Looking for a revved up hotel stay that’s sure to get your engines going? Look no further than the V8 Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany.
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Home to big brands like Mercedes and Porsche, the city of Stuttgart is an auto enthusiast’s dream. Luxe rides like Lambroghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris are everywhere and the no-speed-limit Autobahn is on its doorstep, so it makes sense that this city about two hours south of Frankfurt is also home to one of the world’s top car themed hotels.
The V8 Hotel Stuttgart
If you’re anything like me, when you were a kid you thought it would be uber-cool to have a bed shaped like a race car. Well, your eight-year-old self will be stoked on this stay, since you’ll get to sleep in an actual restored classic car.
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The V8 Hotel has more than 150 rooms spread out between two different buildings: the classic building which opened in 2009, and the new hotel that was built in 2018. A lobby, bar and restaurant are located in the new building, while both have their own spa and fitness area.
No detail was overlooked in the design, from the light installation fashioned out of hubcaps to the Gulf coffee mugs at the coffee station to the benches and lobby desk made to look like a car’s interior. The Arthur Bechtel dealership is connected to the main entrance, with showstopping classic cars on display just steps away.
Car themed rooms at the V8 Hotel
There are 26 car themed rooms in this Stuttgart hotel, with touches like chairs designed to look like racing helmets or tailgates, and room numbers mimicking license plates.
Every single one is unique, and designed by artists who salvage real vehicles to create things like headboards, tables and benches. The cars’ former owners are known to get a kick out of seeing their once-unusable rides get a new lease on life, and often check-in to the V8 Hotel themselves to see how it all turned out.
Those with a need for speed will want to reserve the ‘British Racing’ room with a forest-green Jaguar, the popular Petrol Head which is an ode to the Martini Porsche Boxster, or the ‘Grandprix Originals’ and ‘Racing’ that have podiums, stop lights or trophies.
Other fun picks include ‘Off Road’ featuring a Jeep, Route 66 which will give you the urge to head off on an American road trip, the colourful ‘Gas Station’ and ‘Tuning’ that has a bed on hydraulics and looks right into a showroom.
For a high-octane stay, book into the Mercedes Suite. This four-level wonder boasts a kitchen, living room, two bathrooms, rooftop terrace and its own private sauna.
The V8 Hotel is also family-friendly, with spaces that fit up to five people via extra beds or connecting rooms. Drive-In Cinema is perfect for movie lovers, and you’ll feel like you’re in Hollywood thanks to its red carpet and film reels around the vanity.
The artist behind V8 Camp absolutely nailed the camping theme, from the luggage holder with tongs that makes it look like a BBQ, to the bathroom that’s painted like an outhouse (but is MUCH cleaner and with no bugs, natch).’
Even if you don’t book one of the themed rooms, the Double, Single, Accessible rooms and Junior Suites still have huge, cool murals and touches like vehicle-shaped pens and soap. There are also serviced apartments with a kitchenette and separate seating area. Click here to book
The V8 Hotel Germany is located in Böblingen, a 20 minute drive from downtown Stuttgart and half an hour from the Porsche and Mercedes museums (it’s worth buying this Stuttgart Card which includes admission to both, as well as many other attractions). It’s in the heart of Motorworld, which is basically the ultimate destination for supercars.
The area was originally the Stuttgart airport before serving as an American military base in 1945, and eventually transformed into the current complex that’s home to nine different car brands and showrooms including Bentley, Maserati and McLaren.
Car shows are often hosted in the convention centres, and it’s not uncommon to find your vehicle surrounded in the parking lot by the likes of Porsche Speedsters and tricked-out Lambos. Entrance is free, and there are multiple restaurants, a brewery, cigar room, boutiques and an exhibition area with a priceless collection of high-performance cars on display.
For the ultimate experience, book one of the Drive It packages that includes accommodation, breakfast and borrowing a Mercedes, Tesla or Porsche sports car to race around town in or zip over to the Black Forest.
Whether you consider yourself an auto enthusiast or don’t know the difference between an axel and a strut, a stay at the V8 Hotel is an unforgettable way to experience Germany’s car capital and a must-do in Stuttgart. Click here to book
Globe Guide visited the V8 Hotel as a guest of the property. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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