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True Colors: How Hotels Are Celebrating Pride Month

June 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Tosh & Carmine at the Carlton Hotel New York, for Marriott's #LoveTravels campaign

June is Pride month, and plenty of hotels are getting into the spirit by saluting the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community in different ways. Here are a few that caught our eye, for every guest in the rainbow.

For the Party Animal: Dream Downtown in NYC. Party lovers heading to NYC for Pride (June 24-29) will want to check out the Dream Downtown, offering a Pride package which includes drinks at check-in (might as well get started) and an all-access pass to “Hot & Wet,” a DJ-hosted Pride kick-off pool party on Tuesday, June 24. Also provided is a hangover kit that includes Emergen-C and, most importantly, a 3pm checkout. Rates start at $350 per night with a two-night minimum; valid for stays through June 30, 2014.

For the Cyber-Savvy: Hilton Hotels & Resorts. To coincide with their float in last weekend’s Washington, DC Pride parade, Hilton Hotels & Resorts re-launched their LGBT-oriented website: Stay Hilton. Go Out.The site highlights gay-related events in major cities and features some hotel-themed articles, like “What I Pack,” which pokes through the suitcase of a gay notable, and “Bedtime Stories,” which currently features the gay guy from Girls getting interviewed. In bed, that is.

For the Philanthropist: Kimpton Hotels. The Kimpton group, which has a long history of supporting the LGBT community, is giving back in a thoughtful way: “Pride With a Purpose.” Throughout the rest of the year, book using the code TRPR and Kimpton will offer 10 percent off the best available rate and make a $5 donation to The Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide prevention for LGBT youth.

For the Equal Marriage Advocate: Marriott International. The Marriott brand is celebrating Pride with a sweet campaign, #LoveTravels, which features online portraits and interviews with LGBT folks like transgender model Geena Rocero and out pro basketball player Jason Collins. (There are non-famous people, too.) Couples of all combinations are encouraged to hashtag their own lovey-dovey travel photos, so get to duckfacing all over each other, everybody.

For the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Addict: W Hotels New York. Kiki. Noun: A high-pitched, laugh-like noise one makes, similar to a “titter.” Verb: To gather for a social event in which one makes high-pitched, laugh-like noises, fueled by gossip, alcohol, and strong declarations that one “literally can’t even.” Also: The theme behind a Pride package for W Hotels New York, now offering a “Kiki It Up a Notch” promotion across properties. Groups of up to 8 can book a corner of the hotel Living Room for a kiki that includes cocktails, shareable appetizers, and access to an array of board games like Dream Phone and Mall Madness. Open to non-guests, the package runs $25 per person. And it sounds like fun — until a round of Truth or Dare starts. Then it's all

Happy Pride, everybody.

[Image: Marriott, #LoveTravels]

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