Non-traditional Nautical Hotels: Stay in a Lifeboat, Lighthouse, Harbor Crane or Oil Rig Survival Capsules

Non-traditional Nautical Hotels: Stay in a Lifeboat, Lighthouse, Harbor Crane or Oil Rig Survival Capsules

Amy Azzarito
Apr 6, 2009
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We can find inspiration anywhere, but we particularly love looking at creative vacation accommodations. These hotel options in the Netherlands made us smile. The Netherlands is apparently known for its collection of bizarre hotels and some of these are more than a little strange. The lifeboat, lighthouse, and harbor crane are all located in Harlingen, on the Dutch coast an hour's drive from Amsterdam. The former oil rigs survival capsules are now in the Hague, but are moved frequently so you have to make special arrangements for staying there.

1 - 2 This British lifeboat sailed the seas rescuing sailors from 1955 to 1979.
3 - 4 The Harlingen Harbour Crane holds two tiny guest rooms. You can sit on the upper deck with a glass of wine and actually operate the crane!
5 - 6 The lighthouse seems tame by comparison, but still is another example of creative reuse!
7 - 8 The price for staying in oil rig survival capsules prices ranges from 50 and 150 euros. The capsule's interiors look a bit rough, but the website promises new interiors come spring.

All of these options demonstrate the potential of creative reuse. So even if you aren't traveling this summer, you can always armchair travel. So tell us — if you had to pick, what would be your choice?

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