During a recent pit-stop at Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, California, I noticed a windmill hotel across the road, and made a mental note to find out more about it. It is not the hotel above. It's a Days Inn, respectable enough – but sadly nowhere near as cool as this one, the d-hotel, farther afield in Kortrijk, Belgium.
d-hotel is another of those great hotels that marry a historical site with futuristic design. So there's the windmill, dating back to 1841, with an inner farmhouse square. And then there's the dramatically straight-lined, ultra-contemporary glass and concrete bunker beside it.
The hotel is full of quirky design and cool touches, like the iPod Touch guests are greeted with upon arrival, as a sort of personal assistant during their stay.
And the windmill tech is brought bang up to date with two vertical design windmills on the grounds which help power the hotel, along with solar panels on its roof.
At the d-hotel, you'll find a spa called d-mixx, a lounge bar called d-drinxx and two multifunctional spaces, d-boxx and d-maxx, plus 44 rooms (d-rooms?).
It looks great, and I'd be happy to trade Buellton for Belgium any day. RM