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Ship that used to act as a lighthouse is transformed into a floating hotel in Amsterdam


You can now stay on this lightship (Picture: Mediadrumimages/HostUnusual)

A lightship that was once on the Thames Estuary – where the River Thames meets the waters of the North Sea – has been transformed into a hotel.

A lightship is a ship that acts as a lighthouse. They were used in waters that were too deep or unsuitable for lighthouse construction.

The seventy-year-old lightship is now moored in Amsterdam where it has been designed into a floating hotel.

The B&B, which you can rent for £105 a night, has several suites that have been designed by prize-winning architects.

The ship has been renovated into a quirky B&B with suites that come with a king-size bed, minibar, a pantry, a dining table and a bathroom.

Each contemporary suite has private access to the terrace that can be used as a viewing platform of the historic city.

Breakfast is provided by the owners but there are no cooking facilities on board so you’ll have to explore the restaurants of Amsterdam.

Some of the ship’s old features (i.e the door) are still there (Picture: Mediadrumimages/HostUnusual)

The lightship is advertised by HostUnusual, a company dedicated to finding the world’s most extraordinary accommodation.

A one-night stay starts from £210, £105 per person if the cost is split between the maximum of two people.

‘Bobbing proudly and peacefully in Amsterdam-Noord is the vibrant red Lightship Amsterdam, a historic ship offering luxurious accommodation for two,’ the listing states.

‘The lightship itself was built in the early 1950s, completing many years of faithful service before being decommissioned decades later.

There’s even a freestanding bath (Picture: Mediadrumimages/HostUnusual)

‘Step aboard via your own private entrance, and into your upper store suite – which was once the lightship’s storage room.

‘The ship’s resulting restoration has stayed beautifully true to its history, whilst adding a wealth of contemporary elements that are sure to leave you open-mouthed.’

Imagine all the fun you could have.

Anyone keen to book will have to do so via the HostUnusual website.

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