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Exploring the world should be an exciting and welcoming experience for everyone, including LGBTQ+ individuals. The reality, however, is that discrimination continues to remain a key concern across the entire LGBTQ+ travel experience. In fact, 59%* of LGBTQ+ travelers report having experienced some sort of discrimination while exploring the world. This underscores the value in profiling destinations that not only celebrate diversity, but also provide a safe and inclusive environment. This year, Booking.com is sharing ten LGBTQ+ friendly destinations that not only offer a stunning travel experience, but also a heartfelt embrace to diverse identities and expressions.** The featured accommodation options have all been Travel Proud certified, which guarantees a stay where respect and inclusivity are just as top of mind as comfort and style.

 

Stockholm, Sweden

 

Spread across 14 picturesque islands, the Swedish capital offers a diverse tapestry of experiences, from the cobblestone alleys of Gamla Stan to the vibrant, inclusive nightlife of Södermalm. Its blend of historic charm and modern flair stands as a welcoming beacon for all travelers, including LGBTQ+ travelers. While Stockholm Pride paints the city in rainbow colors each August, the city evokes this spirit year-round, with friendly bars, cafes, and cultural spots dotted throughout. Culinary excavators will delight in the city’s dynamic food scene, which ranges from traditional Swedish dishes to cutting edge New Nordic cuisine. Stockholm encapsulates a seamless blend of welcoming atmosphere, rich cultural heritage, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for those seeking both adventure and inclusivity. The Private Södermalm Neighborhood Tour allows you to enjoy a customized itinerary through an area filled with contemporary galleries, vintage stores, trendy eateries and incredible views. For an adrenaline-fueled ride on a speedboat through the Stockholm archipelago, consider the RIB Speedboat Archipelago Cruise.

Where to stay: The Hotel Kungsträdgården is housed in a fully-renovated 18th century building in central Stockholm, situated next to the King’s garden. Dressed in Gustavian style, each individually decorated room evokes old-world charm in the midst of a modern city. For lovers of water view rooms, the Hôtel Reisen is located on the waterfront in the Old Town, less than 500 feet from the Royal Palace.

 

New Orleans, United States 

 

New Orleans, a city renowned for its diverse culture and rich history, welcomes travelers with a spirit of inclusivity and celebration. This melting pot of French, African, Spanish, and American cultures is best known for its lively music scene, showcased by the legendary jazz clubs of Frenchmen Street, and the iconic festivities of Mardi Gras, when the streets come alive with parades and colorful costumes. The city's historic heart, the French Quarter, boasts a picturesque backdrop of colonial-era buildings, bustling markets, and the famous Bourbon Street, known for its lively nightlife and LGBTQ+-friendly bars and clubs. New Orleans also boasts a strong sense of community and resilience, with art galleries, museums, and memorials reflecting its rich history and contemporary vibrancy. Whether wandering through the enchanting Spanish moss-draped streets on a Garden District Walking Tour or enjoying a New Orleans Steamboat Ride along the Mississippi River, the city embodies a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is invited to partake in its unique blend of history, music, food, and festivity.

Where to stay: Located in the Central Business and Arts District of New Orleans, Maison de la Luzis a luxury boutique hotel situated on the St. Charles historic streetcar line and only a short walk to the French Quarter. For bigger groups, this Stunning 4 Bedroom House near the French Quarter is an ideal option. 

 

Bogotá, Colombia 

 

Bogotá, Colombia's high-altitude capital, blends historic charm with urban dynamism, offering a warm welcome to travelers from all walks of life. Legal rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people in Colombia are considered among the most progressive in Latin America with same-sex marriage being legalized in 2016 and the country’s Congress passing a law banning discrimination on sexual orientation in 2011. In fact, the right to change your gender has been in place since 1993. This sprawling city is a tapestry of diverse neighborhoods, including the picturesque historic cobbled lanes of La Candelaria, which can be explored on this Walking Tour. For the 45% of LGBTQ+ travelers that consider a popular and lively inclusive scene as important when deciding on a destination, the trendy districts of Chapinero and Zona Rosa are known for their vibrant nightlife and queer friendly spaces such as Theatron, the largest LGBTQ+ club in Latin America. Beyond the urban hustle, the peaks of the Andes offer a natural escape with breathtaking views over the city. Bogotá invites visitors to experience its unique blend of history, culture, and open-hearted hospitality.

Where to stay: Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia located less than half a mile from Bogota’s popular La Zona T area. The hotel's Basilic restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, and also serves delicious French and Colombian fusion cuisine. Hotel 93 Luxury Suites by Preferred is steps away from the Parque de la 93 and offers guests a terrace with panoramic city views.

