Gay vacations Spain: The Out Of Office Collection

Spain: The Out Of Office Collection

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Spain is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. It’s such a versatile destination, from the bright lights of Madrid to the rustic charms of Andalucia, Spain has so much to offer. The climate is a dream for sun worshippers and the cuisine is world-famous. You can discover the passion of Spanish culture in the music, flamenco and the controversial sport of bullfighting. Spain is also one of the best destinations for gay travellers. Combining Sitges and Barcelona is a trip every gay traveller has to experience at least once.

Here’s our guide to some of the best hotels in Spain, from Madrid to Ibiza. We’ve got the lowdown on the best of the best, in terms of both location and luxury. The Spanish Collection combines historic brands like The Ritz with new hotels embodying the best in modern design.

LGBT rights in Spain

Spanish law has a number of protections for LGBTQ+ people that allow queer travellers to travel within the country with peace of mind and freedom. There are fantastic gay scenes in the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, and even the smaller destinations are very accepting.

In detail

Best for Barcelona: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the best luxury hotels in town. It’s located right by Old Town on Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most exclusive shopping areas. This is a classic 5-star hotel. It’s opulent without being overbearing. As it’s a Mandarin hotel, you know you’ll be getting the highest level of service.

The rooms are very well appointed and the suites offer sweeping views of Barcelona. The hotel’s main bar is called the Bankers’ Bar, giving you an idea of the kind of demographic they are accustomed to serving.

Best for Barcelona: Mandarin Oriental

Best for Barcelona: Soho House

Part of the famous Soho House group founded in London, this is one of our favourite hotels in Barcelona. There are 23 Soho House clubs worldwide. The clubs are geared towards people working in the creative industries. It’s located in an 18th-century building is located in Duc de Medinaceli square. Las Ramblas is short walk away so you’re right in the heart of the action.

This is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Spain. It’s very chic. The rooms are are impeccably designed. Soho House is also quite a magnet for the jet set, so you’re likely to see a lot of fashionable people staying here.

Best for Barcelona: Soho House

Best for Sitges: Calipolis

Sitges is Spain’s ever popular coastal town on the Costa Brava. A short train ride from Barcelona, it’s a gay mecca on a par with Mykonos or Palm Springs. In peak season Sitges is a majority LGBT+ town. Straight people will be very much in a minority. The centre of Sitges is packed with gay bars.

Overlooking the gay beach you’ll find Hotel Calipolis. We’ve chosen it as it’s so central. This is a great place to stay if you’d like to discover Sitges’ unparalleled gay nightlife. It’s even better if you do a twin-centre itinerary, combing Sitges with a stay in Barcelona.

Best for Sitges: Calipolis

Best for Madrid: Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Mandarin Oriental took over The Ritz, Madrid’s most iconic hotel. The original hotel was created by César Ritz himself on the orders of Alfonso XIII. It was a Belle Epoch masterpiece but it had fallen into decline in recent years. That decline was dramatically reversed and it’s once again a hotel fit for a king – even a very picky king.

Past guests include Mata Hari and the Dukes of Windsor. All of the rooms are slightly unique. Some come with views of the square, others with antique furnishings and art. You’ll also find one of the best hotels in Madrid at the Dukes of Mandarin Oriental Ritz.

Best for Madrid: Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Best for Ibiza: Bless Hotel

Bless Hotel is one of the most stylish hotels in Spain. It captures the understated elegance of the hotels you see on the Greek islands. Expect whitewashed walls and clean lines. This hotel has been designed in the age of Instagram and it shows. You’d struggle to take a bad photo here. It’s located in northern Ibiza right by Santa Eulalia.

There are 151 rooms and suites to choose from, all of which are of an exceptional standard. Whether you’re looking to relax in Ibiza or avail yourself of its nightlife charms, this hotel ticks all the right boxes.

 

Best for Ibiza: Bless Hotel

Best LGBT Hotel in Spain: Axel Barcelona

The Axel hotel brand is very well established. They offer a range of “straight-friendly” hotels worldwide, from Barcelona to Miami. Axel Barcelona is a fabulous hotel right in the heart of the city. It’s chic, modern and loads of fun. This is a great choice if you’re looking to explore Spain’s excellent gay scene.

Combine a few days in Sitges with a few day at Axel Barcelona and you’re sure to have a gay old time. The roof terrace gives you excellent city views and it connects to a gym, sauna and jacuzzi. At night, the atmosphere in the bar is guaranteed to be lively and packed with the international gay jet set.

Best LGBT Hotel in Spain: Axel Barcelona
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