Paris is about to get a hotel in the middle of the Seine. Called Off-Paris Seine, the new three-star property will be housed in a converted catamaran with 58 rooms and a swimming pool. As the name denotes, it will be located in the heart of Paris on the Seine along the Quai d'Austerlitz.
Other European capitals like Budapest, Copenhagen, and London (to say nothing of Bora Bora and the Maldives) have had hotels parked on their shores for years, but this will be the City of Light’s first foray into the world of floating hotels.
Off-Paris Seine was created as part of a partnership between Citysurfing, a company dedicated to decreasing urban crowding with eco-friendly floating structures, and the French boutique hotel chain Elegancia, which is the group behind the affordable and chic Parisian Hotel Crayon.
The $11.8 million (€11 million) floating hotel was constructed in Normandy; next week, it will be towed down the river from Rouen to its new home in Paris near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. It’s expected to welcome its first guests aboard next spring, with rooms costing between $170 for a bedroom and $483 for a suite, according to the website The Local.
If you love the idea of a floating hotel, but want to stay loyal to your usual Paris home base (the Four Seasons Hotel George V, perhaps?) there are several other water-borne lodging options around the world: among them Bert’s Barges, a one-room hotel moored in London’s Regent’s Canal; the Float House on the River Kwai in Thailand; Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge in the Bocas del Toro section of Panama; Ghent’s Boatel; and Salt & Sill, which is moored in the water outside of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Or, if you’d rather not stay on the water for longer than a meal, a floating restaurant is always an option.