Suite Dreams: Oregon Hotel Strives to Keep Portland Queer

16 03 2012

Doing their part to keep Portland queer

Doing their part to keep Portland, Oregon quirky and homo-friendly, the Jupiter Hotel, a locally owned boutique property, announced a new room package, Keep Portland Queer.

The package includes an LGBT Travel Portland brochure, as well as complimentary resources like Out City and PQ Monthly magazines, as well as a tasty treat from local favorite Voodoo Doughnuts, a gift card to Fantasy for Adults Only and a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato, with ten percent of the proceeds from the package donated to the PDX Q Center.

So you can stay queer and give back to the local community. According to the Jupiter, “The donation to the PDX Q Center encourages a symbiotic relationship with local LGBTQ partners and beneficiaries.” (I just loved that a hotel used the term LGBTQ in an official communication!)

The Keep Portland Queer package can be viewed online or booked here:

She Looks Like $70 Million Bucks! Grand Hyatt San Francisco

12 12 2011

Look, Macy's is really close by!

By Jenni Olson

Boasting a recent $70 million renovation, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco is an exciting option for San Francisco visitors wanting the style, décor and amenities of a boutique property with the convenience, size and loyalty perks of a large-scale chain.

The renovation spiffs up the property’s 659 guest rooms and suites (as well as the corridors, elevators and conference facilities) bringing them into the 21st century with Uno-Bitell iPod dock phones, Wi-Fi and HDTVs featuring multimedia hubs to connect to your laptop. Meeting the needs of both work and play travelers — guest rooms include ergonomic workstations and spa-like glass and tile bathrooms.

Featuring clean, modern design (favoring light wood and calming textiles in the décor) the overall atmosphere of the rooms and common spaces is light and relaxing. This is truly a notable accomplishment from L.A.-based design studio, Indidesign (named one of the top hospitality design firms in the US by Interior Design Magazine).

Located just off Union Square, the Grand Hyatt is a great option for easy access to shopping, theatre, art galleries, museums and scores of great restaurants. Speaking of which, be sure to visit the 36th floor Grandviews Lounge for a drink so you can experience the amazing view (but skip the Grandviews Restaurant with its over-priced and in need of renovation old-school hotel menu).

Other notable claims to fame include: 21 hypoallergenic rooms, 22 ADA accessible rooms, scenic 35th floor fitness center, executive business center; in addition to a lengthy list of other expected amenities, all rooms have low-flow toilets and electronic blackout drapes with bedside controls (tres James Bond!). If you’re looking for upscale comfort and style the Grand Hyatt is one good choice amongst the admittedly numerous accommodation offerings in the City by the Bay. Also note that additional renovations are planned for the foyer, lobby, lounge, restaurant and mezzanine in the next two years.

Rooms start at $199 (Sunday-Thursday) and $179 (Friday-Saturday) for queen, king and double rooms. Starting rate for an Executive suite are $399 (Sunday-Thursday) and $379 (Friday-Saturday). For reservations call (415) 398-1234 or visit

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Sweet, er, suite!

Suite Dream: Great Deal at INNDulge, Palm Springs, CA

8 09 2011
Look closely at the picture above: There are some nekkid boys in that pool!

With the unnaturally early — not to mention soggy — arrival of fall along the east coast, it’s time our thoughts turned to warm-weather getaways. The friendly folks at INNDulge are offering their WInter $99 Special: December and January (excluding holidays) from Sunday to Thursday and $129 Friday/Saturday.

More information:


Suite Dreams: Pacific Edge Hotel, Laguna Beach

1 09 2011

By Louise Rafkin

When they say edge, they mean edge.

With rooms overlooking the crashing surf, the Pacific Edge Hotel, a Joie De Vivre establishment in Laguna Beach, will get you just as close to the Pacific as you can get without getting your feet wet.  Outside our room, the orange sunset is almost gaudy in it’s brightness and the crashing waves are a constant backdrop.  The sea air hangs in the cool night.  All of this says one thing: Southern California summer.

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Suite Dream: Great Deal at INNDulge, Palm Springs, CA

18 08 2011

There are some nekkid fellas in that pool!

If you can stand the heat (hey, it’s the dry heat!) of gay-popular Palm Springs, California in the summer, the friendly folks at INNDulge offer a great deal.

Buy one night, get one free through September. There’s still availability in August and early September, so hurry. There are some exceptions (no holidays or Friday or Saturday stays). More information:    1-800-833-5675     1-760-327-1408

Suite Dream: Villa Rainbow, St. Martin

4 08 2011

The Caribbean is not known to be super gay friendly. But there are islands of gayness if you know where to look.

One terrific little property is the Villa Rainbow in St. Martin (the French side of the island). In fact it’s an all-gay men’s guesthouse. Check out the pictures and a little more about it here.

The owner Chris emailed me that the guesthouse is offering a 50% discount on all same sex couples who marry in NYC in July 2011! (Valid on all short stays, until Oct 31st 2011).

Being a French-flavored island, this of course includes a free bottle of French champagne “to be sipped for example at sunset on the large terrace facing stunning views on the Caribbean sea,” according to Chris.


29 07 2011

Hotel Habita barStory and photo by Paul VanDeCarr

You might find yourself intoxicated at the rooftop bar of Hotel Habita, located in Mexico City’s upscale Polanco neighborhood. And it wouldn’t be just because of the drinks, such as the tamarind margaritas.

There’s also the splendid tapas, the sixth-floor view of the area, the terrace pool, the ambient music, the fire, maybe the fact that you’ve just enjoyed a spa treatment on-site, and of course the presence of a mover-and-shaker crowd.

And that’s just the rooftop.

Let’s not forget the 36 guest rooms, which have a cool, minimalist design (glass desks, white walls, grey couches, etc.) and ridiculously comfortable beds. Continuing down to the ground floor, try the menu at the hotel restaurant, Lobby, which holds its own in this famously food-centered district.At Habita, you’re within walking distance of some of the finest Mexican cuisine you’re ever likely to try, such as at Pujol ( or El Bajío. The hotel itself doesn’t feel especially gay, but it’s got gay-friendly management and sophisticated international guests who won’t blink at homo PDAs. For a luxurious stay amidst world-class eateries and classy shopping (and, of course, a taxi ride to gay nightspots), Hotel Habita is unsurpassed.

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