Perfect for tourists who have seen enough beaches or city landscapes, this floating hotel offers a room with a different kind of view: Ten feet beneath the surface of a Swedish lake.
The Utter Inn offers guests a night to remember, with windows in every wall of the bedroom looking out into the water, teeming with fish.
The ‘floatel’ is the brainchild of artist Mikael Genburg, known for his unique hotel experiences including one in a tree in a city centre park, and ‘Ooops’, the sunken villa which opened this summer not far from Utter Inn by Lake Malaren, Vasteras.
Utter Inn has an above-surface kitchen inside a little hut made to look like a traditional Swedish cottage.
At bedtime guests climb down the hatch to their sleeping quarters which has an all-round view of life under the surface.
Mr Genburg, who opened Utter Inn in 2000, said the idea came to him out of the blue and he was curious to see if it could work.
He said: ‘I don’t think there is an experience quite like sleeping underwater and many people have come to find out if they like it.
‘It’s like a reverse aquarium – the fish like looking in at the guests and are fascinated by them.
‘It’s as if you’re sat on your own island when you’re on board – it’s just an amazing experience.’
After being taken out to the floating hut by Utter Inn staff, visitors can relax on the deck or use the hotel’s inflatable dinghy to explore one of the uninhabited islands in Lake Malaren before a night underwater.
The artist admitted that he had his doubts about the project when it first opened.
‘I was quite worried as it was an unproven concept, but now I love it!
‘Because there is a window on every side, you feel totally submerged in the lake.’
Mikael said: ‘A lot of people who have visited have said they slept extremely well because of the rocking motion on board.
‘People with busy lives and high-pressured jobs tend to visit, I think for the natural peace there is in the very relaxing surroundings.
‘You can hear the lapping of the water outside of the windows as well which I think is a very therapeutic sound.
‘I always want to be by water – it’s so soothing, romantic and calm – all at the same time.’
Attribution: Mail Online