Ten Gay Friendly Tokyo Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 18th, 2019

Gay Friendly Tokyo Hotels - The Nomadic Boys

Tokyo is a lot of fun! Each time we’ve visited, we’ve always had a hilarious time partying in the gay bars of Shinjuku. The city is notorious for having over 300 tiny bars crammed together into a small space centred around Shinjuku’s Ni-chōme (Area 2).

In terms of finding a place to stay, Tokyo has an array of gay friendly hotels to choose from. But be warned, whilst Tokyo is not as expensive as it used to be, hotels are not the cheapest here. Despite this, we’ve also managed to find a few gay friendly budget options to include in this list.

Please note that while many of these hotels have lovely swimming pools and on-site spa and sauna areas, all travellers to Japan should be aware that if you have tattoos you may not be permitted in public bathing areas. While it’s not likely that pools in hotels are being ‘policed’, it’s something to be mindful of and if you are really looking forward to swimming, maybe check the specific policy of the hotel before your trip.

These are the 10 best gay friendly Tokyo hotels that we loved, where we had no problems getting a double bed, and where we felt welcomed as a gay couple.

Tokyo is a massive city so it can be daunting to try and figure out the best areas to stay, especially if it’s your first time. These are our thoughts on the best neighbourhoods to stay in Tokyo for gay travellers.

Shinjuku: Shinjuku is our favourite part of Tokyo because it is the gay hub of the city! It’s also a good area for tourists as there are lots of options for accommodation, shopping and entertainment. Being near the Shinjuku train station is especially handy since this is one of the busiest stations in the world, which means you will easily be able to get to other parts of the city from here. Our favourite gay friendly hotel to stay in Shinjuku is Keio Plaza.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

 

Kemble Inn – Berkshires Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 27th, 2019

Kemble Inn - Berkshires Gay Bed & Breakfast

A casually luxurious boutique hotel set in an historic mansion and tastefully decorated with Ralph Lauren contemporary design, the Kemble Inn has been under gay-ownership since 2010. We are changing the scene in Lenox and the Berkshires with choice lodging, dining, and entertainment options for year-round visitors. We regularly update and renovate we prepare for an ultimate re-branding of the product to be known as The Frederick.

In the meantime, though, we offer quality services and comfort-oriented experiences in the world-class destination of Lenox, Massachusetts, which is easily reachable from the Boston and New York areas either by a short drive or by public transportation.

From our veranda, patio, and dining room guests can enjoy an every-day all-season panoramic view of the Berkshire Hills on Western Massachusetts. On summer evenings when fireworks are light the sky after a Tanglewood concert we have the ultimate view looking down the hill to the Stockbridge Bowl where they take place.

See the Kemble Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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At Journey’s End B&B – St. Augustine Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 20th, 2019

At Journey's End B&B

At Journeys End offers guests a relaxing and romantic getway they won’t soon forget. Originally built in the late 1800’s, the beautiful building still holds its victorican charm while providing updated rooms and amenities.

‘A Victorian Inn with a Contemporary Feel’ – An intimate 5-room contemporary Inn that is located on a quiet tree-lined one-way street in the famous historic district. It is just steps away from fabulous restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping and a romantic stroll along the Bayfront. Come and explore the rich history of America’s Oldest City… the Castillo de San Marcos, the newly re-opened Colonial Quarter, Flagler College and the Bridge of Lions.

Each of the beautiful guest rooms are themed after a famous explorer. They are meticulously clean and decorated with authentic period pieces and original art. Some rooms have their own private balcony. Each room offers either a Queen/King bed, free high-speed Wi-Fi, 40-inch 4K Smart cable TV. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and extras include bathrobes, free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a large sun deck and ample on-site parking. We offer complimentary port, sherry, beer, wine, soda, tea, coffee and baked goods. Our goal is for you to enjoy the sophistication of a Bed & Breakfast with the comforts of home!

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Gay Amsterdam, More Than Damn Thrilling – The Gay UK

Author: , February 13th, 2019

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Paris may try to lure you in with its reputation for style and sophistication, Berlin with its unconventional ways and underground creativity and San Francisco with its liberal mindset. Gay Amsterdam, however, has all of this but doesn’t feel the need to flaunt it. It is the coolest looking person in the club, and it knows just how cool it is. If Amsterdam didn’t exist, you would think it’s too unbelievable to be real, a fictional utopia, the product of an over-zealous mind.

As always the Eurostar journey was effortless, the perfect combination of speed, practicality and comfort, which could almost be the motto on the coat of arms of the city I was heading for. You can travel directly from London to Amsterdam for as little as £35 per person, and Amsterdam to London (with a stop in Brussels) for £65.50 per person. Time your return to London smartly and spend the day in Brussels at no extra cost.

My destination was The Toren hotel, only 15 minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station, nestled seductively in the iconic canal belts of the city and the perfect location from which to explore the main attractions at the heart of Amsterdam. Chic, theatrical and more than a little bit mysterious, this old building blends warmth and comfort and is rich with vivid patterns and lush interiors.

By Ray Si – Full Story at The Gay UK

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The Most LGBTQ Friendly Cities?

