23.10.2021

New Southampton hotel looks exactly like a superyacht

A new luxury £25million hotel that looks exactly like a ship from the outside has been opened for holidaymakers preparing to head off on cruises. 

The £175-per-night five-star Harbour Hotel has been designed to look like a super-yacht, and has a spa, gym, nightclub and even a cinema for guests to enjoy during their stay.

The boat-shaped hotel has 85 rooms, while the restaurant is headed up by top chef Alex Aitken. 

Hotel or boat? The new £25million Harbour Hotel in Southampton has been designed to look exactly like a yacht

An outdoor terrace includes a fire pit and a wood-fired oven with a retractable heated canopy so guests are still able to enjoy it during the winter. 

The hotel is based at the Ocean Village marina in Southampton, Hampshire – within walking distance of cruise ships coming and going from the city.

Mike Warren, managing director of Harbour Hotels, which owns a number of properties across the south of England, said: ‘We are very excited to be opening this month.

‘Our spectacular five-star hotel has an indulgent spa and will provide a number of fantastic dining experiences for guests before they set off on their cruise.

Water views: Situated on the Ocean Village marina, the hotel will cater to holidaymakers preparing to set sail on cruises

Water views: Situated on the Ocean Village marina, the hotel will cater to holidaymakers preparing to set sail on cruises

Bright: Inside, the rooms are light and airy with yellow and blue bedding and luxe amenities

Bright: Inside, the rooms are light and airy with yellow and blue bedding and luxe amenities

Drinks, anyone? The rooftop is also home to a bar, a first for the city of Southampton

Drinks, anyone? The rooftop is also home to a bar, a first for the city of Southampton

‘We also have Southampton’s first rooftop bar, which locals will also be able to enjoy.

‘Our yacht-inspired design will sit beautifully in Ocean Village Marina and we want it to reflect Southampton’s thriving marine culture that makes it one of the most desirable marina locations in the UK.

‘We are very confident that the hotel and its facilities will prove a fabulous addition to Southampton, boosting tourism and becoming a destination of choice for city-dwellers and visitors alike.’

All aboard: The boat-shaped hotel has 85 rooms, a top restaurant and an indulgent spa

All aboard: The boat-shaped hotel has 85 rooms, a top restaurant and an indulgent spa

Not-so close quarters: The rooms are quite large and have beautiful marina views

Not-so close quarters: The rooms are quite large and have beautiful marina views

Anchors away: Rooms at the hotel start from £175 per night, with suites starting at £375

Anchors away: Rooms at the hotel start from £175 per night, with suites starting at £375

And Nicolas Roach, executive chairman of the Nicolas James Group, the parent company of Harbour Hotels, added: ‘We believe our hotel, which will open as a five-star, will provide a boost for Southampton’s economy.

‘People want quality and they are willing to pay for that.’

Rooms at the
hotel start from £175 per night, with suites setting guests back £375.  

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