If you have ever wanted to sleep in a crane that’s been converted to a hotel—yes, a crane—then Crane Hotel Faralda in the Netherlands is for you.
It’s in a suburb of Amsterdam and, as you’ll see below, it’ll no doubt give you a “room with a view.” Of course, it goes without saying that you should probably not stay here if you are afraid of heights. But once that’s taken care of, you can choose from three different suites, 35, 40 and 45 meters high, respectively, each with different décor.
You may be wondering how the idea for the crane got off the ground, so to speak. According to the hotel’s website, getting the crane transformed into a hotel was no easy feat. “After a four-year battle, the unprecedented landmark has unexpectedly been rewarded,” the website states. “The risks and the technical challenges were immense.”
Plus, just within three months of being open, the hotel was nominated for three renowned and prestigious European Hospitality Awards: Innovation in the Service Industry, Best Use of Technology and Hotelier of the Year. In a moment, you will see why.
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the crane’s owner, Edwin Kornmann Rudi, or by one of his employees. “Consequently, it feels more like you’re renting an Airbnb than staying in a hotel,” according to The Telegraph. Although there is no hotel restaurant or bar, there is bungee jumping—only seasonally—as well as WiFi, of course. And, luckily, there’s an elevator, so you don’t have to walk all the way to the top.
From the outside, it looks pretty much like you can imagine: like a crane.
And it lives among other cranes, being adjacent to a waterway.
And here’s an even closer view.
And when you see the inside, it’s as though you’re not in a crane at all…until you look out the window, of course, and see the amazing panoramic views from above.
Here’s another example of one of the suites.
Of course, you can relax in the bathtub, too.
But if you’re more into outdoor tubs, you may prefer the hot tub, which the hotel calls the “spa pool.” Talk about a view!
Then, you can end your evening with the sunset.
So how much will it cost you to sleep in this crane? Good question.
According to Booking.com, it all depends on what dates you stay and which of the three suites you prefer, though The Telegraph states that suites start at €435 (approximately $520), and that’s without breakfast and hot tub access.
Though Crane Hotel Faralda doesn’t specify how much the spa pool costs, a Booking.com guest, Dominique from the United Kingdom, stated that she spent €90 (approximately $108) to use it.
“The bed was very comfortable and the views were amazing,” Dominique said in her Booking.com review. “We loved the hot tub at the top although is over priced at €90 when you are already paying £450 for 1 night.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely intrigued, so if you’ll excuse me while I go look into reserving a room… once I save up, of course!