Santiago Resort is a luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs where men come to hit pause, be spoiled, and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment. Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina.
The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, clean spacious remodeled rooms with either poolside or mountain views.Santiago is conveniently located 1.5 miles from Downtown Palm Springs.
INN AT 2ND & C: NEWLY RENOVATED BOUTIQUE VICTORIAN INN
The Inn at 2nd & C offers many enticing spaces to spend your time. We host a yoga studio, conference and banquet rooms as well as a spectacular Theater Ballroom with stain-glass ceiling and wrap-around balcony with reading nooks. Set right in Old Town some of the finest local restaurants and shops are within minutes walk of the Inn’s front steps
* Organic Continental Breakfast consisting of locally made fresh breads, scones and jams, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruits, granola, yogurt and Coffees & Teas * Evening Social Hour with a complimentary glass of wine between 5-6pm Teatime! Enjoy an assortment of teas and tasty cookies baked just down the street, 4pm daily * The third and fourth floor offer beautifully furnished common sitting areas that overlook Humboldt bay. * High-Speed Wi-Fi Access in Rooms and throughout the Hotel * Access to our on-site yoga and exercise room, complete with mats, blocks, and relaxation and meditation area. * In-room massages available (please request at least 24 hours before) * Free on site Parking * All floors are accessible by stairs or elevator
Our boutique hotel is intimate in character while grandiose in size and style. With twenty-four beautifully appointed guest rooms, a spectacular theater ballroom, a yoga/conference room, and parlor lounge and library bar, the Inn provides plenty of gathering spaces for peaceful relaxation or lively conversation.
When it comes to gay destinations, let’s just say gay Chisinau isn’t one that’s going to be at the top of LGBTQ travellers’ bucket list. This is one place where LGBTQ rights are sadly lagging behind the rest of Europe, sort of what you’d expect from an East European former Soviet country.
Chisinau is the capital of Moldova, one of the poorest and undiscovered countries of East Europe. Whilst the city itself is nothing much to write home about, it’s the ideal base for trips around the country, particularly for nearby wineries. It’s also a handy base for tours to the stunning Orheiul Vechi Monastery and the fascinating breakaway state of Transnistria.
Chisinau is itself a city with lots of bland Soviet-style buildings. There is no gay scene here nor any obvious queer bars/clubs. In relation to tourist sites, there are a few green spots worth checking out, in particular, the Lacul Valea Morilor. Also, the central park around the Stefan cel Mare statue always has something going on. But be warned, this is quite a strange city: whilst we felt totally safe here, it feels eerie at night due to the lack of street lighting. In the evening when it gets dark, Chisinau feels like some weird ghost town and we often had to use our iPhone torchlight to light our way!
In this gay guide to Chisinau, we’ve set out the best gay-friendly hotels to stay, gay friendly places to go out, restaurants, things to do and more. Be sure to check out our detailed Moldova gay country guide for more inspiration.
Is Gay Chisinau safe for gay travellers?
Look, let’s call a spade a spade; this is as Eastern European as you’re gonna get. LGBTQ life is still very much in the dark ages here, not helped by the strong Russian influence in daily life (Russian, along with Romanian remain the official languages of Moldova). Moldova is a very Orthodox country where most people are extremely religious and socially conservative. They even have a ban in place on same-sex marriage. This is not to say it’s unsafe for LGBTQ travellers. We felt absolutely fine here, but we did avoid PDAs and didn’t publicise our sexuality or relationship.
MCGREGOR MOUNTAIN LODGE: CABINS AND SUITES WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS
Come and enjoy the serene and peaceful setting of McGregor Mountain Lodge.
Just 4 miles from the quaint village of Estes Park, CO, McGregor is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, and only 1/2 mile to the Fall River entrance.
Open year-round, guests enjoy the breathtaking majestic mountain views of the Continental Divide, the abundant wildlife that wander through the property, including Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Coyotes and Foxes and the myriad birds frequenting the feeders at every cabin.
Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, is one of Europe’s hidden gems. It’s a fantastic city to explore – safe, with a rich history, many excellent bars, restaurants, a bustling Old Town and even a (small) gay scene. This is a big deal for an Eastern European country like Romania where LGBTQ rights are sadly lagging behind the rest of Europe.
Bucharest is also very inexpensive compared to other European capitals, and easy to reach with all major budget airlines across Europe. Score!