 

Melbourne, Australia

 

Known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne celebrates diversity year round and extends a warm invitation to visitors from every spectrum of life. The city’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the artistic hubs of Fitzroy and Collingwood to the seaside charm of St Kilda, offer a welcoming atmosphere with LGBTQ+-friendly bars, clubs, and cafes. The city's love for coffee and culinary innovation can be appreciated through its bustling cafes and diverse restaurants, reflecting its multicultural fabric. The annual Midsumma Festival at the start of the year is a staple of Melbourne's queer calendar, celebrating culture and community with a mix of arts, cinema, and parties. Beyond the urban excitement, visitors can explore the scenic Great Ocean Road on this Small Group Tour or the lush Dandenong Ranges, both within easy reach. For wine lovers, the Yarra Valley Wine and Food Touris the ideal way to spend the day experiencing the world famous wine region. Melbourne's blend of dynamic urban life, rich cultural offerings, and inclusive feel makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking an enriching travel experience.

Where to stay: The Veriu Queen Victoria Marketis an aparthotel property perfectly located in Melbourne’s dynamic city center. Its contemporary furnishings offer all the conveniences of a serviced studio with the comfort of a suite. For a more stylish intimate hotel experience, travelers can consider the Jasper Boutique Hotel, which also grants guests complimentary access to the Melbourne City Baths’ fitness center, sauna and swimming pool.

 

Bologna, Italy

 

Situated in the heart of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is known for its medieval architecture, rich history and exquisite cuisine. The city's streets and squares, like the expansive Piazza Maggiore, are lined with porticoed walkways, offering a unique urban charm. Bologna's historical and cultural depth, ranked by 61% of LGBTQ+ travelers as an important destination motivator, is matched by its reputation as a progressive city, with a lively social scene and student population. The University of Bologna, the oldest in the world, infuses the city with a youthful energy, driving forward-thinking attitudes and vibrant nightlife. Renowned for its culinary tradition, Bologna offers travelers an array of gastronomic delights from classic Bolognese sauce to artisan gelato, making it a food lover's paradise. What better way to experience this than in a Traditional Home Cooking Class? The city also serves as a perfect gateway to exploring the region’s natural beauty and historical sights.

Where to stay: For visitors looking to be in the historic center, look no further than Palazzo Scappi Gardi Luxury Apartments situated at the intersection of Via Independenza and Via Rizzoli, the city’s main streets. The Social Hub Bologna, housed in a palazzo, is a great option for a more modern and spacious stay. It is located next to the Bologna Central train station and a 20-minute stroll into the city center, which guests can reach even quicker on one of the property’s complimentary bikes.

 

São Paulo, Brazil

 

São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis that unfolds as a beacon of inclusivity and a strong LGBTQ+ scene. From the lively nightlife along Rua Augusta and the Jardins district, celebrated for their gay friendly establishments, to the grandeur of the São Paulo Museum of Art, the city is a melting pot of traditions and innovations. The annual São Paulo Pride parade in June, one of the largest in the world, exemplifies the city's open arms to diversity, attracting millions in a spectacle of solidarity and celebration. Green sanctuaries such as Ibirapuera Park offer serene escapes from the urban buzz and towering skyscrapers, showcasing the city's architectural prowess alongside its natural beauty. Consider the Santos, São Vicente and Guarujá Beaches Tour for a day trip to explore some of the scenic beaches on the coast to the south of the city, including the option to take a cable car up to Morro do Itararé Mountain for panoramic views of the coastline. São Paulo’s energy and rich tapestry of cultures will captivate all travelers and make it a destination hard to forget.

Where to stay: Boasting an incredible architecture and style, along with stunning views of São Paulo and Ibirapuera Park, Hotel Unique has it all. Designed by renowned architect, Ruy Ohtake, it is in the trendy Jardins area and the hotel’s rooftop has a pool and the stylish Skye Restaurant & Bar. The Palácio Tangará is a true luxury property with a privileged location amidst the greenery of the famous Burle Marx Park.

 

Montreal, Canada

 

Nestled on an island at the juncture of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montreal is a city that seamlessly combines the French concept of ‘joie de vivre’ with Canadian hospitality. A true cultural hub, known for its bilingual charm and inclusive vibe, the city is especially welcoming to LGBTQ+ visitors. Look no further than its magnetic Gay Village, filled with cafés, clubs and lively bars. Montreal’s rich history can be witnessed through the cobblestoned streets of the old district, while the city’s gastronomic scene offers everything from the Canadian favorite, poutine, to countless top ethnic cuisines that reflect the city’s diverse immigrant influences. For a one-of-a-kind experience, explore the vast network that runs underneath the city’s streets on The Underground Network of RÉSO Montréal tour. A visit to Montreal gives travelers the chance to discover a city that uniquely blends culture, history and modernity in one.

Where to stay: For visitors hoping to stay in the heart of Old Montreal, the contemporary boutique Hotel Gault is an ideal option only steps away from the Notre Dame Cathedral and the city’s Old Port. Hoping to splurge a bit on your trip? Experience the Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s world-class service and incredible French cuisine at the on-site Maison Boulud.

