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Floating, underwater hotel, where you sleep in an underwater aquarium

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A single underwater room in a Swedish lake near Stockholm. The Utter Inn is the brainchild of Mikael Genberg, a local artist and sculptor who has chosen to focus on "making art for the public". The single room of the hotel lies 3m below the surface of Lake Mälaren in Västerås, Sweden and contains only twin beds and a table.

It opened in June 2000 on the coldest, rainiest day in the whole summer. Despite that it was a great success. Not only did all the untested solutions work, it also attracted a lot of people.

The Utter Inn stimulates the most typical of Swedish dreams; to have a small Swedish red house with white garbles on your own island. On top of that you can spend your night three meters underwater with panoramic windows in all directions.

This alternative dwelling also includes a sense of risk taking and adventure that tends to expand the sensory input. One should not forget the psychological term "transfer of exaltation". Roughly explained it is about man's tendency to transform the experience of fear to an experience of love. You don't want to feel afraid so the brain changes the emotion to something far more pleasant. You feel more alive. In this sense arranged, controlled fear can be very important.

Guests of Utter Inn arrive at the port of Västerås and they are taken the 1 km out to the hotel on the lake Malaren and provided with an inflatable boat, instructions and are then left alone.
If they have selected the deluxe version they will get a visit later with their supper.
Guests have the opportunity to use an inflatable canoe to visit the closest uninhabited island. Some have enough courage to swim (the UHOTW team were too scared!), or to sunbathe upstairs, or watch the fish (both upstairs and downstairs).

There is a remarkable feeling to go to bed while the fish are surrounding and watching you carefully. You are in an aquarium - for fish to be beholders of man.

Often boats come quite close to get a glance of the daring inhabitants. Swedish boatpeople are however always very polite and never takes more than two trips around your room!!!

You're guaranteed a memorable night!

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cathie
May 11 2014
All I can say is wow, I would like to know why only 1 room

trigandi udin
Nov 14 2012
inspiring experience. Worth to try...

Cristina Macedo
Oct 26 2012
I would like to try... only for one night it´s enough...

Peter Chan
Sep 19 2012
Washroom is upstairs. What about shower / tap water? Also is there no electricity? Anyway, I'd love to try this one day.

jill snyder
Jul 1 2010
Based on reviews here we decided to spend a night here during our 2 week honeymoon in Scandinavia. This was one of the most memorable nights on our fabulous trip. This little red hut in the middle of the lake provided an enchanting and idyllic escape. Who knew it would be so much fun to sleep with the fishies? Very kind, solicitous staff, BTW, that provided transport out and back on a high speed inflatable, and a delicious cooler of food. The inn has a small raft you can row to a nearby uninhabited island, and the lake water was very pleasant to swim in, too.

Zahlina martin
Mar 1 2010
it wuz great ! i saW THINGS THAT i had never imagined and then again im only 17

anna acauliff
Jul 27 2009
i have travelled all over the world and this has been one of the best hotels ive stayed,whether its a 5 star or not!

Beverley Graham
Nov 20 2008
An absolutely unforgettable experience, that is exactly what it is ' AN EXPERIENCE' never to be forgotten. It is not a five star luxury hotel, it is very basic but most importantly it is clean, it's an accommodation with a difference - to test the senses and it does. Having read other comments I have been led to comment myself even though it is over a year since we visited Utter Inn, negative and neutral comments are undeserving and unfair! It is clear to see what this property offers and if you are not 'up for it' don't go! However I would urge everyone young and old with a certain level of agility - able to climb a ladder to visit, We went for my husbands 40th and took our then 8 year old son with us, we all had a fantastic experience and we still talk about it now, If you haven't yet been don't talk about going, don't hum and ha - throw caution to the wind, just book it and go!

shawne boring
Aug 25 2007
this would be awesome to just get away from everyone

Gizella
Jan 27 2007
Just not my idea of a super vacation spot. Sorry. I personally feel that it just boils down to individual taste and the fear of being underwater to sleep, to me, is overwhelming.

linda princeton
Jan 27 2007
toilet and cooker are in the shed above.

Maja Glozynska
Jan 15 2007
And where is a toilet??

Brian Sternecker
Aug 14 2006
What an experience- This is only about an Hour West of Stockholm- Well Worth the stay

jill snyder
Jul 1 2010
Based on reviews here we decided to spend a night here during our 2 week honeymoon in Scandinavia. This was one of the most memorable nights on our fabulous trip. This little red hut in the middle of the lake provided an enchanting and idyllic escape. Who knew it would be so much fun to sleep with the fishies? Very kind, solicitous staff, BTW, that provided transport out and back on a high speed inflatable, and a delicious cooler of food. The inn has a small raft you can row to a nearby uninhabited island, and the lake water was very pleasant to swim in, too.

Zahlina martin
Mar 1 2010
it wuz great ! i saW THINGS THAT i had never imagined and then again im only 17

anna acauliff
Jul 27 2009
i have travelled all over the world and this has been one of the best hotels ive stayed,whether its a 5 star or not!

Beverley Graham
Nov 20 2008
An absolutely unforgettable experience, that is exactly what it is ' AN EXPERIENCE' never to be forgotten. It is not a five star luxury hotel, it is very basic but most importantly it is clean, it's an accommodation with a difference - to test the senses and it does. Having read other comments I have been led to comment myself even though it is over a year since we visited Utter Inn, negative and neutral comments are undeserving and unfair! It is clear to see what this property offers and if you are not 'up for it' don't go! However I would urge everyone young and old with a certain level of agility - able to climb a ladder to visit, We went for my husbands 40th and took our then 8 year old son with us, we all had a fantastic experience and we still talk about it now, If you haven't yet been don't talk about going, don't hum and ha - throw caution to the wind, just book it and go!

Brian Sternecker
Aug 14 2006
What an experience- This is only about an Hour West of Stockholm- Well Worth the stay

Gizella
Jan 27 2007
Just not my idea of a super vacation spot. Sorry. I personally feel that it just boils down to individual taste and the fear of being underwater to sleep, to me, is overwhelming.

shawne boring
Aug 25 2007
this would be awesome to just get away from everyone

linda princeton
Jan 27 2007
toilet and cooker are in the shed above.

Maja Glozynska
Jan 15 2007
And where is a toilet??

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