Are you looking for the best cycling hotels for your next trip?
Sometimes it’s nice to get inspiration for your cycling holiday by starting with an idea for a fantastic, bike friendly hotel you really want stay in. Finding the right hotel for your cycling trip can make a big difference - somewhere that really understands a cyclist’s needs, rather than just superficially trying to attract cyclists in order to fill rooms during shoulder season.
We’ve written this article to share our pick of the best cycle hotels we’ve come across during our travels in Europe. They’re a mix of the hotels we’ve most enjoyed staying in or most wanted to stay in.
We hope our list helps you have a fantastic cycling trip!
Let us know what you think of our choice, and share the hotels you think should have made our list, in the comments below!
Things you need to know before you book a cycling hotel
Hotels v cycling hotels
Many hotels call themselves bicycle friendly hotels and say they cater to cyclists, but really it’s all a bit superficial.
They tolerate cyclists as a useful means of filling their hotel at quiet periods of the year, but they don’t actively embrace cyclists and properly cater to their needs.
By way of example, there’s a huge difference between staying somewhere that turns a blind eye to you sneaking your bike into your room and one that has a state of the art, CCTV monitored, locked bike store and asks whether you’d prefer to keep your bike in your room or in their bike room. You’re going to feel a whole lot more relaxed in the latter than the former!
What we look for in bike friendly hotels
For us the two big questions are, what bike-specific facilities are there on the premises? And how easy is it to access the best rides?
If you find a really good cycling hotel, they’ll have nailed both these points.
But on top of this, the best of the best often also offer something unique and personal about them. There’s often a big personality behind the hotel - usually in the form of one or more of the owners being passionate cycling fan(s). A bit of passion goes a long way in our book!
Location of the best road bike hotels
Not all cycling holiday destinations seem to have a well-developed cycling hotel scene.
When you look at our pick, you’ll see that they are only in Spain and Italy!
Rather than pick hotels just for the sake of having a destination represented, we wanted this article to focus on the hotels that meet our “best of” standards even if that means some places aren’t covered. That’s not to say that there aren’t some great places to stay in other destinations – it’s just we’re being quite picky with the hotels we’ve featured here!
If you want to cycle in a destination not listed here, check out our in-depth destination guide to that area and see our pick of the best hotels in that area (just because they’re not in this “best of the best” list, doesn’t mean they aren’t great places to stay!).
In particular, Italy seems to have a preponderance of really good road cycling-specific hotels - perhaps testament to the fact cycling in Italy is part of the culture and also the fact cyclists love to visit Italy.
Now we just need the rest of the world to catch up!
A final thought
Before you hit book, don't forget the practicalities!
Examples of things you should check include whether you can get the time off work, travel and pet arrangements - and in this post-Covid world - things like the cancellation terms for your booking, government travel advice (the UK page is here) and that your travel insurance will cover you (our tips on that are here) are particularly important...
But now onto the fun stuff! Our pick of Europe's best cycling hotels!
Our pick of the best 8 cycling hotels in Europe
All the cycling hotels listed here are places we've stayed ourselves/which we have heard are excellent for cyclists. Full disclosure: unless stated, none of the hotels have paid to be listed here. The links to the hotels are affiliate links and if you use one to book, we may earn a small commission. Please read our disclosure policy for further information.
In no particular order:
Cycling hotels Italy
1. Garda bike hotel, Lake Garda, Italy
‘Enjoy Garda’ bike hotel is a modern and recently-renovated four-star hotel located close to the south shore of Lake Garda. Run by cycling-mad brothers Alberto and Nicola, the hotel offers tailored cycling holidays with daily guided bike tours along a variety of flat, hilly and mountain routes. There are daily tours each day; there’s no day off, and you can arrive and depart when you want.
Within the hotel is the Pinarello bike rental centre, where you’ll find a large range of bikes to hire. A variety of bike holiday packages are available at the hotel including guided or self-guided rides, cycling events and gran fondos. The hotel also has a bike room with an alarm, workshop and wash-down area as well as a free daily laundry service.
