Boat-hostel in Turku, Finland
1) It's a boat hostel!!!!!! How cool is that? Travelers passing through Turku, the old Capitol of Finland, can meander along the winding river city and then rest their weary land-legs on the water. Walking down the old-fashioned carpet of the door-lined hallway, I couldn't help but think of the Titanic
2) There's a plush dining area where hostel guests are served complimentary breakfast. Outside visitors can feast on buffet lunch or just pick up a drink to-go.
3) The hostel even has a sauna on board! I knew the Fins love their sauna, but I didn't expect to find such amenities for a boat hostel. I read that there are over 2 million saunas in a country of 5.3 million people, which means that at any point ALL of Finland's population could fit in a sauna.
4) This same hostel-boat boasts a museum. Docked 50 meters from the Turku maritime museum, a partnership allows for tours to go through as part of museum ticket costs. Talk about innovative ways to stay afloat in a modern economy. ;)
5) From the window of your hostel room on the boat you will either see a) the river or b) Turku's historical castle fortress. It depends which side your room is on, but you're not losing out on the view either way. That's right, at the end of the harbor there is also a castle waiting your expedition. We walked through and it was definitely worth the journey.
Boat hostels are such a cool idea that I don't know why I haven't seen any before. Now I kinda wanna buy a huge boat, renovate it, dock it in the Boston harbor and open the doors for business. No one steal my idea...