Craft beer has proved so popular over the last couple of decades that we now have hotels offering special services just to attract beer lovers. From centuries-old breweries housed in beer hotels to spas that offer treatments using beer as the essential ingredient, the following 10 hotels offer the most delightful experiences for those who cannot resist the charms of hops.
Landhotel Beverland (Germany)
The Landhotel Beverland has 62 individually decorated guest rooms based on diverse themes like the middle ages, Star Wars or a treehouse. Three of the themed rooms are devoted to beer alone and are equipped with beds inside huge 19th century wooden barrels which were used to store beer until 1995.
Guests can arrange visits to the spectacular barrel-sauna and join one of the beer tasting sessions organised by the hotel with Rainer Diekmann, one of the first and most recognized sommeliers from Germany.
Kerry Hotel Pudong (Shanghai)
The Kerry 4 star hotel has a unique bar: The BREW, a brewery of Australian contemporary design that mixes modern décor with a friendly atmosphere. It offers six different varieties of beer and a cider, all distilled on the hotel premises by the resident brew master, Leon Mickelson.
Guests at the hotel can take a tour of the hotel’s brewery and end the day with a sumptuous dinner and tasting of six different beers. In addition, Kerry Hotel also offers 33 luxurious suites, each with a special menu of pillows and duvets to help you get through the hangover.
The Fairmont Mayakoba (Mexico)
In about 100 hectares of tropical forest traversed by crystal waters and surrounded by the pristine shores of the Mexican Caribbean, the 400-room resort Fairmont Mayakoba offers tastings of beers and insects, yes insects, guided by leading experts and tasters of beer.
Guests can taste up to five different types of locally crafted beer accompanied by delicacies such as dried crickets, a common snack in Mexico usually toasted with garlic, lime juice and salt. The hotel also serves ant eggs (yes, you read that right!) bathed in hot sauce and served as tacos. If these snacks are a little too exotic for your taste, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the hotel’s wonderful facilities including spa-styled bathrooms, balconies, furnished terraces and take in some of the most spectacular views of the Caribbean’s turquoise waters.
Zum Erdinger Weißbräu (Germany)
Located in the rural district of Erding in the State of Bavaria, the 4-star Zum Erdinger Weißbräu has an extensive brewing heritage dating back to 1537, almost 480 years ago! Since 1886, it has served as the headquarters of Erdinger Weissbräu, the world’s largest wheat brewery. Three times a day tours of the brewery’s facilities are conducted which can be easily booked at the hotel reception.
Among the hotel’s 33 elegant and individualised rooms, beer lovers might want to spend a night in the Brewer’s Suite, which uses beer barrels as supporting elements in the room’s tables – perfect for those who want to drink beer, and dream beer. If you are also feeling a little peckish for some good old Bavarian food, the hotel’s restaurant serves typical Bavarian cuisine with waiters wearing traditional costumes (leather pants anyone?) from the region. In essence, it’s like Oktoberfest all year round at the hotel!
The Augustine (Prague)
Centrally located in the heart of Prague between Prague Castle and the historic Charles Bridge, the Augustine Luxury Collection Hotel, is an architectural complex of seven buildings. Spread across the area are 101 exquisite rooms and suites, a glass-roofed courtyard restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious homemade beer pork chops, a beautiful 13th century monastery as well as a brewery with an extensive craft beer selection.
But freshly brewed, ice cold beer are not just for pure drinking enjoyment. At the hotel’s Augustine Spa, beer is an important ingredient used in various revitalising massage treatments. The St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual, an original, all-natural treatment, is created from a secret recipe from the Augustinian Order of Monks, which includes finely ground organic beer hops and nourishing St. Thomas dark beer. Beer never took away so many headaches before, has it?
Hotelpark Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt (Germany)
Hotelpark Stadtbrauerei Arnstädt is located in the so-called “green heart” of Germany near the stunning Thuringian Forest. The hotel is housed in what was previously the Felsenkeller brewery which was built in 1866 and which produced their famous local beer, the Arnstädter until 1992.
At Stadtbrauerei, they are very proud of their brewing heritage and they don’t hide it; most of the Superior and Superior Plus category rooms are located within the walls of the old brewery and the Braustube, the parlour of the brewery. To this day, Arnstadt remains a beer city hosting many interesting tours about the city’s history and the beers it is famous for.
Built in the 19th century, the Metamorphis hotel is located just a short walk from the old town square and the Wenceslas square in downtown Prague. In addition to enjoying the spacious guest rooms and an excellent Italian restaurant located in a Gothic cellar, guests will have the opportunity to experience treatments based on beer at the their spa which includes unlimited consumption of their house beer.
Contrary to popular belief, the Czech Republic actually holds the title of the largest beer consumers in the world. And since beer is actually pretty good for health, with benefits including cancer prevention, a lower risk of heart disease and bone-strengthening properties, the hotel has taken to creating spa treatments that soak you in a tub full of beer. A dream come true!
Best Western BierKulturHotel Schwanen (Germany)
The BierKulturHotel Schwanen combines tradition and modernity with conceptual architecture, blending with the building of 1697 that formerly housed the Gasthof Brewery. The striking décor of the hotel is inspired by Brewers’ themes, with furniture carved and designed to look like beer boxes made of wood similar to those used in the past.
Guests who choose to take the tour of the brewery will be treated to the best craft beer, regional food and liquor distilled on site and also have the opportunity to attend one of the seminars offered by the magnificent brew master Micha Miller. The seminar gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery and insights to learning the stages of beer production both in theory and practice.
Brauerei zur Malzmühle (Germany)
Located in the heart of Cologne amidst the most spectacular views of the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, this hotel sits right next to the Malzmühle brewery, the second oldest of the city with more than 150 years in business.
Each of the 37 rooms at Brauerei Zur Malzmühle is equipped with huge beds designed in the style of a beer keg made of wood and comes equipped with WiFi. In particular, there are six rooms with bathrooms that are out of the ordinary, because they have three taps so you can choose between cold, hot water and… the city’s alcoholic pride and joy, the local Kölsch Beer!
This quaint and traditional Middle German-styled hotel stands beside the Landwehr-Bräu brewery, which was founded in 1755. Beautifully restored, Landwehrbräu is renowned for its homely atmosphere, tradition and excellent hospitality. Beers are made on-site by hand and all the ingredients used are produced locally.
In addition to a hearty breakfast buffet, guests can also enjoy a visit to the brewery and sample up to twelve varieties of craft beer at Landwehbrau.