Three “Outside the Box” Places to Stay
Today’s special is for the wine lovers among us: it is a hotel in Stavoren, a very old port in northern Holland. The rooms where you sleep are in 15,000 litre wine barrels. There are four of them, each created from Swiss drums that used to contain Beaujolais wine.
After fulfilling their duty of adding flavor, color, and tannin to thousands of bottles of wine, the barrels were mounted on trucks and shuttled over to Stavoren. The old oak casks make excellent rooms considering their strength and airtight seals, and also offer a great opportunity to brag to your friends.
General rates for a cask room are from 74-119 Euros a night with discounts of up to 75% off depending on season. If you go in the wintertime, a wine cask room can be as low as 18 Euros a night, cheaper than most hostels. Breakfast is included and you can even bring your dog.
For more information: visit Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren
Source : My Switzerland
If you want to “rough it” in Switzerland there is a huge wine barrel that sleeps 40. The hotel provides you with mattresses, woolen blankets, and pillows. All you have to bring along is your sleeping bag. Diogenes once did it. If this a challenge you’d like to accept, just rally to the vintners’ village of Tradasingen and try this unusual hotel.
Hallau Tourismus Postfach
Tel. +41 (0)52 681 20 20
Fax +41 (0)52 681 46 46
Source: Tina Lindt – Via Michelin
Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse is arguably the most well-known German street in the world and it’s here that you will find Hotel Lindenwirt.The focal point of the hotel is in the hotel gardens where guests can choose from six inhabitable wine casks with such illustrious monikers as “tom-cat hole” or “old maid”. Each expanded cask features a comfortable bed as well as a bath, telephone and TV.
An overnight stay in a cask room starts at 66€. For further information visit: www.lindenwirt.com or telephone 00 49 (0) 67 22 91 30.