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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.
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January isn’t even out and we have another new London hotel to add to our to-watch list. And what an addition it is: a 120-metre super yacht called the Sunborn London, to be moored at the Royal Victoria Docks, with 138 rooms and suites over five floors of floating luxury.
Opening is scheduled for March, mere weeks away. Given its east London location next to the ExCel exhibition center, close to Canary Wharf and City airport, Sunborn will be mostly focused on the corporate market, but it wouldn’t surprise us if leisure guests will give it a try, if only for the novelty factor.