Nestled on the banks of the Vltava River, Prague is a truly underrated European gem. The enchanting ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ will knock your socks right off with its delish beer, striking Gothic architecture, and centuries of history. Surprise, surprise – the city is also home to one of Eastern Europe’s most vibrant gay communities; even more than those in Budapest or Tallinn. In fact, the capital of the liberal Czech Republic is a shining gay beacon in the former Eastern bloc. A palpable testament to this is the sheer numbers of gay hotels in Prague, which have only gone up in the last few years.
Prague punches far above its weight when it comes to tolerance, acceptance, and liberality for the LGBTQ set. Prague’s gay scene is mainly anchored in Vinohrady, an endearing rainbow-flag-flying neighborhood on the eastern edge of Prague 2. The fabulous Prague Pride is the biggest and best Pride event in Eastern Europe. The city also sees numerous annual LGBTQ events and celebrations in the arena of films, sports, and even dance competitions. Tolerant, liberal, progressive – Prague is all of this, and more.
As Central Europe’s unofficial cultural and social capital, there’s much to see and explore in Prague. We recommend that you begin by looking at the top 10 things to do in this stunning old-world city. After that, check out this list of top 11 gay-friendly hotels in Prague to begin your exploration of this lovely medieval-era city.
Czech Inn Hostel
At the southeastern end of the Vinohrady gay area in Prague sits the cleverly-named Czech Inn. One of the funkiest gay hostels in Prague, Czech Inn is eclectic to the last brick.
Guests have a choice between dorms and private rooms which are minimalist-modern and spacious. Light wooden floors, lime-green decals, and huge windows contrast beautifully with the black hues in the rooms. The shared terrace is peppered with comfy furniture and floral cushions and is a great space to hang out and socialize. What’s more, the hostel has an ultra-cool cellar bar that hosts everything from trivia nights to open-mic ones.
Gay travelers will definitely love the location of the Czech Inn. Some of the best gay bars of Prague like TermIX and The Saints are just four streets over. The hostel is right next to Krymská tram station, which connects it to most of Prague’s popular areas and attractions. If that doesn’t appeal to you, the hostel offers free walking tours too.
K+K Hotel Fenix
If you’re gay and want to stay in the heart of Old Town with easy access to the gay scene at Vinohrady, the K+K Hotel Fenix is where you should be. The stylish, uber-cool gay-friendly hotel lies right next to Wenceslas Square and National Museum. What’s more, Vinohrady and all its fantastic gay offerings are a five-minute streetcar ride.
K+K Hotel Fenix boasts of a gorgeously minimalist decor with neutral tones, Scandi furnishings, and lovely floor-to-ceiling windows. The beds are comfy for crashing after a night out on town. The bar-restaurant is a great place to begin sampling delish Czech specialties, including a huge breakfast spread. A gym, spa, and sauna place all work out and relaxation spaces together for the convenience of the guests.
One of the coolest designer gay hostels in Prague, MeetMe23 will appeal immensely to the younger LGBTQ traveling set. Housed in a historic Czech mansion, MeetMe23 has an extremely interesting modern-meets-historic vibe. The hostel’s mascot is the eclectic Blueman, versions of which one will find all over the hotel. The lobby even has a 3D printer printing tiny blue man statues for guests to take back home as memorabilia.
Rooms at MeetMe23 have clean, minimalist designs that include extremely helpful wall-sized maps of the Prague metro system. Guests can choose between dorms and private rooms. Vibrant colors, tall windows, and views of the city from every room make for a lovely stay.
Straddling Old Town and Vinohrady, MeetMe23 is perfectly positioned for gay travelers to delve into all facets of the city. What’s more, staying at MeetMe23 also allows you to join this fantastic 4-hour tour exploring the gay history of Prague. Apart from its gay scene, you’ll also learn about gay rights and its history, homoerotic art in the city, and so much more.
Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague
Prague meets Asia at the seductively hip and gay-friendly Buddha-Bar Hotel. The hotel is housed in a 100-year-old structure and is peppered with Buddha statues and Asian scripts. A three-foot-tall Buddha statue greets visitors at the entrance of the hotel. The Asian-themed spa with a whirlpool tub and hammam is a great place for a refreshing soak. Also, guests are offered a smartphone equipped with hotel connections, maps, and free internet access during their stay.
Rooms are done up in sensual tones of red and gold with dim lighting. Blackout curtains controlled by hi-tech bedside buttons add to the sexy vibe. Resplendent fabrics and dragon murals lend an Oriental feel. The bathrooms are spacious and swish, complete with large bathtubs full of romantic possibilities. In fact, in-room massage treatments can also be ordered from the spa.
