There are some super gay hotels in Miami and it’s no surprise to us at all!
When we first visited Miami (South Beach) it was clearly welcoming for LGBTQ+ travellers with many gay friendly and gay hotels to choose from!
We also found Miami to be a very iconic place, exactly as we had seen it in films with people passing by on roller skates and hot guys pumping themselves up on Muscle Beach.
Combine that with the fact it’s a very trendy destination and it’s easy to see why we were quickly sold.
We also found a number of gay beaches in Miami, as well as gay bars and clubs (mainly in South Beach) – when it comes to gay destinations, Miami is a good bet!
It you want to explore further afield, there are other gay areas within an hour including the super gay Wilton Manors and its many clothing optional gay hotels.
So what are the best gay hotels in Miami ? Lets take a look, here is our list of the top gay hotels in Miami for your next trip:
20 of the Best Gay Hotels in Miami Beach
If you are looking for the best gay hotels in Miami beach we would first split the hotels in Miami between ‘gay’ and ‘gay friendly’.
First up are the hotels which are designed specifically for gay travellers and the main ones we would book!
1. AxelBeach Miami South Beach – Adults Only
We love the Axel chain of hotels and the fact that they playfully describe themselves as ‘hetero-friendly’. The brand is well known for being a gay hotel with all of it’s cheey touches such as the iconic ‘Do Disturb’ signs.
The Axel brand is one of the most popular brands of gay hotels and resorts in Europe, and AxelBeach Miami is one of the more popular gay hotels in Miami.
Axelbeach Miami has carefully brought itself to life on 1500 Collins Avenue whilst maintaining the character and Art Deco style of the original building. So much so that it was recognized with the Merit Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation & Restoration 2020 by AIA Florida due to the sensitivity to the original design preserving original elements such as eyebrow windows, neon facade lighting and an ornamental entry fountain.
They have of course added new features like an elevated hot tub (which we have seen get very busy and ‘fun’), a pool side restaurant, a bar with a colorful dance floor, spa and gym.
As a result AxelBeach Miami should be high on ourlist when booking a gay hotel in Miami.
Did we also mention that AxelBeach Miami is adults only? Something we always look for if possible and in terms of location it’s one block away from the beach and within walking distance to the gay beach.
Take a look at the availability for AxelBeach Miami.
2. Hotel Gaythering Miami – Miami’s ‘Gayest’ Hotel
So we thought AxelBeach has some cheeky touchs but with the tag line ‘where gay men stay and play’ what more do you need to know? Hotel Gaythering is a very popular gay hotel in Miami for gay men who want to have some fun and maybe ‘socialise’ a little.
Hotel Gaythering caters exclusively to gay guests who are looking to experience the local scene and is locatd in the Miami Beach gayborhood steps away from local restaurants and shops.
The style of the hotel is intended to be provocative and it delivers just that. Head to their website and I am sure your mouth might drop open, they’ve worked with some seriously hot gay models and entertainers to bring the vibe of the hotel to life.
One of the unique and exciting features of this gay hotel in Miami is the gay male sauna onsite which is free to hotel guests or $20 for non-guests. The sauna is open daily from 12pm until 11pm S-T and 2am F-S.
Add to this, the onsite bar with nightly events, nude beach shuttle bus, complimentary beach chairs, towels and coolers for the beach and it’s easy to see why Hotel Gaythering brands itself as the gayest hotel in Miami Beach!
3. XL Crates at Gaythering – Men Only Gay Hotel in Miami
Miami is expensive – there is no escaping it.
That’s why XL Crates at Gaythering has caught our attention. It’s aiming to offer a budget option for those looking for gay hotels in Miami.
They call it an ‘Anti Hostel’ and the rooms come in two different sizes, the Crate Shared Room and the XL Crate Shared Room that they call eggplant size!
The Crate Shared Room are a 64-square foot men only provate unit with 7-foot partition walls, a key card system, and a full size bed. Additional amenities for your comfort include a 40″ TV (headset only), sleep sound machine, and safe deposit box. The shared bathroom offers two showers, two sinks, one toilet, and one urinal shared between 5 units.
The XL Crate Shared Room offers 70% more private space while featuring a King Size Bed with an over the bed Dome Mirror as well as everything a regular Crate room has. The common bathroom offers a double shower shared between 3 units.
Check out this budget gay hotel in Miami here.
Gay Friendly Hotels in Miami
What are the best gay friendly hotels in Miami?
With Miami and especially Miami Beach being inherently gay friendly, there is no need to panic if any of the gay hotels are booked out.
