Recently I wrote about several hotels in Manhattan and upstate New York offering enviable deals and packages to attract GLBT visitors during June's busy Pride festivities. They're not alone, of course. Plenty of hotels around the country are rolling out promotions aimed at visitors coming to celebrate Gay Pride festivals, or simply as a way to reach out to gay and lesbian travelers during this festive time of year. From Denver to Maui, here are a few specials you might want to consider.
Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado: The venerable grande dame of the Rockies, this conveniently situated luxury hotel in the heart of downtown is for its soaring atrium lobby and lavishly appointed guest rooms (which were recently completed an ambitious $8 million makeover). During the Saturday of Denver Gay Pride (the night of June 18), the hotel is presenting a PrideFest Package, starting at $269 and including a Colorado Pride Guide, two tickets to the gay-popular Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (just down the street), champagne and strawberries delivered to your room, and Sunday brunch for two in the restaurant's legendary Ellyngton's Restaurant. You can book this package online or by calling directly at 303-297-3111.
Hotel Hana-Maui: Nestled in the tranquil village of Hana on Maui's lush and happily isolated eastern end of the island (you reach it via a twisting and turning but magically beautiful road), the Hotel Hana-Maui is celebrating the state's recently passed same-sex civil union legislation throughout June Pride Month. The "His & His; Hers & Hers Hawaiian Journey for Two" package comes with accommodations at the property's exclusive (and all-inclusive) Sea Ranch Cottage Resort - couples receive all of their meals, non-alcoholic drinks, a daily treatment in the fabulous Honua Spa (or an activities credit), service fees, tax, and gratuity for $525 per person, per night - this is a 20% discount off of the regular rates. The deal is good throughout the month of June, perfect as a post-weekend getaway from Oahu, if you'll be headed there for the Honolulu Pride Parade & Celebration on June 4.
Kimpton Hotels "Summer of Pride Weekends" - in 23 cities: The hip and famously GLBT-supportive lodging company Kimpton Hotels is once again rolling out its Pride special, good on weekends (Thursday thru Sunday) all summer long - through September 5 (and through September 18 at the Hotel Lumen and Hotel Palomar properties in Dallas, to take advantage of Dallas Gay Pride on September 18) - at all of its hotels (just type in the rate code PRIDE when booking online, or request it when calling the central reservations number, 800-546-7866). The deal includes 15% off the hotel's best available rate, $25 dining credit, and a Pride welcome gift at check-in. Kimpton has hotels in a number of cities with Pride celebrations this summer, including San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, and San Diego.