Gay West Hollywood and Los Angeles: Gay travel guide to LA and WeHo
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One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite gay getaways is Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Below is information on gay-friendly hotels in WeHo and LA.
Like everywhere, the rates you pay for a hotel in the Los Angeles area depend on demand. Generally the slowest time of the year is January and early February, when California gets its heaviest rainfall, but LA gets about five inches less rain a year than San Francisco and it is about ten degrees warmer. So you may not have perfect whether but chances are the weather will be nicer than the Bay Area.
The San Vicente Inn is the only gay hotel in the Los Angeles area. It is in a perfect location in the heart of gay West Hollywood on San Vicente Boulevard. The property is a quiet half-block up from Santa Monica Boulevard so you will be a stone’s throw from the clubs but you won’t be bothered by noise from the crowds on Santa Monica. Most of the rooms are newly remodeled. Rates in the 26-room property start at a bargain $79. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, and steam room. They also offer free wifi, parking, and a coupon for a free continental breakfast at a café around the corner. The property used to be exclusively gay male, but now it is about 10% nongay. The bargain rates and location meant that they attract more straight clientele who don’t mind being around gay men. The property is also women-friendly. The pool and deck areas are clothing-optional.
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The Ramada Hotel is on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood just a short walk to the gay clubs and right across the street from 24 Hour Fitness. It maintains a web site with the address yourgayhotel.com, which is a little misleading since on a typical day, most of the guests are not gay. Amenities include free wifi and a pool and fitness room. Rates start at $139. Parking will set you back $27/day.
The Coral Sands Motel in Hollywood is a little less than 2 miles east of the Hollywood Highlands Complex and just a block from the Hollywood/Western Metro Station. The Coral Sands used to be exclusively gay male, but that all changed this year. The owner said it started with Europeans who like the location of the hotel so close to the Metro station and didn’t mind staying in a gay hotel. Gradually more non-gays began to stay there. The last vestiges of it being a gay hotel were eliminated last month when the hotel stopped showing gay porn on its in-house channels. That was done after someone with kids staying there complained. But it is still a very gay friendly property. The owner estimates that about half of its guests are gay but it’s not the wild place it used to be. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, and plenty of free parking but they no longer have a sauna and because of the county health department regulations, they no longer
offer a continental breakfast. Rates start at $73. The rooms are a basic motel style, about what you would expect in a Motel 6 type place and the grounds and garden are well-maintained.
The aforementioned Fairfax District of LA has a great boutique hotel called the Farmer’s Daughter. The landmark hotel had fallen into disrepair but the new owners did a complete rags to riches renovation on the property eight years ago. Celebrities have been known to go there to “escape” because it is not yet on the radar screens of the paparazzi. Each room is beautifully decorated to resemble a room in a farm house. It’s right across the street from CBS Television studios, where they film Fox’s American Idol and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, so you will often see CBS soap stars, American Idol contestants and Dancing with the Stars stars hanging around there or in the hotel’s superb Tart restaurant in between tapings. Rates start at $159. Parking is $17 a day.
For more information: GoGayWestHollywood.com, DiscoverLosAngeles.com (click on the LGBT section in the nightlife tab.)
FrontiersWeb.com, (Click on Gay in LA tab for the full list of LGBT happenings in LA, West Hollywood)