Somewhere over the rainbow: Where to stay around the world this pride season
The pride season has officially started with our own Mardi Gras just around the corner! All over the world, people are celebrating LGBTQ culture and pride with parades, marches, music festivals and other fun events. Immerse yourself in the festivities and experience the celebrations up close with Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay - from homes, apartments, hotels and more. The platform has a huge variety of accommodation types to suit any budget and desire.
This year, the 41st Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be held between the 15th of February and the 3rd of March. There will be a variety of events within the Mardi Gras Festival such as burlesque shows, pool parties, Queer art and much more. The much-anticipated parade is planned for the 2nd of March and will traditionally start at Hyde Park and ends in Moore Park. The entertainment for the evening is nothing short of amazing, including multi-award-winning Aussie dance stalwart PNAU and pop sensation Kim Petras.
Where to stay: 3 Bedroom Darling Harbour Apartment
Situated in Sydney’s city centre, this three Bedroom Darling Harbour Apartment offers stunning city views perfect for your weekend celebrations. Just a short walk from Oxford Street, where the Mardi Gras parade begins, this is the perfect spot to experience the exhilarating festivities of Sydney Pride.
The London Pride will take place between the 23rd of June and the 7th of July and showcases some of the most inspiring talents and celebrates diversity in the LGBT+ community. Trek the massive annual London Pride Parade on the 6th of July from Baker Street to Whitehall via Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall and ending with Trafalgar Square, where there will be live performances and speeches. The event line-up this year includes Ellis-Bextor, Alyssa Edwards, Eurovision finalist SuRie on the Trafalgar Square Stage.
Where to stay: Devonshire Club & Hotel
The Devonshire Club is an exclusive private members club established in an 18th Century former East India Company warehouse and a large Georgian townhouse. It has its own boutique hotel with individually designed rooms. Access to the club is included for the duration of your stay. The Devonshire Club & Hotel is located in the City of London not far from metro and train stations, so you can easily travel to one of the many London Pride events. Booking.com guests love the staff and cleanliness.
The Berlin Pride is also known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in Christopher Street, New York. The first Berlin CSD was held on the 30th of June 1979 and it has grown immensely since then.
More than half a million people come together to celebrate and demonstrate during a colourful parade filled with music and floats. This year’s Christopher Street Day takes place on July 27th, but you might want to come a week earlier for the ‘Stadtfest’ between the 20th and 21st of July in the district Schöneberg. An annual Lesbian and Gay Festival held at the Nollendorfplatz that is becoming increasingly popular.
Where to stay: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
The highly rated 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin places you directly between the Nollendorfplatz and the Kurfürstendamm, the starting point of the Christopher Street Day Parade. This cool, hip and colourful hotel is situated in the Bikini-Haus a former sweatshop for women’s wear.
Now it’s a genuine urban jungle, including palm trees, hammocks and a Monkey (the name of the on-site bar). There is also an in-house bakery and every night there are DJs. You are in walking distance of public transport and many interesting sights, but you can also rent a Mini at the hotel for long distance exploration.
The Amsterdam Pride starts on the 27th of July and lasts until the 4th of August. The Dutch LGBTQ community celebrates their pride with numerous events like street parties, concerts and the Canal Parade.
Popular locations are the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the Rembrandtplein and the Zeedijk. The highlight of the Amsterdam Pride is the parade, which does not take place in the streets, but in the world-famous canals.
During the Canal Parade 80 fabulously decorated boats will sail through the canals in the heart of Amsterdam. You can cheer them on along the sides, but make sure you arrive early to secure your spot!
Where to stay: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - A Hyatt Hotel
If you want to immerse yourself in some Dutch design during your stay, then you should visit the beautiful Andaz hotel. All rooms are individually decorated and designed by Marcel Wanders. The hotel also offers an on-site restaurant, Bluespoon, and a Spa & Wellness centre, so you can get pampered after a night of partying. The Reguliersdwarsstraat, the Rembrandtplein and the Zeedijk are all under 2 km away and - best of all - the Andaz is right on the route of the Canal Parade.
The Montréal Pride - also known as Fierté Montréal – will be celebrating the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which will add extra importance to the week in Canada. The celebrations will kick off on the 8th of August and will include parties, sports activities and a big conference. The parade takes place on the last day of the pride, the 18th of August, it starts on Metcalfe Street and ends at Alexandre-DeSève Street where the party continues with the MEGA T-DANCE until the closing ceremony.
Where to stay: Lofts du Vieux-Port
Stay close to the action and celebrate Montréal Pride in Old Montréal near Gay Village. Lofts du Vieux-Port offer lofts with a fully equipped kitchen, a shower or bath, and free WiFi. This is the ideal place to enjoy the comforts of home and the excitement of Montréal Pride.