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Aside from the art, architecture and beachfront, Barcelona also offers an incredible gay and gay-friendly hotel scene. The city’s acceptance of gay culture has made it a popular destination that conitues to attract more than 150,000 gay travelers each year. Whether you like the idea of a gay-only hotel in the Eixample district or a budget or business hotel close to Plaça de Catalunya, you’re certain to find something that is just right for you in Barcelona. Stroll through the Gothic Quarter in the morning, lounge your afternoon away on a local gay beach, then retreat to one of the city's dreamy gay hotels.
Gay Hotels Eixample
The Axel Hotel chain is known as one of the most popular places to stay for gay travelers, but the company prides itself on not being a gay-only destination. In fact, it has coined the term ‘heterofriendly’ because Axel extends tolerance and equality to all of their guests. Axel Hotel Barcelona & Urban Spa is the flagship of the Axel gay hotel chain and it is ideally positioned in the heart of the Gayxample area of Barcelona.
In 2015 they opened Axel’s sister, TWO Hotel, where you can expect the same fantastic hospitality and party atmosphere. You can also choose from other gay-friendly hotels like the Hotel Jazz, The Mirror Barcelona, and the elegant Wilson Boutique Hotel, located just on the fringe of Gayxample. Wanna really blow the budget? The luxury W Hotel in Barceloneta offers first-class rooms, service and some of the best sea views your money can buy.
If you don’t mind being just outside of the Gayxample area, you should also consider the dreamy Market Hotel. This is positioned between grungy El Raval and Gayxample, providing the perfect location to explore Barcelona on foot. Rooms here are decked out in an elegant style, incorporating dark woods with plush white linens and plenty of natural light. What’s more, a stay at this gay-friendly hotel means you can enjoy the in-house Catalan restaurant.
Alternatively, for something in the heart of El Raval, opt for Barcelo Raval. The 182 rooms offer a state-of-the-art style, with dreamy beds and rain showers. One of the major drawcards of this gay hotel Barcelona, however, is the panoramic rooftop terrace which comes complete with a bar and swimming pool. Sold!
Hotel bars Barcelona
From rooftop bars with pools to a more stylish and relaxed bar setting, each one has something unique to offer. The Sky Bar, located at the top of the Axel, is one of the most popular gay bars in Barcelona. Here, you’ll have a panoramic view of the city skyline while you sip on a cocktail and take a dip in the mini pool.
Whichever gay hotel option you choose in Barcelona, the city’s extremely liberal attitude and its hotels’ equally open approach will ensure you can truly experience your pride in the Catalan capital.