It’s fair to say you will be welcomed with open arms wherever you go. We suggest that you check out the following gay friendly hotels in Miami based on their reputation as a brand, guest reviews or those that are ‘Travel Proud’ accredited by booking.com (meaning they are active in their efforts to welcome LGBTQ+ travellers):
4. W South Beach Miami
We have seen plenty of support for the LGBTQ+ community from the W Hotel group of hotels (part of the Marriott group) over the years which is always a good sign!
The W Hotel Miami is a luxury hotel with everything you could want from a gay friendly hotel in Miami.
It’s located on the ocean front but also provides outdoor heated pools, tennis courts, rooftop views, spa style bathrooms, on site dining and even complimentary bikes to explore Miami for yourself.
This is the kind of place a lot of travellers don’t ever want to leave! It receives rave reviews and a score of 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor!
Take a look at the W South Beach Miami for more information.
5. KAYAK Miami Beach 4*
With rooftop sunbathing spaces and listed as a ‘Travel Proud’ property on Booking.com, KAYAK Miami Beach is a great gay friendly hotel option in Miami.
Brought to you by KAYAK.com, we love that the hotel mixes original with modern by maintaining some of the historic Art Deco style features of the property whilst bringing in new tech to outfit the rooms.
The room have sleek connected TVs, Marshall speakers, Revival New York linens and Le Labo bath amenities. Handcrafted details emphasize a streamlined modern design, making you feel immersed in Miami even when you’re in the room.
In terms of location, the hotel is in South Beach, within walking distance to Miami Beach and other local attractions.
6. Marseilles Beachfront Hotel 3*
If you are heading to Miami then you are clearly want to top up your tan on the beach, so why not book this beachfront hotel which is also another ‘Travel Proud’ certified property on booking.com.
We love that the hotel has direct access to their own private beach, is nearby the busy Collins Avenue and less than 20 minutes to walk to the popular gay nightclub Twist.
Every guestroom includes a 42-inch flat-screen TV, electronic safety deposit box, and coffee and tea-making facilities. Private bathrooms come equipped with a shower.
We also love that the hotel has an on-site bar called Backyard Bar with pool cabanas (for a fee) and also has an outdoor swimming pool and hammocks.
7. Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach 4*
Circa 39 Hotel is a gay friendly hotel in Miami Beach, again ‘Travel Proud’ accredited.
The hotel is a boutique style hotel across from the beach off Collins Avenue with swimming pool, sun deck, poolside seating, beach lounge chairs available, fitness room and complimentary wifi.
Rooms at the Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach include a 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV and a work desk. The rooms also have a hairdryer, a safety deposit box, and small refrigerator.
Grab and go continental breakfast options are available daily. Craft cocktails, beer and wine accompanied by snacks are available in the evening.
8. Eden Roc Hotel Miami
Discover a colourful Miami Beach icon at this gay friendly hotel.
The Eden Roc Hotel Miami mixes nostalgic glamour with a modern beachfront resort experience and has been ranked very highly when it comes to hotels in Miami.
They offer bright, spacious guest rooms with big balconies with beach/ocean views, a 55-inch flat-screen Smart TV and bluetooth radio speaker in each media centre. Select suites include balconies and panoramic views.
The hotel also has 3 beachfront pools, a private strip of beach, spa and an on-site Japanese-fusion restaurant.
9. Nobu Hotel – At Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach
Ranked #1 Best Hotel in Miami 2022 by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.
Nobu is a very unique concept in Miami, this is a contemporary Japanese beach house in the heart of Miami Beach at Eden Roc Hotel (above). It is also listed as a ‘Travel Proud’ property.
Expect a mix of luxury, iconic Miami Modern architecture tied in with Japanese architecture complete with a private pool (as well as 4 other pools to choose from).
10. Blanc Kara
Blanc Kara is a 3* adults only boutique style hotel with a limited number of rooms/studios allowing them to offer a high quality of our personalized service.
This gay friendly hotel is just 3 minutes’ walk from the beach and each studio comes with a fully equipped kitchenette a flat-screen TV, hairdryer and ironing facilities are also available in these soundproofed rooms.
We like the look of the terrace room (above) so you can wake up and enjoy your morning coffee with a view.
11. The Goodtime Hotel
Looking for a goodtime at a gay friendly hotel in Miami South Beach? That is exactly what The Goodtime Hotel is aiming for, from their stylish rooms, including a luxurious suite, to their pool parties at Strawberry Moon, and fun events, they have a lor going on to keep you entertained.
The hotel also runs daily events from meditation, to yoga, HIIT classes and happy hours if all you need is a drink by the pool.
When it comes to events, they have hosted some serious talent including the likes of David Guetta and Marshmello – when they promise a goodtime, it sounds like they deliver!
The hotel is based in South Beach, an 8 minute walk to the gay club Twist, just a few minutes to the beach and is ‘Travel Proud’ accredited by booking.com – I think we are on to a winner.
