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Hotels & Resorts

Gay-owned Bent Inn Reveals More Details Ahead of Its October Opening

Bent Inn, Las Vegas, a 33-room boutique hotel, is now taking reservations. Slated to open mid-October, the creatively twisted — and definitely different — Bent Inn is the first adults-only gay/locally owned and operated boutique hotel and gastropub in resurgent downtown Las Vegas.

Located East off the beaten Strip, and steps from the Fremont Street Experience, Bent Inn is the ideal destination for the queer community and their allies who want to get into the local adult LGBTQ+ scene or immerse themselves in a visually audacious environment.

In April, Vacationer told you that Bent Inn was developed by the parent company, Escape Resorts, Inc., which is owned and operated by longtime hoteliers Mark Hunter and Greg Kafka. The business partners and married couple previously owned and operated two well-known gay men’s resorts, Escape Resort and Desert Paradise, in Palm Springs, CA.

(Photo Credit: Bent Inn Las Vegas)
Bent Inn Las Vegas rending (Photo Credit: Bent Inn Las Vegas)

“Everyone needs a place where they are free to be themselves. And that’s Bent Inn,” said Kafka, who serves as Bent Inn’s chief experience officer. “Although ‘straight friendly,’ our goal is to set the travel standard for what we call the Bent Community (the not-so-straight, nerdy cool, khakis-by-day-leather-by-night, pink hair, crew cut, black nail polish, no nail polish, nose ring, hairy, smooth, fem, masc, butch, he, she, they, them, Jack and Coke, dirty martini, daiquiri, top, bottom, vers, side, switch). It’s for those of us who make life interesting.”

“We are hiring exceptional staff who will help Bent Inn become a playfully welcoming place for adults where unforgettable experiences and connections are formed,” noted Mark Hunter, chief escape officer. “Community is very important to us, and we have been fortunate to be able to cultivate that at our previous resorts.”

Rooms are entered through the Bent Inn atrium, which is laden with water and garden features. Room availability includes:

  • 30 king-size bed hotel rooms with comfy high-end mattresses
  • Patio, Juliet balcony, or Atrium rooms (different room rates apply)
  • 3 bunkhouse rooms with twin-sized beds and shared facilities for solo and hostel-style travelers
(Photo Credit: Bent Inn Las Vegas)
(Photo Credit: Bent Inn Las Vegas)

Room amenities include:

  • 65” Flat-screen Smart TVs
  • Luxury brand bath products
  • In-room electronic safes, hairdryers, Bluetooth-enabled radio/charger/speaker
  • Individual room heating and cooling systems
  • Mid-century-inspired custom pulp fiction artwork
  • Remodeled eclectic new rooms

A resort fee of $22 includes overnight off-street parking, Wi-Fi with high-speed Internet, and use of the pool, spa, and garden. Specifically, the resort features:

  • Expansive heated adults-only swimming pool with in-pool seating and an irresistible Baja Shelf for sunbathing and conversation
  • Poolside chaise lounges with shade structures and misting fans
  • Pool towels and accessories
  • Poolside shower
  • Oversized outdoor heated spa
  • Fenced property for security and privacy
  • Same block access to RTC Bike Share
  • 10-minute walk to all of the Downtown Fremont Street Experience (That’s quicker than walking to your car in the large resorts!) and The Center, Southern Las Vegas’s LGBTQ community nucleus.

The Bent Inn gastropub, with seating for 50 inside and seasonal outdoor dining, will offer a Bent perspective to traditional gastropub fare, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an expanded shareables menu. A poolside food truck serves as an eclectic backdrop with mouth-watering temptations for snacks with a bent flair.


The hotel was originally developed as a small hotel in 1965 called the Moonlight Motel, then transitioned into an apartment complex. The property has been entirely reimagined with a “mid-century meets industrial architecture style” and artistic features throughout vary from wall murals to posters of gay pulp fiction inspired by the ‘50s-’60s and offering an attitude of flamboyant mischievousness.

Stay updated and follow the Bent Inn on their websiteFacebookInstagram, or by subscribing to their newsletter. You can also plan your trip with a list of recommendations found in our LGBTQ+ travel guide for Las Vegas!

Vacationer Staff

Vacationer Magazine's writing staff works hard to bring you all the latest LGBTQ travel articles to help inspire and inform.

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