New boutique hotel floats its way into Gloucester

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Steamboat, the Oliver Cromwell, is to be transformed into a boutique floating hotel for Gloucester, after its owner announced his plans to bring the vessel back to life.

Owner of the 100-year-old boat, Richard Clements made the decision to repurpose the steamboat after failed attempts to sell it in 2012, and will now invest a sizable chunk of money into modernising the boat into a three- or four-star hotel with 11 bedrooms and a coffee shop.

Mr Clements will carry out a full refurbishment with the historic boat in situ, before he moves it to its new home at a location near Llanthony Bridge.

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Speaking to Gloucester Citizen, Mr Clements said: "While we were trying to sell it, the other arm of our business, which is river cruises stopping off at hotels, did really well.

"People were often booking one or two extra nights in the hotels and I thought I could take some of that business myself instead of giving it out to others."

Mr Clements is in talks with designers over the finished product but said the interior will see a nod to the boat’s history, while the exterior will be overhauled too.

He is awaiting planning permission on two applications – one to extend its stay at its current mooring while the refurbishment is completed and another to then move it to Bakers Quay as a static hotel.

"It should be done within two years, hopefully a bit sooner," he said. "It will be different; there are not too many floating hotels in the UK and it’s going to look quite fun."

 

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