Best Pride Friendly Hotels: Booking.com shares Travel Proud properties ahead of LGBTQ+ pride events
To celebrate LGBTQ+ pride events around the UK, Booking.com’s is here to share the most welcoming and inclusive stays for every traveller in the lead up to Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham Pride.
According to research from Booking.com* 71% of UK LGBTQ+ travellers have had less-than-welcoming or uncomfortable experiences when travelling, with 61% reporting they have to consider their safety and wellbeing when choosing a holiday destination. Those that travel within this community often do not feel safe or comfortable to be their authentic selves. As a result, Booking.com launched its Proud Hospitality programme to help combat some of the challenges and barriers the LGBTQ+ community face when travelling, by offering training to its partners, providing them with practical skills and techniques to allow their guests to feel more welcome.
Please see below inspiration for the most welcoming Travel Proud stays on Booking.com for Pride events across the UK.
Most welcoming Pride stays
Manchester Pride - 26th August
Kimpton Clocktower, an IHG Hotel – Manchester – Travel Sustainable Property.
Manchester Pride Festival falls on August 26th which will be held at Oxford Street. Over the last 15 years Manchester pride has become a loud and proud display expression taking place on the August bank holiday. The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is on the doorstep of Manchester’s big parade and situated on bustling Oxford Road, with Manchester’s huge array of shops within easy walking distance. Set in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant city centre, the grand Kimpton Clocktower offers stylish, modern rooms Furnished with elegant décor.
Cardiff Pride - 27th and 28th August
Hotel Indigo - Cardiff, an IHG Hotel – Cardiff
Cardiff Pride falls on August 27th and 28th across the bank holiday weekend. Held at the Cardiff City Hall Lawns showcasing extravagance with entertainment throughout the day, celebrating the importance of the LGBT+ community. The weekend hosts over 50,000 people, with a multitude of bars and restaurants nearby with Hotel Indigo being a 6-minute walk from the event. The hotel has a terrace and fitness centre, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. You will find bathrobes and free toiletries in the bathrooms. Hotel Indigo - Cardiff is located in Cardiff, 200 yards from St David's Hall and 350 yards from Cardiff Castle.
Birmingham Pride - 23rd September
Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre – Birmingham – Travel Sustainable Property
Birmingham Pride falls on August 23rd, known as the UK’s largest two-day pride festival. The LGBTQ+ festival is held annually in the Gay Village marking their 25th anniversary of pride and protest. Birmingham Pride attracts 40,000 people with over 75,000 people participating in or watching the bright and beautiful display. Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre Hotel is the heart of Birmingham being a 10-minute walk from the main event. Offering a free fitness centre, Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre is located 200 yards from the Bullring Shopping Centre. Benefiting from its central location, several of Birmingham's restaurant, bar and retail options can be found within a 10-minute walk of the property.
Leeds Pride – 7th August
Dakota Leeds Hotel – Leeds
Leeds Pride is returning for its 17th year after missing two years due to the pandemic - bouncing back with their biggest parade yet. Located in the main event space in Millennium Square, the parade route will be all level highway with slight inclines up the head row, with no barriers apart from the start of the parade, you are able to step out as you please. There are lots of venues and bars in Millennium square for those that chose to adventure out and explore during the day. The Dakota Leeds hotel is located at the heart of Leeds 2 minutes away from the main event. The hotel features 85 luxurious bedrooms as well as an onsite bar and grill restaurant offering a fresh menu with a brassiere-style service and their stylish cocktail bar features an outdoor terrace overlooking Greek St. This is our guests' favourite part of Leeds, according to independent reviews.