If you’ve seen one Premier Inn, you’ve seen them all. There’s nothing wrong with functional, utilitarian and derivative, but this spring and summer, why not book a more memorable stopover at the world’s best motor-themed hotels? From a night in a vintage car museum to a trackside bolthole that wakes you to the aroma of burning rubber, here are seven overnight stays less ordinary.
The Bicester Heritage Crew Rooms, Oxfordshire
If you’ve ever struggled to tear yourself away from a day out at this hub for historic vehicles – don’t. Situated in the former RAF training station’s restored pump house, you’ll find four stunningly appointed crew rooms, each named after a flight officer and the perfect place to get started again at first light.
The V8 Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany
Nobody ever truly outgrows the pre-school thrill of sleeping in a car-shaped bed, and with its choice of genuine Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Citroën DS and VW Beetle chassis – not to mention immersive wall murals and vintage gas station memorabilia – you owe your inner child a stay at the V8 Hotel.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Colorado, USA
Hewn in the burnished stone that we’ve come to associate with the western state, this upscale and admittedly expensive five-star hotel offers the chance to browse the onsite auto museum – notable for its Hendricks collection – and throw a Pro Baja Truck at the scenery on an off-road trail with a NASCAR instructor on-hand.
Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey
Between the flagship handling circuits, onsite museum, F1 racing simulator and gourmet restaurant, a single day is cruelly inadequate to get the measure of this monument to all things Mercedes. Power up your stay with a deluxe room at the Brooklands Hotel, throwing open the curtains the next morning to look down on the tyre-streaked tarmac.
The Daytona, Florida
Finished in a classic US diner colour palette and dusted with palm trees, The Daytona sits on the doorstep of NASCAR’s fabled International Speedway and offers a trove of racing memorabilia in its own right. Shower, slip on a fresh shirt and have dinner on the Blue Flame terrace overlooking the track.
W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
With seven onsite restaurants and two rooftop pools, the W Abu Dhabi oozes luxury all year round – but the best time to visit is of course during the Grand Prix, when the hardware whizzes beneath your feet on a track that coils through the hotel itself.
The PitStop B&B, Bishop’s Stortford
And finally, from the opulence of Abu Dhabi to a bastion of olde English eccentricity, the Pitstop B&B was founded in 2009 by Melvyn and Sindy Rutter, whose borderline obsession with the Morgan marque led them to design a house of worship that feels like stepping through a wormhole to the golden age of motoring. There’s even a fleet of Morgan four and three-wheelers for hire to explore the Essex countryside.
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