Check out 5 unique and quirky hotels in Europe

  • Travel
  • Monday, 05 Jun 2017

You'd be off your head if you refuse a stay at Ruthin Castle. Photo: Istock

For some, during a holiday, as long as their accommodation is clean and has all the basic necessities, they would be happy with it. But one can also savour the accommodation as part of the holiday itself. Trafalgar offers some unique opportunities when it comes to hotels during their tours and here are examples of five of those unique and quirky hotels.

1. Stay at The Sound of Music Palace in Salzburg, Austria

Quirky hotels in Europe.
Peel your ears for the sound of music at Schloss Leopoldskron. Photo: Trafalgar

Guests can stay at Schloss Leopoldskron, which provided the backdrop for some of The Sound of Music movie’s most famous romantic outdoor scenes. This 18th century palace of the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg is now a national historic monument. Guests who stay enjoy the unique heritage experience and will learn how their stay at the hotel helps fund its continuous care, periodic restoration and the training of its staff in effective conservation methods so that it can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

2. Stay in an 18th Century listed water mill in Albi, France

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Riverside views and a Unesco-listing. How cool is that? Photo: Hotel Mecure Albi

In Albi, a Unesco world heritage site one could stay at the Hotel Mercure Albi Bastides which offers modern rooms. A classified historic mill located on the banks of the Tarn, guests can enjoy riverside views.

3. Sleep onboard the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands

Quirky hotels in Europe.
With the SS Rotterdam you get views and no sea-sickness. Photo: Istock

Try a stay on the SS Rotterdam, the largest passenger ship ever built in the Netherlands, which now has a permanent mooring in Rotterdam harbour. This celebrated icon, which has sailed the seven seas as the flagship of the Holland America Line, is considered one of the best hotels in the city. The ship has been beautifully renovated with authentic décor, original masterpieces, and elegant 1950s style, and boasts beautifully views over the river Maas and of the skyline of the dynamic city of Rotterdam.

4. Former residence of Ireland’s pirate queen, Galway, Ireland

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A sprawling beautiful estate comes along with a stay at this beautiful castle. Photo: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

The Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is set in 182ha of woodland and was built in the 18th century. The original castle dates back to the 1560s when owner Donal O’Flaherty was married to Ireland’s fearsome pirate queen, Grace O Malley.

5. Follow in the footsteps of Royalty in North Wales, Britain

Quirky hotels in Europe.
The gatehouse to Ruthin Castle. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Jim Linwood

Fancy a stay at the 13th Century Ruthin Castle which is a beautiful retreat located on a hilltop? Peacocks wander around the green acres of parkland and sheep are found at the nearby meadow, making the surroundings a tranquil setting. It was first constructed in the late 1200s, and was originally known as the Red Castle because of its red sandstone walls. In the 1500s, King Henry VIII took over ownership and the estate continued pass through royal hands until the English Civil War where it was then left in ruins. Centuries later, many famous people have visited the castle, including Lady Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill’s mother and Prince Charles.

Which of these quirky hotels would you stay at?

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