Gay Travel Reviews

Pink Pillows in Berlin!

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Mainstream hotels in Berlin reach out to LGBT travelers.

 

PinkPillowsA number of Berlin hotels have joined forces and named themselves the Pink Pillow Berlin Collection. Their operating charter contains the following:

All guests are treated with the same courtesy, dignity and respect – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity,  sexual orientation or sexual identity, citizenship, religion, disability or age.

All hotels are committed to contributing actively in the community and to being a supporting member in a network/project/association in the Berlin LGBT scene.

The hotels will create a work environment of respect and tolerance towards all members of staff.

The hotels offer target-group packages specifically for the LGBT scene.

It remains to be seen whether these hotels live up to their charter, or whether they are just being lured by the ‘Pink Euro’. A full list of the participating hotels can be found at Pink Pillow Berlin.

Pink Choice would be interested to hear from travelers who have stayed in any of these hotels, so please make sure you leave a review after your trip to Berlin.

 

 

Gay Skiathos

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The gods must have been smiling when they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling number of beaches vastly out of proportion with its modest size. The island’s sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract a large number of tourists each year, taking advantage of the hot, dry summer weather and opportunities for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-round relaxation.

Skiathos Island is one of the most gay friendly Greek islands, and this is obvious to anyone who visits. Last year the association of hotels and businesses arranged the 1st International Gay Culture Festival in order to officially open its ”doors” to the gay community and break with taboos. Next year the event is taking place  from 19-21 July as the Skiathos Seduction Festival.

When you visit Skiathos  you will find that a great part of the islands’s tourism is foreign with a large number coming from the U.K., Scandinavia, Cyprus, Italy and Germany. When arrive on the island of Skiathos come with an open mind, for this spectacular green island surpasses all descriptions.

Skiathos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Sporades. It has its own airport with international and local flights. With constant arrivals of domestic and international celebrities Skiathos Island has become one of the most loved destinations in Greece. The sense of hospitality (as well as in most Greek islands) is characteristic. The island is well- organized, clean and with all amenities and accommodations at very reasonable prices.

The main center of the island, also called Skiathos, is located on the eastern side of the island. The city is surrounded by the port which is the center of tourism throughout the summer. Here you will find many taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and the shops which are open till late. The main street of Papadiamantis is famous for its strolling shoppers, and is a hub for tourists from all over the world.  The city center has many pictuersque narrow streets with photo opportunities round every corner! Coffee and ouzo can be enjoyed at one of of the many cafes or taverns, along with incredible harbor views. This island will certainly make you feel at home.

Skiathos is well served with roads but some transportation will be necessary if you want to enjoy the best of the island. Cars and bikes can be rented everywhere.  For  lovers of local cuisine, there are many picturesque taverns & restaurants even for the most demanding palates … In the Old or new port of the town, you will find the so-called ‘Bar Street’ where you will spend unforgettable moments  - guaranteed! Skiathos has some of the best clubs and bars in Europe, and many are British owned.  Whatever  your taste, you are likely to find it here. The island boasts some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the Aegean and in fact, seven of them have been awarded Blue Flags.  The “Little Banana” is a famous nudist and gay beach, and was recongnised as being one of the most  popular beaches in Greece by travelers in 2012.

If you visit Skiathos, be sure to post a review of your experience after your trip.

Gay Iceland

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Think gay vacations and you might not think of Iceland as a destinaton, but just take a look at what the country has to offer gay and lesbian travelers. With the first openly lesbian prime minister, Icelanders have endorsed the LGBT community, and welcome diverse visitors.

Iceland celebrates a number of LGBT events throughout the year including Reykjavik Gay Pride in August, Bears on Ice in September, Pinkmas in December/January and Rainbow Reykjavick in January/February. Details of these events can be found at Pink Iceland.

Pink Choice would welcome reviews of gay and gay-friendly hotels in Iceland, so if you head there, please tell us about your experience.

Heading to London for the Olympics?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The London Olympic Games begin on Friday July 27 and run until Sunday August 12. After weeks of rain and questions over sufficient security being in place, the Games will kick off in just over a week. Olympic competitors are starting to arrive at Heathrow along with the thousands of spectators who have secured tickets for one or more of the events.

Hotels in and around London are booked to capacity, so if you happen to be a guest at one of them, please send your reviews to Pink Choice. With London offering so many choices in gay and gay-friendly hotels we would love to see loads of reviews. Oh, and while you’re there, enjoy the Games!

