The best hotels provide more than just a place to sleep. All around the world, hotel bars serve up well-executed cocktails and craft beers alongside polished service and thoughtful decor. But sometimes accommodations and drinks merge at the next level, with rooms housed in the same facility where liquor and beer are made. These are 10 working distilleries and breweries where you can sample the goods during the day and lay your head at night. May you never go thirsty on vacation again.
Bowmore Cottages (Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Scotland)
Visit Islay’s oldest distillery and you can stay in cottages built in the 1840s that once housed distillery workers. As you would expect, the five unique rooms have been updated since then with comfortable beds, private bathrooms and sleek kitchens. Across the street, you’ll find the Harbour Inn, which offers seven additional rooms, plus an award-winning restaurant featuring local, seasonal dishes. Of course, you’ll want to carve out some time for a distillery tour and a stop at the Whisky Tasting Bar for a couple of drams.
BrewDog DogHouse (Columbus, Ohio)
Scotland’s BrewDog made a big investment stateside when it opened a 42-acre facility in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the brewery where it’s making popular beers such as Punk IPA and Vienna Lager, you can visit the taproom to sample the wares over a game of shuffleboard or pinball. And then there’s the hotel, with 32 beer-themed rooms ranging from the standard king to the spacious BrewMaster Suite with a separate living area. Naturally, all rooms have fully stocked beer fridges and draft beer on tap.
Calistoga Inn (Calistoga, California)
The historic Calistoga Inn is a great home base for wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. But if beer is on the agenda, you’ll be pleased to know that it has housed the Napa Valley Brewing Company since 1987. The small seven-barrel brewery makes five flagship beers, including pilsner, IPA and oatmeal stout, along with seasonal varieties. You can tour the facility with the brewmaster for a behind-the-scenes look at the operation and then adjourn to the restaurant for dinner before retiring to one of 17 rooms.
The Distillery (London)
On bustling Portobello Road in London’s West End, you’ll find The Distillery, an aptly named space considering it’s where Portobello Road gin is made. The working distillery and its three stills occupy the Ginstitute, a basement space where you can nose and taste your way through a gin-blending session to create your own bespoke blend. Upstairs, you have the Spanish bar and restaurant GinTonica, which specializes in—you guessed it—Spanish-style Gin & Tonics. There’s also the Resting Room, a classic cocktail bar. At night, you can retire to one of three double rooms. Each is bright, airy and comfortable, perfect for spending the night after a long day of drinking gin.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
Dogfish Inn (Lewes, Delaware)
Best known for its lineup of aggressively hopped IPAs, Dogfish Head also produces a wide range of spirits. It’s a busy company but not too busy to increase its Lewes, Delaware footprint by opening a 16-room hotel. The Dogfish Inn is a casual canal-adjacent basecamp for all things Dogfish, including brewery tours, tasting room visits and lunch at the on-site restaurant.
Hacienda La Caravedo (Ica, Peru)
Producing pisco since 1684, Destilería La Caravedo is the oldest distillery in the Americas. It’s responsible for Pisco Porton and a handful of expressions under the Caravedo name. The distillery also includes a small boutique hotel with five bungalows set among the green vineyards. Supplement a day of pisco tasting with lunch at the restaurant and a couple of hours by the pool with a Pisco Sour in hand, and you’ll confirm what you already suspected: You’re on vacation.
Matices Hotel de Barricas (Tequila, Mexico)
Lots of distillers let you sample spirits straight from the barrel. But only one lets you sleep inside a barrel. That would be Matices Hotel de Barricas, which is located on-property at the La Cofradia Distillery in Tequila, Mexico. Choose from 30 barrel-shaped rooms spread across the working distillery, each with a king or queen bed, rainfall shower, Wi-Fi and other modern trappings. Best of all, you’re always near a good drink. Visit the onsite bar for tequila samples and cocktails, eat regional Mexican dishes in the underground restaurant, and then go exploring the area by bike or horseback before retiring to your private barrel for a good night’s sleep.
Seaview Cottage (Ardbeg, Isle of Islay, Scotland)
Vacationing at a seaside cottage is always a nice idea. Vacationing at a seaside cottage that’s attached to a distillery? Well, that’s even better. And that’s exactly what you can do at Ardbeg, makers of the fiercely smoky scotch. The updated two-story, three-bedroom cottage was the former home of the distillery manager. It accommodates up to six guests and features a kitchen, dining room and living areas, plus easy access to tours, the tasting room and all the peaty sea air you can breathe.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
Tarnished Truth Distilling Company (Virginia Beach)
The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club lives up to its name. First opened in the 1920s, it has housed presidents and other famous guests including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and it’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After a recent renovation, it has returned to, or maybe surpassed, its former glory by adding a distillery to the property. Tarnished Truth installed its operation in the hotel’s former laundry room, becoming the first working distillery to be located inside an American hotel. Book a 45-minute tour, and you’ll end in the tasting room, where you can sample the brand’s bourbon, gin and vodka.
Zábřeh Chateau (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
The Zábřeh Chateau began brewing beer in 1574, which is the kind of history you appreciate when traipsing about the Eastern European countryside. The site’s rich brewing tradition was revived in 2007, when the hotel reopened after a significant renovation. You’ll be drinking Pikard, an unfiltered beer that’s available as a classic lager, dark lager or wheat beer. You’ll also be putting that Pikard on your body, as it’s used in the hotel’s private line of beer-infused cosmetics. You can even soak in wooden tubs full of the beer by booking an appointment at the beer spa, though a wine massage is also an option if you’re ready to mix things up.