This post was updated on February 15th, 2020.
In a city as large and gay-friendly as Barcelona, there are many accommodation options for LGBT travelers. From hostels and shared apartments to luxury hotels and bed and breakfasts, this city has the perfect place to stay for whatever you may be looking for. These are some of the top gay and gay-friendly accommodations in and around Barcelona’s gay neighborhood, Eixample.
This is not your standard low budget, overcrowded, rundown sort of hostel. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s new location in Barcelona is a higher end, higher quality hostel with private suites for two and four as well as shared dormitories for six or eight. Its buffet style breakfast offers some tasty treats including pastries, meats and cheeses, fruits, and traditional toast with tomato sauce. The place has even got a young, hip traveler vibe with a pool, bar, and communal lounge with a pool table on site. Some of the best rooms have incredibly spacious private terraces and all the rooms are well designed with a clean, updated look and standard amenities including wifi. It’s located in the heart of Eixample (often called ‘Gay'-xample or Gaixample), the gayborhood of Barcelona, so it’s right where you’ll want to stay. Rates start at €20 per night with optional breakfast at €5.
Whether you stay at this hotel or not, you’ve at least got to stop by for a drink. This chain has a got a very unique concept to offer the gay community with a philosophy of being gay-focused, but hetero-friendly. Their roof top bar and terrace called Sky Bar is worth a visit and also has a pool with plenty of loungers to take in the sun during the day or enjoy cocktails at night. The hotel offers a standard or superior room as well as four suites with private terraces. With a design that’s sleek and details such as showers with see-through glass in the rooms, the overall concept of the hotel is in a word, sexy. In addition to the “Please Do Not Disturb” sign, they’ve got a “Please Disturb” sign which basically signals to other guests that they’re welcome to come in for some fun. There’s also a Wellness Club offering a fitness room and spa services. The staff at Axel hotel is cute, friendly and knowledgable about the city. This is definitely one of the best spots to stay when visiting Barcelona. Rates start at €100 with optional breakfast at about €14.
A beautiful, five star, gay-friendly hotel located just a bit north from the center while still centrally located, Melia Barcelona Sky is another great option when visiting the city. Found in the Poble Nou district near the metro stop by the same name, it’s walking distance to great beaches including Platja de la Mar Bella, a popular gay and clothing optional beach. Melia has got an incredible and seemingly endless buffet breakfast which is not surprising considering that the hotel also houses the Dos Cielos restaurant which holds a Michelin star. It also gives you the opportunity to relax pool side at its outdoor terrace and there’s a small, but useful fitness center and spa for those who simply must work out when on vacation. This upscale and contemporary hotel is a great option for a more luxurious stay in Barcelona. Rooms start at 100€ per night, excludes breakfast.
If you’re looking to stay in more of an apartment style accommodation, misterbnb is a great alternative option. This website has apartment listings from gay hosts for gay guests and you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Barcelona’s gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid. So be sure to take advantage of this cost-effective option. You can list your own space room or apartment to earn cash from gay travelers in your city.
Special offer: sign up for misterb&b using this link and you will receive a free $10 credit to use on your first booking!
For your own private apartment complete with cozy living room, modern kitchen, and free wifi, then AKO Apartment Suites is a great choice. They offer 28 exclusive apartments right in the Gaixample neighborhood and walking distance to some of the best areas in Barcelona including Paseo de Gracia, Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Their knowledgable, multilingual staff is on hand 24 hours a day and will guarantee a pleasant stay. The company is member of IGLTA and they market themselves as a gay friendly hotel, even offering special rates for those attending the Circuit Festival. Rates start at 130€ per night with optional in room breakfast at €12.
Who doesn’t love a boutique hotel? They’re affordable, adorable and unique. Kronos Hostal is a relatively new, boutique budget hotel located in the heart of Eixample. It’s a small property with just 9 rooms but the staff prides themselves on being gay friendly. They offer four different room styles, the executive for two guests, the superior with a balcony also for two, the triple for three, and the quadruple for four or five. The hotel is very welcoming and helpful with providing information to LGBT visitors with a 24 hour reception. Wifi is included and they also provide access to a gym nearby. Rates start at 60€ per night with an optional breakfast buffet at €5 per person.
Fashion House is a gay owned bed & breakfast located in a nineteenth century building in Eixample, not far from the Paseo de Gracia and Plaça Catalunya. The property is intimate and elegant with two common areas, a living room with a marble fireplace and an outdoor gardened terrace with tables, chairs, and hammocks. There’s heating, air-conditioning and wifi throughout. There are three room options, all with either a balcony, veranda or terrace. Room rates start at 50€ per night with a continental breakfast included.
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