Base Camp Hostel, Bonn – Quirky, Unique accommodation in Europe
Basecamp is one of the most unusual places to stay in Europe. If you are seeking quirky places to stay when on holiday in Germany, this one might just fit the brief.
My expectations of this indoor caravan hostel in Bonn were packed way back last year when I first saw it on the internet. Base Camp Hostel did not fail to meet those expectations either!
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This huge building is one of the more unusual holiday destinations, perfect for singles, couples, families, and groups, it is one of the best places to stay in Europe.
Approaching the hostel, it looked closed in the gloomy winter weather. As mentioned, my expectations were packed already and the thought that the Base Camp hostel might be closed was not to be considered (we had not managed to get online and book beforehand).
A gentle pull of the big door… and we were greeted to such an awesome hostel. Even better than expected. A massive warehouse full of vintage and retro caravans and campers all set up for indoor camping. Vintage camping at its best!
Choosing which quirky one to stay in was not easy!
We wanted the pink one, named ‘Drag Queen’, but she was booked already!
After a bit of manic running around peeking at all the ‘blinged’ campers and caravans, the girls both excitedly claimed the flower power VW camper!
… this was really more suited as a two-person sleeper even though it can take three, but we loved it anyway. Especially as we will no doubt never own such a gorgeous little vehicle!
Wi-Fi, totally free… showers with huge shower heads on them and pictures of lovely little birds on the shower curtains – tied on with plastic cable ties!
Even the toilets are given the ‘Base Camp’ treatment and most had 3D images on the toilet seat lid, as well as patterned paper in a frame… I just had to grab a shot of the British version…
The girls had a bit of a laugh pretending to drive our VW camper – it even has tires in top condition!
The Base camp hotel has caravans and campers for up to 16 people. Even a camper tent on top of a little blue car, the sort one could imagine Harry Potter and his matey Ron driving around in!
Quite a few of the caravans are vintage, with a twist.
Plenty of chill out areas to lounge about in and a totally relaxed feel, make this hostel one to put on any bucket list! People of all ages are welcomed, there is also a van decked out for a family with little kiddie bikes in the ‘garden’!
We had not stopped to grab supplies for dinner and did not want to leave our new home, so decided to just have porridge from our depleted caravan pantry that night!
It is rather amusing that we are towing our own little 11 ft caravan, complete with en-suite so that we do not have to pay to stay anywhere and can cook on the road. Such was the allure of coming to this funky place to stay!
An extra day traveling to get here and a lot of fuel… plus actually paying for accommodation! Well worth the fun, though.
Cool places to stay are often hard to find, but this unusual hostel is one of the best we stayed in during our travels in Europe.
The base Camp hostel is not overpriced considering the effort and fun these hostel owners have put into the place. Even as I sit here writing this post, they are working on various projects and were more than happy to allow us to stay here a few hours after the official check out time!
For a fun and quirky holiday or weekend getaway, we cannot recommend the Base Camp Hostel enough. It is a special place to stay and would be ideal for groups and anyone looking for unusual holiday accommodation.
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We reluctantly left Basecamp and headed north to visit a friend at the very top end of Denmark … via the back roads as much as possible as we tend to be blown around on the motorways of Europe with our 11-foot caravan!
One of the best places we visited with kids was the Cinque Terre in Italy, camping and hiking between the 5 gorgeous villages.