As a world leader in LGBT tourism, pretty much every hotel and hostel in Brisbane can be considered gay-friendly
Having said that, everyone likes to be surrounded by people with common interests, and as such there a few well-known hotels in Brisbane that are known hot spots for gay travelers to stay
The best locations for gay travelers is in the CBD or the Fortitude Valley nightlife area which is close to all the attractions of the Brisbane gay scene –by day or by night. The following gay-friendly and gay hotels in Brisbane are only the most popular with gay travelers but there are hundreds of other hotels in Brisbane if you don’t find quite what you are looking for. We stopped staying at “gay hotels” some years ago and never experienced any problems with hotel staff or other guests.
To be clear, however, there are no exclusively gay hotels in Brisbane like you might find in Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Vallarta or Palm Spring. Still, whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or a chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people – Gay Brisbane has it all!
Here is our list of suggestions. Our readers are welcome to top it up in the comments area and we will try to investigate it.
The Calile Hotel ☆☆☆☆☆
Conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, this subtropical resort on a city streetscape celebrates contrast and combines architectural amenities with climate-centric spaces, fusing warm weather with warmer hospitality. The Calile is home to 175 generous guest rooms, including nine suites and two premier suites.
Each room is designed with the guest experience in mind, with most offering an individual balcony or terrace and all featuring Chromecast and Bluetooth sound bar, automated blackout blinds, Grown Alchemist amenities, locally curated minibar, 55” UHD television, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel is equally well-appointed, with an array of restaurant and bar options and facilities designed to help you embrace the authentic charm of Brisbane’s sub-tropical character. Dine and unwind at the Lobby Bar or Hellenika restaurant, hydrate with a cocktail in a poolside cabana or stimulate your muscles at the fitness center.
Slow down at the hotel’s Spa, which will provide a holistic wellness experience that combines ancient wisdom with modern approaches to skin health, medical aesthetics, and beauty. Designed to delight, relax and restore vitality The Calile is your companion for a truly memorable gay stay in Brisbane – and easily one of our most beloved design hotels in the world!
W Brisbane ☆☆☆☆☆
Turning the heat up in Australia’s Sunshine State, W Brisbane is in the heart of the city on the edge of the iconic Brisbane River. Bask in exceptional design and contemporary luxury in spacious guestrooms and suites designed to reflect Queensland’s savoir-faire, matched with supreme amenities.
Energize at the onsite gym or get your glow on at the luxe spa before cooling off with a dip in the pool or cocktail from the bar. Glam up for an evening at Living Room Bar, or for gourmet lovers your cravings are covered at Three Blue Ducks. The W Hotel Chain is insanely gay-popular world-wide, and this location is no exception: because, really, who doesn’t love unique design, impeccable service and a dash of the luxe life!
Next Hotel ☆☆☆☆
You want them, they have them. Throw out your old expectations of what a hotel should provide and welcome the Next experience. Whatever you need for a hassle-free and comfortable stay, chances are they have provided. Complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel, four free mini-bar items of your choice daily, access to the Next Lounge, a luxe infinity outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour gym, plus the ability to check-in using their mobile app. And that’s without even exploring the simple but effective rooms, most with city views!
Limes Hotel ☆☆☆☆
Drawing influences from around the world, the renowned Limes Hotel offers its guests more than a room for the night. With a team firmly focused on providing a unique accommodation experience and a stunning exterior facade of perforated steel panels, Limes brings a unique ‘first of its kind’ style and elegance to the capital of Queensland.
Renowned for their fabulous rooftop spa pools, there is also modern, understated rooms, complimentary breakfast and a free cocktail in the trendy rooftop bar.
Brisbane has literally hundreds more hotels and we have never heard of any of them not being gay-friendly. However, as always, do you own search and find hotel that you want.
Notice: All above hotels are operating during COVID-19 pandemic but it is extremely hard to get entry to Australia at the moment. Vaccination is expected to start sometime in February 2021 in Australia. However, we don’t expect to see Australian borders opened before the end of this year.
Aussie Queer travelers are urged to use gay friendly or associated businesses to help them get through the pandemic.