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Six Unique Railway Stays for Train Buffs

Staying in a converted train carriage or a former train station is a dream come true for train buffs. With 41%* of global travelers planning to pick a destination to travel to based on whether or not they have a unique accommodation options, and 29%** of travelers planning to stay in an accommodation that is “Instagrammable”, we present six railway stays to help inspire travelers looking for a unique stay experience. From authentically-converted Pullman railway carriages that capture the nostalgic glamor of rail travel to a train stay permanently stationed on a historic bridge high above a national park, there is something for train buffs of all ages. 
 

The Old Railway Station, Petworth, United Kingdom

Featuring authentically-converted Pullman railway carriages, this unique bed and breakfast is a former Petworth Railway Station, built in 1892, in the South Downs National Park. Guests arrive at the restored wooden station building, which was built in the Victorian times, and will spend the night in a historic train carriage, which is now modernly designed from the inside. If the weather is good, guests can start their day with a delicious breakfast on the station platform, before visiting the beautiful market town of Petworth or enjoy a 20 minute drive through the British countryside to discover the nearby Amberley Castle, a 900-year-old West Sussex castle within medieval walls.


Kruger Shalati - The Train on The Bridge, Skukuza, South Africa
 

Permanently stationed on the historic Selati Bridge, high above the Sabie River in South Africa's iconic Kruger National Park, this stunning train has been transformed to a unique lodge with glass-walled train rooms and a marvelous Instagrammable pool overlooking the park’s crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and elephants. Offering the same experience travelers had about 100 years ago when their train would park overnight in the exact spot, this unforgettable stay is a must-do experience for everyone.  

 

The Crawford Hotel at Union Station, Colorado, United States
 

Located in downtown Denver, a short walk from Ball Arena, The Crawford Hotel at Union Station is right above the iconic Denver Union Station. The landmark station opened in 1881 and has been restored to be the heart and soul of downtown Denver. Guests can enter the hotel through the once again bustling railway station and spend the night at the vibrant transit hub. Each of the hotel rooms tells a different story, with some rooms recreating the romance of train travel, while others hosting beautiful “Colorado-curated” collections of art and artifacts.

 

Hapuku Carriages Kaikōura, Kaikoura, New Zealand
 

Just a short walk from the beach, Hapuku Carriages Kaikōura offers a unique overnight experience in a restored railway carriage. Built in 1921, the carriage was situated on a farm in Waiau for many years, and carefully restored into this cozy place to stay , which now also has a Booking.com Travel Sustainable badge for the measures taken to offer its guests a more sustainable stay.  Guests can relax at the outdoor bathtub overlooking the mountains and the kiwi blue sky, while listening to  the sounds of  nearby trains passing by and the ocean lapping at the nearby shore. 

 

Station Amstelveen, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
 

Situated in the town of Amstelveen, just a short drive from the city center of Amsterdam, this charming bed and breakfast is a former historic train station from 1915. Featuring rustic, cozy and comfortable rooms, this Travel Sustainable property managed to keep the original train station feeling. The property is facing the old rail tracks, and its beautiful gift shop used to be the station’s ticket office. The iconic red brick, three storey station is close to little shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as to the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest), Amsterdam's largest park and recreational area. If the weather is nice traveler’s can bike to the vibrant city of Amsterdam to visit its world famous museums and enjoy a variety of activities like a canal cruise or cheese tasting.   
 

Alojamiento Vagón Rural, Murcia, Spain
 

Set in Murcia, near the Roman Bridge and the Murcia Bullring, Alojamiento Vagón Rural offers a unique stay in a historic  train carriage from the 1950s, which has now been transformed into a vintage style apartment. This wagon apartment is located next to other wagons, forming a large terrace like a train station, in a very quiet residential green area. Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool, or relax in the garden and use the barbecue facilities..  The property is situated in an area where guests can engage in fun outdoor activities such as windsurfing, cycling and fishing. Visitors to Murcia should also consider a private walking tour to see Murcia’s famous landmarks and hear remarkable facts and stories about the city from a local guide.

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*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.

**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.