We used Bucharest as our base to explore Romania – a stunning country, with some impressive mountain scenery in Transylvania in the north and even a beach in the Black Sea at Constantia in the south. Bucharest is located right in the middle of the country with the best connections to all other parts of Romania. It’s also a super fun place to go out, whether in the vibrant nightlife of the Old Town of gay Bucharest or to one of the many gay and gay friendly places we set out in this guide.
This is our comprehensive gay guide to Bucharest from our personal experience and recommendations from friends with our favourite gay friendly hotels to stay, the gay bars/clubs, events, things to do and more.
Is Gay Bucharest Safe for LGBTQ Travelers?
Romania is generally not regarded as a gay-friendly country, but that is changing! As with much of East Europe, homosexuality is a massive taboo in society, which can get you into a lot of trouble if you shout out loud about it. On the plus side, however, as part of its ascension to the EU in 2007, Romania was forced to adopt an array of anti-discrimination laws, particularly in relation to hate crime and hate speech. Laws to recognise civil unions are being discussed and the right to change legal gender was introduced as far back as 1996. And thankfully, in a 2018 referendum, Romanians voted against banning same-sex marriage!
Anchor House B&B – ONE OF DUBLIN’S MOST CHARMING B&BS
The Anchor House B&B Dublin is regarded as one of Dublin’s most charming City Centre Bed & Breakfasts.
This former 1790’s home is located within a few minutes walk of Dublin’s popular tourist attractions, which include Temple Bar, Grafton Street, Henry Street, Trinity College, The O2, Dublin Convention Centre, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Guinness Storehouse, Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, Croke Park Stadium, & the Aviva Stadium on Landsdowne Road.
The Anchor House B&B is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from The Central Bus Station Tram Stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House.
The Canterbury Inn is a condominium style hotel located along Washington’s Pacific Coast.
Voted one of the best vacation getaways in Washington, Ocean Shores offers six miles of sandy beach, 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water canals and a quaint beach town to shop and explore.
The ocean is the big draw, no matter the season. Visitors enjoy beach combing, horseback riding, clamming, kite flying or just watching the sunset over the Pacific. Our fresh water canals provide the perfect spot to kayak, water ski, and fish, to bike around and they even come into play on the golf course.
Our units range in size from studios to two bedrooms and each are individually decorated. Each features living room areas, flat screen TVs, and kitchens — most have fireplaces too.
“Guys, just follow my lead and slowly cross the road with me: the cars and motorbikes will just weave their way around you…”
…so said our friend Quan who showed us how to navigate the crazy traffic of the streets of Saigon. Honestly, you’ve not been to Saigon until you’ve tried to cross over one of the main roads or taken a scooter ride through the busy jungle of moving vehicles; it’s something you won’t forget in a hurry!
Saigon is a lot of fun. It’s busy, frenetic, has super feisty locals, manic traffic and delicious street food. The gay scene is also pretty good, with a large LGBTQ community of both expats and locals.
This is one place we quickly fell in love with and know you will too! It’s definitely a must for LGBTQ travellers visiting South East Asia and we’ve got you covered in our comprehensive gay travel guide right here.
What’s the difference between Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City?
So we hear you asking, what’s the actual difference between Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City? Is it the same place?
Short answer – yes! The city has actually gone by many different names in its long and complicated history, reflecting different groups that have controlled it through the years. It was named “Gia Din” until the French conquest of the 1860s, when it was named Sài Gòn – and westernized to be “Saigon”. After the ‘Fall of Saigon‘ at the end of the Vietnam war, the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in honour of the late North Vietnamese president, Mr Ho Chi Minh.
Nowadays the name Saigon is still used to refer to the city centre around District 1, while Ho Chi Minh City generally means the entire modern city with all its districts. But don’t be surprised to still find places (especially hotels) named after Saigon as people often use the names interchangeably.
The Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast Inn, including a small wedding chapel and 5 private cottages, is a uniquely historic Eureka Springs landmark with a Thomas Kincade-like rock cottages.
The mainhouse residence is complete with formal living and dining gathering rooms for guest enjoyment and 5 individual private cottages, each with 2 person Jacuzzis, dedicated flat off-street courtyard guest parking, surrounded by 6 lovely garden areas with a fountain pond on 0.6 acres providing a peaceful setting for guest relaxation. Our location is a comfortable 10 minute walk to downtown Eureka Springs shopping, art galleries and restaurant venues.