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Sunborn Brings Its Floating Hotels Starboard From London To Gibraltar And Barcelona

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July 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | ()

Thought a yotel was an ingenious but slightly seven-years-ago capsule hotel that’s past its best at Gatwick and drawing in the wrong type of crowd with bottomless drinks in New York? Think again.

According to the Daily Mail, that faithful recorder of all trends, “yotel” now means “yacht hotel”. Sunborn, of course, already has a yotel sorry can’t do it floating hotel in London, but the Mail has taken a look inside the other one in that hotbed of Barbary apes and boozy Brits: Gibraltar.

Docked in the Ocean Village Marina, Sunborn Gibraltar has 189 rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and most with balconies or terraces. Just like a real cruise shop, there’s a restaurant, bars, spa, gym, shop, pool and casino; and also a “liberal sprinkling of bling,” according to the Mail. Just how we like our cruise ships! We particularly dig the ‘funky planetarium’ look being rocked by the bar. A “superyacht king” room will set you back £199 tonight, but note that the hotel is still in soft opening.

Meanwhile, according to the Mail, Sunborn is looking at North America, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Russia for future properties (who isn’t?), but for now, Barcelona is next up. According to Sunborn’s website, it’ll be docked between the superyachts of the Port Forum Marina, five miles north of Barcelona proper. The ship will be custom built for the location, and all rooms will have terraces.

Can we predict a standoff with the W BCN?

[Photos: Sunborn Gibraltar Facebook]

Archived Comments:

saw in Gibraltar

Just saw it in Gibraltar. Looks like a fake ship, which it is. Kinda ruins the appeal for me. Gibraltar has a problem with too few hotel rooms available for number of visitors, but I don't think the nearly $1,000 nightly rates here will help, especially when the view from "deck" is mostly of Spain.