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New York City has its first hotel that's strictly for the LGBTA community.

THE OUT NYC is New York City's first "straight-friendly" urban resort, according to a release. The complex is located at 510 W. 42nd St. in Hell's Kitchen.

Steps away from Times Square and Chelsea, the complex comprises a 105-room boutique hotel; the 14,000-square-foot XL Nightclub; Cabaret & Lounge by John Blair, Betto Sutter and FV Events; KTCHN, a restaurant opening in May; three courtyards; a business/conference center; function space; and a wellness center.

Rooms start at $250 a night. Choices include superior, deluxe, deluxe double, executive and one-bedroom suites. There are also eight-sleep shares at $99; these are European hostel-style rooms with four full-sized beds, personal TVs, a bathroom, shower, cubbies and privacy curtains.

All rooms feature wireless high-speed Internet, a 40-inch flat-screen IPTV, mp3 docking stations, a workspace and a mini-bar.

The hotel has spaces to host weddings, catered events or conferences. The wellness center occupies 5,000 square feet, and has a gym, treatment room, sauna and steam room.

This is an idea whose time has come. What makes THE OUT NYC a desirable hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for both the gay and straight communities," said Parkview Developers Managing Partner Ian Reisner in a statement. "THE OUT NYC will become a 'can't-miss' for gay tourists as well as the epicenter of gay life for LGBT New Yorkers. With New York's recent legislation, we look forward not only to hosting countless gay couples, but marrying them as well."

In late 2010, Lords South Beach opened in Miami, and was touted as the first gay hotel brand in the country. Founder Brian Gorman told Windy City Times he chose that city because "Miami has always been, to me, one of the sexiest, most fun, liberal beach environments I've ever been to."

Architect Paul Dominguez designed THE OUT NYC.

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