Gay Hotel Rome


21 Best Gay Hotels Rome

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.

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♥ Very close to major landmarks and walking distance to Trastevere gay bars
♥ Gorgeous high-end Italian design throughout the hotel
♥ Great facilities including an outdoor pool and excellent spa

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.

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♥ Best location in town for public transport
♥ Historic building with contemporary interiors
♥ Good range of rooms, including large 6-person suites

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.

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♥ Impeccable hotel with boutique charm
♥ Relaxing and tasteful decor
♥ Quiet location with excellent transport links

This charming boutique hotel, renovated from a townhouse in 2015, has an Exceptional rating on and is the 5th best-rated hotel in Rome on TripAdvisor. It has been mentioned in several high-end travel publications and is among the most popular hotels in the city with gay travelers.

The hotel features 15 individually decorated rooms. They are all painted in relaxing tones of blue, white, or grey, and all have large windows with either courtyard or city views. Lovely touches like exposed brick walls or small individual terraces round off the design. The single room is a perfect stylish option for the solo traveler, while the higher categories come with great extra touches like an Illy espresso machine or a walk-in closet.

All of the hotel’s common areas are beautifully and tastefully decorated, with the whole place preserving some of the homey feels of its townhouse origins. A delicious breakfast is served every morning in the leafy courtyard and the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful, offering highly personalized service.

The Fifteen Keys Hotel is located in a quiet area very close to Roma Termini station, which makes it easy to reach for both plane and rail travelers. Termini Metro station provides easy access to the whole city, including the Colosseum gay area and Gay Village in the summer. Censured Club, a large cruising club, is a 2-minute walk away.

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Why we love it

♥ Great location close to Termini transport links
♥ Beautiful and classy decor
♥ Delicious breakfast with a view

The Independent Suites is a stylish, gay-friendly Rome hotel. It is located near Termini Station, making it very convenient for travelers arriving from the airport. Termini metro station, where the city’s two metro lines connect, provides unparalleled access to the rest of Rome.

A palette of warm grey, brown, and white tones give the place an upscale feel. All the rooms feature polished wooden floors and tailor-made Italian objects, as well as large soundproof windows. Great amenities include an extensive pillow menu and Nespresso coffee machine; higher room categories also offer Apple iPads on request.

One of The Independent Hotel’s best features is its rooftop terrace and bar, which offers great views of the city in a modern ambiance. This is also where a generous and high-quality breakfast is served. There is even a gym on-site, which is a great bonus for a boutique 4-star.

The Independent is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Rome and is also within the top 25 hotels in Rome on TripAdvisor.

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Why we love it

♥ Fun and colorful rooms and apartments
♥ Wonderful rooftop terrace
♥ Great location for sightseeing and gay nightlife

This boutique hotel stands out due to its unique rooms, each individually themed and decorated by Italian designer Max Viola. Some are playful, some understated and vintage, and some are more classically refined. All feature distinctive wallpaper by Italian interior design brand Fornasetti.

Some of the rooms can be quite small, although these are also very good value. Go for at least a Superior Room if you need space to spread out. Bright, airy, and colorful 1-bedroom apartments are also available, which can accommodate up to four people. These include a kitchenette with kettle, coffee maker, stovetop, and fridge.

A very good continental breakfast is included in the room rate, although not for the apartments. This is served in the lovely, colorful rooftop terrace overlooking Via Nazionale.

Salotto Monti has an exceptional location, within walking distance of many of Rome’s main landmarks. Within a 15-minute walk, you can reach Palazzo Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum. This also means you can easily walk to many of Rome’s most popular gay bars, such as My Bar and Coming Out.

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♥ Excellent location next to Termini
♥ Comfortable rooms with subtle, tasteful decor
♥ Walking distance to Italy’s biggest gay sauna

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.

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Why we love it

♥ Gorgeous, Insta-friendly boutique hotel
♥ Fully equipped apartments available
♥ Great location with easy access to gay nightlife

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.

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Why we love it

♥ Elegant and refined rooms with good amenities
♥ Excellent bars
♥ Convenient location next to Roma Termini

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.

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Why we love it

♥ Ornate antique decor
♥ Rooftop terrace with small gym
♥ Ideal location for gay nightlife

Hotel Celio features antique-style decor which may seem over-the-top for some, but will come across as delightfully kitschy for others. It all depends on how you feel about Roman columns, classical paintings, mosaics, and dramatic wallpapering. There is a nice little rooftop terrace from which you can see the city, which also includes a small gym and shower.

The location next to the Colosseum makes it a very gay-friendly Rome hotel. Gay Street, with local gay meeting points like My Bar and Coming Out, is just a 2-minute walk away.

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Why we love it

♥ Charming old-fashioned decor and features
♥ Lovely and efficient staff
♥ Walking distance to both Termini and the Colosseum

Housed in a 16th-century monastery building, Hotel Guibileo serves up plenty of old-world Roman charm. Some of the rooms at Hotel Guibileo have original features like wooden beams and brick arches, while others offer private terraces and balconies to relax in. Some have views over the quiet Roman street or the facade of Santa Maria Maggiore.

The rooms are comfortable if not a bit old-fashioned, but that’s part of the appeal. A quadruple room with four single beds is available, which could be good for friends traveling together. Basic amenities are provided. The staff are friendly and efficient, always happy to help or give recommendations.

The location is excellent for getting around Rome. Termini station, with its rail, metro, and airport links, is about 10-minutes away, while major sites like the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain are a 20-minute walk. Of course, this also means that the gay bars near the Colosseum are within easy reach.

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