When you come back to your hotel after a long day of new places and experiences, you don’t want to worry about if you’ll have to hide who you are. You just want to be able to unwind, maybe grab some food and wine, and relax. As a queer traveler, it can be hard to know for certain where you’re going to feel safe and welcome. If you’re looking for some amazing hotel companies that are committed to the LGBTQ+ community, EveryQueer is happy to share our favorite LGBT-friendly hotel brands we love and trust to provide an inclusive environment for guests and employees.
Belmond is a 5-star luxury hotel with a history of strong LGBTQ+ community involvement and allyship. With LGBTQ+ specific language and trips, including their LGBTQ+ luxury train journey, Belmond is loud in its support. The brand’s Account Director of LGBTQ+ Sales & Entertainment in North America, Elio Lopez, is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and knows that Belmond works to recognize and fulfill the needs of the community and cultivating not just a tolerant, but celebratory environment for queer folks. Belmond has an LGBTQ+ advisory board that focuses on LGBTQ+ travel and talks about how to best support the community. Belmond is also an IGLTA member that provides support to LGBTQ+ travel industry professionals. We’re proud to partner with them on our trip to Cancun where we’ll explore the wonders of Cancun within the comfort and safety of our community.
Hyatt is another great choice for an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel. Last year they offered special experiences for Pride Month in June, including luxurious retreats, getaways, art exhibits, and more. They have hotels around the world, including locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. They are a member of IGLTA and have received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, placing them as a best place to work for LGBTQ+ equality.
Accor is another member of IGLTA with locations around the world. They have LGBTQ+ training and recruitment processes in South America, learning tools to know the best ways to support the LGBTQ+ community, sponsor global pride events, and publicly support marriage equality campaigns.
MGM has been very loud with their financial support towards the LGBTQ+ community. They’ve sponsored nonprofits, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. They also support positive LGBTQ+ policies around the world.
Marriott has consistently been an industry leader in the LGBTQ+ community. For the ninth year, Marriott has also received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates a company’s workplace policy for LGBTQ+ equality and names Marriott one of the best places to work for LGBTQ + equality by the HRC. In the past they launched #LoveTravels, a digital LGBTQ+ campaign that worked with content creators to support the community. We’re happy to be partnering with Marriott and staying at the Buenos Aires Marriott during our Gay Argentina trip. We have an amazing itinerary lined up for you and your new queer friends!
Hilton is another great brand that prioritizes inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community in its guests and workplace. Their policy for employees includes an Adoption Assistant Benefit of up to $10,000 for employees who adopt, which has been especially helpful for LGBTQ+ employees. Hilton is also a great place for LGBTQ+ guests. They are respectful of all, including being inclusive towards trans and nonbinary folks.
Feeling safe where you’re staying is important. It should be a place to relax, not to feel on guard. With these hotel brands, you can be sure that they treat their LGBTQ+ guests and employees with respect, and continue to support the community through financial and vocal support. You can feel confident staying with them and having your loved ones with you for an amazing stay.