News release from Oyster.com:
Miami’s South Beach is known as one of the most gay-friendliest destinations in the world and with that title the city boasts countless hotels that are not only friendly to the LGBT lifestyle, but some that cater specifically to that demographic. In South Beach, as with most other hot spots, location is the key. Whether it’s being situated near the gay beach or near the hot gay nightlife, the hotel’s locale plays as much to the importance of the stay as does the sunny weather.
“The LGBT demographic is becoming more and more important and one of the cities that attract it en mass is South Beach, Florida” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Oyster.com. “Our reporters found the hotels that stand out above the rest when it comes to catering to gay community.”
The Doubletree Surfcomber plays host to some of the area's biggest gay events, and as such is arguably Miami's gay-friendliest hotel. It was the official host hotel for the 2009 Winter Party -- a week-long gay festival -- as well as for the 2009 lesbian Aqua girl party. Its heated pool with a waterfall was the setting for pool parties for both events.
2. Gansevoort South:
The David Barton Gym in Chelsea has long had a gay following, and its Miami counterpart in Gansevoort South is of the same mold. A popular place to see and be seen for both gay and straight exercisers, the gym is characterized by Moroccan decor, club music, and mood lighting. Guests are likely to get hit on in the steam and sauna rooms, and the peak gay hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. according to Miami.com. To cool down after a workout guests can head upstairs to the largest rooftop lounge in the country, with a long, narrow pool used more for flaunting than swimming. Our reporter noted many gay couples staying at the hotel.
3. Hotel Victor
Hotel Victor is right at the intersection of 12th St. and Ocean Drive -- directly across the street from the gay portion of the beach, which is easily identifiable by the rainbow flags near the chairs. The hotel's sexy, clothing-optional Turkish hammam draws both gay and straight exhibitionists. Across the street to the north of the hotel is the gay cafe and bar The Palace (motto: Every queen needs a palace"), which hosts a weekly drag cabaret show.
The Standard, also right across the street from the gay portion of South Beach, is part of the gay hub on Ocean Drive. Miami.com named its pool scene as popular with the gay crowd and a good place for celeb spotting. And the pool isn't not just for guests: Passes to the pool can be purchased for $50 on weekends or $40 on weekdays.
The Albion is steps from gay scene on Lincoln Road Mall, home to the gay dance club Score -- a South Beach mainstay that is still popular. Gay-friendly Lincoln Road businesses Van Dyke Cafe, Kiehl's Since 1851, and Diesel, all hosted events for the 2009 Winter Party, a week-long gay festival that takes place each year.
The Standard's sister hotel, the Raleigh, also has a popular gay pool scene, and is accessible from The Standard by a shuttle. Its iconic saltwater pool has a five-foot waterfall and draws hip young adults.
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