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TLDR? Landmark is one of the best gay-friendly hotels in Medellín.
Did you know that Medellin is one of the most gay-friendly cities out there? Not only do they celebrate gay pride every year, but they’ve got a bustling gay nightlife scene as well.
Still, that’s not to say that those of us in the LGBTQ+ community haven’t had our fair share of unpleasant experiences while traveling.
If you’re looking to find a place that’s inclusive and welcoming to stay in the city, I’ve got you covered. Here are several LGBTQ+ hotels in Medellin that are great places to stay.
Colombia has advanced over the years to accept the LGBTQ+ community. Despite being a largely catholic country, you’ll find people are generally accepting of people in the gay community.
Medellin especially welcomes queer folks with open arms. And, thanks to the fact that paisas are notoriously friendly and tolerant, it’s a great place to stay in Medellin.
Still, if you want to find places that you can be confident are inclusive, there are a couple of tips you can implement to help you find a great place. A few of these include:
Let’s take a closer look at each of these tips.
The first thing to look for when hunting down a place to stay as a gay couple is the location. In Medellin, I’d recommend checking out El Poblado.
Not only is El Poblado one of the best gay-friendly areas of the city, but it’s also known as being a meeting point for the LGBTQ+ community between its famous parks, El Poblado park and Parque Lleras.
Here you’ll have no problem walking around as a gay couple, or being treated as you should no matter what you’re doing.
Another thing I recommend to gay couples on the go is to look at what’s around you. If you’re after gay nightlife, look for an area that has plenty of gay-friendly places to hang out.
Once again, Parque Lleras and Parque El Poblado are two places where LGBTQI+ nightlife abounds. Plus, you’ll find some of the best bars, restaurants, and shops in the area.
Here are a couple of gay bars nearby that you might want to swing by,
With its motto “Aquí entran todos” (here everyone enters), you know this is a place that’s welcoming to everyone.
Here there are two places to hang out. The bar has an outdoor space for you to enjoy live music and the freshness of the city. Or, there’s a more intimate space inside if you want to show your dancing skills.
Its most famous drinks are cocktails, and the best thing is that during the week you can enjoy some promotions on drinks.
Address: Cra. 38 #9A-26, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia.
Bar Chiquita is famous for its drag queens who take the stage on Wednesday nights. Besides the queens, you can also head to the venue for trans parties, live music, and karaoke nights.
Enjoy cocktails, colorful crowds, and local talent while still being yourself.
Address: Cra. 37 #8a-88, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia.
The club promotes is popular in the city for having one of the best dance floors. The club has a lot of electronic dance music that you can jam out to.
Besides that, you’ll enjoy live drag performances and an atmosphere that lets you be yourself.
Address: Cra. 36 #8A-123, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia.
The last piece of advice I can offer to LGBTQI+ couples visiting Medellin is to read the reviews. The reviews can tell you a lot about the attitudes toward gay couples in the hotel.
I typically check to see how accommodating the staff is, whether or not they make you feel welcomed, and whether they make sure gay couples have rooms with a single bed vs two beds.
Casacol goes above and beyond in this aspect because they have a whole blog for you to check out!
Now that you know what to look for when hunting down a gay-friendly hotel, let’s talk about the best places in Medellin.
Here are a couple of the top gay-friendly hotels to stay in during your visit.
Landmark Hotel It is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city with the best views. Located in the El Poblado neighborhood in Manila, it is one of the newest hotels in the area and has an elegant, industrial chic design.
You can expect to find cozy rooms with warm designs and good views of the surrounding area, plus amenities like smart TVs to connect to the internet whenever you want.
Among its best amenities you will find the rooftop pool, coworking space in the hotel lobby, SMASH restaurant, spa and yoga studio, and fitness center.
The best thing about the hotel is that it is prepared for any type of traveler, which in addition to its friendly bilingual staff, makes it one of the best gay-friendly accommodations in the city.
Address: Cl. 14 #43D 85, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
Are you a fan of coffee? If so, be sure to stay at the Marquee and check out their coffee-tasting experience.
Besides all that, Marquee Hotel is a five-star boutique hotel located in El Poblado just a couple of steps from Parque Lleras. Because it’s located in one of the best nightlife areas of the city, it’s a great place for couples looking to party.
Its modern rooms have spaces that vary according to the type of amenities you expect to have during your stay. This is more of a high-end place to stay, and is great if you’re looking for a luxury visit to Medellin.
It has its own restaurant, featuring Italian cuisine made with Colombian ingredients. The food is to die for!
You can also enjoy the rooftop with a bar, jacuzzi and pool available. It’s the best place to enjoy the beautiful view of the city.
Address: Cra. 38 #9A-13, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
Medellín is diverse in many things, and Celestino joins this variety, not only being a gay-friendly hotel but also a botanical hotel with its natural decoration surrounded by green areas.
Celestino Boutique Hotel has located just two buildings from Bar Chiquita, which gives you a fun night of dancing, singing and drinks without having to cross the city.
In addition, the hotel was recently remodeled, which means that it has new facilities ready to enjoy. It also expanded its services by adding a spa for its guests to enjoy.
The food is not to be missed and if you’re a fan of brunch, do not forget to visit its restaurant Azul Selva Bruch y Café, located on the first floor of the hotel. The restaurant is known for serving the best brunch in Medellin!
Address: Cra. 37 #8a-60, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
Epic Boutique Hotel promotes itself as a transit home for its travelers, where no matter who you come with, you’ll be the best hosted in the area.
The hotel has a unique design and decorations with dark tones that give it an elegant and cozy atmosphere. For your stay, you can choose between standard or suite rooms.
Its location is ideal if you want to hang out in El Poblado. After all, Parque Lleras is only half a street away!
Address: Cra. 37a #8a 38, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia.
El Patio del Mundo is located in El Poblado. This is another well-known LGBTQ+ venue in the city.
This hotel warmly welcomes its travelers providing yoga experiences and massage sessions. They also encourage interacting with the other guests, so it’s a great place if you’re traveling solo.
Address: Cl 5g #32-49, Medellín, El Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia
Medellín in general is a city with different and attractive destinations that of course include the LGBTQ+ community.
However, there are still a couple of pro tips to keep in mind as you visit. That way, you can really enjoy your trip to the City of Eternal Spring.
Medellín has been celebrating gay pride every year for a long time. In fact, people travel from all over the country to visit the city.
Activities such as concerts and parties in the bars of the city encourage locals to participate in the event without having to be part of the community.
This parade is not only one of the most anticipated by the Qqeer community but also by other citizens who admire and respect the multicolor that gives diversity to the city.
As a result, Medellin is one of the most welcoming cities for gay couples and individuals.
As a gay person, there really is nothing you should avoid doing in Medellin. However, there are still some safety tips you can implement in general.
For one thing, remember to keep an eye on your belongings. This is especially true when you’re out and about at night.
On top of that, if you’re going to be partying, make sure to watch your drink. Other than that, you should be able to have a great trip to the city!
One cool thing about Medellin is that there are several local LGBTQI+ meetups. So, even if you’re traveling single, you can mix and mingle with other like-minded folks.
Who knows? You might even meet someone new in the area.
Medellin is the most inclusive city in Colombia. And, if you’re traveling with your partner (or solo) there are plenty of great LGBTQ+ places to stay.
Book a room at one of these hotels, and relax knowing you’ll be treated with respect on your trip!
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