Buenos Aires Just Got A Little More Lavender

Hotel Erects Gay Holiday

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It’s good to be gay in Argentina, where Juan Julia Blanch just opened his second gay hotel: The Axel Hotel. Named after Blanch’s ex-boyfriend, the estimated 6 million, five-storey structure seems poised to be just as gay as its Barcelona-based big brother:

The receptionists are slender young men in sleek suits, the brochure features chiseled male torsos, the rooms are soundproofed and stocked with condoms and every now and then Judy Garland croons in the bar: welcome to Latin America’s first luxury gay hotel.

No details have been spared: futuristic furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe and Eileen Gray, a garden pool lined with transparent shower cubicles, a spa pool suspended over the lobby as a transparent roof, and deck chairs positioned in front of gym equipment. If you like to watch men stretching, bending, straining, sweating, soaping and swimming you are in the right place.

Damn! This isn’t a hotel, this is heaven!