The world's best bike-friendly accommodations
Planning a cycling holiday? Make things easy for yourself by bedding down in bike-friendly accommodation.
Bike tours take preparation, particularly if you are heading somewhere far from home. You need to figure out whether to bring your own bike or rent one upon arrival, whether to carry what you need in a pannier or arrange bag transportation. There are routes to consider, gear to be packed, training to be done – not to mention you will need to scope out good spots to stop for lunch. But there is one thing you can do to make things as easy as possible for yourself: choose a place to stay that doesn’t just tolerate but actively caters to cyclists. With everything from spacious and secure bike storage facilities to free bike-related tools, these bike-friendly accommodations welcome cyclists with open arms.
The bike-obsessed family who runs this hotel in northern Italy have covered all bases for touring cyclists. Their list of bike-related amenities is extensive and includes bike rentals, a bike wash area and secure storage facilities as well as a repair workshop complete with technical assistants. Guests who stay at the Belvedere will have a team of expert cycle guides at their disposal and can choose between daily guided tours aimed at various fitness levels. The hotel can even arrange for assistance and recovery in case of bike accidents, bike damage or should you simply overexert yourself. Breakfast, packed lunches and afternoon buffets keep cyclists energized while spa and wellness facilities provide ample space to stretch out, rest and recover after a long day’s ride.
Ibex Inn, Israel
Cyclists are welcomed year-round at this boutique hostel in southern Israel. Ibex staff, the vast majority of whom are keen bikers themselves, can help with logistics and route planning, directing guests toward the best cycling paths in and around the lunar-like Ramon crater. The inn’s café and social areas are the perfect place to recharge tired legs and consult with fellow cyclists about your upcoming riding plans. And if you haven’t brought your own bike, you can rent one from reception. The inn also serves as a great spot for offices looking to hold team-building trips that not only include bicycling but also hikes, jeep rides, wine tastings, dance classes and yoga sessions.
Friendly Bike Guesthouse, U.S.
Frequently named among the best bike cities in the U.S., Portland, Oregon is a shining example of a bike-friendly urban environment. Despite the regular rainfall, this city still has more bike commuters than most of its compatriots so it makes sense that its accommodation offerings would reflect its residents’ own love of bikes. This hostel, located less than two miles from downtown and the Riverside Loop cycling trail, makes things easy for cyclists traveling on a budget, offering an indoor bike lockup and a mechanic stand where guests can perform any necessary maintenance work on their rides.
Onomichi U2 Hotel, Japan
Housed in a converted warehouse in the Hiroshima Prefecture, this hotel bills itself as a “cycle hotel” and was designed especially with cyclists’ needs in mind. You won’t get any dirty looks for rocking up at breakfast in lycra cycling shorts or wheeling your bike into reception here. Guests can make use of the cycle-through café, rent tools and perform maintenance in dedicated bike repair spaces, stock up on gear in the in-house bike shop and store their bikes in the rooms’ wall-mounted racks. Rental bikes are also available and staff can help with shipping and receiving bicycles. And perhaps best of all, the hotel is located at the beginning of the Shimanami Kaido Bikeway, so you can roll out of bed and onto the saddle and start pedaling straight away.
Riding Fool Hostel, Canada
This bike-centric hostel, located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, is paradise for mountain bikers, boasting on-site storage facilities, a bike shop, bike rentals and staff with an intimate knowledge of the surrounding area’s bike trails. Top-notch riding routes abound on this wild island paradise, with tons of cross-country and all-mountain trails to be found in the nearby Cumberland Community Forest, Mount Washington and the Forbidden Plateau areas. The hostel also team up with local operator Island Mountain Rides to provide guided bike tour vacations, during which you will spend your days in the company of in-the-know bike guides who will show you around some of the island’s finest biking hotspots before returning to rest at the hostel.
Old Capital Bike Inn, Bangkok
This boutique inn in old town Bangkok has bags of character, with each individually designed room outfitted with antique furniture and quirky heritage-style decoration. Guests can borrow vintage bikes free of cost for two-wheel explorations around town, as well as joining in with one of the thrice-a-week complimentary night bikes tours, during which a knowledgeable leader brings guests on a cycling excursion around the lanes of Rattanakosin Island, showing them various monuments, temples, night markets and other points of interest.
Juniper Hotel, Canada
Part of the UNESCO-listed Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks site, Banff is nirvana for mountain bikers and road riders alike. The scenery – think unfathomably deep canyons, jewel-toned lakes and sky-scraping glacier-dotted mountains – may just be some of the finest you will ever see from the saddle. Avid cyclists are ten a penny at the Juniper and the hotel offers complimentary bike storage as well as bike rentals for those who couldn’t bring their own ride. Not all trails in Banff are open to cyclists, but staff at Juniper know the park like the back of their hands and can point guests toward suitable routes, whether they are yearning for muscle-testing uphill climbs, casual family-friendly lakeside cruises or thrill-a-minute downhill ride.
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