Archive for January, 2011

Pink Choice announces the 2010 gay and lesbian hotel awards

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The 2010 Pink Choice Awards

Pink Choice  has today announced  its 2010 Pink Choice Awards, naming 22 gay and lesbian hotels wordwide as the year’s winners.

Throughout 2010, thousands of accommodation reviews were submitted to Pink Choice by its 9000 members. As a result, this year sees the largest ever number of award winners, based on these submitted reviews and ratings. Many previous winners have again made the list, and are joined for the first time by the Alcazar Resort in Fort Lauderdale, and Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, Vermont.

In addition to the award winners, Pink Choice now recommends 162 properties in 20 countries worldwide. The site has grown steadily in 2010, and now, more than ever, Pink Choice reflects the opinions of global gay and lesbian travelers. With the site including more than 2000 properties in 700 destinations spanning 66 countries, gay and lesbian travelers today can enjoy a wealth of accommodation choices.

2010 has again demonstrated that while many of the well known LGBT destinations continue to attract large crowds, increasing numbers of gay and lesbian travelers are setting their sites further afield. This is in part due to a greater global acceptance of the gay and lesbian travelers, and the increasing trend of mainstream hotels to compete for their business. We hope that in 2011 our members will not only tell us about their good experiences, but will also let us know when any hotel falls short of its marketing promise. That way we can continue to help our members make the right accommodation choices.

Pink Choice congratulates the 2010 award winners, and all the other recommended properties.

And the winners are:

Aerie House & Beach Club, Provincetown, MA

Alcazar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alexander’s Guesthouse, Key West, FL

Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa, Provincetown, MA

Christopher’s by the Bay, Provincetown, MA

Fairbanks Inn, Provincetown, MA

Gabriel’s at the Ashbrooke Inn, Provincetown, MA

Grand View Inn, Provincetown, MA

Inn at Cook St, Provincetown, MA

Liberty Suites, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lighthouse Inn B & B, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Moose Meadow Lodge, Waterbury, VT

Newnham Suncatcher Inn, Saugatuck, MI

Pineapple Point, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Pride Lodge, Blackpool, UK

Revere Guesthouse, Provincetown, MA

Snug Cottage, Provincetown, MA

The Highlands Inn, Bethlehem, NH

Two Village Square, Ogunquit, ME

Villa Venice Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL

White Porch Inn, Provincetown, MA

White Wind Inn, Provincetown, MA

For more information about the Pink Choice Awards and for a complete list of recommended properties visit the awards page on Pink Choice.

BARCELONA’S GAY MONUMENT

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

If you want another reason to visit Barcelona besides the city’s vibrant gay scene, culture, music, food, weather, fashion, art, dance and architecture, well here’s another.

Following in the steps of Amsterdam’s Homomonument located near the Anne Franke house, Barcelona will be unveiling its own monument to the LGBT community in February to honor the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender community who have ‘suffered persecution and repression throughout history’. The monument will be pink and triangular in shape, much like the one in Amsterdam and will most likely be sited in front of the most Catholic of landmarks, Gaudi’s monumental Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Pink Choice lists a number of accommodation options in Barcelona along with guest reviews. If you happen to visit this gay hotspot, be sure to leave a review of your own hotel experience.

Choosing a Gay-Friendly Destination

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We were at a party recently where a guy who had recently come out asked where he should plan his first gay vacation. Over the next half hour friends chipped in suggestions to help narrow his search.

What kind of vacation do you want?

It comes down to things like do you want high energy or relaxed; city or country; beach or mountain; culture or adventure. Then it’s about choosing a destination where you can relax and feel safe as a gay person. More and more vacation destinations list gay event calendars where you can see what’s happening at different times of the year and plan to be part of the action or to stay when things are a little quieter. It’s like deciding whether to stay in Provincetown during Carnival Week in August along with thousands of other gay men or after Labor Day when the crowds have thinned, and the sexual energy is a little lower but there’s still plenty of things to do.

Where can you find good information?

Stating the obvious – online. There’s so much out there now that you can check destinations detailing neighborhoods, hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, bars, clubs, attractions, saunas, beaches etc all from the safety of your laptop.

Where should you stay?

Finding the right accommodation in terms of location, price, amenities offered and most importantly, whether it is gay friendly couldn’t be easier. Pink Choice provides great information about accommodation options. Here you can read reviews written by other gay travelers of their hotel experience in places marketing to the LGBT community. Also talk to other gay men and ask where they vacation and where they stay.

What should you ask before you book?

Be upfront and simply ask “are you gay friendly?” or “How often do gay men stay with you?” or “Will my friend and I be able to sleep in the same bed?”. These may seem odd questions to ask but you often hear of horror stories when gay men arrive at a hotel only to experience snide comments from staff or other guests, or are offered two twin beds rather than the king bed that they reserved. Yes it still happens even in the 21st century! Better to be up front before you book rather then discover homophobic attitudes once you’ve arrived.