Trip Doctor: Hotels Celebrate Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Rulings Just in Time for Pride
Today's Supreme Court rulings—striking down DOMA and essentially paving the way for same-sex marriage in California—have helped make this Pride month prouder than ever. A number of hotels are sharing in the celebrations by offering special promotions geared for LGBT guests, their allies, and their causes.
Here, T+L takes a quick look at a few of them:
The JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square has announced its "Love is Love is Love" package—featuring a dinner for two at Chef Ben Mattman's Level III Restaurant, two custom-made, eco-friendly "Love is Love is Love" bathrobes (to keep!), and a one night stay at the hotel in downtown San Fran.
Also in the City by the Bay, the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is welcoming partners (of all orientations) to proclaim their love with their Proposal and Wedding packages. Guests making use of the proposal package are allowed access to the 40th floor skydeck for one hour at sunset, which can be decorated with roses. After the lucky ladies and lads (hopefully) say yes, the new fiancés can also receive a bottle of champagne and a couples massage at the hotel's spa.
The Preferred Pride collection is a group of 130 independent hotels and resorts that have either been specifically TAG-approved (an organization that selects gay-friendly properties) or joined the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Its Preferred Pride package ensures the best available room-rate, along with offering a property-specific amenity, such as as a bottle of Champagne, couples hydrotherapy treatments, or a river cruise down the Seine.
Partnering with the Human Rights Campaign (the largest US organization devoted to LGBT equality), über-sceney W hotel brand now offers the HRC Pride 365 package. It comes with a one year HRC membership, a $10 donation to the HRC, and triple Starpoints for use on future stays. Plus an amazing room at any W hotel in the US and Canada of course.
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Don't forget to check out T+L's guide to Twin Cities Pride, as well as a roundup of other events this weekend.
Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor News Team.