Peek Inside the World's First Sandcastle Hotels
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Ever wanted to stay overnight in a sandcastle? Well, now you can, at two pop-up properties in the Netherlands. The Zand Hotels are entirely made of sedimentary materials and designed to celebrate the sand festivals in the Dutch towns of Oss and Sneek.
The castle-hotels will be dismantled when the festivals in each city conclude — the last week in September for Sneek, and the first week in October for Oss — but no ocean waves will be employed in the process. (All photos courtesy of Zand Hotels, unless otherwise noted.)
A one-night stay at either castle-hotel costs €150 (about $168) per night, and each property allows you to stay for up to two weeks at a time. However, this year's opportunity has blown away like so much sand in the wind, as both properties are entirely booked for this season.
Don't worry, though, because these sand hotels will be built again next year for the same sand festivals in both Oss and Sneek. And GlobalPowWow, the event-concept company that created these hotels, says that sand hotels may also come to the UK and Germany in the near future.
In the meantime, it's fun to take a virtual peek inside these sandy structures. Each one-room suite offers running water, electricity, windows, a king-size bed (thankfully not made of sand) and even carpeting. Other amenities include coffee and tea in the reception area, a personal tour of the particular town's sand festival, a full breakfast, a bottle of Prosecco (Champagne has an additional cost), fresh fruit in your room, Ritual bath amenities and Wi-Fi access.
Here are some fun facts about these Dutch sandcastle hotels:
- The Zand Hotel in Sneek features Asian-style sand decor, complete with dragons.
- The Zand Hotel in Oss has a medieval theme.
- Approximately 1,750,000 pounds of sand were used to create each hotel.
- A team of four or five sand experts/crafters was needed in order to construct each hotel and each took between one-two months to construct.
- Apparently, there are wood-framed beams and walls beneath the sand, so the hotel is structurally safe.
Both Sneek and Oss are each about a 1 ½-hour drive from Amsterdam (Sneek to the North and Oss to the South), and even though the hotels are fully booked, you can still check out the festivals and the exteriors of these hotels.
For more info on Amsterdam, check out our Destination of the Week post and review of the Andaz Amsterdam, and keep in mind that WOW Air now flies to Amsterdam from Boston — so if you're lucky, you may just snag a deal for $99, one way.
Another Sandy Hotel Venture
Technically, the Zand Hotels are only the first sandcastle hotels that also include roofs, plumbing and other amenities you likely associate with sleeping indoors. The Sandcastle Hotel in Weymouth, England, offers castle walls, beds made of sand and family rooms, but little else.
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