Author: , January 31st, 2019

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Amid a mass of colour and pounding Latin rhythms, revellers at this year’s Bogotá Pride march waved banners stating “not one step back”. They were among tens of thousands who took to the streets to celebrate and support Colombia’s LGBT community. Many annual Pride marches that were once solemn protests against repression have become celebrations of now-existing rights or progress, reflecting the strength of LGBT communities.

In Bogotá, for example, the capital of a macho and socially conservative country, there has been surprising progress in LGBT rights.

In March, Angélica Lozano Correa, a former member of the Bogotá city council, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the country’s Senate. In 2016 the country’s government passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry, and the previous year it granted transgender people the right to change their identity on official government documents – policies which have allowed more equality and openness.

But while these laws and political representation might suggest Bogotá is “friendly” and tolerant of the LGBT community, the issue is not clear-cut. This year’s Bogotá Pride march was marked by an undertone of resistance to and fear of the right-wing government of the new president, Ivan Duque. Duque openly opposes the LGBT-inclusive peace agreement his predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos, signed with leftist rebels Farc in 2016. Activists claim he is also against same-sex marriage and adoption rights.

By Steven Grattan – Full Story at The Guardian

 

Exploring Rainbow South Africa – Passport

Author: , January 14th, 2019

gay couple in South Africa - Passport

For travelers of all ages, South Africa is one of the top destinations in the world. From luxury safaris and one-of-a kind cultural attractions to culinary, art, and nature explorations, South Africa truly has something for everyone. And we know this from experience!

Travel with us as we explore a diverse range of activities, landscapes, and welcoming communities all over this amazing country. Add to this the warmth, friendliness, and sense of humor of South African locals, and you will soon discover why we have fallen in love with The Rainbow Nation and return here as often as possible.

There are established gay and lesbian communities in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with smaller developments in Pretoria & Durban. Cape Town, often called the “LGBTQ Capital of Africa,” is a favorite destination for many people because of its proximity to the wine region, iconic tourist attractions, vibrant nightlife, and thriving LGBTQ scene.

Wherever you choose to go in South Africa, you are sure to find an exciting things to do, see, taste and experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Join us as we explore this beautiful country that celebrates and cherishes life and diversity every day of the year.

Full Story at Passport Magazine

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FitzBB – London Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 2nd, 2018

FitzBB - London Gay Bed & Breakfast

Our charming 18th-century townhouse is located in a quiet pedestrian-only street in Fitzrovia, one of central London’s “urban villages”. Just round the corner is Charlotte Street, London’s best for stylish restaurants. A few minutes’ walk takes you into Soho and the West End with their shops, bars, clubs and theatres. Nearest tube station: Goodge Street.

The three guest rooms are distinctively and comfortably furnished, with double bed, table and pair of armchairs. All are equipped with fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, and radio/CD alarm. Rates are per room for two occupants, discount for single occupancy.

We are in the heart of the West End, with many of central London’s attractions within easy walking distance: Soho (with London’s gay village) is just to the south, Covent Garden to the south east and Regent’s Park to the north west.

See the FitzBB Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Marlborough House – Bath Gay Guesthouse

Author: , November 29th, 2018

Marlborough House - Bath Gay Guesthouse

Marlborough House Bed & Breakfast is an enchanting small hotel owned and operated by Peter Moore in a friendly and informal style. Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, this impressive stone Victorian house has lovely spacious rooms furnished with beautiful antiqueswhich have been assiduously chosen and elegantly assembled.

Built in 1867, Marlborough House B&B is situated in the very centre of Bath, close to Queen Square and at the edge of Royal Victoria Park. A short stroll up Marlborough Lane will lead you to the gates of this lovely park, where Royal Avenue presents a panoramic view of the gracefully imposing Royal Crescent, a fine example of Georgian architecture. Only a few steps further will bring you to Bath’s famous Circus and the centre of historic Bath, altogether a 5 minute walk from Marlborough House.

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Chanticleer Guest House – Gay Sturgeon Bay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , November 15th, 2018

Chanticleer Guest House - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Comprised of a gorgeous farm house and barn, both originally built in 1915, The Chanticleer Guest House is truly one of Door County’s most unique bed and breakfasts.

We are located on thirty private acres, just 1/2 mile north of Sturgeon Bay. The guest house and guest barn have been carefully renovated to capture the beauty of each structure, while providing the modern conveniences you should expect in a fine country bed and breakfast.

If a secluded cabin is more your idea of a romantic retreat, The Chanticleer Cabins were built just for you! Our four luxury cabins are located on forty private, wooded acres a few minutes walk from the guest house. Each cabin overlooks a private, 1/2 acre pond, which is a magnet for deer, turkey and other wildlife.

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Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B – Gay Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast

Author: , November 14th, 2018

Inn of the Turquoise Bear B&B

The Inn of the Turquoise Bear is a quintessential rambling adobe villa set in the heart of historic Santa Fe. Guests of our Santa Fe bed and breakfast will enjoy being within walking distance to Santa Fe’s Plaza, museums, galleries, shops, fine dining, and nightlife.

The estate was once the home of noted poet, playwright and essayist Witter Bynner. Bynner and his companion Robert Hunt were famous – or infamous – for the wild parties they hosted in the house know as “Bynner’s bashes.” The celebrity guest list included D. H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Willa Cather, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Stephen Spender, Christopher Isherwood, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Austin, Thornton Wilder, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, Lynn Riggs, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and countless others.

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