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Paris to get first floating hotel on the River Seine

The French capital might be full of all kinds of hotels, but there will soon be a new kind to add to the mix – one that floats on the River Seine.

Paris to get first floating hotel on the River Seine
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The hotel, named Off-Paris Seine, is to be located along the Quai d’Austerlitz, which was until recently the setting for unofficial refugee camp.

It will be located near the Charles de Gaulle bridge, just ten minutes' walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The three star hotel is to house 54 rooms and four suites and, according to those behind it, will be “totally innovative and with no equivalent in Paris.”

It has cost in the region of €11 million to build.

While Paris is home to plenty of floating bars and restaurants and of course welcomes temporary cruise boats with sleeping quarters, there is not currently anything that could be described as a hotel on water.

But the scheme won the support of the Ports de Paris, which had launched a tender looking for new ideas for installations on the Quai d’Austerlitz.

The Paris company Citysurfing and hotel chain Elegancia teamed up to come up with the concept of the floating hotel.

The structure was assembled in Normandy and will be towed down the Seine in the coming weeks. It will welcome its first guests in spring next year.

Rooms at the hotel will cost between €160 and €450 per night.

Guests will have access to a 15 metre-long swimming pool and a 400 square-metre terrace on the bank of the Seine.

The architect promises that guests who are vulnerable to motion sickness will hardly feel the waves from passing boats.

“It is a simple building, designed with two articulated floats crossed by the river. The movement will be insensitive but noticeable, it is akin to rocking,” said Gérard Ronzatti.

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FLOOD

IN PICTURES: Seine floods in Paris as France faces further storms

The River Seine has overflowed after days of torrential rain, with more forecast in the coming days and flood warnings still in place for large parts of France.

IN PICTURES: Seine floods in Paris as France faces further storms
All photos: AFP

French weather forecaster Météo France has flood warnings in place for 21 départements, largely concentrated in the south west and north east of the country.

Days of torrential rain falling onto already saturated land have seen localised flooding around the country.

In Paris the River Seine has overflowed its banks, spilling onto the quais which are normally walkways, cycle tracks and home to pop-up bars and coffee stalls.

 

Water began lapping over the banks of the river on Sunday and on Monday the city of Paris closed large parts of the river banks to access.

By Tuesday the quais were flooded and Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning brought further heavy rain.

 

Météo France's weather warnings remain in place until Thursday and people in affected areas are warning to stay away from the flood waters after  a 70-year-old man died in the northern region of Hauts-de-France after he went out to watch the river Sambre and was caught off guard by the rising water, according to French media.

 

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