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Planned Underwater Hotels Poseidon (Fiji) and Hydropolis (Dubai) are getting some more competition.
Istanbul has announced its own plans for an underwater hotel which will open in 2010, the same year the city will be taking over as the Capital of Culture. From TrendHunter:
The underwater hotel is being built on the ruins of a historical 1930s tobacco factory and will have restaurants, exhibition halls, and rooms all with sea view rooms.
It will be interesting to check-in and check-out the underwater hotel rooms and facilities, as local experts suggest that the underwater visibility of the Istanbul Bosphorus Strait (which is the body of water that links the Black Sea, to the north, with the Sea of Marmara, to the south) is about ten feet.
We have zero faith in these underwater hotels so we can't get really excited about all this. However, The Poseion Resort has got a fancy website that is pretty legit. With an opening date of September 2008, (reservations are to start March 17, 2008) this place should be well under construction. Although since the location is supposed to be a "secret" no one can really check on the status.
We have a feeling this is going to end up as another land-lubbing resort with overwater bungalows but prove us wrong Poseidon.