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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Philadelphia, PA (2024 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in PennsylvaniaSame-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples are eligible for all of the protections available to opposite-sex married couples.
Philadelphia has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Woody’s and  U Bar & Boxers PHL are  the most famous gay bars in Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film “Rocky.

 Top attractions to visit in Philadelphia

1. Alexander Inn 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia

Alexander Inn
Alexander Inn

Offering free WiFi and private parking, Alexander Inn in Philadelphia is 805 m from the Pennsylvania Convention Centre and 1.2 km from the Liberty Bell. Housed in a historic building, this boutique bed and breakfast is in close proximity to shops and restaurants.

All rooms come with private bathrooms, in-room safes and views of the city. Some rooms at the Alexander Inn also have bay windows and seating areas.

The Alexander Inn is adorned with stained glass windows, detailed oak wood mouldings, marble tile floor patterns and framed artwork.

Set in a redbrick building dating to 1901, this casual hotel featuring original architectural details and stained-glass windows is 6 blocks from Independence Hall, 1 block from Pine Street’s antique shops and 5 minutes’ walk from the Center City business district.

The art deco style rooms all have free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms and satellite TV. Corner rooms have mini fridges.

Freebies include a free breakfast buffet and all-day snack bar. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center.

A charming boutique hotel with 48 designer rooms, private baths, Hi speed wireless internet, in-room safes, Flat screen televisions, great artwork, discounted indoor parking nearby, a friendly staff.

Unique and interesting boutique hotel with a superb staff. Rooms are European sized, meaning my “deluxe queen” was about half the size of a typical US hotel room. It was clean and well equipped although the HVAC consisted of a small through-the-wall air conditioner and baseboard heating, centrally controlled.

he Alexander Inn is a small (48 room hotel) located in the gay area of Center City. Most amenities are available including a small gym, great breakfast room and exceptional staff. Easy walking distance to most center city sights, gay bars and restaurants.

Unlike many hotels this one had a complimentary breakfast and also snacks available throughout the day. There isn’t a bar or restaurant which may explain the lower ratings but there are plenty places nearby to eat or drink. We also made use of the recommended reduced parking and found this very easy to use, plenty spaces and just round the corner from the hotel.

The hotel is located in a district known locally as the gayborhood, so if you’re looking for a gay friendly hotel the Alexander Inn is a great option.

. All of the housekeeping staff were friendly and happy to do whatever they could to make the guest’s stay as comfortable as possible. Rarely have I been at a hotel which made the visitor feel as much a part of a city.

The feel of being in the heart of things is accentuated by the location of the hotel, a bit on the south side of the downtown, but within easy walking distance of most of the major attractions. If you have the time, head over to South Street and check out how urban renewal Philly style includes fantastic wall murals that distract graffiti artists and some really great bars and restaurants, as well as shopping. You’ll pass through Antiques Row, part of the old colonial part of the city.

The Alexander Inn is in heart of the gay district, but the hotel welcomes people of all colours, creeds and orientations. Sitting around us were people in town for a big religious convention, a family from the Netherlands, a lady in town from New Mexico for a Dylan concert, a hetero couple from Sweden, and a gay couple from the UK.

Our room was small but cozy, the breakfast was lovely, and staff was friendly. The place was very clean and in a GREAT location – we walked most places. We had bought a citypass before coming to Philly, which included a day pass on a hop-on hop-off tour bus. The bus stop was only a couple of blocks away, and the regular city bus stops are also nearby. The neighborhood is considered to be an LGBT neighborhood, and there were many gay bars and a great gay bookstore nearby. Overall, this is a nice place in a really nice area.

The staff was uniformly friendly and helpful with suggestions for other activities, restaurants, etc. When we needed a cab, the front desk called, and we had one within minutes. The room comes with breakfast, which is held in a very nice area and is kept spotless and well stocked. The pastries were much better than what you would get at something similar in a chain hotel, and the cereals, juices, coffees, bagels and everything were kept replenished as they were used.

