A company called Sick and Sore Limited have applied to Cork City Council for permission to provide a new hotel in the city. However, this would be an inn with a difference – Ireland’s first floating hotel and restaurant.
The company propose to permanently dock a 105-metre cruise liner close to Michael Collins Bridge, at Penrose Quay. The three-deck vessel called My Story, cost €1.75 million, has 87 cabins and once operated on the River Rhine. The ship is fully operational and would only need to be connected to water and sewage mains to be ready to open for business as a four-star hotel.
Sam Corbett of Sick and Sore Limited told The Evening Echo, ‘We have seen, with the popularity of accommodation such as Air BnB and glamping, that people are always looking out for interesting places to stay. This type of development, hotel/restaurant ship, is very popular and successful throughout many other, major riverfront European cities.’ Mr Corbett also revealed that the project has the support of the Cork Port Company – the owners of the quay where the ship would be moored.
The planning application states, ‘The proposed development would utilise the quay, attract tourists and provide an alternative/unique dining and accommodation experience for both residents and visitors alike.’
Cork City Council is expected to make a decision on the application before the end of February. If the application is successful, Ireland’s first floating hotel could be welcoming its first ‘boarders’ in the near future.