Frog Meadow Farm Hosts Garden Party AIDS Fundraiser

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Frog Meadow Farm B&B and Massage Oasis for Men will once again host the annual barbecue and garden party fundraiser on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 3 to 8pm. All proceeds benefit the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont’s Men’s Program which provides prevention services as well as direct services to those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.

An important part of the local community for many years, The Men’s program has recently suffered a major setback following the elimination of its funding due to policy changes at the federal level. Grass roots efforts and private donations are being implemented to sustain the program that is vital to the lives of so many. As a result this year’sfundraiser is more important than ever.

This much anticipated event of the summer season is expected to draw close to two hundred men from the region and the neighboring cities. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the lovely and secluded natural environment of Frog Meadow Farm’s 63 private acres, including the beautiful gardens, hiking trails and swimming pond (pack a towel!).

There will be croquet, bocci, and other lawn games to enjoy. In addition, raffle tickets will be available the day of the event for all kinds of goodies. A suggested $35 donation includes a valuable door prize drawing and provides access to the grounds and a full barbecue meal (vegetarian option available).

For those unable to attend, donations are very much appreciated. As Frog Meadow Farm does not have a liquor license, no alcohol will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.

Note that the rain date for the event is Sunday July 22

Helpful Links:

More information about the Frogmeadow Fundraiser BBQ www.frogmeadow.com/events2.html#bbq

Directions to Frog Meadow from all points www.frogmeadow.com/directions.html

Check out Frog Meadow’s reviews on Pink Choice.

New York’s First Gay Hotel Opens for Business

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The eagerly anticipated Out NYC Urban Resort opened its doors to guests on March 1, 2012.

This straight-friendly urban resort is poised to become a travel and entertainment destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. The complex, situated on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues,  encompasses a 105-room boutique hotel, the 14,000 square foot XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge by John Blair, Beto Sutter, and FV Events, a late-night restaurant called Kitchin, three courtyards, a business/conference center, function space, and a wellness center.

 

The first phase of the project was completed on January 26, 2012 with the opening of XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the newest project by noted gay nightlife impresarios John Blair and Beto Sutter, and the wunderkind party promoters Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio of FV Events. Blair and Sutter, famous for the legendary Saturday night party at The Roxy, helped create this new venue from the ground up. Open seven nights a week, XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the first nightly gay dance club to open in New York City in 15 years. The space features an LED wall, two dance floors, and a full stage.

 

The boutique hotel features 105 rooms with an upscale, chic décor and a starting rate of approximately $250. The hotel’s restaurant, Kitchin is operated by the team behind the already-successful Hell’s Kitchen favorite, Eatery Restaurant. It offers the same style of upscale comfort food for which Eatery Restaurant is known. THE OUT NYC will host various types of function space to accommodate everything from intimate private dinners to large events and weddings. The building is centered on three courtyards and a 5,000 square foot wellness center, creating an oasis from the city just outside its doors.

 

“This is an idea whose time has come.  What makes THE OUT NYC a desirable hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for both the gay and straight communities,” said Ian Reisner, Managing Partner, Parkview Developers. “THE OUT NYC will become a ‘can’t-miss’ for gay tourists as well as the epicenter of gay life for LGBT New Yorkers. With New York’s recent legislation, we look forward not only to hosting countless gay couples, but marrying them as well.”

Pink Choice would like to congratulate the Out NYC on its recent opening, and looks forward to receiving reviews from its guests.

Pink Choice announces the 2012 gay and lesbian hotel awards

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Pink Choice  has today announced  its 2012 Pink Choice Awards, naming 23 gay and lesbian hotels worldwide as the year’s winners.

Throughout 2011, thousands of accommodation reviews were submitted to Pink Choice by its 10,000 members. As a result, this year sees the largest ever number of award winners, based on guests’ submitted reviews and ratings. Many previous winners have again made the list, and are joined for the first time by the Benchmark Inn in Provincetown, recently under new ownership, Frog Meadow B&B and Massage Oasis for Men in Newfane, Vermont, the Inn at Stone Mills in Little Falls, New York and the Worthington Guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale, whose sister property, the Alcazar Resort, made last year’s award list and which is again a recipient.

