FLOATING HOTELS: The Latest Travel Trend You've Never Heard Of

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Feel like taking a vacation on the water, but afraid of the high seas?Than try checking into a boatel or floatel—the newest trend in travel that you’ve never heard of.

The biggest difference between a boatel and a cruise is that a boatel doesn’t go anywhere.

Some boatels are tiny and cozy and serve as simple bed and breakfasts by the water.

Others are massive and resemble cruise ships, complete with activities and all-inclusive meals—there’s just no need to hurry back before the ship lifts its anchor.

Check out some of our favourite boatels and motels bobbing on waterways around the world.

THE BOGGSVILLE BOATEL in Brooklyn, NY was a popular destination for hipsters this summer. But the amenities are questionable--there isn't electricity on the boat, nor are there bathrooms. But there is a grill on the dock and a bathroom with a shower in the marina.

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The kitchen and sleeping quarters at the Boggsville Boatel. A night's stay costs $50 to $100 depending on the boat.

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The Boggsville Boatel operates Thursdays through Saturdays all summer long.

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CHEVALIER FLOATELS in the Netherlands is a five-star floatel. All cabins have an in-suite bathroom, internet, tv and game console.

On board there's a restaurant, day room, change room, hospital, laundry, and fitness centre.

The snack bar accommodates patrons in 1,530 beds across five vessels.

THE FLOATEL HOTEL in Raj Bhavan, India starts at $59 a night. All rooms have cable television, as well as balconies where guests can smell the sea air.

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The Floatel Hotel offers 49 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars.

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The Floatel Hotel's bar has a great view. The boat docks near local attractions like BBD Bagh and Victoria Memorial.

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FLOATEL INTERNATIONAL off the coast of Bermuda has a 440 beds. It caters mostly to clients who work on oil rigs or gas fields on the water.

THE BOATEL in Key Largo is $150 a night or $1,000 a week for 2-6 people. All rooms have A/C, cable television, free WiFi Internet, full kitchens and baths.

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The boats range in size from 40'-60', and are up to 30' wide. From the deck you can see porpoises, iguanas, tropical birds, and manatees--all native to the area.

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OFF SHORE FLOATELS has five ships in four ports in Australia. Amenities include four-hour internet, snack vending machine, coffee machine, games and activity room. There's a fitness area and library, medical treatment room, VIP lounges and ensuited cabins.

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