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Most of Paris’ gay nightlife is concentrated in the trendy area of the Marais, which is also known for its boutique shopping, delicious food, and classically Parisian narrow streets. However, there is also a cluster of popular gay bars in Chatelet (which is close to the Marais) as well as several other venues spread out across the city. Larger dance nights tend to take place further out from the center, and gay saunas can be found throughout Paris.
It is also worth noting that because of Paris’ unique approach to city design, whereby historic buildings are continuously preserved and new builds are practically nonexistent, rooms tend to be on the smaller side. However, this is also what makes Paris such an exceptionally beautiful city, and is after all part of the charm.
Paris is, as a whole, an exceptionally gay-friendly city, meaning you are likely to find mixed gay/straight crowds across the board. France as a whole is very tolerant of homosexuality, with Paris having voted its first openly gay mayor back in 2001. Visitors to gay Paris are unlikely to raise any eyebrows and will be generally welcome.
The most booked hotels for gay travelers are located in Le Marais.
Marais is Paris’s main gay area, a trendy yet classically charming central neighborhood. While the vast majority of establishments are here, there are a few exceptions around the city.
Accommodation in Paris is, generally speaking, very pricey. This is why we have included few luxury options (these tend to be prohibitively expensive) and focused on unique, charming, boutique hotels in excellent locations.
♥ Close to plenty of gay nightlife options
♥ Each room in the main building (‘Jules’) having its own floor
♥ Stylish, comfortable rooms and unique courtyard layout
♥ Excellent bar (rare for a 3-star)
Hotel Jules & Jim is a popular gay-friendly Paris hotel located in the Marais. It is made up of a main building and two smaller houses, surrounding an lovely secluded courtyard. This gives the hotel an impression of quiet and serenity, even as you stay within the heart of the city.
There are only 23 rooms, but five distinct categories mean that there is plenty of choice. In particular, we recommend the “Jules” rooms for solo travelers, the Hi-Mac rooms for fans of modern design, and the romantic Sous Les Toits (Under The Roofs) room for couples, which have their own small balcony with views of Paris.
There is a cool and trendy bar with courtyard seating which serves inventive cocktails and attracts a crowd of local Parisians as well as hotel guests. The hotel also functions as an art gallery for up-and-coming artists, with a particular focus on photography, illustration, and street art.
Jules & Jim is perfectly located, within a 10-minute walk of the gay bars in the Marais as well as the Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou, Notre-Dame, and the shops and city-wide transport links of Chatelet. There are a few great gay spots even closer, including CUD (for late-night dancing), Duplex (for artsy intellectual conversations), La Boite A Frissons (for old-fashioned dance hall fun), Le Depot (for cruising), and the huge Sun Sauna.
♥ Location – Opposite the central Gare du Nord train station
♥ A completely unique style from 25hours
♥ Romantic balconies
♥ New hotel – opened in 2019
Quikery or bonkers the designer have put a lot of effort into the 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord. This new-gen gay-friendly lifestyle hotel sits at Paris’s Gare du Nord train station. Convenient for train travelers and centrally located in the city. However, from here most of Paris’s gay nightlife is about 3km away in Le Marais (gayborhood).
Hotel Caron is located in the Marais, about ten minutes away from the main cluster of gay bars. Nearby attractions include the Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou, Notre-Dame, the Chatelet shopping area, and Place des Vosges, which is just a 5-minute walk away.
This gay-friendly Paris hotel is relatively no-frills, but well-designed and pleasant nonetheless. The decor is stylish, modern, and understated. Rooms are on the smaller side (which is normal for Paris) but are always impeccably clean, with super comfy beds and good bathrooms.
All rooms have the standard amenities (such as air-conditioning/heating, TV, and WiFi), but there are also a few thoughtful extras to set the hotel apart, such as a minibar with complimentary soft drinks and snacks, free recent movies on demand, and toiletries by L’Occitane.
Breakfast is simple but high-quality, served in a lovely vaulted cellar. The service at Hotel Caron is particularly well-rated, with friendly English-speaking staff who are keen to enhance your stay in any way they can.
D’win is located in the very heart of gay Marais. RAIDD Bar is just across the street, Mister B gay fetish shop is next door, and gay cafe Voulez-Vous is a few doors down. And that’s just the venues on the same street. Open Cafe, freedj, COX, Le Like, and Le Who’s are all just a couple of minutes away, meaning you can have a full bar-hopping night out in the Marais while barely moving from your hotel door.
The hotel is simple and modern, with bright, cheerful design throughout. The rooms have all the basics and most of them are larger than the Parisian average (but still within European standards). Breakfast is simple but good, served either in the breakfast room, the lovely outdoor patio, or in your room for a small extra fee (€12 isn’t bad for fresh bread and croissants in bed).
One thing to keep in mind is that the hotel is in an old-fashioned building and does not have a lift. This can make things difficult for those with large suitcases, but if you’re lucky a friendly member of staff will offer to help.
This hotel is located in the north of the Marais – still close to the gay nightlife, but in a quieter area. There is a popular gay bar very close by (One Way, with a primarily leather/denim/bear crowd) as well as a gay cruise bar and a fetish shop. The rest of the Marais’ gay bars are, at most, 15 minutes away.
