Sleep underwater at Hotell Utter InnVästerås, Sweden
It may look like a typical Swedish house from afar, but the shimmer around Utter Inn ain’t no mirage. Floating on Lake Mälaren, this miniature underwater cottage enables guests to sleep with the fishes, literally. Slip through a hatch in the floor and descend into a watertight bedroom, where your bed wallows three metres below the surface, and wake to the puckered kiss of a pike sucking on the glass by your head at sunrise.
Despite its tiny 25-square-metre size, the cottage squeezes in a fridge, stove and loo. If you suffer cabin fever, make your escape by rowboat and explore the Västerås archipelago, or fish for perch from the shade of the verandah. Happy floating!
- The tranquil location
- Sitting in the middle of the lake with a glass of wine, watching the sun go down
- Panoramic windows into the water from the bedroom
- Exploring uninhabited islands with your inflatable dinghy
- There’s a toilet, but there’s no room for a shower
- There’s no electricity, so charge your camera and phone before you come
- Sometimes passing ferries create waves that slosh onto the deck
You will be collected from the Västerås port for a five-minute ride on a high-speed, inflatable boat out to the house and collected again the following day.
- Hot plate
- 10-litre can of fresh water
- Gas heater
- Battery-powered lamps
Rates begin at around US$140 per night.
The hotel is open between April and October.