Hotel, Boatel
A new wave in the hospitality industry is afloat...literally
Life / 4 Aug 2011
As unique lodging alternatives become more accessible, more travellers are opting for accommodations that offer a story to share with friends. Indeed, hanging out in a sceney hotel bar no longer holds the same cool cred as, say, staying overnight in a 100-year-old tugboat. The nautical set, in particular, is seizing the opportunity to cater to these more adventurous travel desires by opening “boatels.”
Boggsville Boatel
: The Rockaways have been attracting hip New Yorkers all summer and, now, urban tourists can stay there overnight—at sea. Artist Constance Hockaday has created a hotel of five abandoned vessels found at the local marina. Each boasts a distinct personality: The Americano is referred to as “the Guido boat”; the Crumb offers a retired couple vibe; New York, NY claims the Euro touch; Queen Zenobia is small and cozy; and Ms. Nancy Boggs is touted as the love nest. Rates are just $50-$100 per night, but the place is sold out for the summer. Nonetheless, visitors are encouraged to come for evening festivities, which include picnicking, grilling and water-themed entertainment.
On the Water
: While living on a houseboat can be alluring to freethinking city dwellers, a place on land is still preferred by most for their permanent residence. However, those seeking just a taste of the nautical housing experience can stay at On The Water, a 5-star luxury hotel boat that’s docked on London’s Regent’s Canal. After accessing the boat via a secret pathway in Regent’s Park, guests can steer the narrow boat through the canal system or simply stay moored up for the night. This inner city respite should be welcomed by staycationing Londoners as well as tourists yearning to experience the quieter side of the city.
Ivan Filipovic’s “Botel”: Serbian architect Ivan Filipovic’s new concept hotel is something of a hybrid between a houseboat and a cruise ship. The proposed “botel,” designed to evoke the Adriatic Sea’s thousands of islands, bays and coves, is a floating architectural structure that includes a bar, restaurant, outdoor deck and swimming pool. While it’s intended to be anchored, its 22 rooms are also detachable private boats that can be used for exploring the surrounding waters. Each cabin has its own electric motor, photovoltaic solar panels, GPS, and the ability to be controlled remotely, so that the mothership can steer it should it get (temporarily) lost at sea.
 
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