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Netherlands port town welcomes new dockside crane hotel

Crane Hotel tubA new crane hotel in the Netherlands town of Harlingen has opened for business and welcomed its first guests. The Crane Hotel Harlingen towers above the northern town’s dockside district and offers three exclusive suites with panoramic gravity-defying views.

The beautifully appointed suites enjoy elevated positions up to 50 metres above ground level. The picture windows built into the five star accommodation at the Crane Hotel are not for those who suffer from acrophobia, a fear of heights.

Serious adrenalin junkies will enjoy the peerless experience of sitting in a hot tub on the top tier and high above the suites. The crane’s opulent Panoramic Lounge brings guests closer to earth as it is only 15 metres above ground.

The three suites at the Crane Hotel are called Free Spirit, Mystique and Secret. Travel writers who were given sneak previews of the hotel say there is no need to choose a suite for its views as all three move with the directions of the wind.

Revamping the crane into a luxury boutique hotel took five years. The cost of building the suites is believed to have been the highest ever in the Netherlands. This is reflected in nightly rates which begin at €430 (£370).

The Harlingen Crane Hotel is the sister of a similar one which opened in Amsterdam a number of years ago. The two locations are a little over 100kms apart if taking the direct route across the 32km long Afsluitdijk causeway spanning the Ijsselmeer.

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