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Utter Inn out the water.

Utter Inn

The Utter Inn or hotel is a place where anyone can book a room, and have a view of an underwater aquarium. There are twin beds and a table in the bottom submerged room. Along each wall of the underwater room are windows. Guests climb down a ladder to reach their bottom sleeping room. In the upper red painted shed (that is above water level) there is a toilet and cooker to prepare food. A kettle, cutlery, clean water to drink, coffee, tea and some other things are provided. There is not any washing facility, such as a wash basin, shower or bath room as such.

In English the hotel is actually the Otter Inn.

The actual hotel is a floating room that is submerged 3 meters beneath the surface of the Mälaren Lake.
The hotel has been accepting guests since June 2000. Mikael Genberg (a Swedish artist and sculptor) designed and invented the Utter Inn. Mikael did this hotel as an art project for underwater accommodation.

The actual hotel is a floating room that is submerged 3 meters beneath the surface of the Mälaren Lake.
The hotel has been accepting guests since June 2000. Mikael Genberg (a Swedish artist and sculptor) designed and invented the Utter Inn. Mikael did this hotel as an art project for underwater accommodation.

The journey to the Inn involves arriving at the Västerås port. Västerås is a city in central Sweden that is located on Mälaren Lake. From the port, guests are sent 1km to the hotel in the lake. All visitors then step on a floating deck around a red house or shed with a white main door and provided with an inflatable boat. The colours of red and white depict a typical Swedish cottage.

Utter Inn - the underwater hotel

Utter Inn - the underwater hotel.

The deck has two chairs for the visitors to sit and relax, while enjoying their view of the natural habitat. Bedside lamps are powered by batteries and many candles are provided, as there is not any electricity supply. Consequently it is advisable to recharge your cell phone or any other electrical gadgets before arriving at Utter Inn. Before being left alone, visitors are given instructions.

Guests may be provided with breakfast in cooler bags, as soon as they have arrived. Paying for the deluxe version, visitors are served a dinner. Such a dinner is bought to guests by boat in the evening. For exploring further afar, visitors can use their inflatable canoe to get to a nearby uninhabited island. There is also the option to sunbath upstairs on the hotel deck, swim around the hotel in the lake and watch the fish. Fish sightseeing can be done from within the bottom room (an aquarium like experience except the aquarium is a major natural environment) or from above the surface of the lake’s water. Technically the visitor in the hotel is in the aquarium and it can be quite unusual to have fish watching you as you sleep in the Utter Inn.

This floating hotel is classified as self-service and is designed to accommodate two people at a time.
This hotel is more about adventure and having an unusual experience, than the conventional hotel experience. The Utter Inn is open in the summer months and the hotel has gained in popularity during those months.