New York City is home to some of the top hotels in the world. Travel Channel may need to add The OUT NYC to that list soon. The city’s first gay boutique hotel is open for business. It’s located in Hell’s Kitchen, on West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. The OUT was planned and built with the gay consumer in mind, including the hotel’s design, living spaces, music and rooms where closets are replaced with shelves.

The OUT Hotel

The rooms –rates start around $200– include wireless, high-speed Internet, flat screen TVs, MP3 docking stations and mini-bars. If you’re looking for a cheaper rate, the hotel has 8 hostel-style rooms that sleep 4 for $99 per person.  These rooms have 4 full-sized beds, personal TVs, a bathroom and privacy curtains.

Looking for places in the hotel to relax and unwind? Spend some time in one of the hotel’s three courtyards; workout in the gym; or dance ‘til you sweat in the XL Nightclub, a 14,000-square-foot gay dance club. A new full-service restaurant, Kitchin, is set to open in May.  And fear not, the hotel isn’t just for gay patrons, hotel owners say the 105-room resort is straight-friendly.

By the way, there’s a perk for travelers or locals who are savvy in social media. Hotel officials say that if you tweet or share information online about your upcoming stay at the new hotel, they’ll give you a complimentary room upgrade.

The OUT Hotel seems to be a growing trend. There are also rumors that a gay boutique hotel will open in Louisville, KY, too.  Yes, I said Louisville. According to The Courier-Journal, plans are in the works for a 55-room boutique hotel in the city’s Smoketown neighborhood.  Construction on the Vu Hotel is expected to begin this year, and room rates will range $150 – $175.

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