In addition to the award winners, Pink Choice now recommends nearly 200 properties in 20 countries worldwide. As in previous years the site grew steadily in 2011, and so, more than ever, Pink Choice truly reflects the opinions of global gay and lesbian travelers. With the site including more than 2,500 properties in 800 destinations spanning 66 countries, gay and lesbian travelers can today enjoy a wealth of accommodation choices.

New winners of Pink Choice Award 20122011 also 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 2012 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 2012 award winners, and all the other recommended properties.

And the winners are:

Aerie House & Beach Club, Provincetown, MA

Alcazar Resort, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Benchmark Inn, Provincetown, MA

Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa, Provincetown, MA

Christopher’s by the Bay, Provincetown, MA

Frog Meadow B&B and Massage Oasis for Men, Newfane, VT

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

The Inn at Stone Mill, Little Falls, NY

The Worthington Guesthouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Two Village Square, Ogunquit, ME

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.

 

2012 Pink Choice Awards soon to be announced

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The 2012 Pink Choice Awards are set to be announced early in the New Year. Based on guest reviews and ratings of gay and gay-friendly hotels, inns, guesthouses and resorts worldwide, which have been submitted throughout 2011, the awards and recommendations honor those properties that have consistently provided the very best in guest services and amenities. This year’s list will be bigger than ever with a number of new winners.

The closing date for reviews and ratings to count in this year’s award line up is December 31, so it’s not too late for Pink Choice members to include their own reviews. We’re therefore asking all of you out there to take a few minutes to provide us with any reviews that you have not previously submitted of any hotel stays you have had in 2011. It takes little more than a few minutes to give your opinion, but this will provide other members of the LGBT community with valuable information to help them make their own travel choices.

New gay destinations are on the rise

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Atlantic City, NJ an up and coming gay destination

Watch out  Palm Springs, San Francisco, Provincetown and all those other US destinations that trip off the tongue when one thinks of gay destinations! There are some newer kids on the block that are making inroads into the gay destination market. According to Gay Travel the most attractive newcomers are New Orleans, Atlantic City, Denver, Portland Oregon and Austin. These cities are doing what it takes to attract the LGBT market. With an increasingly greater tolerance to the gay and lesbian lifestyle, perhaps it’s time for some of the standard destinations to be a little concerned.

Let us know what you think about the accommodation options in these cities by posting your reviews on Pink Choice.

Pink Choice Awards set the standard for gay hotels

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Since its launch in 2006, Pink Choice has become a trusted website for gay and lesbian travelers looking for gay and gay friendly hotels, inns, guesthouses and resorts worldwide. With thousands of guest reviews and hotel ratings under its belt, Pink Choice is able to provide reliable data for members of the LGBT community looking for suitable accommodation options.

The Pink Choice Awards 2011Pink Choice members rate their accommodation experience on the following 10 criteria:

First impressions

This includes the reservation process, either on-line or on the phone, and whether the staff was welcoming and helpful.

Curb Appeal and Location

Was the property well located close to tourist attractions, was the neighborhood safe? Was the property externally attractive?

Check-In

Was the check-in welcoming and informative with no embarassing questions being asked? Was the staff able to devote sufficient time to answer all the guest’s questions?

Comfort and Cleanliness

Was the bed comfortable, and the bedroom and bathroom well appointed and clean?

Staff

During the stay, was the staff friendly, helpful and efficient.

Dining

Did the quality of the breakfast or other dining services meet the guest’s expectations?

Details

How were the little personal touches that make all the difference to a guest’s overall experience?

Value for Money

Was the cost of accommodation appropriately priced for what was received?

Each hotel’s accumulated guest ratings are computed along with the number and frequency of reviews in an algorithm that then ranks the hotel against others in each destination. The rankings are dynamic and change every time a new review is posted.

At the end of each calendar year, Pink Choice Awards are presented to those properties that have attained an average guest rating of 95% or higher, in conjunction with a sufficient number and frequency of reviews. Along with its award winners, Pink Choice also classifies other properties as ‘Highly Recommended’, ‘Recommended’, ‘Worth Considering’, ‘Not Recommended’ and ‘The Last Resort’.

With over 4000 hotels listed in more than 500 global destinations Pink Choice is able to provide unbiased information to travelers looking at gay and gay-friendly accommodation options.

The success of Pink Choice is largely the result of the thousands of loyal Pink Choice members who have taken the time to record their experiences on the site. Pink Choice would like to thank all those who have contributed, and to invite new members of the LGBT community to post their own reviews whenever they travel.