Marriott Invites You to “Be You, With Us” and Enter a Sweepstakes

7 06 2012

Can I be me with them?

Check out Marriott’s gay Pride packages and enter to win their “Be You, With Us” sweepstakes with a grand prize of a trip to New York City, San Francisco or Berlin 2013 Gay Pride Festivals valued at up to $5,000.

  • NB: This is for 2013, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan, book your travel and find the perfect Pride outfit or two.

According to Marriott, A sample package is The Get a Room! Vancouver Pridepackage at the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown in Canada including overnight accommodations in a king deluxe studio, full hot buffet breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet, parking, two door passes to Celebrities Night Club and two cocktails in Cavino, the hotel restaurant.

Book hotel deals and packages, get more informaton and enter the Be You, With Us Sweeps at

Normandy Hotel, Washington D.C. Offers June Pride Special

30 05 2012

Normandy Hotel, lobby

In honor of Gay Pride month, this luxurious, boutique property in the gay-popular Dupont Circle area of D.C. is offering a special package starting Thursday, May 30 through June 30, 2012 called “Somewhere Under the Rainbow.”

This two-night package, valid Thursday through Sunday, is $295 and includes the following:

    • $295 ++ Two-night Accommodation in Superior Room [double occupancy]
    • Gay Traveling Book
    • Rainbow Sweatband
    • Rainbow Bracelet

The ‘fine print’:

  • Make your reservation by calling 1.855.533.6953 and mention code “PRIDE.”  
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability and based on double occupancy.
  • Package is available Thursdays-Sundays May 31—June 30, 2012.
  • This special may not be used with any other discounts or specials. This prepaid nonrefundable rate is includes tax and excludes gratuity.]

Hotel information:

Deal of the Week: Millennium Hotels 2012 Gay Pride Discount

14 05 2012

Juneau that Millennium Hotels has a property in Anchorage?

I’m a big fan of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts and, as in year’s past, they are offering a terrific special for Gay Pride. The offer (with restrictions) and relevant properties, including one on Anchorage, Alaska, is listed below.

From Millennium: The Millennium Hotels and Resorts, a proud sponsor of the IGLTA, is offering a special PRIDE rate of 15 percent off our best available rate to those who want to complete their gay-cation in any of our U.S. hotels.

The dates and respective Millennium Hotels for pride week are as follows:

Guests can book online or call 1-866-866-8086 and mention rate code PRIDE. Rates subject to availability. Taxes and gratuities not included. Blackout dates may apply.

World’s First Travel Discount Website For Gay Travelers

11 11 2011

Picture yourself on this Cancun beach. Ahhhh is the first website that offers deals on customized getaways specifically for LGBT travelers. The travel experts behind OffTo bundle accommodations with activities tailored to the interest of lesbian and gay travelers. Best of all they negotiate the best possible prices, which translates into savings of 40%, 50% or more below retail.

The most important vacation decision a lesbian or gay traveler can make is where to stay. One homophobic raised eyebrow at the pool or comment from an insensitive check-in clerk that “there must be some mistake here: there is only one bed on this reservation, Mr. Jones” can ruin a trip.

So all of OffTo’s partners – accommodations, venues, activities, cultural attractions, etc. — are required to meet industry standards of LGBT-friendliness, sensitivity and community support. Click here to learn more about OffTo’s commitment to LGBT travelers.

OffTo’s chief communications officer, Brian Goldthorpe says that the site will offer deals all over the world, and that getaways “include 24-hour escapes, multi-week vacations and everything in-between. We work with accommodations of all sizes and styles,” Goldthorpe continues “and the activities and diversions in our packages correspond to specific LGBT leisure interests, including outdoor excursions, city history tours, arts and culture, spa services, dining, LGBT events, live entertainment, nightlife and more.”

There are currently five deals included in the site, with more being added regularly. Current savings range from 47% off retail (for a five-night Disney getaway for only $425 — a savings of $370 off retail) to a whopping 81% off for a four-night Cancun beach escape for only $159.  That’s $680 less than the retail price. That’s a lot more margaritas you can enjoy!

I heard about this terrific new site through colleagues in the industry. Later OffTo asked me to write up some of their getaways since I’ve visited so many of them. Check out these two getaways in Atlantic City, New Jersey that I wrote. For a quick gaming/hotel resort fix, AC is a New Yorker’s very own east coast Vegas!

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.


20 07 2011

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 Chelsea Pines Inn, a gay-owned and gay-popular guesthouse in the heart of Chelsea (that’s celebrating 25 years in continuous operation), applauds the passing New York State’s Marriage Equality Act by offering a free honeymoon to the first same-sex couples to be married in New York City on July 24. But hurry, the offer ends soon!

This offer is for one night in a Honeymoon Suite, a bottle of champagne and wedding cupcakes.  The stay also includes expanded continental breakfast and complimentary WiFi.The lucky couples need to contact the hotel directly at (212) 929-1023 or by email at  Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, July 20 and a drawing for the winner will be held at the weekly Owner’s Wine & Cheese Reception on Thursday, July 21.All entrants will be offered a special Honeymoon Rate of $199 a night for a Deluxe Room or higher category good throughout July or August.  (Regular rate for the Honeymoon Suite is $399/nt).

A marriage certificate will be required to redeem the free night and the special offer.  Honeymoon Rate is subject to availability.


6 07 2011


By Ivan Quintanilla

By signing the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, allowing same sex couples to legally marry in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo set off a wave of celebration that reached the shores of Curacao.

The Kura Hulanda Resorts, two of our favorite properties on the Caribbean island, are offering all newlyweds who present a valid New York marriage license a free upgrade and dinner for two when booking a four-night stay now until December 22, 2011.

“A progressive member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, on an island with a refreshing ‘live and let live’ vibe, the Kura Hulanda Resorts offer guests a heavy dose of culture, fine dining and city-life, all wrapped up in a gay-friendly, high-end village community,” says Jody DeLeon, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resorts.Rates start at $160 per night at Hotel Kura Hulanda and $140 per night at Lodge Kura Hulanda.  To book the deal, call 1.877.264.3106 or visit

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