No used dish ever seemed to sit on anyone’s table for more than a few minutes without being cleared. Pastries and coffee are also kept in that area all throughout the day and night, and breakfast on the weekend was served until noon. The area (12th and Spruce) is in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood and is surrounded by bars and excellent restaurants. It’s colorful and gay-friendly.

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gay hotels philadelphia

How much does a room costs at Alexander Inn?

Prices start 130$/night for Double Room.The Deluxe Queen Room is 206$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room comes with a queen bed, a bath with tub/shower and bay window with seating area.

Where to book online– Alexander Inn-  Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia PA – you can find the best hotels deals in Philadelphia during Philadelphia Irish Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Philadelphia on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Sonder at The Arco 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia PA

Sonder at The Arco
Sonder at The Arco

Located in the Midtown Village area of downtown Philadelphia, this boutique hotel is one block from the performing arts district Avenue of the Arts.

The rooms at The Arco are furnished with natural wood flooring, a coffee maker, and a private bathroom. They are equipped with a flat-screen TV with Chromecast and free Wi-Fi.

Independence Hall is only a 15-minute walk away from Sonder at The Arco. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is just a block from the property.

Sitting in the heart of Midtown Village, The Arco provides unparalleled access to the history, dining, and culture that gives Philadelphia its captivating charm. Step outside onto 13th Street, a famous thoroughfare with trendy restaurants, bars, gourmet markets, and boutiques. Nearby, countless museums, theaters, and historic locations can be found in Center City and Independence National Historical Park.
Back home, relax near the fire in the lobby, or grab a bite at the restaurant downstairs before recharging in your beautifully designed space.
If you are staying in Philly, I highly recommend this hotel. It is near center city and old city. You can walk anywhere, restaurants, bars all within the vicinity. The hotel does not have a kitchen, so it’s not a full service hotel, but they do provide you with continental breakfast! 24 rooms, the staff is friendly, rooms are nice and clean. This will be the hotel I stay in whenever I’m in Philly. If you are one of those people that have issues with gay people, then it’s not a place for you. It’s a gay friendly neighborhood. They call the neighborhood, gayborhood.

We are a gay couple who knew nothing about Philadelphia before booking a nights stay at this place. It isn’t one of your big chain hotels but that’s what I liked about it. The hotel is located in the gay area of the city, literally on the rainbow cross roads with the gay bars on the street opposite.

The rooms were really big and very clean and you got a continental breakfast delivered to your room at a time of your liking which was a quirky touch.

If visiting Phili in the near future I wouldn’t hesitate staying here again.

Plus: location adjacent to Jefferson University; in the gay ghetto so lots of character; near great places to eat.

The rooms are nicely designed and the staff are very friendly, helpful and go out of their way to make the stay pleasant.

 Now first and foremost, let it be said this hotel is in a gay neighborhood. If that makes you uncomfortable that’s on you  being from NYC that’s a plus in our book), but don’t be shocked when the boys all congregate out front after the bars close). It’s also in a great neighborhood with some really good restaurants and stores so you don’t have to walk far to have a good time.
The rooms are also super-modern, spacious, clean, and come with modern add-ons like flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, etc. Also, there’s lots of police in the area AND it’s located right next to the subway (bonus! bonus! bonus!).
This is a small boutique hotel. It is not a huge Marriott. If you want a bustling staff or all of the amenities of a large hotel, don’t stay here. That said, the rooms were clean and attractive. The beds were very comfortable. The young lady who delivers your continental breakfast was friendly and tried to please. There is only one person on duty at a time at the desk, but they are friendly and seemed to go out of their way to be helpful.
There is a 24 hour coffee/ cappuccino/hot chocolate service in the lobby. There is a complementary wine and cheese hour in the evening. The location is very convenient to trendy eating places and the city center. Bus and train lines are right there, and there were numerous uber and lyft drivers in the vicinity. We had s pleasant stay and will likely book here again.
Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia Pennsylvania

How much does a room costs at Sonder at The Arco?

