Since opening in 2008; Sweden's first floating hotel has been attracting visitors from all over the world, and it's more than just a gimmick. In low-lying coastal regions which are struggling with rising sea levels; a hotel that floats seems to be a very good business move, and another reason it sits on the water is because there was no more room in the fishing village! It is located on an island North of Gothenburg on the beautiful Swedish west coast.
The proprietors of the 46 room hotel also chose the location (off a small fishing island near Gothenburg) because they didn't want to impact the land. In fact the whole hotel has been designed to have little or no effect on the environment; and the minimalistic style is not only for cosmetic purposes, but the designers also had to make sure it would float!
The Salt & Sill company have always been passionate about the environment, and the excavating rock left over from the building work is being used to build a lobster reef outside the hotel. Not only that, but the marine life underneath the floating pontoons is expected to increase, and will include a mussel purification plant.
There is lots to do in the surrounding area with villages; museums, and forts to discover. It's also worth a stroll around the island as the houses are beautiful, and it's not hard to see why this coastline was once fiercely fought over.
The Floating hotel is located on the island of Klädesholmen in West Sweden, an hour's drive from Gothenburg's City airport. Click here to go to the hotel website.