If you have a Moby Dick wish, but don't actually want to live out at sea for more than a few days or weeks, satisfy your sea lust with a stay in a boat hotel. These hotels may be built inside a medium to large cruise ship, or may be immobile, serving only as a home built upon a river. You can expect nautical-theme, floating platforms, lake, river or sea views but hopefully without the seasickness.
Boat Hotels
Alila  
Purnama
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This traditional Indonesian Phinisi ship is the first of its kind to offer cruises for up to 10 passengers. These ships were first built by the Konjo tribe in the 17th Century and have been in continuous use ever since. For the most part, they have been used for trading …
Accommodation types: Boat
Location: Komodo  Indonesia  Oceania
Necker Belle  
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Virgin Magnate Richard Branson has recently added a luxury catamaran to his collection of unique hotels. Necker Belle specializes in Whale watching, and every year it follows thousands of whales as they meet at Silver Bank in the Caribbean for the annual mating. During this time, the Whales come to …
Accommodation types: Boat   Luxury
Werf Ijlst  
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In the Northern Netherlands, people don’t drive so much. They cycle the flatlands breathing fresh air or they take a boat along a network of clean waterways. The area is full of historic attractions and European charm. To make the most of your stay, the Werf Ijlst hotel offers its …
Accommodation types: Boat   Design
Woodlyn  
Park
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For much of the last century Woodlyn Park was a farm but today it is an educational center and family fun park with some unique accommodation. Before we get onto that, it is worth mentioning Billy Black’s Kiwi Culture Show where you get a sheep-shearing, cow-riding, wood-chopping experience of Kiwi …
Accommodation types: Airplane   Boat   Train
Vat Phou  
Boat
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The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world. It begins in Tibet and flows through six countries all the way to the sea. In the section that flows through Laos, barges have long been used on the river as the main source of transportation for traders and …
Accommodation types: Boat
Location: Pakse  Laos  Southeast Asia
Espejo  
de Luna
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The main bulk of the hotel resembles an upside-down boat and a complex of tourist lodgings spreading out through this wooded stretch of coastline on the island of Chiloe in Chile. The area is famous for its wildlife and is an excellent place to spot rare Dolphins and Whales. There …
Accommodation types: Boat   Nature   Remote
Location: Queilen  Chile  South America
Lifeboat  
Hotel
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Unusually for a decommissioned lifeboat hotel (wow, I’ve talked about so many unique hotels that this phrase doesn’t even seem strange), this one is still functioning. You can hire a captain to take you, your partner, and your whole hotel out into the open sea. Now that sounds fun! This …
Accommodation types: Boat
Queen Mary  
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All the pomp and grandeur of the Titanic without any of that silliness with icebergs; the Queen Mary has had a long and prosperous career with no (fingers crossed) bad renditions of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ yet. Beginning life in the 1930s, it was built in Scotland and became …
Accommodation types: Boat   Museum
Salt  
& Sill
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Forget staying in a hotel by the sea. How about staying in one in the sea? Your room in this unique hotel is on a floating platform in the beautiful Swedish fjords. Each 2-story unit was built off-site and towed to Klädesholmen where each piece was permanently moored ready for …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating
Capsule Hotel  
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F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) is an alternative surfing community with a hostel, an all-summer beach party, and a number of ‘survival capsules’. These originally came from an off-shore oil rig and are now available to stay in. You can choose from a few pods, each with its own emergency …
Accommodation types: Boat   Capsule