Do you love a good story? Will a great book stay with you long after you finish it? Retracing travel memories are some of the most common conversation starters used among friends and strangers. But did you know some of our hotels have such big personalities, they could earn a charming conversation starter on their own?
Brew a cuppa and settle in for some stories we love hearing time and time again from our international family.
1. Home is where the cuckoo is: Breitnau, Germany
Parents with kids born in the ‘80s and ‘90s would remember the Goosebumps book, The Cuckoo Clock of Doom. Well kids, you’re all grown up now so here’s your chance to stay in a real cuckoo clock hotel with an impressive history.
Best Western Hotel Hofgut Sternen in Germany combines Black Forest romance with traditional craft. Located in the middle of the Hoellental in the historical trade route Vienna-Paris, the clock house with 68 guest rooms has an exciting history. Today, the second generation of family hotel owners run several other hotels and restaurants. But, they’re also the famous original cuckoo clock manufacturer family business in Germany.
In May 1770, the Hofgut Sternen experienced its greatest hour. Marie-Antoinette, the daughter of the empress Maria-Theresia, was en route to Paris to marry the French King, Louis XVI, and passed through the Hoellental in her way to the border. Further highlights followed, in the course of which, the German Poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, often visited the inn in the Hoellental and particularly praised the excellent food. In fact, the Hofgut Sternen played an important part in the international tourist trade of the time, accommodating such important guests as the Emperor Napoleon the 3rd, or the English writer, Anthony Trollope.
Today guests can enjoy the Hotel-Restaurant-Café for snacks and meals, the Black Forest Shop, offering high-quality local gifts, such as world famous cuckoo clocks, as well as grandfather clocks and an interesting selection of souvenirs; “Ravenna“ self-service restaurant, and a children’s playground.
2. Knight in shining armour: Westminster, United Kingdom
Best Western Westminster Hotel is in a charmingly historic building, which dates back to 1881. The exterior looks just as it did when Queen Victoria visited Chester – and there are still plenty of period features inside. The Westminster is an unpretentious place but grand enough place to have a brass plaque announcing the tradesmen’s entrance. The doorway is still in use today. But mind your head – delivery men were clearly much shorter 130 years ago… And while you’re staying at the hotel, we beg of you, leave Bert alone!
Bert, the Roman soldier who stands guard on Best Western Westminster Hotel’s third-floor landing, is occasionally kidnapped by stag party revellers. And only very rarely do the housekeeping staff find him tucked up in bed or standing in the shower.
3. Fifty shades of stylish: Phuket, Thailand
“Sleek and stylish design” was part of the brief for the new Best Western Patong Beach which will open in October near the heart of the famous white sands sprawling across Patong Beach. And this hotel certainly aims to please.
The hotel’s 224 contemporary rooms and suites all come equipped with large 32-inch LCD TVs, comfortable beds, minibars and tea and coffee making facilities. And as with all Best Western hotels worldwide, Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property.
An outdoor, infinity-edged swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind under the Phuket sun, while the light and spacious Mana Restaurant serves up delectable local and international cuisine, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy a cooling cocktail at the poolside bar and why not splash out and order a pedicure?