Eco-Friendly German Hotels

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  1. Principessa

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    I am not down with this. This is ludicrous and stupid!

    My ancestors had similar accomodations only it was called slavery and they didn't have to pay for the 'privilege' of sleeping on hay 10 yards from livestock.

    See this is why black people often think white people are crazy. :tongue:

    Perfect Places to Hit the Hay in Germany
    October 19, 2008
    By DEBORAH KOLBEN

    WAKING up in a strange hotel can be disorienting. Now imagine staying down the hall from 60 cows, 2 goats and a baby rabbit. Oh, and you’re sleeping on a pile of hay.

    Leave it to the Germans to combine livestock with lodging. In the last decade, hundreds of farms throughout Germany have transformed old barns and potato warehouses into heuhotels, or hay hotels, where guests spend the night on a bed of dried grass.

    The eco-friendly hotels (no sheets to change) are cheap and appeal to the country’s many cyclists, nature lovers and outdoorsy families. Sleeping accommodations range from open lofts filled with bales of hay, to feed stalls furnished with wooden platforms. And while a few hotels have added more civilized amenities like privacy curtains and bottles of wine to take to bed, most still require that guests bring their own sleeping bag and towels.

    One of the quirkiest is Herrenhaus Salderatzen (49-5849-971-018; www.salderatzen.de), a handsome barn in the tiny village of Salderatzen, 70 miles southeast of Hamburg. The big open hayloft, which can sleep about 40, is decorated with two ceramic chickens and a portrait of a donkey. The rate is 14 euros a person a night, about $19.50 at $1.39 to the euro, with breakfast.

    It may not be a honeymoon suite, but the hotel does host about a dozen weddings a year. In fact, newlywed couples often spend their first night in the barn. “For lovers, there’s nothing more exciting than a night on the hay,” said Heinz Laing, a former Greenpeace activist who runs the hotel. (For those who prefer to sleep on a real mattress, the hotel also offers a dozen regular rooms.)

    Barnyard nuptials may be a growing trend. At the Kleyhauers Heuhotel in Wangerland, near the North Sea (49-4461-700-092; www.kleyhauers-ferienbauernhof.de), couples can check into the “bridal suite." For 23 euros each, the bride and groom will find a small platform of hay for two, a bottle of sekt and Christmas lights strung in the shape of a heart. (Other hay rooms are 14.5 euros, with breakfast.)

    Never mind that there is a herd of smelly cows in the adjoining stall. In the morning, you can enjoy the freshest milk with your muesli.

    Bavaria is home to one of the most extreme hay hotels. Bett im Kornfeld (49-171-362-9608; www.bett-im-kornfeld.de) in the spa town of Bad Kissingen has done away with walls and barns entirely. For two weeks in August, guests can sleep under the stars in the middle of a wheat field on 19 beds constructed of hay for 15 euros, including breakfast. Amenities include a brass bed with a “mattress” of loose hay.

    Toilets are housed in a construction trailer, and there’s a rustic outdoor shower under an apple tree. Don’t expect small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, or even a bar of soap.

    A list of hay hotels throughout Germany can be found on www.heuhotels.de, a Web site created by an association for farm vacations and hay hotels. Another site, in German only, like the others, www.heuhotelferien.de, specializes in Lower Saxony.
     
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    *BUMP*
     
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    Well I thought it sounded quite fun in a way. And cheap (affordable). But then I used to enjoy camping.
     
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    My idea of roughing it is a hotel which doesn't offer 24 hour room service. This place will never do.

    As for the camping, my cousin won't let her son join the Boy Scouts because she doesn't want to do the camping. :rolleyes: She said she was in the Army and that's enough camping for her. :tongue:
     
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    I fail to see how this is new. Once a long time ago when there was no room in the inn someone very special stay in a barn.
     
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