For Cyclists, By Cyclists: The Hotel Domestique in South Carolina
Two brothers, one a Tour de France cyclist and the other a real estate developer, have teamed up to create the cycle-themed Hotel Domestique in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina.
The hotel is located in Travelers Rest, a town whose name comes from the fact that it is situated up against the North Carolina mountains. Back in the day, travelers would often stop in the town and refuel before making the journey over the mountains. Today, that means prime real estate for bikers looking for easy access to the trails.
It will have a fitness studio, but we’re not quite sure why you would use it given the hotel’s location near Caesars Head State Park, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and Table Rock State Park. The 13-room property will cater to travelers with a passion for outdoor activities, especially cycling. The hotel will include small bike shop area with an on-site mechanic, specially designed bike storage room, BMC road and mountain bikes rentals, and mapped ride routes around the region.
Putting your feet up for a few won’t mean you have to cut yourself off from nature, though, as the hotel is designed to highlight the scenery when indoors. French doors and windows open each room up to the scenic views, and the lobby sports heavy-wood timbers and a view of the mountains. Even the bathrooms make use of earth-toned materials, such as river rock and forest-colored tiles.
Rates start at $295 per night and reservations can now be made online for stays starting August 29th. The in-house Restaurant 17, named after the number of times co-owner George Hincapie rode in the Tour de France, will open sometime this fall. Hotel Domestique will soon complete the construction of an 82-foot pool this fall. See the sketch of the property below.
Photos: [Hotel Domestique]