Buddha Bar’s location in the heart of Old Town is perfect for catching up on sightseeing. The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock, for instance, are just three streets over. The Náměstí Republiky streetcar and subway station is a four-minute walk, making most of Prague accessible. If you want to get to Vinoahrady, the gay area in Prague, the subway ride with a change of line takes about 20 minutes.
Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa
Gorgeous, historic bourgeois houses make up the baroque fever-dream that is the Alchymist Grand Hotel. The decadently opulent hotel is one of the most luxurious gay hotels in Prague. Gilded, filigreed curios and period furniture fill the entire space, complete with a 500-year-old grand staircase. A romantic front courtyard with a bridge and a koi pond and a UNESCO-protected façade top it all. It all makes the hotel perfect for indulging in romance, baroque-style.
Alchymist’s absolute highlight is the Indonesian-themed Ecsotica spa nestled in its Gothic underground cellars. The place absolutely inspires romance with its sensual saunas, cozy beds, relaxation pool, and a host of therapies.
Rooms are plush with mattresses-ridden four-poster beds, despite being modest in size. They even have gold-edged mirrors, framed paintings, crystal chandeliers, and parquet flooring, upping the sultry quotient. Topping them off are the white marble-walled bathrooms with tubs.
Alchymist Grand lies on the other side of the Vltava River, right next to the imposing and stunning Prague Castle. In fact, the location is perfect for indulging in this 2-hour tour of the Prague Castle Complex. Delve into the secrets and history of the Prague Castle, which is the biggest known castle complex in the world.
The sleek and modern Mosaic House is one of the first gay-friendly hotels in Prague to run entirely on renewable energy. This funky, eco-friendly hostel is just five minutes from Charles Bridge in the heart of Old Town.
Guests have the choice of dorms and private rooms, of which some of the latter even have lovely little terraces. If you’re looking to splurge, we’d suggest the Penthouse, which even has a handy kitchenette and a larger terrace.
Budget-conscious LGBTQ travelers will certainly find Mosaic House to be one of the best gay hostels in Prague. There’s a free breakfast buffet to wipe away all those hangovers. The lounge-bar serves up delish food and beverages, coupled with live music. Rentable bicycles and segway scooters are fantastic ways of vibing with like-minded travelers and exploring the neighborhood. Finally, the hostel even arranges for a host of tours, including skiing, paintball, skydiving, and beer tours.
Vinohrady is an easy, 17-minute tram ride away. If you don’t want to step out too far, the famous gay fetish club Alcatraz is a mere 10-minute walk.
Large groups of gay travelers traveling to Prague will love the convenience and beauty of AnyDay Apartments. The budget, gay-friendly accommodation is located in the leafy neighborhood where Nove Mesto meets the gay scene of Vinohrady. In fact, the fabulously hip queer hangout Bourgeois Pig is right around the corner from here. If that wasn’t enough, easy metro and tram access make most of Prague’s best sights easily accessible as well.
Guests can choose from numerous spacious and modern apartments, which range from cozy studios to two-bedroom ones. Each apartment features its own kitchenette which is great for whipping up meals when one doesn’t wish to eat restaurant fare. Also, a free daily buffet breakfast is a great way to begin a day of exploring Prague.
Art Hole Hostel
‘Home is where art is’ is the motto of the weirdly fabulous, gay-friendly Art Hole Hostel. The adults-only hostel is located just north of Old Town Square and two streets from the Vltava River.
Bizzare designs incorporating all kinds of pop art rule the roost at Art Hole. The shared kitchen pays homage to Marilyn Monroe and is great for striking up conversations with fellow travelers. The art in the common areas transforms the space into something of a botanical paradise. Even the breakfast area, where a free breakfast is served every morning, is done up in vibrant colors and decals. The terrace features fabulous views of the city and the Vltava River and is perfect for enjoying a cuppa or a glass of wine. Guests have lots of choices of comfy dorm beds to choose from.
Art Hole is a great budget choice for gay travelers who wish to explore Prague, as Old Town is just a 10-minute walk. What’s more, the gay area in Prague Vinohrady is just 15 minutes away.
Mama Shelter Prague
If you’re a discerning gay traveler looking for a wee bit of history in the place you stay at, Mama Shelter Prague will serve you perfectly. Originally built as the 1960s Park Hotel, Prague’s very first luxury communist accommodation. Its grounds are littered with memorials that are a testament to its former role as a Nazi-era deportation center. What’s more, the hotel does great on the location as well. It’s just a 20-minute ride to Prague’s main station, Old Town, and Vinohrady.
