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Amazing new floating hotel takes shape of a snowflake

August 14, 2014 Headline News, Hotel News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A self-sustainable, five-star, glass-roofed, floating hotel in the shape of a snowflake is set to be wedged between two fjords near the town of Tromso in Norway.

Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromso is said to be one of the world’s best vantage points for spotting the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. The hotel is slated for opening in 2017.

Called the Krystall, the new property is being proclaimed as “the first floating hotel in Europe” – though that claim seems to have forgotten the Botel, a floating hotel in the heart of Amsterdam.unnamed (17)

Krystall will house a spa and wellness centre, designers say.

Developed by Dutch Docklands, a company specialising in the construction of floating structures, the Krystall hotel will offer 86 guestrooms. Dutch Docklands was inspired partially by the floating houses that dot canals in the Netherlands, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.

Work on the floating structure is expected to start in mid-2015, with the hotel opening 18 months later. The snowflake-shaped property will be built in sections in a wharf and towed into position, its concrete base tethered by cables to the fjords. The hotel will sway imperceptibly.

So which hotel group will run it? Dutch Docklands has yet to finalise that aspect, though it says development costs and construction should be about 15% more than a land-based hotel of same size.

Dutch Docklands is also planning to open Ocean Flower, a floating resort in the Maldives.

Written by : Peter Needham

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