The Czech Republic's New Brewery Hotels
Few countries do beer like the Czech Republic (pilsner was invented here, after all), and now you can fully immerse yourself—by staying overnight in a Bohemian brewery.
Hosting one of the country's best craft-beer festivals (September 18 this year), the Purkmistr hotel, brewery, and restaurant is located in Plzeň, the birthplace of pilsner. The building, opened in 2007 after restoration, originally dates from 1603. There are 32 guest rooms (including two suites), decorated in a contemporary style with partially exposed brick walls hung with French Impressionist prints. Purkmistr also bowls a strike for fun with its own three-lane bowling alley. Selská náves 21/2, 011-420/377-994-311, purkmistr.cz, doubles from $118.
Hotel St. Florian
During the filming of the recent remake of the James Bond flick Casino Royale, the hilltop Bohemian burg of Loket stood in for a charming town in Montenegro. The Hotel St. Florian, a.k.a. "Hotel Svatý Florián" in Czech, offers 27 simple guest rooms as well as an excellent amber lager brewed on the premises. T.G. Masaryka 70, Loket, 011-420/352-685-109, hotel-loket.cz, doubles from $95.