The hotel is full of quirky elements, including a curiously phallic sculpture, a large-ish stairwell tapestry, and more. Mama Shelter does extremely well with its social spaces, including a bar-restaurant with a vibrant terrace, free arcade games, and a pool table. Bibliophiles will love the stacks and stacks of books in the lobby. Rooms at Mama Shelter are generously spacious and stylish with comfy beds and a whole lot of mod-cons. Interestingly, superhero-themed masks hang on the bedposts, if you’re into that. Bathrooms are equally roomy.
If you’re looking for offbeat gay hotels in Prague, there’s no better a place to crash than at Mama Shelter.
EA Hotel Tosca
If you want to stay in the thick of the gay scene at Vinohrady, you’d do well to choose EA Hotel Tosca. The gay-friendly accommodation is literally surrounded by some of Prague’s best gay cruising clubs and bars like Termax, Klub 21, and Factory Club. There’s even an adult entertainment shop down the street, as well as the fabulous gay Sauna Bonbon a 10-minute walk from here.
Rooms at EA Hotel Tosca might be on the basic side, but they are spacious and extremely comfortable. In fact, the hotel even has rooms for solo travelers. So, if you’re single and looking to hook up with interesting people in Prague, EA Hotel Tosca might be a great choice. The included breakfast is great for the price one pays here. And while there aren’t any frills, the hotel is perfect for crashing after an exhausting night of painting the town red.
Carlo IV, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection
Gays with the urge to splurge will feel like royalty at the grand Carlo IV, The Dedica Anthology. The lavish gay-friendly hotel is one of the best gay hotels in Prague for those looking for a luxurious romantic sojourn.
The gay-friendly opulent hotel is housed inside a dramatic neoclassical palazzo with a historic past. The hotel boasts of jaw-droppingly impressive interiors in the form of grand coats of arms, alabaster columns, and exquisitely designed spaces. There’s Italian-style panache oozing from the polished marble hallways and massive chandeliers.
That’s not all you’ll find impressive about the hotel. There’s a seductive, dimly-lit Roman spa which has one of Prague’s largest indoor pools. Hop into one of the whirlpool tubs with your partner or get full-body massages at the Turkish bath and sauna. The hotel is peppered with intimate seating areas with artworks by local artists. Apart from a small, classy bar, the Carlo IV even houses a vault cigar bar within its walls. With wonderful, wood-paneled walls, it sits within what is one of Europe’s oldest cognac vaults. Rooms are stylish with minimal hues, marble bathrooms, hardwood floors, and gorgeous ceilings.
If you plan to get out of this opulence, Carlo IV is a 15-minute walk from Old Town Square and the Vinohrady gay neighborhood.
Just So You Know:
- Homosexuality was legalized in the Czech Republic as far back as 1962, which long before any of the western countries.
- The Czech army allows transgender people and gays to openly serve since 1999.
Get Some Culture in Prague:
- Prague Pride: Prague Pride is one of the biggest cultural events in the Czech Republic. The week-long festival sees more than 100 social and cultural activities, sports events, public discussions, and more. It all ends with the glorious, rainbow-colored Pride Parade. In fact, in 2019, the rainbow flag flew at City Hall building for the very first time in history.
- Gaily Tour in Prague: What better a way to explore Prague than a walking tour? Armed with a friendly gay/lesbian tour guide, learn all about the history, attractions, secrets, and tales of the ‘City of a Hundred Spires.’
Best Gay Bars / Clubs in Prague:
- The Saints Bar: This cozy bar has some really cute bartenders, so don’t miss it.
- Klub 21: This unique cellar vault basement bar is very popular with locals and an international crowd as well.
- Bourgeois Pig: This bohemian queer hipster hangout is all about innovative cocktails, vinyl records, music, and punk.
- Club Termax: Prague’s largest gay club and the ‘it’ place to party during weekends. Moreover, the crowd is sexy to the hilt.
- Club TerMIX: Termax’s sister club with an intimate vibe and a younger crowd.
- Factory Club: One of Prague’s best fetish gay clubs with slings, cages, cabins with video, and cruising dungeons.
- Alcatraz: The famous leather fetish club in Prague with no attitude and all-around acceptance. It has maze play areas, darkrooms, and a bar.
- OMG Party at Mecca: Mecca Club hosts one of Prague’s largest and best gay parties. A sexy staff and patron base make the parties all the more interesting and fun.