Hotel Gaythering Strives to Make a Difference in the LGBTQ Community

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By: Ian Maloney

Gayther Around - Hotel Gaythering is a gay-owned, adults-only hotel located on the west end of Miami Beach’s famous Lincoln Road. Featuring uniquely designed “handsome industrial” spaces, a men’s spa, weekly events and surprisingly affordable rates, this 25-room hotel is a gem for visitors and locals alike. However, what makes the Gaythering so unique is that it is much more than a hotel. As the name suggests, it’s a gathering place for the community, a resource for health information, as well as a place where people can go to get information about a wide range of topics that are of interest to the LGBT community, especially the region’s gay men.

You will notice a difference at the Gaythering the second you walk in the door. As they say, “no velvet ropes, no guest lists, and no smoking.” However, the differences don’t stop there, as the goal of this “friendly gay hotel” is to really make a difference in the community. To that end, the staff strives to get involved, from sponsoring a gay sports league with more than 200 members to stepping up when organizations throughout the county need support.

Hotel Gaythering periodically puts on events that aim to give support and provide health resources for the local LGBT community. This programming includes a monthly “Pillow Talk,” in partnership with Health Promotion And Care - HPAC, which is hosted by special guests that lecture about and engage attendees on curated topics. Taking place every third Tuesday of the month, previous topics have included “The 5 love languages” with Dr. Jason Wasser of The Family Room Wellness Associates, and "relationship expectations" with Dr. Daniel Sheridan. They also hosted a “So I’m on PrEP, Now What?” event with Dr. Damon L. Jacobs about biomedical interventions as foundations for improving communication, increasing connection and enhancing pleasure. The hotel even hosted a Dating Boot Camp with Dr. Denise Fournier of Evergreen Therapy and a forum about regaining faith, hosted by Rabbi Lyle Rothman of University of Miami Hillel and Spiritual Advisor Harold Marrero of No Reservations Group.

After recognizing the importance of knowing your status, the hotel offers complimentary STI testing onsite with Latinos Salud on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Gaythering's commitment to the LGBT community is undeniable.

At the bar, find drink specials all week long, as well as activities like Karaoke Monday nights, trivia night on Wednesdays and the now famous Bears and Hares party on Friday nights. They even offer a free shuttle to Miami’s naturist beach - Haulover Park, the area’s premier gay beach (straights go there too!) AND they will even let you bring one of their beach umbrellas to make sure you don’t get too much sun on your unmentionables! The shuttle leaves daily at 10:30 a.m. and is available to the public, but space is first reserved for guests of the hotel.

Perhaps the most charming aspect of Hotel Gaythering is that the owners are very hands on. Both Stephán Ginez and Alex Guerra can be found on property on a daily basis managing various projects and aspects of the hotel. Being a small, locally run, community business really makes all the difference in the ability to give excellent service. It is clear that all of their hard work is paying off, so if you are looking for a place where you can be yourself while taking advantage of all that Miami Beach has to offer, look no further than the Gaythering.

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