HAPPILY, THE DAYS when major hotel chains ignored LGBTQ+ travelers are long gone. Today globetrotters looking to choose a welcoming brand will find nearly every major hospitality chain rolling out the rainbow carpet.
Take the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, for example. This iconic hotel in Puerto Rico, a few steps from the city’s biggest gay beach, offers a Pride and Joy couples offer that includes breakfast for two, airport transfers and a wine and cheese platter. The property also stages same-sex weddings in its oceanfront venues, as does the nearby AC Hotel San Juan Condado, where the rooftop serves as a picturesque spot to tie the knot.
These are just two examples of Marriott International’s dedication to serving LGBTQ+ travelers with local flair. The company also maintains a Marriott Bonvoy LGBTQ Travel microsite — traveler. marriott.com/lgbt-travel — to connect travelers with destination ideas.
Hilton Worldwide is another hotelier that aims to make the most of its appeal in key destinations with LGBTQ+-friendly options. The New York Hilton Midtown this year hosted the global convention of IGLTA, the international LGBTQ+ travel association. Among the Hilton properties boasting an LGBTQ+-targeted Long Weekender offer, it includes extras like free breakfast and late check-out. Locate more such offers when you connect with the Hilton Honors website. Hilton encourages guests to share their pride with #hiltonpride and partners with LGBTQ+ organizations including the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Indeed, supporting LGBTQ+ organizations provides an important way for hoteliers to show their support for the community. Hyatt Hotels Corp. works with various organizations, including the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And Belmond Ltd., which operates hotels, trains and cruises, supports organizations like Broadway Cares and Senior Action in a Gay Environment, in addition to offers like an LGBTQ+ family weekend at its Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in Mexico.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, an IHG brand, has long been a high-profile supporter of LGBTQ+ causes, serving as the premier national hotel partner for the Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth. Parent company IHG, meanwhile, was named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality for the fifth time in a row this year, earning a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.
Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
The New InterContinental San Juan is officially reopening next month. The opening marks the completion of the property’s first major renovation in more than 20 years.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok completed renovations on its River Wing, concluding the hotel’s most extensive renovations in nearly 150 years. The River Wing redesign followed restorations of the hotel’s Authors’ and Garden wings. Newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature updated facilities, but maintain the hotel’s signature Thai elegance. The renovations also increased the number of suites in the wing, as well as enlarged guestrooms with views of the Chao Phraya River.