Wine-casks turned into hotel rooms

The Netherlands' Hotel de Vrouwe van Stavoren features rooms built inside giant, 14,500 liter wine-casks:
The rooms offer two single beds as well as an attached sitting room and bathroom. These rooms have been pretty popular with tourists in the sleepy village of Stavoren. If you get tired of the in-room television and radio, you can rent a bicycle and travel along one of the many popular bike paths to see the old growth forests and beach. There is even a famous statue of “Lady van Stavoren” to keep an eye on the harbour as well as an eccentric local story to go along with it.

The wine casks are a great reuse as hotel rooms because of their ability to seal tightly. Visitors have stayed in the hotels four special recycled rooms from all over the world. Prices for the rooms range from approximately $150 USD a night to about $40 USD a night depending on the length of your stay and the season you go in. How can you afford not to?

Sleep it Off Inside a Wine Cask (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for on-the-road accommodations, an airtight seal isn’t always at the top of my list.

  2. I’m sorry, am I given to understand these casks are indeed empty? I’m afraid I just do not see the point.

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to sleep a night or two in one of those casks. Oh, I wonder what the walls smell like; old and sweet? Maybe dry and almost powdery, but with a woody undertone. And they look so pleasant inside and out, too.

  4. Bah! I could build those with some cinder blocks and some planks from a barn. And what about the wine outgassing?

  5. @6 – EMPTY Dutch wine barrels – you’re just sleeping in what they had left over from a heavy session last week.

    …seriously though, 150 dollars a night to sleep in a barrel in a sleepy town? – I get the quirkiness thing, but shouldn’t part of the charm also come from the low price of sleeping in something way smaller than a half-size shipping container, or maybe this is just my grouchy early morning mood meeting my claustrophobia and tripping over my stupid-crisis attitudes.

  6. “The wine casks are a great reuse as hotel rooms because of their ability to seal tightly.”

    This struck me as very slightly ominous. Just sayin’.

  7. The appeal of these is actually quite simple to explain: I like big butts, and I can not lie.

    (OK, strictly speaking, I think these are tuns, but you see my point. You other brothers can’t deny.)

  8. @#16: I agree. A hotel consisting of “sealed tightly” barrels sounds a bit like a setting for an Edgar Allen Poe story. Or maybe a Grimm’s Fairy Tale.

  9. “The wine casks are a great reuse as hotel rooms because of their ability to seal tightly.”

    That’s actually not desirable in a living space. Proper circulation of air is critical, or you end up with nasty mold and humidity problems.

  10. Just enjoyed a fine meal at Old West Steak house in Steamboat Springs. They have tables set in old wine casks stacked one atop another, but they no longer serve meals in them. Seems some child fell out of one and after the parents sued, the new owner decided it wasn’t worth the risk. Guests may still climb in for a visit, however; not sure if they have to sign a release.

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