Hong Kong boasts of a glorious harbor, lush neighborhoods, and one of the most iconic glass-and-steel skylines in the world. And even though it doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, Hong Kong’s denizens are extremely supportive of LGBTQ+ rights. Over the decades, Hong Kong has become a modern, tolerant city with an accepting attitude towards LGBTQ people. And while its gay scene isn’t exactly flamboyant, it is definitely incredible. So, LGBTQ travelers experience no issues while partying, sightseeing, or checking into the many gay hotels in Hong Kong. Moreover, Hong Kong has gay hotels for every kind of traveler and pocket.
Hong Kong’s LGBTQ nightlife is divided between the island and the mainland. The main gay nightlife venues on the island are found in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Central. Lying right across the Victoria harbor is the mainland gay scene, which is centered around Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. The city also celebrates the ‘Pink Season,’ a two-month festival celebrating Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community. It features the Pride Parade and is Asia’s largest LGBTQ cultural festival. What’s more, Hong Kong is even set to host the 2022 Gay Games, a sporting festival that promotes tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
Whatever the laws might be, Hong Kong is clearly more than just gay-friendly. If you’re visiting this fabulous Southeast Asian city, here are the top 11 gay friendly hotels in Hong Kong for you to choose from.
The gay-friendly Hotel Icon in Tsim Sha Tsui is iconic for more than one reason. For one, it is a mere 10-minute walk from the MTR station which crosses over to the island. The hotel is away from the bustle, and yet within walking distance of some of the mainland’s best gay bars including L’Paradis Lesbian Bar and New Wally’s. If that wasn’t enough, it’s five minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Avenue of Stars, both of which are amongst Hong Kong’s top attractions.
The hotel flaunts interiors that are stylish to the hilt. The wall of the lobby is home to a spectacular vertical garden with 8,500 plants. The place is peppered with Hong Kong and the club lounge houses a carefully curated collection of Hong Kong-related books. Also, there’s the Market restaurant which is designed in the style of the historic, open-air Wanchai market. A heated rooftop pool makes for the ideal space for relaxation and people-watching. Apart from that, there’s a sauna, lounge, a small spa, and a 24-hour gym for guests who have checked out and are awaiting their flight. However, the highlight of the hotel is the attitude of the warm staff towards the LGBTQ set. They are not only helpful with suggestions about gay-friendly places but are also ready with travel tips.
A majority of bright Hotel Icon rooms boast of fantastic views of the harbor. They’re well-equipped with mod-cons and a Japanese-style bath and make for a comfortable stay.
The gay-friendly Wontonmeen Hostel just north of Tsim Sha Tsui has caught the eye of LGBTQ travelers for more than one reason. The first is its proximity to the Prince Edward MTR station, from where Tsim Sha Tsui’s gay scene is merely a 10-minute ride. The MTR station is also a pickup point for this interesting walking tour of the famous Kowloon Market, a tour we’d highly recommend. Plus, the Central area on the island side is just 15 minutes away. What’s more, some of the mainland’s cultural attractions along the harbor are close by.
The second is the hostel’s immaculately decorated interiors which make for an undeniably authentic Hong Kong experience. The city’s culture is evident in the eccentric art and textured walls that make for a rustic-industrial ambiance. The shared space oozes an eclectic 80s vibe, complete with neon-red glowing lights, hammocks, posters, books, and vinyl lining the walls. An equally interesting covered outdoor space is the perfect place for putting together a barbeque gathering. An outlet of Urban Coffee Roasters downstairs has a 20 percent discount for Wontonmeen guests. The lounge at the back is reserved exclusively for Wontonmeen guests for chilling, movie nights, and live performances. Plus, guests can rent bicycles to explore the neighborhood.
The staying facilities, which are divided into dorms and private rooms, are equally eclectic. Beds are designed as versatile cages, and feature privacy curtains and hangers. What’s more, the rooms are quiet considering that the hostel is one of the main roads in the neighborhood.
Rainbow Lodge HK
For the budget-conscious LGBTQ set, looking for cheap gay hotels in Hong Kong could be a challenge. Here’s where the gay-friendly Rainbow Lodge in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui is a savior of sorts. It’s wallet-friendly and it’s close to Tsim Sha Tsui’s gay scene and Hong Kong’s cultural attractions.
