UTRECHT is a 39 meter sand barge built in Holland and used to transport sand and gravel form eastern Germany to Holland along the famous Rhine Canal which passes through the Dutch city of Utrecht from where she took her name. These great sand barges are a common sight on the Rhine Canal, usually without motors, they are pushed along by tug boats which can sometimes be seen pushing three barges along heavily laden with aggregates and fuels.

She is now offered to the Irish Ship and Barge Accommodation Company for the purpose of conversion to an accommodation barge offering visitors to the City of Cork short and intermediate term hotel accommodation in a unique environment in Cork Harbour.


Designed to offer high quality accommodation fitted to a three star hotel standard for 60 guests, Ronans hotel boat ‘ Utrecht’ wishes to present short and intermediate term accommodation for visitors to Cork at rates slightly higher than shore hotels in light of the unique experience of staying afloat.

The directors of Ronans hotel boat ‘ Utrecht’ wish to develop a hotel where travellers can meet fellow travellers, socialise and perhaps meet Irish visitors who may not necessarily be staying aboard.


“To create a high quality hotel which is clean, fresh and well ventilated, warm in the winter and cool in the summer, a friendly, personal area which acts as a social meeting place where guests have the same services as shore hotels with the added romance of staying afloat in the heart of the city.”

We are determined to provide our guests with additional special memories during their visit to Cork.

We intend to offer weekly live traditional music evenings on board open to guests and shore visitors.

The directors are dedicated to provide a hotel which is well managed and well maintained.


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The emphasis of staying afloat on Ronans hotel boat ‘Utrecht’ will focus on finely finished surroundings based on the great liners which plied the oceans nearly one hundred years ago. Even today the ‘floating palaces’ and the ‘grand hotels’ are still symbols of elegance and glamour, stylish travel and refined luxury even though they have long been replaced by aircraft.

At Ronans hotel boat ‘Utrecht’ we will attempt to capture the experience of life afloat on the luxury liners by employing a marine interior using teak, mahogany and brass fittings throughout. We aim to offer our guests a unique accommodation experience, luxury climate controlled accommodation and a generous wood panelled saloon area with sofas around a real open fire, (considered an extravagant luxury in the 1920s) where guests can socialise, play board games or relax with a good book. On deck, the guests can promenade under covered spaces or lounge on our fore peak sundeck. Ronans hotel boat ‘Utrecht’ is designed as much more than a place to sleep, it is without doubt a place to stay, a place where we encourage guests to socialise and spend some of their time in Cork afloat.

Ronans hotel boat ‘Utrecht’ offers accommodation for up to 60 guests and 2 ‘crew’ in nineteen assorted cabins. All rooms boast washing facilities en suite, plenty of stowage, colour 16” plasma televisions with radio and full independent climate control with forced ventilation throughout, each cabin also has large brass portholes. With fourteen private double cabins en suite and five dorm also en suite, the remaining accommodation is serviced by a combined shower / toilet and separate single toilet and shower cubicles. Cabins will have tea & coffee making facilities.

All cabins have dedicated climate control units. These units can heat or cool by recycling air in

the cabin and are controlled by keypads in each cabin. Guests will be obliged to pay for the use of the units by using associated coin operated machines in each cabin. The cabins are constantly force ventilated by silent blowers located under the steering shelter; removing used air through dedicated vent work at floor level and drawing fresh air off the top deck through a heat exchanger and additional vent work throughout the cabins.

The barge has a roomy galley available for rolex replica uk use and a pleasant wheelhouse overlooking her proud bows and offering guests superb views of the river / city. The ship will also feature internet connections for guests use. The main saloon measures 5.8 meters by 12 meters with plenty of windows and double doors out to the covered stern deck. We intend to make this area accessible to guests from breakfast until midnight.

Ronans hotel boat ‘Utrecht’ is designed to serviced by the city utilities from ashore. The ship has modest holding tanks for fresh, grey and black water. Oil fired central heating and all lighting and pumps run off shore power. Water is heated by solar heating panels on the top deck with assistance from the oil fired boiler.



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