Some years ago a gay couple (Vicent & Arnaldo) decided to open
a different gay hotel to the ones we know, we started wondering what
wouldn't we like to find in a hostel and what things we would like.
We had clear that it was going to be a hostel for lesbians and gays,
however it wouldn't be exclusive, straights with respect for lesbians
and gays would be welcome. We do not believe in the ghetto, but know
for our experience the discrimination that still suffer lesbians and
gays, asking something so simple like a wedding bed for two women
or two men.
It had to be in Chueca, one of the most important lesbians and gays
neighbourhood of the world. The decoration had to be gentle and well
done, a good relation between quality and prices, also the staff should
be kind and next to people. That is how we decided to open Hostal
La Zona in Valverde, very close to Plaza de Chueca, the heart of the
Thankfully to the good welcome of our clients, and for their suggestion,
we decided to open also apartments with the same philosophy.
We like the idea of a hostel or apartment in which you want to be
and stay, no just a place to leave the cases and sleep. A place where
you really feel at home.
We are partners and since 2006 husband & husband. Love in not
the unique thing that keep us together, but our "son": the
hostel and the apartments, which one we feel specially proud, because
"grows" fine and however it keep us too busy also give a
lot of satisfactions.
Before hostel we were working in completely different things. Vicent
was teacher in a public school and Arnaldo was partner of the first
lesbian-gay bookshop of Spain, Berkana.
In Hostal La Zona we have tried to create a cosy and comfortable space.
In the decoration we have mixed the antic (the building is from 1860)
and the modern.
We treat that our customers feel that they are friends visiting Madrid
and not questioned for their sexuality. We inform they about the intense
cultural life of Madrid, about shops, clubs and most important lesbians/gays
For us is very important not only how our clients feel, but also our
employees. We always try to create a nice labour ambience where they
feel comfortable and they do not consider it just another job. That
is why they are resolute, nice and easy. Being a gay hostel we will
not surprise for our customers questions about the gay scene, etc.
- Nice staff that share our philosophy.
- Lesbians and gays maps, magazines.
- Respect to the differences.
- Breakfast and buffet from 8:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.
- Strict cleaning.
- Fruit 24h a day.
- Free wifi and computer in reception for our customers service.