The hostel lies in a skyscraper, which isn’t surprising given that Hong Kong has the world’s highest number of skyscrapers. Socializers and minglers will love the communal facilities at Rainbow Lodge. The games room and the shared lounge are great for striking conversations with fellow guests. The dartboard, foosball table, and board games are perfect icebreakers. The reception is where one can book tours and get their hands on free city maps. Plus, the staff is extremely helpful while dishing out useful travel tips around the city. Guests can choose between dorms and private rooms. Dorms have privacy curtains, reading lights, and space for luggage.
Another great factor about the Rainbow Lodge is its extremely convenient location. It is right by the MTR station from where Central on the island is a five-minute rode. Plus, the Star Ferry Pier, Avenue of Stars, and the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade are a hop, a skip, and a jump away.
YesInn Causeway Bay
Stay at the snug, gay-friendly hideaway of YesInn smack dab in the heart of Causeway Bay on Hong Kong island. Since staying in Hong Kong is expensive, YesInn is a fantastic option for LGBTQ backpackers and travelers on a tight budget.
YesInn hostel is housed in two buildings, of which one is for private rooms and the other is for dorms. Dorms feature three-tier bunk beds with reading lights and privacy curtains. Modern wall art and vibrant bedding add to the dorms’ cheerful vibe. For travelers on a super-tight budget, there’s even the 21-person dorm with only a single bathroom. For an epic-cheap hostel, YesInn has quite a few amenities. The quirky lobby-lounge has plush black sofas, flat-screen TV, and a massage chair. The coziest part of the hostel is the outdoor rooftop terrace dotted with seating and potted plants.
The LGBTQ set staying at YesInn needn’t go far for a fabulous gay scene. Hong Kong’s most famous lesbian bar Virus, as well as its hottest gay spot Bing Bing, are right in the next lane. Plus, right across from the road is the Spa 17, a great male massage place.
Eaton Hotel HK
The socially and environmentally conscious LGBTQ set will love the concepts at the gay-friendly Eaton Hotel. The strange V-shaped hotel is reminiscent of a 90s polytechnic building with its red-brick and blue-mirrored exterior. From within, it’s swanky to boot with mustard-yellow leather furniture, angle lamps, a DJ booth, graffiti walls, and neon-lit escalators. As one walks within, the social consciousness of the hotel comes to fore. It houses a non-profit which protects refugees, a space for Hong Kong’s Justice Center, a cool co-working space, a vegan cake shop, and reiki rooms.
Apart from a host of wonderful restaurants, Eaton HK also has a superb rooftop pool space and a 24-hour gym ideal for gym rats. Plus, free neighborhood and night market tours, as well as morning tai chi classes, make for some marvelous perks. Rooms, albeit small, feature a retro 1970s-style theme with burnished accents, geometric-print carpets, and cork-board walls. If that wasn’t enough, the bedside tables have a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a Himalayan salt lamp. All these offbeat aspects make the Eaton Hotel one of the truly amazing gay hotels in Hong Kong.
Eaton Hotel HK has great transport connections too. It’s located halfway between Jordan and Yau Ma Tei MTR stations, and the Temple Night Street Market is right across from it. Plus, the gay scene at Kowloon and the 24/7 Jungle Sauna are down the street in the opposite directions.
The Upper House
In a city that’s famous for its skyscrapers, the idea of the Upper House is to lead you to your abode high up in the sky. Discerning gay travelers looking for the ultimate high-in-the-sky Hong Kong experience will love the gay-friendly Upper House. The hotel sits atop the ritzy Pacific Place shopping complex in Admiralty. A serene entrance allows guests to glide into a tranquil Asian world of limestone, glass, and wood between the 43rd and 48th floors. One might be surprised by the lack of a spa or a pool, but the catchphrase of the hotel is understated contemporary luxury. Plus, the hotel has an exceptional restaurant and bar serving European food which is very popular with the locals. Bibliophiles, meanwhile, can find comfort in books and coffee at the book-lined Sky Lounge on the 49th floor.
