A room in the Arlo Soho, which promotes itself as ‘Homebase for Urban Explorers’ — and what better description for attending WorldPride?
Where to stay in NYC during WorldPride
For the entirety of June (and the first time in its history), WorldPride lands in the center of the universe — aka New York City — to commemorate Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, which will culminate in the massive LGBTQ Pride March on June 30. And of course, you’re gonna need a place to rest your pretty little head after each day’s blowout events. Consider booking these fine hotels that are welcoming our community with open arms.
INNSiDE by Meliá New York NoMad. Recently TAG-approved as a LGBTQ-friendly hotel, INNSiDE by Meliá rolls out the proverbial rainbow carpet for queer guests who kick up their highest heels in spacious, stylish guestrooms that boast the most my-opinion-only comfortable beds (it’s like sweet-dreaming on a marshmallow) and brim with natural light through oversized windows. The highly-rated The Wilson restaurant, adjacent to the always-abuzz lobby, serves up affordable contemporary dishes (order the Brussels sprouts!) in the context of Manhattan dining prices, only to be usurped with wallet-friendly starting stay rates of $199 a night. Meliá extends its commitment to our community beyond its physical presence as a key sponsor of the 34th Annual AIDS Walk in Central Park. innsidenyc.com.
Arlo. Arlo SoHo and Nomad boutique hotels, both of which feature floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows and stunning rooftops for sweeping views of Manhattan (plus a full-service restaurant, bar, java shop and 24-hour bodega for all your “supplies”), offers 15 percent off best available rates with code PRIDE at checkout as well as 15 percent off in the bodega and free coffee throughout your stay. arlohotels.com.
Crown Plaza HY36. The Hudson Yards-adjacent Crowne Plaza HY36 offers a Pride package for guests itching to get their party on upon check-in. Revelers who book the deal will receive a curated in-room gift bag — complete with Pride-themed bandanas, fans, and Absolut Rainbow Vodka minis — to pregame the parade, and the property will donate $5 to a select LGBTQ charity each time the package is booked. For LGBTQ couples inspired by all the love in the air, the hotel’s resident ordained minister can officiate the elopement of a lifetime on site. Paying homage to pioneering authors of the movement, the hotel also will display famed works of classic and modern LGBTQ literature throughout the common area and in-suite for guests to enjoy. crowneplazahy36.com.
Moxy. The newly opened Moxy Chelsea and veteran Pride destination Moxy Times Square will offer its Pre-Pride WarmUp package that includes access to exclusive LGBT celebrations, like the Pride Luminaries rooftop brunch and a historical excursion through Greenwich Village, plus a glass of champagne to toast LGBTQ solidarity upon arrival. In addition to the hotel package, which includes fabulous and complimentary Pride gear (packed with rainbow and glitter everything!), both properties will feature exciting programming exclusive to each hotel, including a special #TALKAtMoxy at Moxy Times Square and an Instagrammable color explosion inside Putnam & Putnam’s flower shop at Moxy Chelsea. moxy-hotels.marriot.com.
— Mikey Rox