The unlimited supply of water, energy drinks, bananas and sandwiches that are provided during rides.
There are lots of different packages, so check what’s included to pick the best one for you.
Cyclists wanting a program of guided rides with small groups limited to 8 to 10 cyclists.
We visited Lake Garda on a non-cycling holiday (shock, horror) some years ago, so don’t have a destination guide to Lake Garda. Apologies!
2. Il Perlo Panorama, Lake Como, Italy
Hotel Il Perlo Panorama is a family run hotel located on a forested hillside overlooking Lake Como, in the ideal location for exploring the shores of Lake Como and the steep mountain road cycling routes from Bellagio to the southern Brianza hills. It’s also on the way up to the fantastically famous Madonna del Ghisallo. Meals can be enjoyed on the hotel’s terrace while you enjoy the most wonderful lake and mountain views.
It may be a two star hotel, but it offers a bike rental service, a bike repair workshop, a bike washing station, a bike store with video surveillance. Guided tours can be arranged or if you prefer to go off on your own, GPS or paper maps of routes will be provided. There’s also a laundry service and, should you need it, van assistance and medical assistance is available.
The breathtakingly beautiful location of this hotel on a hill overlooking Lake Como
The hotel bar closes at 10pm
Anyone looking to stay amidst stunning scenery
We only visited Lake Como for a few days, so sadly didn’t get a chance to write a full guide to this fantastic destination.
3. Hotel Funivia bike hotel, Bormio, Italy
Hotel Funivia is a family-friendly three-star bike hotel located just outside the Stelvio Natural Park in Bormio, Italy. From here you can cycle the iconic Passo dello Stelvio, the second highest Alpine pass, as well as the incredible Gavia and Mortirola; so quite a few classic climbs on your doorstep! The hotel features a wellness area with a pool, sauna and Turkish bath to provide relaxation after a long day on the road. Cyclists can also enjoy ‘tea-time’ when they return each afternoon.
Often cited as one of the best cycling hotels in Italy, Hotel Funivia has a range of facilities for cyclists including secure bike storage with video surveillance, a cycling laundry service, a repair workshop and a recovery service, should you find yourself in difficulty on the road.
The hotel provides a roadbook with detailed cycling routes and suggested itineraries.
SOME OF THE ROOMS ARE A LITTLE ON THE SMALL SIDE
COUPLES INCLUDING A NON-CYCLIST, AS THE HOTEL HAS FANTASTIC SPA FACILITIES
Check out our guide to cycling around Bormio.
4. Hotel La Perla, Corvara, Dolomites, Italy
Hotel La Perla is a five-star luxury bike hotel in the Dolomites. This historic family-run hotel offers Michelin star cuisine and features a stunning indoor pool and spa, as well as a huge wine cellar which stores over thirty thousand bottles! Visits to the wine cellar can be arranged free of charge.
Cyclists are given the option to store their bikes in the dedicated bike room or to take them to their bedroom. There are daily afternoon snacks on offer for cyclists returning from rides around the many bike routes around Sellaronda and the Dolomites.
The Pinarello Lounge: a room with bicycles displayed on the walls, belonging to cycling heroes such as Nani Pinarello and Bradley Wiggins
If you take a sauna, nudity is the norm
Foodies and wine lovers
Read our full guide to cycling the Dolomites here.
5. Belvedere cycling hotel, Riccione, Italy
The Belvedere bike hotel, Riccone, offers welcoming four-star accommodation in the ideal location to cycle to historic hilltop towns such as San Marino, Gradara or Urbino. The hotel features a 450 square-metre spa and wellness centre offering a large choice of different massages.
The hotel offers up to five guided tours each day to suit different abilities as well as a support van. There’s a secure bike store room with alarms and cameras, a bike wash area, repair workshop and free 12-hour laundry service. Cyclists will never go hungry with the large buffet breakfast, a packed lunch with a sandwich, banana and energy drink for your ride, an afternoon buffet when you return and an evening buffet with free wine.
