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.
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
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 - agency; France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, Ireland
Luciole - Canal du Nivernais in France, from Auxerre to Clamecy; 14 passengers
Hotel Barge Rosa - 8 passengers; cruises the Canal de Garonne in southwestern France
Hotel Barges - agency
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.
Bywater Hotelboat Cruises
Classic Waterway Holidays - 70' narrowboat; 4 passengers
Duke & Duchess Hotel Narrowboats
LadyLine Hotel Boats
Charter Hotelboat Willow - Operators retired in September 2015 - Scottish Canals; "charter" service: your party are the only guests
Takara Hotel Boat
Wandering Duck - 2 or 3 night cruises
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.
African Queen - River Thames; also B&B in Reading Oct-Mar
English Holiday Cruises - River Severn
Caledonian Discovery - Scotland (Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal); was "Fingal Cruises"
Go Barging - River Thames; Scotland; Ireland
Hotel Boat Kailani - wide-beam "narrowboat"; cruises GU, K&A, R. Thames
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
Thames & Chilterns Holiday Cruises - "Tranquil Rose" - narrowboat-style boat, but wider - River Thames; K&A Canal
Wessex Rose - wide-beam "narrowboat", launched May 2013; cruises K&A
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.