Best of GayCities

These one-of-a-kind accommodations will make you feel like royalty

Exterior of Copacabana Palace, a one-of-a-kind hotel in Rio.
Image courtesy of Copacabana Palace

Tired of checking into cookie-cutter hotels? The lodging is perfectly adequate, the staff is kind, but something about these basic abodes leaves you wanting more. Then it’s time to transcend the ordinary and rest your head at a one-of-a-kind destination.

As Anthony Bourdain once said, “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly; you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you.”

GayCities highlights eight one-of-a-kind accommodations that have left indelible marks on our hearts. These sanctuaries of opulence invite weary travelers to a realm where hospitality is an art form. From the otherworldly landscape of Iceland to the sun-drenched shores of Rio, we’ve spanned the globe, seeking out the most unique LGBTQ+-friendly hotels and resorts for the discerning traveler. 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Stay at Iceland’s paradise 240 Grindavík · Reykjavik, Iceland 240
(354) 420-8800

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

Featured in season one of ‘The White Lotus’ 3900 Wailea Alunai Dr · Wailea, Maui, HI 95753
(808) 874-8000

The Vines Resort & Spa

Blend your own wine in the Andes Uco Valley, Ruta Provincial 94, km 11,Tunuyán · Mendoza, Mendoza M5565
(026) 146-1390

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

Prestigious accomodation 400 Fifth Avenue · New York, NY
(212) 695-4005

Copacabana Palace

Grand, glamorous, and legendary Av. Atlântica, 1702 · Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22021-001
(212) 548-7070

Hotel Kabuki

Serenity in the heart of San Francisco 1625 Post St · San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-3200

Ten Thousand Waves Spa Resort & Hotel

Authentic Japanese onsen experience 3451 Hyde Park Road · Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 992-5025

Palmer House a Hilton Hotel

Renowned historic hotel 17 E Monroe St · Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 726-7500

These upscale hotels and resorts will indulge your senses with unbeatable hospitality in breathtaking, one-of-a-kind surroundings. Tell us which one of these Best of GayCities Wander Luxe nominees is your favorite, and you might win $500 toward your next vacation.

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