Are you wondering where the best place in Argentina is to find young, gay Argentinian boys? Well, the answer is Córdoba! The city is famous for having Argentina's oldest university and as a result, there is a large student population which means a vibrant nightlife including a small but exciting gay scene.
Córdoba has it all: a busy nightlife, a rich history, a beautiful architecture and very attractive Argentinian men!
As well as the nightlife, Córdoba offers plenty of beautiful architecture, particularly the many religious buildings such as the popular Cathedral of Córdoba. Another popular sight is the Jesuit Block, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the old headquarters of the university, the National School of Monserrat and the Domestic Chapel.
Cordoba has a decent offering of gay friendly accommodations. Having spent a few months travelling across the country, we had ample time sampling the best places to stay in Cordoba. Here's our roundup of our 5 favourite gay friendly hotels to stay in Córdoba, for all budgets.
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Where to stay in Córdoba
Córdoba is the second most populous city in Argentina after Buenos Aires and is located on the banks of the Suquía River. There's no metro system as of yet, but you will be able to get around the city easily using buses or trolleybuses. Here's a quick summary to the best gay friendly neighbourhoods to stay in.
- Güemes: Güemes is our favourite gay friendly neighbourhood, it's bohemian and lively with a more alternative nightlife scene than the city centre. This is where you will find the majority of Córdoba's gay bars, discos and clubs as well as a craft fair (The Paseo de las Artes) during the daytime. If you want to be right in the heart of the gay area in Córdoba, stay at the lovely Windsor Hotel & Tower.
- Nueva Córdoba: Nueva Córdoba is the most modern and fashionable part of the city, filled with antique stores, design and art shops. It's right next to the historical centre, so you will be able to visit the many museums such as the Ferreyra Palace or “Museum of Evita”. Yrigoyen 111 is our favourite
gay friendlyhotel to stay in Nueva Córdoba.
- City centre: The historic city centre of Córdoba is where you will find the majority of the city's tourist attractions. This is a great area to stay in if you want to be close to all the beautiful colonial architecture and feel the history of Córdoba. It's also easy to get to other parts of the city from here with public transport. Azur Real is a sexy gay friendly boutique hotel to stay in the centre.
- Alberdi: For something a little different you may like to stay in the more traditional neighbourhood of Alberdi. There are some interesting sights here and it's also a great option if you want to be away from the noisy centre but still be able to easily enjoy the cultural heritage. You can easily get from Alberdi to other parts of Córdoba by bus or a quick Uber ride. For a relaxing stay with great views, we love the
gay friendlySheraton Córdoba.
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Azur Real Hotel
Why we love it
- Wine and cheese every night
- The deluxe suites come with a hot-tub
- Beautiful rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi
- Gorgeous modern decor
We simply loved our stay at Azur Real and never wanted to leave! In our opinion it's one of the best gay friendly boutique hotels we've experienced in Argentina.
Located within walking-distance of the historic centre, Azur Real is almost hidden on a busy street but once you go inside you find yourself in a little haven of contemporary design.
There are so many little details and extras to love here, like the free tastings of wine and cheese every night, the hotel's signature scent in all the toiletries and the complimentary spa (you just have to book)! The rooftop terrace is delightful for relaxing in the sun or having a romantic evening cocktail.
We particularly loved the decor and open-plan areas of the hotel, with lots of wood, exposed brick and leafy plants. The buffet breakfast is delicious and the staff are so helpful.
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Windsor Hotel & Tower
Why we love it
- Heated rooftop swimming pool and terrace
- Close to the gay scene and historic landmarks
- Wellness centre and gym
- Excellent restaurant
The Windsor Hotel and Tower is in a great location right on the edge of the border between Güemes and the city centre. This means you are close to both the gay scene AND the main historical attractions!
Not only is the location very convenient but the Windsor is also a luxurious place to stay with marbled interiors and city views from every room.
On the seventh-floor terrace, you'll find a gorgeous outdoor pool and lots of seating with views across Córdoba. The well-equipped gym looks out over the pool and there's also a sauna and spa with many options for pampering.
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Why we love it
- Awesome rooftop pool
- Stunning views of the city
- Many business amenities if needed
- Cocktail bar with live piano
If you want to stay in a quieter part of the city then the Sheraton Córdoba is an excellent gay friendly option in the traditional neighbourhood of Alberdi.
The hotel tower boasts impressive views over the city which you can enjoy from the rooftop pool as well as the on-site restaurant, cocktail bar and rooms.
The Sheraton is an excellent choice if you have any work to do while travelling since it provides a business centre with fax, scanning and photocopying services. But don't worry, you'll still have plenty of opportunities to relax as well!
There's a fitness centre and pool, of course, as well as a solarium, sauna and massage services. Almost directly next door is a big mall for shopping and you will easily be able to get into the city centre by taxi, Uber or bus.
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Yrigoyen 111 Hotel
Why we love it
- Great location
- Luxurious spa
- Rooftop pool and gym
- Yummy breakfast
The Yrigoyen 111 Hotel is in a great location in downtown Córdoba, close to shopping, restaurants and the major sights.
In a fully renovated and updated traditional mansion of Nueva Córdoba, you will step into luxury and class. The building was restored in order to preserve its cultural heritage but is still very classy and modern.
There are a range of room and suite options, some very affordable going all the way up to the gorgeous presidential suite. We love the design and decor of this gay frienldy hotel, with lots of warm woodsy tones and splashes of colour.
The rooftop pool is small but features beautiful views. The gym and spa are also located up here, so you can work out with a view or just treat yourself to a relaxing massage. The 1906 Lounge Bar is particularly chic and cosy, while the daily breakfast is delicious.
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Why we love it
- Good budget option
- Close to main attractions
- Free delicious breakfast
- Cute balcony windows in some rooms
If you're travelling on a budget but still want to be close to everything Córdoba has to offer then we think 531 Hostel is a great gay friendly hostel.
The location of 531 is perfect for walking around the city and while you will be able to socialise and make friends it's not a crazy party hostel. Even the dormitory rooms are cosy, with only six beds per room.
Couples are sure to enjoy the cute private rooms with double bed and those romantic balcony windows! We also love the cool colours and decor throughout the shared spaces; like the kitchen, patios, lounge, bar and games room.
A basic free breakfast is included and the staff are helpful, friendly and willing to organise local tours. The rooftop terrace is a particularly nice spot to relax or socialise.
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