The owners of the Cranagh Marina Complex in Coleraine have filed a planning application for a 70 meter floating hotel on the River Bann. Pending approval, the 70 meter Norwegian vessel to be docked at the Cranagh Marina Complex, will be operational by summer 2021.
The vessel will have 36 cabins and will be the first ever floating hotel on the island of Ireland.
Seamus Carey, owner of Cranagh Marina Complex said: “The Cranagh has seen a steady increase in visitors over the last number of years and has become a destination on the North Coast offering excellent facilities for the entire family. Since 2016 we have won several tourism and visitor attraction awards and have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2017. We believe the floating hotel will enhance our offering and enable visitors to stay and enjoy not only the facilities at The Cranagh but all the wonderful offerings of the North Coast.
“This is a really exciting time for us. Prior to the lockdown we were recording record numbers of visitors and were thrilled with the success of the Activity Centre, restaurant and cabins. We will also be announcing a number of exciting new developments at The Cranagh in the near future and this will undoubtedly further increase the profile of this wonderful destination.”
Mr Carey has earmarked a barge, which is currently moored in Norway, for the project. He plans to transport it to Northern Ireland where it will undergo an eight-week refurbishment programme. He also suggested that a spa facility could be introduced if the application gets the green light.
Plans for the floating hotel have been in the pipeline for a while, having first been announced in 2018.
The MV Oliver Cromwell, a Mississippi-style paddle steamer, had originally been bought for around £245,000 by the owners of the Cranagh Marina Complex in Coleraine, but their plans for a floating hotel sunk after the boat went down in the Irish Sea.