Canal & Waterway
Hotel Boats and Barges

These boats come with a crew that drives the boat and prepares some or all of your meals. There will be some small number of other passengers. Lounge and eating areas are shared. On the UK canals, hotel boats are often a pair of 70 foot long narrowboats, and passenger cabins are small. On European canals, hotel boats are often wider and carry more passengers.

For larger vessels, please visit the River Cruise Ships (on the Continent) page.

There is no implied recommendation for any of the firms listed, nor is any criticism implied for any firm not listed. No firm has paid for any listing.

Visit the firms' web sites and/or contact them directly for further information.

North American residents may find that some of the US-Based Agencies represent hotel boat firms.

Hotel Boat Firms and Agencies - Continental Europe

See the French Waterways Links page

De 4 Vaargetijden - Belgium (web pages available in English, Français, Deutsch, Nederlands)

Go Barging - France, Germany

MS Aventura - Rhine and other rivers; 12 passengers. (Web site in English, Deutsch)

HAT Tours - Holland; "bike and barge tour"; (web pages available in English, Deutsch, Nederlands)

Golden Odyssey - Luxury Dutch Barge - Belgium, Netherlands, France

Merganser - France

Clair de Lune - France

Johanna - Dutch barge; 8 passengers; self-catering; France (Alsace, Lorraine and the Ardennes)

KR-line - barge cruises on the M/S Johanna in Belgium; 7 passengers

Dutch Paradise Charters - river salon yacht; 10 passengers; Holland, Belgium, France (web pages in English, Deutsch, Français, Nederlands)

Barge Colibri - 4 passengers (Canal du Midi, France)

Barge Nilaya - 4 passenger Luxemotor barge; France

Barge and Breakfast - "charter" service: your party are the only guests; 2-4 passengers; France

Feniks - hotel boat, cycling holidays, charters; cruises the Netherlands, Belgium and France

River Yacht "Roi Soleil" - cruises Canal du Midi and in Provence

The Saint Louis - up to six passengers; France

Sonafho France - cruises on the Burgundy Canal, on La Reine Pedauque or MS Niagara

The Barge Company - France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, Ireland

Luciole - Canal du Nivernais in France, from Auxerre to Clamecy; 14 passengers

Hotel Boat Firms and Agencies - UK & Ireland

Hotelboat firms who are APCO members - some boats have been graded by "Visit Britain". APCO is the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators.

UK - Narrowboats

As these sometimes roam around much of the canal system during a season, no "location" has been specified.

See also Hotel Boat Firms and Agencies - UK - Wide-beam.

Away4awhile

Bywater Hotelboat Cruises

Canal Voyagers - hotel narrowboat pair Snipe & Taurus

Classic Waterway Holidays - 70' narrowboat; 4 passengers

Duke & Duchess Hotel Narrowboats

Hotelboat Periwinkle

LadyLine Hotel Boats

Reed Boats - ceasing operation after 2012 season

Charter Hotelboat Willow - "charter" service: your party are the only guests

Takara Hotel Boat

For another alternative, see my list Hire Nightly or B&B. This lists several narrowboats, some for B&B and some for use as the equivalent of a hotel room.


Hotel Boat Firms and Agencies - UK & Ireland - Wide-beam

African Queen - River Thames; also B&B in Reading Oct-Mar

Baglady luxury hotel boat - cruises R. Thames; your party of two are the only guests

English Holiday Cruises - River Severn; two boats

Caledonian Discovery - Scotland (Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal); was "Fingal Cruises"

Go Barging - River Thames; Scotland

Lady Teal Boutique Hotel Boat - broad-beam boat in narrowboat-style

Magna Carta - River Thames

Scottish Highlander - Scotland

Shannon Princess - R. Shannon, Ireland; 10 passengers

Spirit of Chartwell - restaurant cruises in London; optional one-night stay on board

Thames & Chilterns Holiday Cruises - narrowboat-style boat, but wider - River Thames; K&A Canal


Please email firm and agency suggestions to the address below.

Many thanks to Nigel Hamilton, Julie Shook, Robin Smithett, and Paul Higson for additions and corrections.


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