Buenos Aires to build 5 star gay hotel

June 06, 2006

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Construction is underway on Buenos Aires’ first five-star hotel to cater to a gay clientele, an attempt to offer same-sex couples a tolerant atmosphere while visiting the city, news reports announced.

The 3.5-million-dollar Spanish-Argentine project, to be located near the historic San Telmo district, will be built in the boutique style Argentina is best known for, boasting five floors and two swimming pools.

Funded by a dual investment from Argentina's former tourism secretary Hernan Lombardi and the Spanish based Axel Group, which owns a similar hotel in Barcelona, the hotel will be a “cosmopolitan boutique hotel that will host the gay community, which for many years has felt that it was not well served" Axel Group owner Juan Julia said.

In other hotels, same-sex couples are often greeted with "stares and smirks," Julia said, adding that the hotel will have an atmosphere of "quality and tolerance."

Buenos Aires has turned into a top Latin American destination for gay tourists. The city will host the first ever gay World Cup later this year, and the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association announced earlier this month it had picked Buenos Aires to host the fourth annual IGLFA World Championship.

Buenos Aires has recognized civil unions for same-sex couples since 2002, the only Latin American city to do so. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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