Prices start 135$/night for Queen Room. The King Suite  is 160$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has a tea/coffee maker, air conditioning and fireplace.

Where to book online – Sonder at The Arco-  Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia Pennsylvania – you can find the best hotels deals in Philadelphia during Philadelphia Irish Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Philadelphia on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Aloft Philadelphia Downtown 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown
Aloft Philadelphia Downtown

Housed in the Liberty Title building that dates back to 1920s, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown greets you in a lobby with high ceilings. The property is 325 m from the Pennsylvania Convention Centre.

In-room amenities include complimentary WiFi, a desk, flat-screen TV and free bathroom amenities.

Grab-and-go light meals are available at Re:fuel by Aloft, 24/7. A fitness centre, a bar and meeting space are other amenities offered for guests’ convenience.

This hip hotel in a landmark 1925 building is next to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It’s a 4-minute walk from the nearest subway station and 6 minutes on foot from the storied Reading Terminal Market.

Featuring high ceilings, the airy, modern rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Kids age 17 and under stay at no cost when accompanied by a parent.

There’s a vibrant restaurant/bar offering regular live music, as well as a casual lounge with a pool table. Other amenities include a gym and a 24-hour convenience store.

Centrally located in Center City and near top historic destinations, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown is walking distance from City Hall and the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall. Relax in our boutique-style lobby in the beautifully-restored Liberty Title & Trust Company building or venture out to explore masterpieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get down to business at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, adjacent to our hotel for quick access. After attending a conference, debrief with your coworkers in one of our meeting spaces and print your notes in our business center.
We offer a 24-hour grab-and-go eatery with self-serve options when you need a snack, plus a new full-service Starbucks and W YXZ Bar serving craft cocktails and small bites. Lounge in your soft bed when it’s time to retire for the evening. Once you’re settled in and comfortable, access Netflix and Hulu on our HDTVs or use our plug-and-play hub for entertainment. Stay in style at Aloft Philadelphia Downtown.
This is a trendy hotel built in an old bank building. They used much of the existing feel as the basis for the technical-deco theme. Great views, especially on the City Hall side, lots of windows and nice, if basic, fit and finish. The workout room is below ground in the old bank vault – pretty cool and the lobby bar is very spacious and open, far more so that most Aloft properties. Staff was very friendly.

In my corner room, I had stunning views from two directions of the Philly urban landscape — literally looking right up at Ben Franklin on top of City Hall. Once settled in, I sat looking out the huge windows for over an hour. So beautiful!

The room was clean; the linens were very nice; the bed was good. There was a mini-fridge that proved very useful for leftovers. I grabbed dinner at one of the 5-7 p.m. happy hours in the hotel and it was inexpensive (fish tacos for $6) and tasty. The complimentary coffee in the lobby in the morning is delicious. The coffee cake in the gift store was delicious; I grabbed it one morning when I was up early. They also had several interesting breakfasts that you could order.

I used the valet service on my last day to hold my bag while I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and that worked perfectly. I did not bring a car; SEPTA service is nearby and you really don’t need a car if you are just going to be enjoying the city.

The hotel itself I found very quiet, which was delightful. There is construction going on nearby that makes big noise in the very early morning. But that’s all over the city, and it’s certainly not something that the hotel can control.

Although the vibe of this hotel is definitely “millennial male”, the staff was so kind and accommodating that I felt right at home as a middle-aged female. I would definitely stay here again. Many thanks to Renita (manager), Maurica, Kekian, Maurice, John, Tamarra, Kiyonna, and Deighton at the bar for making my stay so enjoyable.

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philadelphia gay hotels

How much does a room costs at Aloft Philadelphia Downtown?

Prices start 150$/night for King Room with City View. The Larger Corner King with City view
  is 210$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features air conditioning.

Where to book online – Aloft Philadelphia Downtown-  Gay Friendly Hotels Philadelphia Pennsylvania – you can find the best hotels deals in Philadelphia during Philadelphia Irish Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Philadelphia on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.