New York City Hotels Celebrate Pride with Special Events and Packages

As New York revs up for World Pride, the city's hotels are rolling out the rainbow carpet all month long.

This June, all eyes are on New York as the Big Apple hosts WorldPride and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. And the hotel industry is eager to get in on the action, with numerous NYC properties offering special Pride deals and sponsoring events celebrating the LGBT community all month long.

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The James Hotel — NoMad is sponsoring Pride packages and events throughout June. James Hotels

The James New York – NoMad "Proud Package" starts at $350, and includes perks like 2(X)IST underwear, Sundays nail polish and access to hotel events all month long. Speaking of events, the James is hosting "Love & Lipliner" on June 13 from 7-10pm. Attendees will enjoy drag performances and a lucky few will receive full drag makeovers. (A portion of ticket sales benefits The Stonewall Community Foundation.)

The James is also hosting "Icons," an art exhibit focusing on "people whose words and actions continue to inspire the LGBTQ movement and sites where significant LGBTQ history has been shaped."

Meanwhile, the Ace Hotel New York has scheduled a full roster on Pride events, including film screenings, drag shows, book talks and a gender-neutral fashion show. The photo installation "We Are Everywhere: Celebrating 50 years of Stonewall," is on view in the Ace gallery through July 7.

The JW Marriott Essex House has installed a floral version of its iconic six-story sign in the lobby, using a rainbow of daisies to celebrate WorldPride. The iconic hotel, right off Central Park, is also offering a special Pride package complete with a rainbow bandana.

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Hundreds of colorful carnations were used to re-create the JW Marriott Essex House's iconic sign in the hotel lobby. Essex House

On June 27, Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel will partner with arts collective Trevorshaus on "Permanent Water," a night of performances exploring the fluid nature of gender, love and the LGBT movement, coupled with complimentary cocktails from Milagro tequila and free makeup sessions with Fluide. A portion of ticket sales benefit Immigration Equality, which advocates for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.

Sixty SoHo, 6 Columbus and Sixty LES have partnered with two worthy causes for a special Pride campaign: Book now and receive up to 15 percent off of the best available rates, plus complimentary room upgrades and 1pm late check-out. Use code P-PRIDE through the end of the year and a portion of the proceeds from your stay will go to the Ali Forney Center and LA Pride.

The William Vale in Williamsburg has scheduled a month of Pride programming, including a rooftop drag show, a pre-Pride Pool Party with A Guy Named Patrick, movie screenings and more. in the main plaza, street artist Jason Naylor has created a "LOVE" mural (below), with proceeds from limited edition t-shirts benefiting a local queer charity.

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Jason Naylor's "LOVE" mural in the main plaza of the William Vale hotel. William Vale

Sixteen Hyatt properties in New York are offering 20 percent discounts for World Pride, starting June 21 and running all the way through September 8. Each hotel is celebrating Pride in a different way—from a library of LGBT authors available at the Andaz 5th Avenue to a special "Carnegie Hall Pride" staycation package at the Park Hyatt New York, including a complimentary third night and two free tickets to the Metropolitan Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall on June 14.

The Grand Hyatt New York is serving up a specialty craft cocktail, Marsha's Potion, with 50 percent of sales going to The Trevor Project. The nonprofit will also receive a portion of proceeds from the Pride Punch served at Hyatt Centric Times Square's Bar 54.

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The Park Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan Hyatt

And Hyatt members can bid points to win a special "Taste of Pride" package with three nights stay at Hotel 50 Bowery and special access to events all weekend, including the immersive culinary experience Savor Pride, VIP viewing seats for the parade, and access to the closing ceremony in Times Square. You can bid on a stay at the Beekman, with tickets to the sold-out Pride Island concert series Saturday and Sunday, featuring Madonna, Grace Jones, Teyana Taylor, Pabllo Vittar and others.

Moxy Times Square and Moxy Chelsea are offering a "Pre-Pride Warm Up" packages, including two tickets to the Pride Luminaries brunch on June 23, a historic tour of LGBT Greenwich Village, and exclusive swag and welcome cocktails to kick off Pride weekend.

