With Pride celebrations in full swing worldwide, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is having a celebration of its own. Now in its seventh year, the brand’s Preferred Pride program has expanded to include more than 160 LGBTQ+-welcoming, independently owned and operated hotels, each of which stand for equality in their employment policies and services. Here, just in time for Pride season, Rick Stiffler, Vice President of Leisure Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, shares his Top Preferred Pride Picks for 2018 summer travel.
1) Montage Beverly Hills – California
Located in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle, the iconic Montage Beverly Hills offers a welcoming respite amid LA’s sophisticated chaos. The coveted Montage Residences offer signature Montage services, along with special additions such as rooftop pool cabanas, panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, private wine cellars and more.
2) NOPSI Hotel – New Orleans
o The NOPSI Hotel in New Orleans pays homage to the city’s industrial history in an architecturally-rich space that captivates visitors with its graceful archways of the stunning Grand Lobby. From live entertainment at the hotel’s Public Service restaurant to the rooftop pool and bar, NOPSI New Orleans is a lively hub that attracts artists, athletes, and celebrities alike.
3) The Maritime Hotel – New York City
An ode to its former life as the National Maritime Union, The Maritime Hotel is a sleek, nautically themed hotel on the border between two of Manhattan’s most exciting neighborhoods. Just off 16th and 9th Ave, guests will feel as if they’ve stepped off the streets of New York and onto a sleek luxury liner as the focal point of every room is a five-foot porthole window.
4) XV Beacon – Boston
XV Beacon, a 63-room boutique haven carved out of a classic Beaux Arts building, offers guests luxury, style, class and culture. Conveniently located near Boston’s financial district, XV Beacon is nestled on a quaint, gas-lit street with picturesque brick sidewalks, offering guests the perfect mixture of excitement and relaxation.
5) Montalembert – Paris
Opened in 1926, Montalembert is one of the premier choices for a luxury Paris boutique hotel on the vibrant Rive Gauche, or “Left Bank.” Intimate and elegant, this five-star hotel in the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés district is near the Musée d’Orsay with its world-class Impressionist collection, and a short walk across the Seine from the iconic Musée du Louvre.