There are several large Metro stops nearby, meaning you are well-connected to the rest of the city. All the major central Paris attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and Centre Pompidou, can be reached within a pleasant half-hour walk or a quick 15-minute metro ride. Meanwhile, the hotel’s less touristy location means there are some wonderful hidden gems close by: don’t miss out on the Marche des Enfants Rouges, a bustling food market with treats from all over the world, literally across the street.
The hotel is quite basic, offering simple rooms. The decor is a bit dated, but everything is otherwise clean, tidy, and well kept. Rooms are on the small side, but you can go for a larger suite if you need more room. The staff are friendly and available 24/7 in case you need any help or support, and there is even a small sauna area.
Le Relais du Marais is one of the most booked budget gay-friendly hotels in Paris. It is located a bit north of the Marais, but still within easy walking distance of its gay bars, clubs, and shops. It’s also just a short 5-minute walk of Apollo Theatre, which regularly hosts many beloved gay parties such as EXCITE, MENERGY, and La Nuit des Follivores. Trou Aux Biches, another popular gay dance party, is held at Le Java, about ten minutes further down the road from Apollo.
The hotel itself is no-frills, offering overall good value for money. The rooms are modern and well-designed but some are looking a bit tired in places. They are, however, comfortable and always perfectly clean. The rooms are also quite small, even for Parisian standards, but this is to be expected for the price you pay in such a good location.
This is a good choice if you are on a budget, want to stay centrally, and just need a clean, cozy place to lie your head at night.
Citadines Les Halles offers apartment-style accommodation in one of the most central locations in Paris. Les Halles is the city’s largest shopping center and is also a major transport hub: the Metro station of Chatelet (just one minute away from the hotel), connects to almost every public transport line in the city.
Nearby, you will find the Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and last but not least the Marais gayborhood. However, there is actually a good-sized gay nightlife in the Chatelet area itself, with Le Velvet, The LABO, and Paris gay institution Banana Cafe just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
The apartments are all comfortable and fairly spacious, ranging from studio size to 1-bedroom. The 1-bedroom apartment can sleep four people, making it a very convenient option for groups. There is not too much difference between the Studio and Studio Deluxe rooms, aside from a sofa and iPod docking station in the latter. All rooms come with air-conditioning, kitchenette, and high-speed internet.
The hotel also offers a good range of amenities, including self-service laundry, a business corner, and a basic fitness suite (if you need a better workout, popular gay gym and sauna Gym Louvre is less than 10 minutes away).
Citadines Les Halles has two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards, and is a popular choice for gay travelers to Paris.
Les Tournelles is located just around the corner from Place des Vosges, one of Paris’ most historical city squares. Within a short 15-minute walk, you can reach the Picasso Museum, Carnavalet Museum (dedicated to the city’s history), Centre Pompidou, Notre-Dame, and Bastille, with many more classic Parisian sights just a bit further. More importantly, the gay bars of the Marais are just 10 minutes away.
This gay-favorite hotel has all the hallmarks of a great boutique stay: warm service, stylish design, snug comfort, and unique, individually decorated rooms. The whole place feels like a home away from home (albeit a particularly trendy one), with lovely rooms that feel more like a nicely decorated bedroom than a hotel room. The beds, in particular, are some of the best you are likely to find.
Most 3-star hotels in Paris do not have a bar, so Les Tournelles’ cozy lounge with honesty bar, Nespresso machine, guest library, and selected newspapers and magazines is a very welcome feature. The Parisian breakfast is tasty and fresh, served in a beautiful stone cellar with vaulted ceilings.
This 3-star hotel is located near the historic Place des Vosges, easy walking distance to Bastille, Notre Dame, Centre Pompidou, and the Marais district. It’s approximately a 10-minute walk to the gay bars in the Marais, but there are also plenty of other great nightlife and entertainment options in the area.
The rooms are decorated relatively simply, but highlighted with murals referencing Parisian architecture and art. The room size is of a usual Paris standard, but the layout never feels cramped. Bathrooms are very modern and well-designed, and on the whole guest facilities are exceptionally clean and well-maintained.
There is nothing extravagant about the hotel, but everything it does it does well and with great attention to detail. The breakfast is tasty, the staff is helpful, and the rates are usually quite reasonable for Paris standards. For these reasons, Hotel Turenne Le Marais has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is popular with gay visitors to Paris.
Hotel Elixir is a relatively new hotel that was refurbished in 2013. It has a sleek and modern style, despite being housed in a traditional Parisian building. In fact, the hotel makes the most of this, highlighting traditional elements like the 16th-century vaulted ceiling in the basement breakfast room.
The 30 rooms are all artfully decorated in a contemporary style, with plenty of slate grey and Scandi-style minimalist design. There is a single room that is perfect for solo travelers, as well as a roomy quadruple suite for larger groups. There is also the option of booking a set of connecting rooms.
The best thing about Hotel Elixir, however, is the location. The hotel is only a block away from the Seine riverbank, a 10-minute walk to the Louvre, Notre-Dame, and the Marais gay area. Chatelet, the largest metro station in the world, is basically on Hotel Elixir’s doorstep, and it connects to anywhere you would want to go in the city and beyond (including the airports, Versailles, and Disneyland Paris).
In terms of gay nightlife, long-standing Paris favorite Banana Cafe is just five minutes away, as are various other great choices like The LABO, SLY Bar, Bear’s Den, and Au Mange-Disque.