Planning permission has been lodged with Cork City Council for what would become Ireland’s first floating hotel – a four star hotel on a cruise ship, anchored at Cork’s city quays.
Dublin-based Sick & Sore Ltd, the company behind the initiative, has identified a vessel called My Story as being suitable for the project. My Story was built in 1971 and is based in Rotterdam. It has three decks and 96 cabins with accommodation for 156 people, a panorama bar, several lounge areas, a swimming pool, and a sun deck. It has operated on cruises on the River Rhine and on the Danube, and is currently moored in Rotterdam for the winter season.
The company wants to permanently moor the 105m luxury cruise vessel on the north channel of the River Lee at Penrose Quay, next to Michael Collins Bridge.
The acquisition of the ship is subject to planning approval, and is estimated to cost aroud €1.75m. If approval is granted and the ship is not available, the company has stated it will seek alternative arrangements.
Sick & Sore Ltd is headed up by Sam corbett, who was a kay player in the project that brought the Cill Áirne to Dublin’s North Wall Quay in 2006, where it is permanetly moored as a restaurant.
A decision is expected on the application by mid February, and all going to plan the hotel could be open by August 2017.