In a city where space is premium, the rooms at Upper House seem massive as compared to their peers all over the city. The bathrooms are equally huge, and every room features free snacks and drinks which includes beer, a yoga mat, and even an amenity kit.
Gay travelers looking to delve into Hong Kong Central’s gay scene would do well to choose Travelodge Central. The gay-friendly hotel lies within walking distance of the island’s best gay bars like Zoo and T:ME Bar. Moreover, the city’s oldest gay sauna CE is a mere 10-minute walk.
The tall hotel with vibrant murals on its exteriors is easily distinguishable from the outside. Guests are welcomed into a stylish lobby with high ceilings and huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Funky purple-neon lighting accents, shiny black accent walls, and polished marble floors accentuate the hotel’s fun vibe. While the rooms are small, they’re decorated in a modern way in earthy tones of gray, beige, white, and brown. Also, the rooms come with a host of mod-cons. A noteworthy perk in the rooms is the smartphones that are loaded with unlimited 3G data and local calls, which is extremely helpful to travelers.
While there’s no on-site breakfast or restaurant, the hotel’s immediate surroundings offer tons of dining choices. Furthermore, the reception can be contacted for booking tours and there’s a paid airport shuttle every half-an-hour.
60 West Suites Hotel
For gay travelers whose sole purpose is to explore Hong Kong, the gay-friendly 60 West Suites apart-hotel is ideal. It’s a 25-minute ride to Tsim Sha Tsui and its attractions like Avenue of Stars and the Promenade. With Victoria Harbor a pleasant stroll away, we’d recommend this wonderful sightseeing cruise with incredible views of a glittering Hong Kong at night. What’s more, the apart-hotel is right outside the Hong-Kong Macau ferry terminal, making a one-day excursion to Macau possible. It also helps that Central’s amazing gay scene is within walking distance.
Staying facilities at 60 West might be minimal as compared to full-service hotels, but they are absolutely fantastic for the price point. Guests can choose between a host of modern serviced apartments at 60 West, ranging from twin rooms to two king beds per room. Each unit has spacious living rooms and fully-equipped kitchenettes and a host of mod-cons. Comfy beds guarantee a fitful night’s sleep. Plus, 60 West boasts of a fitness center as well as a game room with video consoles and an iMac.
Mira Moon Design hotel
LGBTQ travelers looking for a decent, mid-range gay-friendly boutique hotel in Causeway Bay will love the Mira Moon Design Hotel. Located in the heart of the bustle that is Causeway Bay, the hotel has a quieter backstreet entrance. The hotel plays on the Chinese myth that there’s a rabbit on the moon with an abundance of bunnies featuring in its decor. In fact, there are three flying bunnies that welcome guests into the hotel. Moreover, there are peonies and moon references peppered everywhere, whether its the floors, curtains, or carpets. All-in-all, the kitschy theme will leave travelers delighted.
The hotel does have a good number of amenities for a budget-friendly hotel, including a gym, a restaurant, and a simple yet reasonable breakfast. However, it’s the rooms that’ll blow your mind. They are uncommonly spacious for a Hong Kong hotel. The celestial lighting moods are jaw-dropping, while the windows and wardrobes give off a Chinese-screen effect. A pleasant surprise is that the non-alcoholic drinks in the minibar are free. To top it all, guests get free smartphones with unlimited international calls available to 10 countries and iPads. For great harbor views, upgrade to rooms on the higher floors.
The hotel is a street away from the tram line, placing Wan Chai and Central a maximum of 20 minutes away. Kowloon is less than half-an-hour away by ferry.
Ovolo Southside Design Hotel
Gay travelers looking for a funky, retro-themed gay-friendly hotel will appreciate what the Ovolo Southside is attempting to do. The hotel lies within a converted warehouse building, with industrial-chic elements like exposed brickwork and pipes lending it a trendy vibe.
