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The 8 Best LGBTQ-Friendly Hotels in Madrid

Benjamin Kemper | December 20, 2017

There may be no city in Europe as gay-friendly as Madrid, the seat of 2017’s World Pride (and Europride) events that welcomed some 2 million revelers from around the globe. A chic cobblestoned district called Chueca is the city’s main “gayborhood,” but over the last decade, gay nightlife has become decentralized and more mixed; LGBT Madrileños no longer limit their partying to a particular area or venue type. When it comes to choosing a hotel to stay at, Chueca remains the obvious choice for gay travelers, but we see no reason to confine yourself.

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The Hat

Why it made the list

For gay travelers on a budget, there's no better deal in town than The Hat, a property that epitomizes the fast-growing category of "designer hostels:" affordable properties geared toward the millennial set that boast tastefully decorated multi-person rooms, bumping weekend events, and unexpectedly generous breakfasts.

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Dear Hotel

Why it made the list

If serene minimalism, gorgeous views, and rooftop cocktailing appeal to you, then Dear Hotel is a no-brainer. With muted earth tones and soft edges, the meticulously designed rooms are calming and current without being pretentious. There’s not a bad seat in the house, either: All rooms face Gran Vía, which means bright light and gorgeous sunsets for all.

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Westin Palace Madrid

Why it made the list

Though perhaps not the most obvious choice for LGBT visitors, the Westin Palace Madrid has long been a proponent of gay travel, as evidenced by years of gay-focused PR outreach and hosting of gay wedding receptions.

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Hotel Urban

Why it made the list

When summer rolls around, LGBT tourists and locals alike love to strut their stuff at Hotel Urban's sexy rooftop pool area. But it's not all glitz and glamour here: Art lovers are sure to marvel at the New Guinean carvings in the lobby, small Egyptian museum, and antique Chinese or Burmese statues in every room, hand-selected from the owner's private collection.

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Barceló Torre de Madrid

Why it made the list

Trendster travelers seeking the latest and the greatest should look no further than Barceló Torre de Madrid, a veritable jewel box of glowing lights, harlequin furniture, and gilded mirrors that opened in February 2017 on the stately Plaza de España. Architecture savants will no doubt recognize designer Jaime Hayón's playful, idiosyncratic touches, which include zebra-painted bear sculptures and photos of flamenco bailaoras with piercing eyes.

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Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía

Why it made the list

There are many reasons to stay at Iberostar Las Letras—from its bargain prices, to its unbeatable location on Gran Vía, to its underrated Al Trapo restaurant—but for romantic couples looking to unwind, no perk compares to the outdoor whirlpools that grace a number of the upgraded rooms.

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Only You Boutique Hotel

Why it made the list

The Ibizan owners of this hotel bring that island's mix of glamour, energy, and cutting-edge music and design to the heart of Chueca. Sumptuous rooms awash in blues and whites are ideal for travelers looking for some pampering, and the gentlemanly El Padrino bar is a terrific spot for pre-dinner cocktails.

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Room Mate Óscar

Why it made the list

Situated on Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, one of Chueca's liveliest squares, Room Mate Óscar has it all: a splashy design palette, prime location, and—best of all—swanky rooftop pool and lounge. In-room bathtubs in certain upgraded accommodations are an uncommon perk.

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