Thanks to the surge in popularity of artisanal trends such craft beer brewing, beer tourism is booming. From centuries-old breweries to beer spa treatments, we’ve compiled a selection of beer-themed breaks – and there’s something here for every lover of hops. So without further ado, it’s time to raise a glass to ten of the very best beer hotels.
Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel Metamorphis is situated just a few steps from Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague and the history of the area dates back to the 9th century. In addition to spacious rooms and an Italian-themed restaurant based in a Gothic cellar, guests to Hotel Metamorphis have the opportunity to experience the nearby Beer Spa Bernard.
The Czech Republic has the world’s highest consumption of amber nectar, so it is apt that modern science has determined that beer boosts stamina, benefits the vascular system and helps to relax muscles as well as harmonizing bodily functions. The beer spa treatments use natural ingredients like hops and yeast as well as Vitamin B. Guests can unwind in a beer bath and consume an unlimited supply of Bernard beer.
Landhotel Beverland features 62 individually-themed rooms, with topics as broad as the Middle Ages, Star Wars and a tree-house suite. Three of the themed rooms are beer rooms, featuring beds inside a large wooden barrel, built out of real 19th century beer kegs that were in operation until 1995. Guests can arrange a visit to the barrel sauna and at regular intervals the hotel organizes a beer tasting session with the sales manager of the brewery, Rainer Diekmann – one of the first beer sommeliers in Germany.
Prague, Czech Republic
As well as a luxury hotel, this fascinating seven-building Prague property is home to a 13th century monastery and brewery. The Augustine features 101 rooms, a restaurant housed in a glass-covered courtyard where guests can eat pork chops braised in homemade beer, as well as a bar and a beer spa.
The Refectory Bar 1887 is located in a delightful barrel-vaulted hall that was once the monastery refectory. This atmospheric basement bar features a floating terracotta floor, and guests can sip beer made from an ancient recipe created in 1352 by Augustinian monks. The Augustine Spa offers captivating ancient and natural beer treatments including a St. Thomas Beer “body ritual”.
The four-star Kerry Hotel houses a unique bar: The BREW, an Australian-designed contemporary craft brewery that blends modern décor with a warm atmosphere. On tap at The BREW are six signature beers and one cider, distilled on the premises by the hotel’s resident brewmaster, Leon Mickelson. Guests can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel’s microbrewery, concluding with a six-course beer degustation dinner. Kerry Hotel features 33 luxurious suites, each with duvet and pillow “menus” for maximum comfort.
Zum Erdinger Weißbräu
Zum Erdinger Weißbräu is located in the Bavarian ducal town of Erding. The hotel’s brewing heritage dates back to 1537, and since 1886 the site has been the headquarters of Erdinger Weissbräu, which claims to be the largest wheat beer brewery in the world. Brewery tours take place three times a day and can be booked at the hotel’s reception.
Among the 33 elegant rooms is the Brewers Suite, which features beer barrel tables and a large, luxurious bathroom to give it a special atmosphere. Guests can enjoy typical Bavarian cuisine in the restaurant, with staff decked out in lederhosen and dirndls.
Hotelpark Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt
Hotelpark Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt is situated in the so-called “green heart” of Germany, near the Thuringian Forest. The hotel is on the site of the former Felsenkeller brewery, which was built in 1866 and produced beer up until 1992. Stadtbrauerei is proud of its brewing heritage; the majority of its Superior and Suprerior Plus rooms are located in the old brewery walls and its Braustube restaurant is based in the historic brewhouse. Beer is still brewed in Arnstadt, and the hotel offers insightful brewery tours which reveal the city’s history and brewing secrets.
The Fairmont Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Situated within 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by crystal clear waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline, the 400-room Fairmont Mayakoba resort offers well-paired beer and insect (yes, insect) tastings led by certified cicerones, or beer experts.
Guests learn how to properly taste five different local craft beers, alongside such delicacies as dried grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants and ant eggs served taco-style with hot sauce. As if that wasn’t enough, the majority of the rooms feature spa-style bathrooms, furnished balconies or terraces with stunning views of either the forest or the azure Caribbean sea.
BierKulturHotel Schwanen combines the old with the new, with its modern conceptual architecture backing on to the Gasthof Schwanen Brewery, which was established in 1697. The imaginative décor of the hotel is inspired by the theme of beer, with sculpted furnishings designed to look like the wooden beer crates of centuries gone by.
Guests who opt to take a tour of the brewery will be spoiled by home-brewed beer, Swabian cuisine and self-distilled liquor. Guests can also have a go at brewing themselves during a seminar with brewmaster Micha Miller.
Brauerei zur Malzmühle
Located in the heart of Cologne with fantastic views of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, this hotel sits next to the Malzmühle brewery, which is the second oldest brewery in the city and has been brewing beer for over 150 years. Each of Brauerei zur Malzmühle’s 37 beautifully designed rooms feature oversized wooden barrel-style beds, as well as free Wi-Fi and a modern en suite.
Six of the rooms have somewhat unusual baths, with three taps that offer a choice between cold water, warm water… and Kölsch beer!
Landwehrbräu sits next to the Landwehr-Bräu brewery, which was established in 1755. This lovingly restored hotel is renowned for its unique atmosphere, tradition and warm hospitality. Landwehrbräu’s beers are brewed in a traditional artisan style and all the ingredients are locally-sourced. As well as a lavish breakfast buffet each morning, guests can enjoy a brewery tour and have the opportunity to try twelve home-brewed Landwehrbräu varieties.
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