Throughout June, Moxy Times Square will host events like a special drag edition of Guess Who, B*tch?!" with Lady Bunny and Drag Race winner Aquaria, panels with LGBT activists and influencers, and performance by queer dance company Pilobolus in the hotel lobby.

AKA hotels, which has locations on Wall Street, Central Park, Times Square Tribeca, Sutton Place and near the U.N., is launching a special Pride concierge to help visitors navigate everything going on. It's also hosting screenings of queer films like Carol, Alex Strangelove and Paris is Burning and offering a rotating menu of specialty Pride cocktails served at a.bar, its on-site self-service bar.

Kimpton's "Brunch out With Trevor" event at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi on June 29 is hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race's Willam, with 100 percent of ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction supporting The Trevor Project.

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The Kimpton Hotel Eventi's Pride package includes body paint, rainbow cookies, special Pride cocktails and a $10 Metro credit.

Kimpton's Pride package, available at the Eventi, Kimpton Ink48, and Kimpton Muse Hotel, includes treats like rainbow cookies, body paint, rainbow sunglasses, special Pride-themed cocktails, a FujiMax camera and a $10 Metro credit. Make a reservation on Kimpton's Pride portal and they'll donate $10 per night to The Trevor Project. (You'll also get 15% off their best flexible rate.)

Hilton has curated different Pride-inspired cocktails for each of its nine properties in New York. It's also offering 40 to 50 percent off Sunday stays on three-night stays inclusive of Saturday—perfect if you're planning on heading to New York for the march. (And if you are going, select Hilton properties will have on-site glamour stations to help you glam up your look for the parade.)

The Standard East Village is hosting a series of events for Pride: On June 11, the queer wellness collective Queer Anga presents "Feed Yourself, Free Yourself," an evening of food from Chinchakriya Un, Ora Wise and Charlie Anderle. On June 13, Drag Race stars Milk and Detox celebrate the launch of Minna Sparkling Tea with an evening of dancing, drag and specialty cocktails. On June 27, its Super Gay Queeraoke with Yellow Jackets Collective and BUFU, followed by a Pre-Dyke March Brunch with the queer Middle Eastern group Yalla! on June 29.

At The Top of the Standard at The Standard High Line, the ACLU is hosting its annual Pride cocktail reception on June 11, recognizing this year's Liberty Award honorees with an evening of light bites, drinks and music. On June 25, Susanne Bartsch takes over the 18th floor for a special Pride edition of her On Top party, followed by special editions of the weekly Paradisco and Birdcage parties at Le Bain on June 30.

W Hotels is offering a once-in-a-lifetime World Pride package, including two spots on the W Hotels float at the WorldPride NYC 2019 March on June 30, with exclusive swag bags and custom costumes to complete your look. And the "No Shade/NYC Pride" event on June 19 features a mini house ball at The W Times Square, with winners in each category receiving $300 and a two-night stay at one of the W Hotels of New York.

Reservation platforms are celebrating, too: Hotels.com is giving away 50 hotel rooms in Manhattan over Pride weekend, June 29 and 30. To enter, just go to Hotels.com/Pride50 and share why you want to spend Pride in New York City. Entries will be evaluated based on originality, creativity and passion, and 25 lucky winners will get a free two-night stay at one of five participating hotels: The James New York-Soho, the Grand Hyatt New York, the Dream Midtown, Arlo Soho and the Public.

"With more than 3 million people expected to travel for this historic event, we know that hotels are a hot commodity, and your friend's couch is probably already spoken for," the company said in a statement. "So if you can get yourself to NYC—whether it be by plane, train, automobile, or otherwise—Hotels.com can hook you up with a place to stay for free."

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Hotels.com is giving away 50 New York hotel rooms over Pride weekend, including the Arlo Soho.

The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. Since then the event has circled the globe—to Jerusalem, London, Toronto and Madrid—but this year marks the first time it will be held in the U.S.

An estimated 6 million visitors expected to travel to New York the last weekend in June, for events including rooftop parties, screenings, a street fair, the legendary NYC Pride March and a closing-night performance by Madonna.

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