Get the Dramamine: Floating Hotels That Will Rock Your Boat
Other London hotels may boast views of the Thames, but only one place will actually put you on the river itself: the soon-to-launch Sunborn London, a gleaming, nearly 400-foot-long black-and-white super-yacht. Opening this July in a once-industrial section of the East End, surrounded by towering black-metal shipping-container cranes, the five-deck Art Deco-tinged Sunborn will channel the glamour of cruising’s golden age. And while neither yachts nor London hotels are generally known for the size of their sleeping quarters, the Sunborn will prove an exception, with 138 spacious guest rooms and private terraces off some of the cabins.
But why float when you could just as easily remain on terra firma? Well, bragging rights for one. And then there’s the novelty of it: there are precious few floating “boatels” in the world. Most of all, staying aboard a boat leaves you with the feeling that your ship really has finally come in. Here, some of our other favorite floating hotels around the world.
The sole floating hotel in Copenhagen made its maiden non-voyage a few years back, opening on a canal in the city center. The 12-room spot has a streamlined but warm Scando-chic style, with classic vintage Danish fixtures and furnishings, walls of windows overlooking the water and the skyline, and an expansive sundeck.
(Courtesy: Hotel CPH Living)