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22 Dec

Enjoy the Tranquillity of the Water in a Boat Hotel

Houseboat on Dal Lake, KashmirStaying Somewhere a Little Different

More and more boat hotels are opening across Europe – so where can the best ones be found?

If you’re the kind of person who loves being by the water during your holiday, then why not consider a stay in a boat hotel? You’ll wake up to a stunning view every day, and you’ll see a totally different side to your destination than you would in a standard hotel. Need a little convincing? Then read on to find out why one of these unique hotels would be the perfect place to spend your break.

Why choose a boat hotel?

With a boat hotel, you get an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. You’re situated somewhere you may only otherwise find in passing, and if you’re on a particularly quiet bit of river, then you’ll feel like you’ve found a hidden treasure in the middle of a busy city. Depending on where you are staying, you may be able to relax and eat on the bank of the river, or even fish from the boat. Many are single occupancy too – ideal if you want some peace and quiet. So if that sounds good to you, what are some of the best boat hotels out there?

St Katharine B&B Boat

Barcelona is full of chic city hotels, but if you take to the water, you’ll find something a little different. The St Katharine B&B Boat is decorated in a stunning vintage style, and is situated in the Port Forum Marina, where you’ll spot some seriously impressive yachts. The hotel is manned by an around-the-clock team of staff. Three meals a day are also served up, including delicious tapas dishes and decadent three course meals.

Port X

Heading to Prague? Then stay at Port X, the city’s very own boat hotel. A series of eye-catching ‘modules’, this hotel has only recently opened to the public. Glass panels and waterside decks mean that you can make the most of the stunning location. It also sleeps up to three people, so it’s ideal for couples or small families. The kitchen comes fully stocked with breakfast goodies, so you won’t go hungry either!

Le Boudoir de Serendipity

Paris is home to the Le Boudoir de Serendipity boat hotel. With three en-suite bedrooms decorated in a typically eclectic Parisian style, it’s a great place for a romantic getaway. Moored 15 minutes away from the nearest Metro station, it’s close enough to the city to explore, but located away from the hustle and bustle. This makes for a really relaxing stay, where you can enjoy a delicious home-made breakfast and watch the swans float by on the water.

Dal Lake Kashmir Houseboats

Pictured above, the Dal Lake Houseboats are known locally as “floating palaces” and provide a fantastic way to experience the Kashmir Valley in India. The interior of the boats is pure luxury and each boat provides private accommodation. The boats have a separate kitchen boat that is annexed to the main boat, in which the boat keeper and his family live. Each boat also comes with a private shikara that can be used to transport guests.

In the UK

For many people in the UK, the first they had heard of a boat hotel was when Bert’s Barges opened for business. Moored up on Regent’s Canal, this very modern houseboat features everything from underfloor heating to a rooftop barbecue area. In the heart of vibrant East London, it’s an appropriately quirky base for exploring one of the most diverse and exciting parts of the city. Naturally, it made people look for the same thing when travelling abroad.

One last thing before you go

To ensure that you have the best time possible, remember your European travel insurance, so that you can just get on with enjoying your trip. Staying in a boat hotel is a really unique way of holidaying, and will ensure that you have plenty of wonderful memories to take home. So will you be taking to the water on your travels?

Photo credit: Basharat Shah