People across the globe tend to look for an old world charm and a sense of nostalgia in almost everything. Hence, it comes as little surprise that boat hotels are gaining popularity. These hotels are well equipped with all the luxuries of the modern world but provide a sense of nostalgia that many travelers are looking for. And while some of the boat hotels have served as cruises, others were built solely for the purpose of accommodating tourists and visitors. Below is a list of some of the most popular floating hotels from across the globe.
Located on the Princess Royal Island in Canada, the lodge is fit for a king! Surrounded by the Great Bear Rainforest and accessible only via a hydroplane, the lodge provides its visitors with a view to die for and a surreal escape for the hustle and bustle of the city life.
In 2006, this stunning 17 room lodge made headlines for its role in establishing protection for the 21 million-acre Great Bear Rainforest, which surrounds the property. King Pacific strives for efficiencies on the floating barge with filtration facilities that use glacial river water, a food and beverage program based on locally sourced ingredients, and plans for a river-hydro plant and solar panels to reduce energy use. Moreover the company has committed to halving its carbon footprint by the end of 2012.
One always expects a sense of glamor and luxury from Los Angeles and The Queen Mary does exactly that. The luxury liner that once served as a transport for troops during the World War 2, now remains permanently docked at Long Beach. Visitors can either spend a night in the 1930s themed cruise or go on a guided tour during the day.
Art plays a prominent role in the décor of the Queen Mary with elaborate murals, paintings, sculptures and wood carvings found throughout the ship. Leading proponents of the Art Deco movement were commissioned by Cunard to create unique and contemporary pieces of art work, many of which can still be found on the ship today. Some of the most famous works are murals by Doris Zinkeisen, whose work echoed themes of mythology, animals and nature, abstracted into pure form. Today, the Queen Mary is widely considered one of the best examples and landmarks of Art Deco style in the world.
Staying in this hotel might just make you want to pack all your belongings and move to France. Located in Arles, France, Le Boatel provides its visitors with the unique opportunity of wining and dining while looking at birds hunt for fish along the canal. You can even work that stress away with a relaxing spa that is available on-board. Le Boatel offers a perfect haven to enjoy a peaceful tête-à-tête along the stream and to experience the subtle tastes of mediterranean and mostly organic cuisine, from the hands of Philippe Legardinier.
Yellow Submarine Hotel
“We all live in a yellow submarine…” croons Paul McCartney in the popular 1966 Beatles’ track, the yellow submarine. Hence, one tends to wonder if the inspiration behind this particular floating hotel are the Beatles themselves. Located in Liverpool, England, the hotel is painted in psychedelic colors reminiscent of the 1960s and the 1970s era and is owned by Alfie Bubbles. While the hotel may not have some of the facilities offered by rivals, it contains some of the Beatles’ gold records and is a must visit for all Beatles’ fans. The prices are still not cheap. Rooms will cost £149 per night, from Monday to Thursday, and £299 and £350 from Friday to Sunday.
The aforementioned list of world-renowned hotels serves a plethora of visitors each year. Therefore, visitors are advised to book their accommodation in advance. Whether it is a luxury liner or a yellow submarine, there is a floating hotel to suit everyone’s sensibilities.