In Travel on Sunday 16th Sep, 2018

Latest caravan trend sweeping Europe is perfect for over-60s

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Camping is definitely not for everyone, which is why glamping was invented. And now German budget hotel, Hüttenpalast, has taken it one step further and turned caravanning into a luxurious hotel experience.

The hotel in Berlin has essentially converted an old 600 square-metre vacuum factory into an indoor camping site filled with refurbished vintage caravans, retro-themed wooden cabins and traditional loft-style hotel rooms. 

With an unassuming front entrance located in busy Berlin, customers enter through reception into a tranquil garden where they can relax and enjoy a breakfast buffet for just AU$16 per person. You can also rent bikes from reception to travel through Berlin between spring and autumn.

The hotel is then split into three halls, each as eclectic as the next. Hall one boasts three caravans and three wooden cabins. The wood used for one of the cabins was actually taken from the original production rooms of the factory that stood nearly one hundred years ago. 

Hall two is littered with fantastic vintage caravans that would impress even the biggest anti-camper. The terrifically designed area has five caravans and one tree-house themed cabin. While the interiors of each room are definitely incredible, the funky exterior design gives them a run for their money.

The final area is dedicated to the traditional hotel rooms for those who prefer their own space. Unlike the other two halls, these rooms have their own en-suites, however that’s as close to civilisation as they get. As the hotel owners are campers at heart, they pride themselves on no televisions, no minibars and no fitted carpets. 

While the distinctive caravans and cabins are unlike any other camping grounds in the world, the hotel still has shared bathrooms and showers to steer closer to its camping roots. However, sheets, towels and most amenities are all supplied for you.

With a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor, reviewers have raved about the comfort and uniqueness of the indoor caravan park.

The only down side? The caravans aren’t soundproof. So if you’re a light sleeper it might be worth booking into the cabins or hotel rooms where you’re less likely to hear the activities of your neighbours.

The fast-spreading trend has now even been picked up in Bristol, UK, where rather than purchasing just one caravan for your time, you purchase the entire space, which includes five caravans. This option seems to be more popular with groups travelling together. 

Hüttenpalast has stayed true to its motto of “peace to the huts and war upon the palaces” by putting a whole new spin on the idea of glamping. If you’re looking for something completely unique and memorable in Berlin, this is definitely the first place to head.

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