There are hotels with spas, and then there are hotels with beer. We bring you a selection of accommodation perfect for the man who doesn’t care about getting the latest pore-tightening mud mask or the chocolates and champagne. No – this is for the bloke who prefers the ultimate Vegas getaway, the Monaco Grand Prix or soaking in a tub full of delicious beer (rather than rose petals).
To save you from looking, we’ve searched high and low for the best hotels for men out there.
Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO, MONACO
Who’ll love it: the Formula One fan
Prepare to be blown away by the sights of some of the world’s most celebrated events, right from your hotel room. The Fairmont Hotel Monte Carlo stands in one of the most prestigious locations Monaco has to offer.
Situated between Italy and France on the Cote d’Azur, Monaco is home to the Fairmont Monte Carlo, one of the largest resorts in Europe. It features two restaurants, a bar, an in-house Casino and most importantly, spectacular views of the Mediterranean, both from guest room balconies and the rooftop pool.
The most exciting views can be enjoyed from this hotel once a year, when Monaco hosts the Formula One Grand Prix. Views from the rooftop hover directly over the most challenging point in the championship, the notorious hairpin curve. You can also book the hotels Grand Prix Suite, a spacious and elegantly decorated suite with a private terrace overlooking the track.
LAS VEGAS, USA
Who’ll love it: The Hangover fan
One of the most dreamt about getaways is a party-packed trip to Vegas – so why not experience it all at the second largest hotel casino in the world? Right on the Las Vegas strip, the MGM Grand is an ideal destination for blokes.
When the hotel opened in 1993 it was the largest of its kind in the world. With 30 floors, the complex houses more than 4000 rooms and 700 suites. The accommodation also comprises of six buildings, including five outdoor pools, 16 restaurants ranging from take-away to fine dining, night clubs, a spa centre, as well as a wedding chapel and shops.
The MGM Grand has one of the largest gaming floors in Las Vegas with more than 2500 gaming machines and 139 poker and table games. There are also six lions on show inside the casino alongside other exotic animals.
Taj Lake Palace
Who’ll love it: the old-school James Bond fanatic
Suave men may recognise this decadent Indian palace at first sight, which was featured in the 1983 James Bond movie, Octopussy. This is where Bond swam across Lake Pichola to reach this fortress, where he then found a lair of beautiful women led by the captivating Octopussy herself.
Like James Bond, guests at this five star hotel will not be disappointed by the 83 luxurious rooms and suites, individually decorated with gilt mouldings, sculpted marble columns and authentic fretwork screens.
Located on its own island of four acres, Taj Lake Palace appears as a floating hotel and is celebrated for its unique experiences, such as its astrology courses and sunset boat cruises.
Omni San Diego
SAN DIEGO, USA
Who’ll love it: the sports junkie
Welcome to the only hotel in America connected to a major league stadium. The Omni is San Diego is every sport lover’s dream. Not only can you watch a baseball game right from the comfort of your suite, but the hotel is also connected to the Petco Park stadium via a skybridge.
This luxury establishment in the beautiful seaside city of San Diego comes complete with bay, city or ballpark views and has additional luxury features such as an outdoor terrace with a stone fireplace, a heated pool and Jacuzzi.
During the season, the Omni hotel has been known to offer baseball packages, complete with everything a man needs in addition to accommodation – beer, sausages, tickets to a Padres baseball game, valet parking and a turndown amenity of peanuts and cracker jacks.
OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC
Who’ll love it: the beer connoisseur
Beer has always been a beloved beverage amongst men, but some enjoy it so much that they would even bathe in it. In the Czech Republic, beer baths are a genuine body treatment. The hops help detoxify the body, the steam of the bath opens pores and the skin absorbs the healthy minerals from the beer.
The 500-year-old Zamek Zabreh Chataeu in the Czech Republic has been brewing beer at its Pickard Brewery as early as 1574, from dark lagers to wheat brews. The hotel offers beer baths in reclaimed barrels in a private medieval dungeon environment.
The process consists of a 30-minute oil bath in a wooden tub, consisting of beer yeast, beer of balsam oil, grain and malt extracts with a Pickard Brewery shot of beer direct from the faucet in the tub. But for those who prefer wine, the hotel also offers wine baths.
Who’ll love it: the aeroplane geek
Inside Stockholm’s main airport Arlanda sits a retro 70’s jumbo jet – and it turns out that guests can also spend the night for a reasonable price. A jumbo-jet-turned-hostel is the perfect airport accommodation and is ideal for any aeroplane geek.
The hostel is a decommissioned Boeing 747-200 model built back in 1976. Previously operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002, the aircraft has now been transformed into a hostel with its interiors refurbished to make for a memorable night’s stay.
The aircraft hostel contains 27 rooms and 76 beds, including a luxury suite in the cockpit, and a café for guests and visitors. It sits in the entrance of Arlanda Airport offering clear views of the landing strip.
ABU DHABI, UAE
Who’ll love it: the high roller
There’s no better place to feel important than in a seven-star palace in the heart of the major business district in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Palace, from the world renowned Kempinski chain, takes luxury to a whole new level.
The highlights of this hotel includes a vending machine in the lobby that dispenses nothing but gold, with a whopping 320 gold items to choose from. The palace also has 23 of the best luxury cars on the market: Rolls Royces, Maybachs, BMWs and Mercedes vehicles are available to guests whenever needed along with a private driver. For those after a little more, the hotel also offers helicopter or private jet transfers around the country.
The hotel also features a 1.3 kilometre stretch of exclusive beach, two swimming pools, four tennis courts, two gyms, a day spa and a variety of water sports from snorkelling to sailing and windsurfing.
Who’ll love it: the tech addict
As well as being one of the most spacious hotels in Tokyo, the Peninsula hotel has some of the most high-tech rooms in the world, ideal for any gadget lover or anyone after some user-friendly accommodation.
Their Grand Deluxe Rooms are filled with state-of-the-art technology, including widescreen plasma televisions, sophisticated sound systems and an expansive movie library – but the best of them all are the multi-function fingertip bedside panels that control a variety of personal comforts. The panels monitor outside temperature and humidity as well as control the levels inside the room with a thermostat. It can also adjust different levels of mood lighting within the room as well as the window shades.
Additional features include a spacious self-contained dressing area with a radio and weather panel. For the businessman, the room also has a large desk with a silent fax machine and dual lines with international direct dialling and complimentary high speed internet access.
Old Course Hotel
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND
Who’ll love it: the classy golfer
The historic university town of St Andrews in Scotland is known worldwide as the home of golf; the sport was first played here as early as the 1400s. It’s also home to the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, Old Course, which remains open to the public and is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.
Bordering the well-known 17th road hole of the Old Course is the prestigious Old Course Hotel. This elegant five-star hotel is one of Europe’s leading resorts, with 144 rooms including 35 suites – all spacious and classically luxurious. The Old Course rooms boast direct views over the playing grounds.
The hotel is in a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the breathtaking Scottish coastline. This beautiful venue was also chosen as the host of the International European Amateur Championship for 2014.
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