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What are river and canal hotel boat holidays like?

Hotel Boat FAQs

What will your Accommodation be like?

All Hotelboats have at least one sheltered deck where you can sit and watch the world float by. The interior areas and cabins also have large windows in case of bad weather. Larger hotel boats often have small lounges and libraries onboard. You get private accommodation in sometimes compact but cosy one —or two-berth cabins, most with en suite facilities. Some boats aim to provide very high-quality ‘bijou hotel’- style accommodation.

What will your skipper and crew be like?

Most boats are operated by their owners, who act as expert guides to the waterways that you are cruising. They know the fascinating history and culture of our canals and rivers and good places to explore ‘off the beaten track’. The crew does all the steering and lock work, but they will be pleased to let you help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and accessibility.

What will there be to eat?

Hotel Boats pride themselves on their food, both its quality and quantity. All meals are cooked and served on board, usually using locally sourced foods. Hotelboat cooks are skilled in catering to a range of dietary needs, but they do need advance warning of any special requirements.

Hotel boat holidays - Towpath walkersHow much activity will there be?

Although the steering and lock work is done by the crew, they are usually pleased to let you help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and accessibility. Off-water excursions may be possible. On most canals and many rivers, you can stroll the towpath and enjoy the countryside almost whenever you like. However all activity is optional, if you simply wish to site back and relax the choice is yours!