12. Dream South Beach
Looking for a bit of luxury? Dream South Beach is a 4* hotel with luxury suites and rooms you can’t get enough of.
Dream South Beach Miami is a ‘Travel Proud’ gay friendly accredited, slick, fashion inspired boutique, minutes way from the beach and sharing the Versace Mansion as a neighbour.
We love that fact that they have two cool dining and drinking spaces on site, Nak3d Taco serves spicy Mexican cuisine with a side of naughty campiness and 125 different tequilas. Up above, HIGHBAR is a sleek, disco-era (in a good way) rooftop lounge with an infinity-edge pool and ocean views.
Dream sounds like a place you could get into trouble, for all the right reasons!
13. Hotel Victor South Beach
If you are looking for a luxury gay friendly hotel in Miami South Beach, take a look at Hotel Victor.
Like Dream, this property is also adjacent to the famous Versace Mansion and sits right on Ocean Drive. Occansionally, depending on when and how you book, lunch at the Versace Mansion can be included.
The poool at Victor overlooks the ocean and is lined with very instagramable cabanas and luxury pool loungers. Equally, if you prefer the beach they have loungers for hotel guests there also.
We love the fact that they also have a hammam spa, which is a Turkish style bath house with massage services and other spa treatments. The property also offers bike rentals to explore South Beach.
14. Gates Hotel South Beach – DoubleTree by Hilton
Another huge chain who have been in the media for the right reasons when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community is the Hilton hotel group. No surprise this is also a ‘Travel Proud’ property on booking.com
Gates Hotel South Beach (Doubletree by Hilton) is another gay friendly luxury hotel in Miami.
It is a boutique style hotel, close to the ocean and one of the main selling points is its location – walking distance to the famed Ocean Drive.
15. Blue Moon Hotel (Autograph Collection)
Again, part of the Marriott group, the Blue Moon Hotel is part of their Autograph Collection for which the standards are high! Our first stay in one of the Autograph Collection properties was in Barcelona and we were blown away.
The Blue Moon Hotel has its own relaxation pool and sky lit patio with awesome views of South Beach. Again this hotel is in a great location for everything you need.
Find out more and book here.
16. Hilton Vacation Club Crescent on South Beach Miami
If like us, you love the suite life, check out this all-suite property by LGBTQ friendly hotel chain, Hilton (of course again ‘Travel Proud’ accredited).
This hotel is on Ocean Drive looking over the park and Miami Beach. It features a, gym access and modern suites with full kitchenettes.
These suites are designed for living in with classic décor with tile floors, wood furniture and old Hollywood artwork. Each offers a separate living area, flat-screen TVs, and a bathtub.
We love the unique character of the building, the exterior design resembles the side of a steam ship and was created and has been maintained since the 1930s.
17. The Standard Miami
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of South Beach, just a 5 minute drive away you will find the 5* luxury adults-only The Standard Miami.
They have a full-service spa on site with complimentary access for hotel guests to a Turkish Hamam with heated marble, hemlock sauna, eucalyptus steam room, ice room, hot tub, cold plunge and gym. Treatments are also on offer as a cost.
We love that they have a beautiful infinity pool, offer bicycle hire and have a private boat dock where guests can enjoy paddle boarding and kayaks. Miami International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away so you can go from plane to pool asap!
18. Riu Plaza Miami Beach
We have always had a good experience with the Riu Hotel Group. The Riu Plaza Miami Beach is located just 160 metres’ walk from the beach, has an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.
19. The Betsy Hotel, South Beach
If you want to feel like a celebrity, take a look at the 5* award winning The Betsy Hotel South Beach.
Situated on the iconic Ocean Drive this is a luxury boutique hotel with thoughtful touches, direct beach access, along with a courtyard and rooftop pool with 360 degree views.
Adorned with fresh orchids and original art, every room offers hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. A flat-screen TV and a minibar are included in all rooms.
We love the look of Betsy’s rooftop Ocean Deck which serves cocktails, guests can enjoy the sun loungers here, ocean views and sunrise yoga.
20. Shelborne South Beach
Our final hotel in our list of gay friendly and gay hotels in Miami is the beautiful and stylish 4* Shelborne South Beach.
Self described as offering timeless luxury and elegance, with impeccable service, original Art Deco architecture, and a covetable address on Collins Avenue, Shelborne South Beach has a lot to offer.
We love that if you want to experience some poolside glamour, they have some very slick cabanas for hire.
It’s easy to see why we have fallen in love with Miami and hope you do too.
We expect to end up in Miami each year just before we board the Atlantis gay cruise which normally starts from Miami port. Head over to our article on the Atlantis gay cruise to find out more.
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