Melia was previously referred to as just the Gran Melia.
All the rooms feature high-end amenities like Nespresso coffee maker, cascade shower, and Clarins toiletries, and they are all spacious. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but for an extra tier of luxury upgrade to a RedLevel room. These come with a whole bunch of extra perks like a private welcome with sparkling wine, a la carte breakfast, bubble baths, access to the RedLevel lounge, and preferential booking at the restaurant, spa, and Balinese beds by the pool.
As well as a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, the hotel is home to a luxury spa with excellent facilities. These include a sauna, Turkish bath with aromatherapy, sensorial showers, ice machine, outdoor plunge pool, and exclusive treatments by Clarins. Access to the spa is free for RedLevel guests.
Gran Melia Rome is located very close to the Vatican. St Peter’s Basilica is 10 minutes away, while the entrance to the Vatican Museums is 20 minutes away on the other side of the walled city. The gay bars in Trastevere (Beige, Garbo, and Frene i Frizoni) are about a 20-minute walk away. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that the Villa Agrippina Gran Melia is one of the most booked luxury gay-friendly hotels in Rome.
The Guardian Hotel has a fresh, young vibe with contemporary decor in tones of cool grey with pops of color. In addition to being impeccably designed, everything is perfectly clean and well-maintained by a team of efficient and helpful staff. Note, the hotel was previously called Smooth Hotel Rome Termini.
The rooms come in several sizes, from single to a five-person Family Room. All are aesthetically designed and have particularly comfy beds, and they all come with a free mobile phone with unlimited data and international calls.
The location is very convenient, halfway between Roma Trevi station and Villa Borghese Park. Castro Pretorio metro station (Line B) is just five minutes away and provides a direct link to Gay Village during the summer.
The Guardian Rome is among the top 60 hotels in all of Rome on TripAdvisor, and one of the highest-rated independent hotels in town.
Golden Tulip Rome Piram (previously Welcome Piram Hotel) is a stylish hotel near Rome Termini station. The design is mostly contemporary, but with baroque and antique flourishes. In particular, the rooms feature a blend of period-style and modern furnishings that give them a luxurious feel. Golden Tulip is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Rome.
The rooms come in various sizes but tend to be on the smaller side. For more space, go for the Junior Suite, which can sleep up to four people. All the rooms feature large windows, TV’s with casting capabilities so you can play content from your own devices, and a Handy smartphone with unlimited data and international calls.
The hotel features an excellent cocktail bar with an Apothecary theme as well as a swanky rooftop bar that is a great place to start a Roman night out. There is also a very good spa with Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, and a range of treatments (including some exclusively designed for men).
The location next to Termini station is very convenient for airport transfers, rail travel, and metro links throughout the city. The gay bars near the Colosseum are about a 25-minute walk away.
One of the most gay-friendly hotels in Rome, B&B First Floor’s main attraction is its location. Confusingly the hotel was previously called B&B Second Floor. Not only is it just next door to My Bar, but its bar and restaurant is Coming Out, Gay Street’s other main gay hotspot. This is where most gay Rome nights out start, so you literally couldn’t be any closer to Rome’s gay nightlife. It’s also handy for solo travelers, since this is a great place to make friends.
The boutique-style rooms are sleek and modern. Neutral tones are accentuated by touches of bright color, while high ceilings and large windows make space feel bright and airy. All rooms come with nice amenities like a Nespresso machine and mini-fridge. The Michelangelo Buonarroti and Rimbaud rooms are especially cool, with direct views of the Colosseum for the ultimate Roman experience.
Part of the popular Generator chain of European hostels, this is a cool and stylish accommodation option for those who like to party and mingle with other travelers. The hostel is set across 7 floors (there is an elevator!) in a renovated 19th-century townhouse, and the design is more elegant and grown-up than what you usually get in hostels.
Both private and dorm accommodation is available. The dorms sleep up to six people and have individual storage lockers. You can also book a 4-person dorm-style room just for you and your friends. Amenities like towels are charged extra and are on the pricier side (5€ towel rental), so bring your own.
The downstairs bar is gorgeous and has a lively vibe in the evenings. It’s very much a party hostel, so bear that in mind if you plan on getting a lot of sleep. When the morning comes, start your day in their lovely cafe.
