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When setting out for a road bike vacation, where you stay matters. Yes, by the nature of the sport, any hotel located near a road will be enough to let you go road cycling, but not all hotels and hotel locations are made equal.
You want a place that won’t mind you wheeling your bike through the lobby, or care if you’re clomping around the breakfast buffet with bike shoes and head to toe lycra.
Better yet, you want a place with easy access to bike rentals, or a room of the latest Italian road bikes for that matter. You want a mechanic there who can fix anything so you get to do more relaxing. You want a location where you can ride every day for a week and never see the same road twice. You want an experienced guide who intimately knows the roads and a million route possibilities for every skill level.
Seems like a tall order, but hotels catering specifically to cyclists exist all over the world. So whether it’s a quick weekend getaway, or a once in a lifetime trip, these hotels will help make the vacation one to remember.
Garda Bike Hotel | Lake Garda, Italy
Located on the southern tip of Italy’s famed Lake Garda, the Garda Bike Hotel is the premier jumping-off point for cyclists looking to explore the Lake District’s world-class riding.
It’s not just a comfortable hotel in a perfect cycling locale; it’s catered to cyclists first and foremost (though non-cyclists can find plenty to do here too). The hotel leads several group rides per day, so riders of any level can find one that suits them, exploring lake rides, famed Giro d’Italia climbs, or even tackling gravel. Former three-time world champion Peter Sagan and his teammates used to stay here as a base for training camps, speaking to the quality of the nearby riding, not to mention the hospitality of family owners Alberto and Nicola Verdolin. And you don’t even need to travel with a bike to enjoy the experience thanks to the hotel’s fleet of Pinarello road bikes.
The Gravel House | Patagonia, Arizona, USA
You’ve probably heard of Patagonia — maybe just not this Patagonia. Located between Tucson and Nogales, Mexico, border town Patagonia, Arizona, quietly boasts some of the best gravel riding in the American Southwest. The Spirit World 100 gravel race runs its route from here, to the border and back, and wineries are also within striking distance, as is the biker-friendly Arizona Trail.
That’s also why you’ll find a gravel-cycling specific outpost here called, fittingly, The Gravel House. It’s comprised of three different houses that can host two, six, or eighteen guests, and each is equipped with a shared kitchen and a safe space to store bikes. Speaking of which, daily and weekly bike rentals are available if you’re traveling light.
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Leopold Hotel | Oudenaarde, Belgium
If you didn’t know you’re in the heart of the Belgian spring classics while visiting Oudenaarde, you’ll certainly realize it when you’re greeted by floor to ceiling black-and-white images of cycling’s heroes plastered on the walls at the Leopold Hotel.
This cycling-themed hotel is a cobblestone’s throw from all the famed Flemish bergs that define the spring classics. The Koppenberg, Paterberg, Muur van Geraardsbergen, they’re all here waiting to challenge you.
But first, get a good night’s rest at the Leopold. It’s an ideal basecamp for watching or riding the spring classics. The Tour of Flanders finishes in the Oudenaarde city center, just a few blocks away — it’s also where you’ll find the race’s very own dedicated museum (where else but Belgium could a bike race have a museum?) If you’re there to ride, not spectate, roll out from the hotel and you’ll find yourself suffering up the cobbled climbs in no time. When not riding, a bike room keeps your precious two-wheeler safe and sound.
Hotel Mas Pelegri | Girona, Spain
Few locations capture the hearts of cyclists quite like Girona. Go once and you’ll understand why so many professional cyclists call it home. When you’re looking to get a taste of some of Spain’s best riding, look to Hotel Mas Pelegri.
Located in the Spanish countryside, this hotel puts guests right in the heart of Girona’s best riding. Bike rentals and a mechanic are located on-site, along with bike storage. Staff will help you find a perfect route, whether you’re staying a day or a week.
It’s not just for cyclists, either. Triathletes will find themselves in a multi-sport training facility complete with a pool and running routes that are just as epic as the road riding. The hotel has enough routes for every activity that no guest will ever get bored.
Loge Camp | Bend, Oregon, USA (+16 more locations throughout the U.S.)
The Loge Camp is like any other hotel in Bend, Oregon. Except for being located in the woods in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor, and having bike and outdoor gear rentals right on site, and Adirondack chairs around fire pits for a summer-camp feel.
Okay, it has private rooms with a bed and shower, and that’s about where the similarities to standard hotels end. And even then, Loge rooms have a bed AND a hammock. Everything here is tailor made for cyclists and outdoorsy types to have a perfect time in the outdoors.
It’s not just Bend, Oregon, where you can find this experience. There are 17 locations spread across top outdoor destinations in the United States like Asheville, North Carolina, and Glacier National Park, Montana, each with amenities specific to that location’s most popular outdoor activities, be it ski lockers or wetsuit drying rooms. Be sure to see if a Loge Camp is available for your next getaway.