Hotel luxury at the end of a rainbow

To celebrate Accor Hotels breaking into the gay holiday market, GSN has taken a look at six hotels worldwide

Hotel luxury at the end of a rainbow
26 November 2012

Accor Hotels provides a warm welcome to the LGBT community with their Rainbow Selection website.

A favorite among those who like both high-end and high-value, Rainbow Selection allows travelers to pick LGBT-friendly hotels across the globe.

Rainbow Selection has over 120 hotels in 29 countries, and is guaranteeing gay people the best possible price.

Janine Keller, Director of International Flows at Accor in Germany, told Gay Star News they had heard consistently from lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transsexuals they wanted to stay in gay-friendly hotels.

‘The community – quite naturally – wants to be certain that they are indeed welcome in their “home away from home”,’ she said.

‘For example, LGBT consumers want to avoid the awkward and unnecessary question at the check-in desk, such as “But you two gentlemen (or two women) would prefer two beds in your room, correct?”

‘Rather, LGBT consumers want to stay in a location which actively and warmly invites them to stay in their properties.’

So bags are packed and ready to go, where should you fly to? We’ve checked out Rainbow Selection for where we’re dreaming of taking our next holiday.

NEW YORK CITY – Novotel Times Square Hotel


Just a stone’s throw away from the lights of Broadway, and within walking distance of the best sight-seeing spots in New York, the Novetel Times Square hotel lets you experience life in the heart of the city.

LONDON – Mercure London Bridge Hotel


Even if you’re in London on business, this hotel will ensure you get enough time for leisure as well. The contemporary boutique hotel is located within walking distance of Tower of London, Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Phew!

RIO DE JANEIRO – Sofitel Copacabana Hotel


How many times in your life can you pretend you’re a showgirl called Lola? If sipping cocktails and relaxing on a renowned beach is your idea of fun, the luxurious Rio De Janeiro hotel will make you want to go loco.

MELBOURNE – Novotel St Kilda Hotel


Set in a beautiful location with bay views, this is perfect for when you would like a little sunshine with your stay. It prides itself on good customer service and its stylish, sleek, modern rooms.

SHANGHAI – Grand Mercure


In the center of the popular Hongquao district, there is a hotel ideal for business and leisure. While it offers restaurants, bars, shoping, the hotel offers 484 spacious suits all with panoramic skyline views. Anywhere you look, you’re guaranteed a sky-high view.

MAURITIUS – Sofitel So Hotel


Set in a radiant oasis, this hotel is set on a wide open beach surrounded by nature. Thai architect Lek Bunnag’s inimitable architecture is enhanced by exclusive designs from fashion designer Kenzo Takada. It looks unforgettable.

If you would like to check out these hotels and others worldwide, check out Rainbow Selection here.

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