Salt & Sill floating hotel in Sweden | guardian.co.uk
The country's first floating hotel sounds gimmicky and an excuse for bad jokes about the earth moving. But ineffably cool Sweden is, of course, far too classy for tasteless novelties. The floatiness is purely functional: it sits on the water because there was no more room in the fishing village and diners at Salt & Sill's restaurant were craving a place to sleep after feasting on herring and schnapps. Its stark modern lines a sharp contrast to the traditional red fishing huts and houses, Salt & Sill's hotel might have sailed down from outer space. It was actually built on the neighbouring island of Tjörn before being floated into place. Given that its 23 rooms opened only this month - the day I turned up - you might expect a degree of chaos, but there was something instantly calming about it.