 

Munich, Germany

 

Munich, the proud capital of Bavaria, marries traditional German culture with a vibrant modern life, making it a welcoming destination for all travelers, including LGBTQ+ travelers. The Glockenbachviertel district, made up of trendy boutiques, charming cafes, and bustling bars, serves as the cultural heart of Munich’s queer scene. World renowned for its annual Oktoberfest, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe with its lively beer halls and traditional Bavarian music, Munich also boasts year-round attractions like the art-laden galleries of the Alte and Neue Pinakothek. What better way to experience the city’s flavor than on a 3.5-Hour Munich Beer Tour with Dinner? On this tour, travelers will explore popular locations across Munich and enjoy several beer tastings in local breweries along with a Bavarian dinner. Engaging, historical, and festively spirited, Munich invites visitors to immerse themselves in the traditional German identity.

Where to stay: BEYOND by Geisel, an adults only property, is located in front of the Munich Town Hall. Its luxuriously furnished rooms offer majestic views of the city including Rindermarkt square. For a family-friendly option, the Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor‘s location at Schwabinger Tor, between the Olympic Stadium and the English Garden, is ideal. The property has a pool area and spa offering 360° views of the city and towards the Alps.

 

Singapore, Singapore

 

Singapore serves as a crossroad for Asia and exposes visitors to a fascinating blend of cultural traditions, modern innovation, and vast green spaces. The city-state has been making gradual, but noteworthy progress, in its approach to LGBTQ+ rights, hinting at an evolution that could lead to even more progressive policies in the near future. Food enthusiasts will bask in glory seeing Singapore's culinary offerings, with everything ranging from bustling hawker centers serving local specialties like chili crab to exquisite dining experiences in its countless Michelin-starred restaurants. The cultural richness of Singapore is also on display in its museums, vibrant arts festivals, and the multicultural fabric of neighborhoods like Little India or Joo Chiat-Katong which can be explored on this Peranakan Heritage Walking Tour. Here, visitors will see shophouses and raised houses known as "pu kar laos"and enjoy a traditional Peranakan lunch. For lovers of architecture, the iconic Marina Bay Sands and the enchanting Gardens by the Bay must be on any itinerary.The Marina Bay Mini Segway Guided Tour is a fun way to enjoy the sweeping views of the city overlooking the bay.

Where to stay: The Shangri-La Singapore is perfect for those interested in shopping and nightlife as its location in the Orchard Road district gives direct access to the plethora of high-end stores and lively spots. The W Singapore - Sentosa Cove offers a more laid back and resort feel with multiple pools and ocean views. 

 

Chamonix, France

 

At the base of the iconic Mont Blanc in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix attracts visitors from all walks of life as a paradise for winter sports. In recent years, the charming town has started to also be known as a year round destination with countless opportunities for hiking and mountaineering, perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. No matter the reason attracting visitors to Chamonix, the breathtaking jagged peaks and pristine glaciers will be witnessed by all. Consider checking out the Aiguille du Midi cable car which serves as the gateway to one of the highest and most dramatic viewpoints in Europe. For a truly unique experience, visit the largest glacier in France, Mer de Glace with a Glaciologist, which includes a ride on the Montenvers rack railway and visits to the Glaciorium or ice cave!

Where to stay: Dreaming to stay at a cozy alpine chalet? Look no further than Mazot du Mont-Blanc, located less than 4 miles from the Mer de Glace Train Station. The property features a terrace and mountain views, as well as direct access to skiing. Big Sky Hotel is set in an alpine garden at the foot of the Bossons Glacier, and amenities include a heated indoor pool and hot tub. A public shuttle service is also available to take visitors to the center of Chamonix.

 

*Research commissioned  by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 11,469 LGBTQ+ travelers from 27 countries and territories including: Argentina (201), Australia (606), Belgium (201), Brazil (503), Canada (804), Colombia (302), Croatia (204), Denmark (200), France (1005), Germany (1005), Hong Kong (203), India (403), Israel (204), Italy (603), Japan (402), Mexico (300), Netherlands (504), New Zealand (202), Singapore (202), Spain (402), Sweden (203), Switzerland (200), Taiwan (200), Thailand (202), United Kingdom (1007), United States (1000), Vietnam (201). LGBTQ+ respondents self identified across demographics of sex, gender and sexual orientation. In order to participate in this survey, respondents also had to have traveled for leisure in the past 12 months. The survey was taken online in April & May 2024.

** Destination list based on the cities with the highest percentage of active Travel Proud certified properties per city. Cities had to have at least 50 Travel Proud certified properties and at least 500 total active properties. Additional qualitative-based research was carried out to define a diverse list of destinations across regions that demonstrate signs of being inclusive for LGBTQ+ people. 

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