New LGBTQ+ Boutique Hotel, Queen Las Vegas, to Open North of the Strip

Published: August 4, 2023, 11:12h.

Last updated: August 4, 2023, 11:13h.

Queen Las Vegas, a unique boutique hotel and gaming lounge specifically designed for the LGBTQ+ community, is set to launch this autumn on S. Las Vegas Blvd., just north of the Strip.

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An artist’s rendering of the forthcoming Queen Las Vegas bar. The LGBTQ+-oriented boutique hotel and gaming lounge is being built within the Thunderbird Las Vegas hotel. (Image: Q Group Hospitality)

Located at 1215 S. Las Vegas Blvd., in the Gateway District just north of the historic Little White Wedding Chapel, the Queen boutique hotel is part of the Thunderbird Hotel complex, consisting of 100 rooms.

Q Group Hospitality, led by CEO Eduardo Cordova, a prominent LGBTQ+ nightlife promoter in Southern Nevada, will operate the 28 rooms within the Thunderbird specifically tailored to LGBTQ+ individuals. The designated rooms will also feature a distinctive gaming lounge, restaurant and bar, and nightclub.

“It has been my mission to create a vibrant and inclusive entertainment district for our LGBTQ+ community, and I’m thrilled to announce that Q Hospitality Group has secured a prime location… to create the gayest destination in Las Vegas,” said Cordova.

Queen Las Vegas will offer daily “high-energy drag performances” with a DJ setting the party atmosphere as guests enjoy brunch or dinner with a lineup of resident queens, delicious dishes, bottomless mimosas, vibrant craft cocktails, and a world-class nightclub featuring over 50,000 LED lights.

Thunderbird Staying

For loyal guests of the Thunderbird, the boutique property will remain open but with a reduced room count of 72.

The Thunderbird is a popular choice for budget travelers. A last-minute booking for a room tonight costs $165, which includes all taxes and a $17 nightly amenities fee. In comparison, a similar king-bed guestroom at the nearby Strat on the northern edge of the Strip costs $226 all-inclusive.

While many hostels and motels between the Strip and downtown Las Vegas may not be in great condition, the Thunderbird maintains a 3.6/5 rating based on nearly 1,000 Google reviews. Despite occasional safety and noise complaints, Thunderbird guests have consistently praised the hotel for its cleanliness, pool facilities, and nearby dining options.

Queen LV will introduce a small gaming lounge to the property, filling a gap that the Thunderbird currently lacks. Q Hospitality already holds a gaming license for the property due to its bar-top gaming machines.

Q Hospitality has not provided specific details about the size or offerings of the gaming lounge at Queen Las Vegas. The company has only indicated that a “gaming lounge” will be a part of this LGBTQ+ project.

Fall 2023 Opening

Q Hospitality is on a fast track to open Queen Las Vegas and plans to launch this LGBTQ+ boutique hotel sometime in the fall.

Today, Queen Las Vegas is hosting a job fair from 2 to 5 pm PST, with available positions including a general manager, assistant general manager, bartenders, servers, and kitchen staff.

The hotel’s website,, proudly advertises the property as “The Gayest Destination on the Strip,” although Thunderbird/Queen is not technically located on the defined Strip.

In April, the Bent Inn at 207 N. 11th Street near the Fremont Street Experience announced its plans to transform into “the only LGBTQ+-owned and operated boutique hotel in Las Vegas.” The property’s 33 “playfully designed” rooms, which promise to redefine the LGBTQ+ Las Vegas experience, are expected to open later this summer.

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