The Crane Hotel - Awesome Harbor Crane Restored & RepurposedThe Crane  

Blue Head, the Spider, and Long William are not sexual euphemisms but are actually nicknames for this old harbor crane which holds a special place in many people’s hearts.

Apparently, it took a team of ‘history fanatics’ two years to restore it to its former glory and open it as a hotel.

You don’t have to be 10 years old to think the idea of staying in a crane is pant-wittingly exciting.


The engine room has been restored and provides a rare glimpse into the workings of classic engineering.

Harbour Crane

I know what you are thinking; this is all very nice, but none of it functions anymore, does it? How wrong you are.

Crane at night

Yes, you can sit in the cockpit and operate the whole crane - rotating it from side to side. Is the sun in your eyes?

Just head upstairs and rotate the whole hotel to a new angle. Now, can a regular luxury hotel do that?

Wonder Harbour Crane
Crane Hotel view
Crane Hotel interior

Incredibly, your room has all the modern conveniences and room for two people to stay comfortably. The views are really special.

Crane Hotel room
Crane Hotel bathroom
Crane Hotel view on the sea
Havenweg 1, Harlingen, Netherlands