After years of planning, New York's first gay hotel opened its night club XL at the end of January—so with the calendar reading March it was about time that The Out NYC actually started taking guests. And now that day has come. But first, let's take a quick tour of the self-described gay hotel and nightlife entertainment complex!

Basically, it looks like your basic fancy hotel but with amenities focused on its hoped-for clientele (though they emphasize regularly that they are straight-friendly). The gym is very nice—and has a sauna—the bar is dark and sparkly, and mirrors are everywhere. Some features are still getting finished up (including one of the courtyards and the restaurant) but so far, so gay.

The deluxe rooms, which have 40" flatscreens, wifi, mp3 docking stations and views of the courtyard are currently going for an average of $219 a night.

510 West 42nd Street // 212-947-2999