Britain’s first luxury floating hostel has opened its doors – boasting stunning harbour views and plush fittings for as little as £22 per night.
The Kyle Blue is a Dutch barge which has been converted into a 30-bed hostel in Bristol’s harbourside.
It has undergone a £200,000 refurbishment to offer both private and shared cabin accommodation aimed at the high-end backpacker.
The floating hostel is the brainchild of father-of-two Martin Jefferies, 48, who studied mechanical engineering at Bristol University.
Having set up the land-based Bristol Backpackers hostel almost 20 years ago, Martin said he wanted to create something similar, but more unique.
He said: “It was a soft start but I’m still feeling my way into the market, it has proved rapidly popular with people wanting small private cabins.
“It’s catered towards the more discerning independent traveler. The backpacker who wants something extra.
“It’s a great location with stunning views. It’s aimed at couples in particular and very small groups that want a peaceful, quirky, central, quiet location.
“I created Bristol Backpackers 17 years ago and rather than do another building base hostel I thought a floating hostel would be something I enjoy developing.”
Kyle Blue is a century-old former Dutch barge which was formerly a restaurant on the floating harbour in Bristol.
Recreational skipper Martin bought it 10 years ago and carried out the entire renovation himself with the help of his carpenter Trevor Gray, 42.
Since it was launched in November last year, the hostel pulls in on average 15 people per night.
The most impressive room is a spacious dorm that sleeps seven and has beautiful views of the water through the port holes.
On the top deck, a spacious living area with plenty of comfy seating leads into a fully equipped, communal kitchen.
A private three-bed cabin costs £49 per night and a bed in a mixed seven-bed dorm costs as little as £22.
It’s believed the Kyle Blue came to Bristol just after the Second World War. It was named by the Scots, and for a time changed its name to Point Break.