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Tired of Dry Land? Sleep In A 105-Year-Old Ex-Ellis Island Ferry On the Hudson

August 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the oldest registered ferryboats in the US  is starting a new chapter in its 105-year history on the water. Having ferried countless New Yorkers in the early 1900s over to places like Boston, Maine, Governor's Island, and Ellis Island, the boat has now settled into its new role as an artsy, refurbished five-bedroom boutique hotel on the Hudson.

The NY Daily News reports that the ship's new owners, Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, have added 16 bunks, an on-deck chicken coop, a dining room table, an Apple computer, and plenty of colorful art. Because sleeping on a regular old chicken-less boat with only the portholes to look at can just get so boring.

The boat was constructed in 1907 in a Philadelphia shipyard, and subsequently was requisitioned by the US Navy during WWI. But though it's had a relatively action-packed history, it certainly has never looked as lively (or as party-ready) as it does now.

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We All Stay At The Yellow Submarine Hotel, The Yellow Submarine Hotel

July 23, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been so busy keeping up with Olympics-related London hotels that we've sadly neglected to keep up with our other favorite British pastime: Beatles hotels!

And this one's a goodie. Described by the Daily Mail as an "eccentric businessman," UK-based Alfie Bubbles has purchased an old narrowboat and transformed it into a psychedelic, fully-functional 3-bedroom hotel that's inspired by, and remains faithful to, the Beatles' original yellow submarine.

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'Boatels' Go Big Time as China Gets an Aircraft Carrier Hotel

August 16, 2011 at 4:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

First there was the brothel-boatel in the Rockaways, then came the Ellis Island ferryboat B&B, and now there's an entire decommissioned Soviet aircraft carrier being retrofitted to become a "luxury" hotel on some beach in China. The boatel trend has officially gone too far, too fast.

The Kiev, an old Russian aircraft carrier, was sold to a Chinese company back in 1996 and now they've finally gotten around to doing something with it. Billing it as "China's first aircraft carrier luxury hotel"—though we're pretty sure it's the world's first—Tiajin Aircraft Carrier Hotel preys upon the Chinese people's new fascination with aircraft carriers, seeing as how the Chinese military only just put their very first active one through sea trials.

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The Cruise Hotel Will Let You Stay On The Open Seas, Of Rotterdam

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  Site Where: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25 , Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3072
February 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Imagine this, only in Rotterdam

Much as we love the idea of staying on a boat on one of Amsterdam’s canals, we’ve never quite dared take the risk, because most of them sound a bit like floating hostels.

So if we want to dip our toes in that particular type of water, we’ll probably hot foot it to Rotterdam, rather than Amsterdam, and to the new Cruise Hotel that’s opening on February 15.

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Sleep on a Luxury Boat in France

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  Site Where: France
February 22, 2007 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're sick of staying in French hotels that are bolted to the ground (we like to call them, simply, buildings), then it's time to get into a stylish French boat hotel. The Times UK this week raved about a night on the Napoleon, a luxury hotel boat in France. A 129 foot long converted barge, it sleeps 12 people, and comes with all the luxuries you'd want like heated towel rails in the ensuite bathrooms, a sundeck whirlpool bath and even fresh flowers for each "room".

The reviewer was also rather smitten with the "handsome young crew" who served up champagne and fancy snacks as guests checked in. Private excursions or day sightseeing tours can also be included. If you don't mind your hotel room chugging along at about 5 miles per hour, this might be the holiday for you. Trips are usually on the Rhone through Provence. But luxury hotel boats come at a price--almost $5500 per person for a five day trip, based on two people sharing a double room.

[Photo: ClydeHouse]

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