The Big Six: Hotels in breweries
Saturday 18 June 2011
The Augustine Hotel, Prague
Seven buildings combine to form the Augustine Hotel, including a 13th-century monastery, a section of which is still inhabited by monks. The handsome design comes courtesy of Olga Polizzi – vaulted ceilings and original doors sit alongside classic furnishings and muted colours. Underground, the St Thomas brewery houses the Brewery Bar, complete with stalagmites, stalactites and a menu of Czech beers.
The Augustine Hotel, Letenska 12/33, Prague, Czech Republic (00 42 0 266 11 22 33; theaugustine.com). Doubles start at €352, room only.
Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-Thames
The heritage of this handsome Georgian building is worn with pride: "Henley Brewery" is still emblazoned across the brick wall of the former Brakspears Brewery. Inside is a study in Hotel du Vin chic, with original features (factory windows and timber rafters) interspersed with sleek fittings, such as roll-top baths, and tactile fabrics. The suites are named after champagne and port houses and some feature balconies and outdoor bathtubs with views of the Thames.
Hotel du Vin, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BP (01491 848400; hotelduvin.com). Doubles start at £140, room only.
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Baltimore
Built in 1787, Claggett's Brewery was a testament to Baltimore's biggest industry. The site was later used by the Baltimore Brewing Company for DeGroen's beer and more recently has seen a completely different incarnation as the Fairfield Inn hotel. As well as preserving its heritage, the hotel has gone a step further by using original features such as the grain silo and brewing tanks to harvest rainwater, bolstering its claim to be "Baltimore's First Green Hotel".
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 101 President Street, Baltimore, Maryland (001 410 837 9900; greenfairfieldinn.com). Doubles start at $218 (£145), including breakfast.
The Kerry Hotel, Shanghai
Shanghai is home to the first of Shangri-La's new "lifestyle hotel" brand, Kerry. The glittering skyscraper is part of the Pudong district's high-rise cityscape and features Brew, a bar with an in-house brewery producing six craft beers and a cider.
The Kerry Hotel, 1388 Hua Mu Road, Shanghai, China (00 86 21 6169 8888; thekerryhotels.com). Doubles start at Y2,300 (£218), room only.
The Montcalm, London
This luxurious address soft-opened last month on the Grade II-listed site of the former Whitbread brewery. Dating back to the mid-18th century, it now offers sleek bedrooms with high-spec fittings, alongside a collection of Heritage Brewery Suites with original fireplaces and architraves. There is also a gastro pub.
The Montcalm, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD (020-7479 2233; themontcalmlondoncity.co.uk). Doubles start at £172, room only.
Factory Hotel, Münster
The former Germania brewery has been given a new lease of life. The interiors are modern, with concrete, pale wood flooring and white walls throughout. Livening things up are two bars, Spanish and German restaurants and a nightclub in the basement of the original brewery.
Factory Hotel, An der Germania Brauerei 5, Münster, Germany (00 49 251 41880; factoryhotel-muenster.de). Doubles start at €69, room only.
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