The evening barbecues and party nights with dancing by the pool or on the beach
All the food is buffet-style and not the best for those with special diets
Those looking to combine cycling with relaxing on the beach
We visited Riccione many years before we started Epic Road Rides, so there’s no destination guide to Riccione, sorry!
6. Hotel Dory bike hotel, Riccione, Italy
The modern and elegant Hotel Dory is a four-star luxury bike hotel located in the centre of Riccone, with its own private beach. Itineraries from here pass through sixteenth-century villages, olive groves and medieval fortresses or you can take longer tours to Rome, Florence or Siena which include stopovers on the way. The hotel features a beautiful restaurant and a wellness area with swimming pool, two whirlpool tubs, aroma grotto, waterfalls, geysers, sauna and Turkish bath.
For cyclists, there’s a safe storeroom which can accommodate 150 bicycles, a fully-equipped workshop and bike wash and a laundry service with show drying facilities. Cyclists can participate in a variety of guided excursions and there’s a support van available for the most demanding itineraries.
Each evening there’s a meeting where the guides talk about routes, local curiosities and give cycling tips
The cycling calendar revolves around a Saturday arrival and a Wednesday rest day so if you arrive on a different day you might find yourself out of sync.
Couples including non-cyclists as there’s a daily programme of activities such as walking tours, food tastings and excursions via minibus which meet up with the cyclists
Note: Like the Belvedere bike hotel, Hotel Dory is also based in Riccione. We have included it because this is where we actually stayed (rather than the Belvedere). It's another passionately cycling orientated hotel and a great choice for those on a smaller budget than those at the Belvedere.
We visited Riccione many years before we started Epic Road Rides, so there’s no destination guide to Riccione, sorry!
Cycling hotels Spain
7. Sport Hotel Villa Concha, Port de Pollenca, Mallorca
When it comes to Majorca cycling hotels, the SportHotel Villaconcha is hard to beat. This four-star hotel and apartment complex is located in Puerto Pollensa, 200 yards from the beautiful sandy beach at the foothills of the Tramuntara. Puerto Pollensa is where Bradley Wiggins has his second home and you’ll find a great variety of routes to suit all abilities which can be accessed from this location.
After a long day of cycling, guests can relax in the spa which features a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and swimming pool. There’s also a heated outdoor pool. Facilities for cyclists include secure bike storage in the dedicated bicycle garage with lockers, a repair workshop, bike wash and free laundry service. There’s a bike rental shop right next door.
The varied buffet which has show-cooking and is open for most of the day
The hotel offers evening entertainment, but this finishes around 9.30 pm
Families, as there’s a fantastic kids’ waterpark, bouncy castle and kids’ club.
Check out our guide to cycling Mallorca.
8. Cordial Mogan Playa, Gran Canaria
If you’re looking for the best Gran Canaria cycling hotel, you need look no further than the four-star Cordial Mogan Playa. This large hotel is set in over 48,000 square-metres of botanical gardens, just a short stroll from the beach at Puerto de Mogan. From here, there are lots of great coastal cycling routes to take along the south coast of Gran Canaria and into the mountains.
The hotel features two huge swimming pools and cyclists can relax in the hot tub, enjoy a massage in the spa or enjoy sports such as tennis, bowling or giant chess. The hotel also has its very own Freemotion bike hire shop which offers daily guided road bike tours.
Wandering around the beautiful botanical gardens
There’s an extra charge for laundry
Foodies, as the hotel has a Michelin-starred a la carte restaurant as well as a buffet restaurant
Read our guide to cycling Gran Canaria here.
We'd love to know what you think of our selection. Have you stayed at any of these hotels? How did you find them? Is there an amazing cycling hotel in Europe that we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!
We've got loads of articles to inspire your cycling holidays - for example our list of the best cycling destinations in France and Spain and our guide to the best cycling events in Europe and the world.
You might also find our guide to booking a cycling tour helpful.
If you're after more in-depth information on the best cycling destinations, head to our destinations page where you'll find links to our in-depth guides to cycling destinations around the world, including France, Spain, Italy and USA.
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