Meet world's 5 best boatels which allow you to stay beside sea

Updated: 2013-03-13
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Before she became a boatel, the 1907 SS Yankee Ferry transported new immigrants from Ellis Island to New York City
  
The Lilla Marras lifeboat took part in 105 sea rescues along the English coast between 1955 and 1979, saving 45 lives  
  
The USS Silversides was one of the deadliest submarines in WWII, sinking 23 ships in her naval career   
 
A Room for London, pictured here on top of London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, has been created as a retreat for artists
  
Ever wanted to get the feeling you were sailing the seven seas, but were worried you didn't have the 'sea legs' for it?

The answer may be to stay in a boatel, that is, a boat that has been transformed into a hotel.

CNN has compiled a list of the world's five best boatels in the world, and the list includes a former WWII submarine, a retired luxury liner and a boat used to carry immigrants from Ellis Island into New York for the very first time.

The first boatel on the list is the 1907 Yankee Ferry in New York.

A former Ellis Island Ferry, this ship once carried thousands of immigrants on the final stretch of their journey to reach the shores of New York’s new world.

Decades later, the vessel has been transformed into the trendiest place to stay for today’s visitors to New York City.

Built more than a century ago, the 1907 Yankee Ferry boasts the honour of being the oldest known ferryboat in the country.

Facing retirement from years in service, the Yankee was recently renovated by a couple of married artists - Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs - into an incredible floating home on the Hudson River.

Situated in The Netherlands, the Harlingen LifeBoat Hotel is the second boatel on the list.

Moored in a town built on fishing and shipping, the Lilla Marras Lifeboat worked for the British coastguard for 25 years.

It performed 105 rescue operations and saved 45 people from drowning between 1955 and 1979 in the North Sea.

It was saved from the scrap yard by a Dutch lifeboat enthusiast who restored it and moored it in Harlingen Harbour.

The renovated 47-metre boat includes a double bedroom, complete with a full sized heart-shaped bed, dining room and two-person wooden bath.

The third boatel on the list has an illustrious history – The Queen Mary was built in the 1930s in Clydebank, Scotland, and on her maiden voyage boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital.

For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years.

During World War II it was transformed into a troopship, and she was stripped of her luxurious amenities.

It was restored to her original glory after the war and continued to cross the Atlantic Ocean until 1967 when it arrived in Long Beach California, where it remains to this day.

It has now been restored to its former art deco glory, and guests can stay in one of 314 original staterooms and nine suites.

The forth boatel on the list is a combat veteran - the USS Silversides submarine.

First launched in 1941, the military vessel is credited with sinking 23 ships in her naval career, the third-most of any allied World War II submarine
 
Declassified in 1969, Silversides is moored in the Muskegon Channel, Chicago, Illinois.

The 95-metre vessel, is now used by school groups for history lessons, and features 72 bunk beds, giving visitors the chance imagine what it was like to be a the navy during wartime.

The submarine also features an adjoining museum, with artifacts from the Pearl Harbor attack.

A Room for London is the final boatel on the list of the world's best.

It is a one-bedroom installation, available to rent by the public for night-long stays.

It has one of the best views in all of London, with a panorama that stretches from Big Ben to St Paul's cathedral. It sits on top of the Queen Elizabeth hall at the Southbank Centre.

Built by Living Architecture and designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with the artist Fiona Banner. It provides guests with 'a place of refuge and reflection amidst the flow of traffic'.

Created as a retreat for artists, it's design was inspired by the Roi des Belges, the boat that Joseph Conrad navigated up the River Congo in the late nineteenth century before writing Heart of Darkness.

Before departure, guests are invited to fill in a logbook in the 'bridge' of the boat, detailing what they have experienced during their stay.

SOURCE: Daily Mail
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