The Supreme Court of the United States issued an important pair of rulings today, effectively deeming unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act, a law from 1996 denying federal rights to married same-sex couples, and dismissing the appeal to Proposition 8, allowing same-sex marriage to resume in California.
So, where does one stay in order to celebrate this monumental day in history?
Many hotels are now offering special "pride packages" in honor of LGBT Pride (and not just in June!). Here are some to check out:
Preferred Hotel Group: The hotel collection's Preferred Pride program is in its third year with over 120 participating locations around the globe. This year's Preferred Pride package features the best available rate and a property-specific amenity, ranging from a massage to free WiFi and a bottle of wine. The package is available through December 31, 2013.
New York City
Paramount: In honor of NYC Pride Weekend, the hotel is offering the "Paramount Pride Package," which includes: 5% off your daily room rate donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), the nation's leading theater industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, two complimentary welcome cocktails, complimentary Wi-Fi, one category room upgrade (based on availability), 2 tickets to Saturday VIP Rooftop party, 2 tickets to Sunday Pier Dance party, a $50 Bloomingdale's shopping card, complimentary Forty Carrots frozen yogurt at Bloomingdale's Soho, a limited-edition Bloomingdale's pride bracelet, one complimentary brow service at Benefit Brow Bar at Bloomingdale's Soho, a VIP fitting room party at Bloomingdale's Soho for you and your friends with personal styling consultations, complimentary delivery of your packages from Bloomingdale's Soho back to the Paramount, a spa kit, and special savings on spa treatments and mind body classes from Exhale Spa.
Out NYC: Unfortunately, its special Out NYC Pride Package, which included a nightly rate of $399 (with a 3-night minimum), a "Nice Package" gift bag, and free WiFi, has already expired (it was available from June 20–25), but is still a great place to consider. As the self-described "straight-friendly" hotel, every day is LGBT Pride.
Ink48: The hotel has extended its Summer of Pride Weekend Offer --15% on best available rates from Thursdays through Sundays (including Pride weekend) -- through September 2! Plus receive a Pride welcome gift and two daily cocktails.
Millennium Broadway Hotel: This Pride Package -- 15% off its best nightly rates -- just sold out!
Morgans Hotel Group: The hotel collection is not only an official Pride NYC sponsor, but also a sponsor of Matinee New York, the Spanish import coming to Governors Island on June 23 and of one of the craziest parties of the year. Its special Pride rates (available June 15–26!) apply to all four hotels -- the Hudson, Mondrian, Morgans, and Royalton.
W Hotels New York: Available for stays from June 24–July 1, 2013, the "24 Hour Pride Package" must be booked 2 days in advance of arrival. It includes: a Wonderful room starting at $355 per night, a cardamom-cocoa nib in-room treat by Big Gay Ice Cream, two tickets to a Les Garcons Pride Party, guest passes to David Barton Gym, a hangover kit which Includes Mercy (hangover prevention beverage) and bliss (triple oxygen energizing eye gels and eye mask), and late check-out.
Due to the W Hotel's long-standing partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the "HRC Pride 365" package is available in all W Hotel locations across the US and Canada. Aside from a great room, it includes: triple starpoints to use toward future stays, a one-year membership to the HRC, and a $10 donation to HRC to support equality. In light of this morning’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling, tonight W Hotels Worldwide is welcoming guests to their Living Rooms around the country to celebrate today’s milestone court decision. Mention #WHRC, and a portion of all cocktail proceeds will benefit the HRC.
Joie de Vivre Hotels: 20% off best available rate available throughout 2013. Book with promo code PRIDESF.
CLIFT: From $205 per night, it includes two complimentary signature cocktails in the Redwood Room. Be sure to mention the "Pride Rate" when booking.
W San Francisco: The "HRC Pride 365" package is available. See above "W Hotels New York" for description.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis: $189 a night excluding taxes. Rooms have either one king bed or two double beds.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts: Enjoy high-speed Internet, one year-digital subscription to OUT, two welcome beverages, and late checkout at any of the five Hilton locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Hotel Chatter, the Hilton in the Financial District is available for $254 a night and the Union Square property is $384, but the Fisherman's Wharf property is sold-out. Book by December 31, 2013.
Hotel Zetta: Receive an exclusive discount of 15% off the best available rate throughout 2013. Book using the promo code PRIDE.
Hotel Whitcomb: Prices start at $209 and go up from there. For "pride" rates, call 1 (800) 227-4747.
The Handlery Union Square Hotel: Enjoy deluxe accommodations, free overnight parking for one car and two Grandstand tickets while supplies last.
The Ritz-Carlton: The OUT in DC Pride Package includes: overnight deluxe room accommodations, a donation made in your honor to the HRC, two welcome cocktails, a Pride Weekend "Survival Kit", an American breakfast for two, overnight valet parking, complimentary internet and access to Sports Club/LA fitness center connected to the hotel. Rates start at $354 a night and the package is available through August 31st.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts: Enjoy high-speed Internet, a free one-year digital subscription to OUT magazine, two free welcome beverages, and late checkout. Book by December 31, 2013.
Correction: The New York-area package at W Hotels is called the "24 Hour Pride Package", not "Primped and Pumped for Pride Package" as previously stated.