The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Vienna is a very gay-friendly city in general, but the most popular hotels with gay visitors tend to be the ones near the gay nightlife action in Neubau and Mariahilf. Most of these hotels are within easy walking distance to several gay bars and restaurants, while others have excellent public transport links to make up for their less central location. The city’s design-forward ethos is visible throughout, with even the most budget hotels offering stylish rooms and facilities.
Vienna is a city of palaces, grand boulevards, and opulent, baroque coffee houses, so it’s no surprise that it has its fair share of luxurious 5-star hotels. Though some have the classic over-the-top Viennese style, many reflect the city’s more modern side, with striking and polished contemporary designs by world-famous architects and studios. There is something for everyone, ranging from large international chains with state-of-the-art facilities to wonderful boutique hotels filled with unique touches.
Vienna is an exceptionally progressive city, and one with a long history of queer acceptance. As such, all hotels in the city are gay-friendly and gay visitors shouldn’t worry about holding hands or other public displays of affection.
Das Triest is a design boutique hotel set within a building with over 300 years of history. Original features like vaulted ceilings have been maintained but modernized, creating a unique contemporary feel. Every room has custom design by Bang & Olufsen tech and a Nespresso machine – the Stephansdom View room, with its private terrace overlooking the cathedral, is well worth booking. The hotel is home to an award-winning Italian restaurant, an authentic deli, a state-of-the-art cocktail bar, and a beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard serving fresh stone grill barbeque in the summer.
This gay-friendly boutique Vienna hotel features original, modern design blending neutral palettes with touches of bright color. Rooms are on the simple side but are extremely comfortable and well-appointed. They range from a practical single room to a spacious Junior Suite. The hotel restaurant is very stylish and the breakfast is excellent. The Garden Lounge, complete with a small plunge pool, is exceptionally pleasant during the summer months. There is a small but well-equipped gym and a very good sauna – although you may prefer instead to frequent popular gay sauna Sportsauna, just 3-minutes away.
This 5-star has a privileged location right on Ringstraße boulevard, directly overlooking Stadtpark. City highlights like St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Opera House are a short walk away, while the gay nightlife is easily reached by public transport (there is a tram stop right outside the hotel). The rooms were renovated in 2017 and have a stylish minimalist feel, with a soothingly neutral color palette and clean lines. They all have king-size beds with luxury Marriott bedding for a restful night’s sleep. Drinking and dining options include an American-style sports bar, an upscale bar with an indoor waterfall, and two casual-chic restaurants. The fitness area has a well-equipped gym and a beautiful, large indoor swimming pool.
Aside from being right next to the Museums Quarter and several other city attractions, this gay-friendly Vienna hotel is within walking distance to the many gay bars and clubs around Naschmarkt. One of Vienna’s most popular monthly gay dance parties, REPLAY, is held at Opera Club just 5 minutes away. The hotel features sleek modern design with a minimalist feel, and the rooms are recently renovated. Look out for the Rooftop Terrace rooms for a generous outdoor space and incredible city views. Bathrooms are equipped with both a beautiful Victorian tub and a decadent massage shower. The restaurant and bars are exceptionally cool, and the breakfast buffet is outstanding. Guests have access to the uber-chic John Harris Executive Club fitness center just next door.
This stylish boutique hotel is located right next to the Museums Quarter, making it ideal for art lovers. Meanwhile, there are plenty of gay bars, clubs, and saunas within walking distance. The decor is polished and modern, but with definite baroque influences. The rooms, suites, and apartments at Sans Souci are all more beautiful than the next – expect black marble bathrooms, luxury furnishings, and original art by world-famous artists like Steve Kaufman and Roy Liechtenstein. The apartments, with their spacious kitchens and living rooms, are perfect for longer stays. Both Le Bar and Veranda Restaurant offer a perfect mix of high-end and friendly, and the food is fantastic. The spa, swimming pool, and gym are all also gorgeously designed.
The InterContinental Wien offers classic 5-star luxury, which means the rooms are a little on the old-fashioned side but everything is impeccably maintained and well-appointed. The Executive rooms include access to the InterContinental Club Lounge, which offers an upscale breakfast room, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and a happy hour every evening. There is a modern restaurant serving Austrian specialties and an opulent cafe with classic Viennese baroque feel, as well as a swanky jazz bar. The location is ideal for sightseeing, across from Stadtpark (and its U-Bahn Station) and a short walk to several Opera and Concert houses. Opera Club, which hosts the massively popular monthly REPLAY gay parties, is less than 10 minutes away.
Featuring striking contemporary design from the mind of famous architect Jean Nouvel, this luxe 5-star is one of the most stylish stays in town. Most of the rooms are decorated in floor-to-ceiling pure white, which combined with large windows overlooking the city make for an incredibly bright and airy effect. There are also suites in pure black and soft grey for those who prefer a more dramatic style. The stunning spa area is one of the highlights of the hotel, offering 750 m2 of pure relaxation space, and the attached gym is also well-equipped. Das Loft restaurant offers one of the most spectacular dining experiences in the city, with panoramic views and a colorful ceiling art installation. Innere Stadt, with all its nightlife and tourist attractions, is a short walk across the river, and gay venues like WHY NOT Club, City Bar, and Fett + Zucker Cafe are all less than 15 minutes away.