Looking for somewhere to stay? Many of the places below are gay-owned, and all are LGBT-friendly. But you’ll find non-discrimination wherever you choose to stay: it’s the law (and more importantly, it’s good manners). But just for starters, here are a few places we like, and we think you will, too.
In and around Cardiff...
St David’s Hotel
When international stars like Madonna and Kylie perform at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, this is their preferred hotel. St David's, the five-star hotel on the Cardiff Bay waterfront was also the choice of actor John Barrowman, star of Doctor Who and Torchwood, both filmed in Cardiff, when he and his partner Scott Gill had their civil partnership ceremony here in 2006.
Park Plaza's chic four-star hotel is a short walk from Cardiff Castle, the shops and the gay scene. Despite being on a lively city street with numerous bars, the hotel’s modern, caramel-hued interior is calm and tranquil; many of the 129 guest rooms, and the award-winning Laguna Kitchen and Bar, overlook a tree-fringed canal to the rear. There’s also a spa offering Elemis treatments, a heated indoor swimming pool, and a 40-station gymnasium with cardiovascular equipment, free weights, and yoga and circuits classes.
… and further afield
Manorhaus in Llangollen
This boutique hotel bill themselves as ‘restaurants with rooms’, and the food is every bit as superb as you’d expect. But it’s the decorative detail of Manorhaus that stays in the memory: owners Gavin and Chris, have transformed the old building into shrines for design, art and architecture. And it has a hot tub.
The Windmill, Anglesey
There are stunning sea views out to Puffin Island from the wonderful self-catering mill, which dates back to 1741. The Windmill has been designed to be a perfect blend of luxury, tranquility and comfort, with two luxury bedrooms on the upper floors. White Beach Cove is a 15-minute walk away, while medieval Beaumaris a short drive.