What are canal and river cruising holidays on a hotelboat like?
All Hotelboats will have at least one sheltered deck where you can sit and watch the world float by. The interior areas and cabins will also have large windows in case of bad weather. Larger hotelboats often have small lounges and libraries onboard. You get private accommodation in sometimes compact but cosy 1 or 2 berth cabins, most with en suite facilities. Some boats aim to provide very high quality 'bijou hotel' style accommodation.
Your skipper and crew
Most boats are operated by their owners who act as expert guides to the waterways that you are cruising. They know the fascinating history and culture of our canals and rivers, and good places to explore 'off the beaten track'. All the steering and lock work is done by the crew but they will be pleased to let you help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and accessibility.
What to eat
Hotel Boats pride themselves on their food, both its quality and quantity. All meals will be cooked and served on board, usually using locally sourced foods. Hotelboat cooks are skilled in catering for a range of dietary needs but they do need warning in advance of any special requirements.
How much activity
Although the steering and lock work is done by the crew they are usually pleased to let you help if you wish. The routes are specially picked for their interest and accessibility. Off water excursions may be possible. On most canals and many rivers you can stroll the towpath and enjoy the countryside almost whenever you like. However all activity is optional, if you simply wish to site back and relax the choice is yours!