Cool blue low-lighting, playful panda statuettes, and shades of red in the checked lobby rugs make for an interesting combination. The hotel does great on socials. The chic 24-hour guest lounge with free snack and beverage samples and a billiard table makes for a great lounging-about space. Free evening happy hours with wine, beer, spirits, and canapes tick all the right boxes. A rooftop bar and restaurant with outdoor terraces boast of jaw-dropping views of the city and the mountains. Apart from free morning coffee, the hotel packs a punch with its free continental breakfast along with hot items. With all this, you hardly notice that Ovolo doesn’t have a spa or a swimming pool. However, it does have a great 24-hour fitness center.
Ovolo’s rooms are urban-chic and feature a gray-white color palette accentuated by graphic-print throw pillows and contemporary art. Ash-hued wood flooring, track lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows with natural light lend the room a contemporary touch. Some rooms even have views of the mountains, coffee tables, and sofas. Also, all of them come equipped with all requisite mod-cons.
Even though Ovolo lies in the up-and-coming Wong Chuk Hang neighborhood, Central is a mere 15-minute MTR ride. Furthermore, it allows you to explore a new neighborhood that is vibrant to the hilt.
LGBTQ travelers with deep pockets and a deeper urge to splurge should look no further than the gay-friendly Kerry Hotel. The hotel is located on the waterfront in Kowloon and is one of the most luxurious gay friendly hotels in Hong Kong. In fact, the lovely Promenade which lies right outside continues all the way up to Tsim Sha Tsui.
The Kerry Hotel is all about large-scale. The outdoor areas, the rooms, and the lobby are huge by Hong Kong standards. Even its ballroom is the ‘the largest pillarless’ one in Hong Kong. The gigantic windows almost let the sea in, while the leafy landscaping adds to the outdoorsy ambiance. The hotel has a host of amenities, including a spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and an outdoor infinity pool. However, its the hotel’s four restaurants that impress the most, as all of them boast of striking alfresco areas.
The rooms and bathrooms are generously spacious, and about 60 percent have harbor views. A Nespresso machine, a complimentary minibar, and free films-on-demand seal the deal.
Just So You Know:
- The Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival began in 1989. It is supposedly the oldest LGBTQ film festival in Asia.
- The Gay Games 2022 is the very first time that they’re taking place in Asia.
Get Some Culture in Hong Kong:
- Hong Kong Pride: Smack dab in the middle of Pink Season comes the Hong Kong Pride Parade, the largest LGBTQ festival in the city. The Pride Parade more than simply celebrates gay rights. It seeks to increase equality in Hong Kong when it comes to the LGBTQ set and better the laws in favor of the LGBTQ community.
Best Gay Bars / Clubs in Hong Kong:
- Virus – This is Hong Kong’s most famous lesbian bar.
- Bing Bing HK – This trendy, 22nd-floor gay bar is currently Hong Kong’s hottest gay spot.
- Petticoat Lane – This lively LGBTQ bar lies in Central and is famous for its topless bartenders on Wednes’gay’ night.
- BOO Bar – This is an extremely popular gay karaoke bar for bears, cubs, pandas, otters, and their fans.
- L’Paradis – This is another lesbian bar in Hong Kong and is located in South Tsim Sha Tsui. If you’re all about dancing on the tabletop all night, this is the place for you.
- Zoo – This is one of Hong Kong’s most famous gay bars which boasts of lots of wild events.
- T:ME Bar / TIME Bar – This industrial-chic, upscale gay bar is perfect for beginning the evening’s festivities with a drink.
- New Wally Matt Lounge – This is one of Hong Kong’s oldest gay bars.
- Staunton’s – This gay-popular bar is excellent for people-watching.
Best Gay Saunas in Hong Kong:
- B&J Men’s Club – This men-only, gay spa offers lots of male massage options.
- Spa 17 – This spa and male massage in Causeway Bay offers a range of pampering massages.
- Central Escalator Sauna (CE) – This is the oldest gay sauna in Hong Kong and is extremely popular. It has private cabins, a jacuzzi, an XXX room, a sauna, and a steam room. Also, it sees tons of young, hot guys.
- Jungle Sauna – This is an all-night 24/7 sauna popular for meeting young Hong Kong guys. It has a relaxing lounge, a private cabin, a steam room, and a darkroom/fun maze.