This gay-friendly hostel is located close to Termini station, which is great for rail-traveling backpackers and airport transfers. The Colosseum and its gay nightlife are just a 20-minute walk from the hostel.
Boasting beautiful design in pastel and jewel tones, Condominio Monti Hotel is one for those who like to share every second of their stay on Instagram. Every inch of this boutique hotel is picture-perfect, from the rooftop terrace to the comfortable rooms.
These come in various sizes and styles. The small rooms are, well, small, so upgrade to a larger room or suite if the size is important to you. There are several four-person rooms available, which are perfect for friends, as well as a gorgeous apartment suite with kitchenette and private terrace.
A tasty continental breakfast is served every morning on the rooftop terrace. The hotel’s staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly, helping to reinforce the personal boutique vibe of the place.
Condominio Monti Hotel has an excellent location just 10 minutes from the Colosseum and its gay nightlife. Cavour metro station is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel and provides an easy metro link to Gay Village in the summer.
UNA Hotels Deco Roma is located a block away from Roma Termini, which gives it easy access to the whole metro system through Termini metro station. This is especially handy if you are visiting during the summer and plan to enjoy Gay Village outside the city center. Termini is also the main stop for the bus links to and from the airports.
There are also some great gay cruising spots nearby, which is one of the factors that makes this hotel a popular choice for gay travelers. Company Roma cruise bar is a 2-minute walk from the hotel, and Italy’s biggest gay sauna, Europa MultiClub, is 15 minutes away. It’s not surprising that UNA Hotel Roma is one of the most booked gay hotels in Rome.
This gay-friendly hotel has modern interior design with touches of Art Deco influence, but everything is quite understated. The rooms are very comfortable, with some offering a private terrace with views overlooking the city.
The in-house restaurant has an impressive wine list and the cafe lounge is very pleasant, with outdoor seating for warmer days. There is a good buffet breakfast on offer, including a wide selection of fresh pastries and cakes.
This Rome 5-star hotel is based in a grand historical building from the early 1900s, which used to be the offices of the Italian railway. For an additional touch of Roman history, it even features 6th-century Roman ruins in its garden.
The design throughout is cool and modern, with a mostly white color scheme accentuated by greys and burgundies. The rooms are recently redecorated, meaning they feel fresh and new. They are slightly on the smaller side, but very comfortable, with great amenities such as Lavazza espresso machines and premium TV channels. Family Rooms are available that sleep up to 6 people, which can make for a great luxury stay for a group of friends.
This gay-friendly hotel features an extremely pleasant rooftop terrace with great views of Rome, as well as a restaurant, bar, and very good buffet breakfast. A small gym is available free of charge for all guests, with a selection of cardio equipment and free weights.
NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento is right next door to Roma Termini, which makes it very convenient for going to and from the airport (as well as for rail travelers). This is also an ideal location for getting around, as both Metro lines cross at Termini. There are two popular gay cruising bars within a 10-minute walk of the hotel, Censured Club and Company Roma.
MEININGER Hostel is a cool hotel with a cinema theme located just north of Termini station. While this is a little bit removed from most of the attractions of the city center, the proximity to Termini metro station means everything is easily accessible.
Most of the accommodation is private, with rooms ranging from single to 6-person. There is also a 6-person shared dormitory available. All of the rooms are spacious, colorful, and practical – even the single room is much roomier than usual.
There is a fun hotel bar that is a good place to meet other people and a fully-equipped modern guest kitchen in case you want to make your own meals. It’s got a bit of a party hostel vibe, so it’s more suited to those who want to enjoy Rome’s nightlife.
Hotel Central Lodge offers great value for money, with basic, modern accommodation in the heart of Rome city center. The design is very minimalist, featuring occasional splashes of bright color, especially in the tiled bathrooms. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with basic facilities including a mini-fridge and a safe.
This gay-friendly hotel is located between Roma Termini and the Colosseum (about a 15-minute walk to either), making it convenient for transport, sightseeing, and gay nightlife. Vittorio Emanuele metro station (Line A) is just a block away and provides a handy transport link to further-afield tourist attractions like the Vatican.