June is here and Pride season is officially upon us. If you're looking to be out – and get out – here are some of our favorite hotel deals that have crossed our desk. Thanks to the power of the pink dollar, it's easier (and cheaper) than ever to party-hop the world over.
For a list of Prides around the world, visit Interpride's Global Calendar.
Worldwide (through Dec 30, 2010)
Available at over 125 participating Hyatt hotels and resorts from Austin to Osaka, the Pride Welcome Package includes standard guestroom accommodation, full breakfast for two daily, a 4pm late check out, welcome amenities and LGBT-relevant info curated by the concierge. Whatever Pride you want to attend, you can be sure a Hyatt is nearby. Book using code LGBT10.
Los Angeles Pride (June 11-13)
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of LA Pride and the 20th anniversary of WeHo behemoth The Abbey, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, a Luxury Collection property with stylings by Starck and NYC's Moss, is offering superior rooms, VIP access and free transportation to/from the Abbey (a.k.a. Pride festivities central), a $50 credit at the hotel's Ciel Spa, complimentary valet parking all weekend, personal LGBT specialist concierge, and 500 bonus Starwood Preferred Guest points. VIP packages start at $319. Special “Soul to Soul” couples massages followed by epicure treats by celeb Chef José Andrés available for $425. Book using code PRIDE.
London Pride (June 19-July 3)
The Stafford London, a classic oh-so-English experience by Kempinski in the heart of St. James, is celebrating Pride all year with an “Early Booker” package giving 20% off rates when booked 30 days in advance. True, too late to catch the festival now, but the LGBT guide created by their award-winning concierge is worth the full rate.
Italy National Pride, Naples (June 26)
Every year Italy's National Pride festival takes place in a different city, and this year Neapolitan gays take a bow. With the “Napoli Pride Package” at the 83-room, architecturally slick luxury boutique Romeo Hotel, guests get double occupancy rooms (Mt. Vesuvius or Bay of Naples views), strawberries and Prosecco upon arrival, buffet breakfast and a personalized copy of the hotel's city guidebook. Package valid June 21-28 (two night minimum) with rates starting at €475 exclusive of VAT.
Vancouver Pride (August 1)
After successfully introducing the Pride House at this past year's Winter Olympics, you can be sure that spirit is continuing into their annual celebration. It seems the whole city has turned up the pink heat! Check into the Sandman Suites on Davie in the heart of the gay village and from July 30-August 2 check out the original 8-striped rainbow flag (modern flags are missing pink and turquoise), sewn by Gilbert Baker for his friend Harvey Milk. A “Pride Preferred” hotel, request the PRIDE HOTEL PACKAGE while booking and the Vancouver Pride Society will receive a donation. Other participating hotels include The Marriott Pinnacle Downtown (deluxe room, breakfast for two, sparkling wine, strawberries, parking), Carmana Plaza (call for rates; available year round), and the Quality Inn at False Creek (king/queen room, breakfast, internet, Steve Nash Fitness World access). Although not “Pride Preferred,” the Opus Hotel, Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, The Delta Vancouver Suites and Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites have Pride offers on tap as well.