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The Out NYC

The Out NYC

The Out NYC. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images

The Out NYC. Photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images

Address 510 West 42nd Street; NY 10036
by Tenth Avenue
Neighbourhood Hell’s Kitchen, Clinton | See on map
Subway 42 St-Port Authority [A, C, E]
Telephone +1 212 947 2999
Website http://www.theoutnyc.com/
Price Bunks from USD 99. Doubles from USD 179

Update May 2015: Considering the stance of owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass on LGBT rights and their views on the gay community, 60by80 strongly recommends boycotting this venue. For all the efforts to stress its straight-friendliness, it should go without saying that this probably isn’t the place you want to book if you’re trying to keep your sexual orientation a private matter.

Inspired by Axel Hotels, the original ‘hetero-friendly’ hotel chain, The Out NYC is New York’s first brazenly gay ‘urban resort’, letting you eat, drink, sleep, and misbehave under the same gay-friendly roof. Not unlike an Atlantis cruise – just considerably smaller, significantly cheaper and, well, on land.

The name may sound like an LGBT outreach programme, but the Hell’s Kitchen complex transcends its price class. Sleekly designed, comfortable and with Wi-Fi included, its 105 rooms provide good value, from the USD 99 four-person shares (with personal TVs, privacy curtains and individual lockers) for the budget-constrained (or hopeful for a hot stranger), to the full-sized superiors and the one-bedroom suites with separate workspaces.

Of course, you don’t book into a gay hotel just to stay in your room and there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other guests at the BPM nightclub and Rosebud lounge, the 5,000 square foot wellness centre with waterfall, gym, relaxation cabanas and Jacuzzis, or the New American Ktchn restaurant. Eat at its big communal tables, or pack food into picnics for you to take out. Handy for the outdoor courtyards that include both beanbag-dotted chill-out space and a sun deck.

We should state that being gay isn’t a prerequisite for staying at The Out NYC. But we might also question just how many straight, non-questioning guys you’ll find splashing in the Jacuzzis or opting for one of the sleep shares.