The Big Six: Hotels for petrolheads
From a converted 100-year-old warehouse just a kick start from the Harley-Davidson Museum to a Surrey hotel built on the site of the iconic Brooklands racing circuit...
Saturday 13 March 2010
Iron Horse Hotel , Milwaukee
"Hog" fans need look no further than this converted 100-year-old warehouse. Just a kick start from the Harley-Davidson Museum, the hotel has been designed with bikers in mind. Thoughtful touches in the rugged, style-driven rooms include hooks for heavy leathers and storage facilities for boots and helmets. Ride routes are provided, bikes are available to rent and a Cook Custom Chopper is displayed in the lounge.
The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 West Florida Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US (001 888 543 4766; theironhorsehotel.com ). Doubles start at $182 (£121), room only.
Le Méridien Lingotto, Turin
Occupying a section of the former Fiat Lingotto car factory, this stylish hotel combines modern architecture and motoring heritage. When the factory closed in the 1970s, celebrated architect Renzo Piano was enlisted to regenerate the vast building. Today, the hotel rooms feature the original glass factory windows, while the rooftop Fiat test track has been converted into a jogging trail. At ground level, diners at the hotel's Torpedo restaurant gaze upon the hotel's park-scale courtyard garden.
Le Méridien Lingotto, 262 Via Nizza, Turin, Italy (00 39 011 664 2000; lemeridienlingotto.com ). Doubles start at €150, including breakfast.
Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway
This country-house hotel, tucked away in the in Nithsdale countryside, has just 10 cosy rooms. As well as an acclaimed restaurant serving "peasant food" inspired by Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, guests can enjoy the hotel's organic vegetable garden, or stride out on country walks. Those who want to step up the pace can explore the region in the hotel's collection of classic cars, which range from a pre-war MG J2 to a 1969 Jaguar E-type coupé.
Trigony House Hotel, Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (01848 331211; trigonyhotel.co.uk ). Doubles start at £90, including breakfast. Car hire starts at £150 per day.
Fairmont, Monte Carlo
Poised on the famous hairpin corner of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, this hotel offers a luxurious vantage point from which to watch the race. A recent spend of €45m brought the vast hotel up to date, adding a rooftop pool with sea and F1 circuit views .
Fairmont, 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco (00 377 93 50 65 00; fairmont.com/montecarlo ). Doubles start at €232, room only.
Brooklands Hotel, Surrey
Built on the site of the iconic Brooklands racing circuit, this new hotel offers the ideal base for a racing pilgrimage. The art deco-inspired hotel is near the Brooklands Museum and Mercedes-Benz World, and parts of the racing track are visible in the lobby.
Brooklands Hotel, Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey (01932 335700; brooklandshotelsurrey.com ). Doubles start at £120, room only.
This roadside hotel has 11 family-oriented themed bedrooms, including a Speedway Race Car room, with chequered curtains, carpets and pillows, and a racing mural that spans an entire wall.
Travelodge, 106 Circle Drive West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (001 888 278 4209; travelodgesaskatoon.com ). The Speedway Race Car room starts at C$214 (£139), room only.
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