When you think “boat hotel”, you’ll probably think of somewhere like Amsterdam straight away – somewhere with lots of canals and waterways. But you might be surprised to find that boat hotels are pretty much everywhere! Join me for a little adventure around Europe and discover the best of the best!

Staying in a boat is a special experience that is nothing like staying in a normal hotel. You can find so-called boatels all over the world, but we’re especially lucky to have quite a lot in Europe too – a unique holiday is just a short hop away! Read on to discover the best boat hotels in Europe, hand-picked by yours truly!

The Best Houseboats in Europe

Berlin | Poland | Amsterdam | Sweden | Serbia | Barcelona | Copenhagen | Prague

Modern Houseboat in Berlin, Germany

Head to the capital of Germany and stay in this super cool house boat in Berlin. This is family-friendly boat that you can book through AirBnB. It sleeps up to 4 people (2 adults & 2 children) and boasts a light, airy space with contemporary style. The floor to ceiling windows make the whole space feel bright and you can look right out onto the water. Inside, you will find a spacious living area with an open kitchen, a bedroom and a toilet and bathroom. It is just 20 minutes away from the city centre so is an ideal place to stay for if you want to explore Berlin. Nearby you can find a restaurant, supermarket and tram stop  to make your stay completely comfortable. If you have the license, you may even be able to drive the boat! Take a look at this gem…

HT Houseboats in Mielno, Poland

How about a floating home in one of the most beautiful parts of Poland? You can choose from many different boat hotels, here on Lake Jamno, which are all beautifully designed with luxurious decor and open plan areas. The Scandinavian style creates a homely feel and the large glass window walls gives you the best views of the lake and sunsets. Staying here, of course, makes it easy to try out water sports and relax on the sandy beach in Mielno. Take a look at all of the different boats you could stay in and you will see why they are rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor!

Design Houseboat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amsterdam, of course, is one of the most popular cities in Europe for tourists. The whole city has much to offer, from art and culture to history and heritage. Now, this Design Houseboat is a super popular boat to stay in which you can book through AirBnB. It is just 10 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam so is a great place to make the most of the city. It originally was a 1930s freight barge, but has been transformed into a modern, luxurious boat house. It sleeps up to 6 people with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and even a sauna!

What’s great about this boat is there is a special play area and children beds in one of the rooms. Even the kitchen is kitted out fully for you to cater yourselves. You don’t have to be cooped up in this boat as there is a terrace where you can sit out and watch the people go by, or even take a dip in the water. This elegant, contemporary boat is one that you should whisk the family away to. Take a look for yourself…

Salt & Sill in Tjörn, Sweden

This is the first boat hotel to exist in Sweden so it would be pretty special to stay here! It is on the Klädesholmen island which is a beautiful area ideal for a quiet getaway. The Salt & Sill is rated 4/5 on TripAdvisor so guests have thoroughly enjoyed there time there. The rooms have large windows to give you the best views of the water. No need to worry about cooking when there is even a restaurant on site serving many delicious dishes. There is also a conference room, so you can have a conference with the best views. Take a look at this lovely boat!

Boatel Charlie in Belgrade, Serbia

This is one of the bigger boat hotels compared to the other with 8 rooms to choose from! You can either have a double bedroom, or a room that sleeps up to 5 and they all have private toilets and bathrooms. The rooms are newly furnished and the whole boat is decorated with an elegant, modern style. Boatel Charlie (rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) is beside the Park Prijateljstva (Friendship Park) which is a beautiful place to stay surrounded by nature. You will get breakfast in the mornings and can make use of the shared kitchen to make your own meals the rest of the time. Take a look at how nice this contemporary boat is and maybe you will be tempted to stay there yourself!

St Katharine in Barcelona, Spain

With a rating of 5/5 on TripAdvisor it’s no wonder that the St Katharine in Barcelona is one of the best boat hotels in Europe! This luxurious boat is a great place to stay in one of the best cities in Spain. Many guests enjoy relaxing in the Jacuzzi outside whilst soaking up the sun. You have everything that you need when staying on this boat: the city centre just 15 minutes away by metro, the beach 200 m away and the lively surroundings of the Port Forum Marina. The rooms are spacious with modern decor and Free WiFi. Just like many of the other boats, you get breakfast each morning whilst looking over the views of the marine. Take a look at this boat hotel for yourself :)

CPH Living in Copenhagen, Denmark

One of the best boat hotels in Europe is here in Copenhagen! The CPH Living boatel is rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor and here is why…

The boat is located right in the centre of this great city meaning you can explore to your hearts content. There are 12 rooms to choose from and they all have panoramic views of the water. The boutique hotel has modern decor and unique furniture with true Danish style. The roof has been converted into a terrace which is ideal for better views of the city and to soak up the sun. Have a look at the pictures of this hotel and see why it is so wonderful!

Port X, Prague, Czech Republic

Now, this has got to be one of my favourites. It is in the list of the best boat hotels in Europe for many reasons! This is a boat house like no other! It has a super unique design with perfect decor inside. The floor to ceiling glass windows give the best views of the water and even open up onto a waterside deck. It sleeps up to 3 people and even has a fully equipped kitchen. There is heating and air conditioning so you can stay on this boat any time of the year. Nearby is a popular place to get food called Homekitchen. And of course, you are super close to visit the great city of Prague. If you fancy staying here,  you can book  your stay with AirBnB.

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