By Peter Schlesinger
Updated: February 02, 2017

A new floating hotel in Liverpool, England, is already churning the waters of controversy even before it opens. The Titanic Liverpool boutique hotel, set to open this week, is designed to resemble the sinking stern section of the fated ship—complete with two mock smokestacks and a paint job that creates the illusion of a heavy slant.

With three bedrooms and room for a maximum of only eight guests, the Titanic Liverpool floating hotel is a far cry from its massive namesake. The RMS Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship in the world when it sank on April 15, 1912. Of the roughly 2,200 on board, over 1,500 perished.
Many locals are upset that the hotel makes light of such a serious event, especially given that the Liverpool port served as the headquarters for the White Star Line, the Titanic's company. The new hotel boat, berthed at the city’s Salthouse Dock, offers a clear view of the old White Star Line building.
Owner Alfie Bubbles is not new to creating off-beat floating hotels. He runs a Yellow Submarine Hotel, also in Liverpool, that takes its guests back to the height of Beatlemania. Bubbles, surprised that his new endeavor has offended anyone, states that the hotel “is not in poor taste at all, it is a bit of fun.” What do you think? Is the new Titanic Liverpool hotel a harmless “bit of fun?” or an offensive disregard of a tragic event?

Peter Schlesinger is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.