London's new floating hotel is luxury accommodation with a cause

Good Hotel, floating hotel in London

A floating hotel will open in London this September - and there's more to the architectural marvel than meets the eye.

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The Good Hotel, which first launched in Amsterdam in 2015, plans to be a place where Londoners can meet, stay and relax, but above all, a project which will create a better future for long-term unemployed locals.

The social enterprise project promises to offer the unemployed custom-made hospitality training and the chance for a new future.



Good Hotel's accommodation will provide a luxurious stay for guests who dream of spending the night on the water, while contributing to the development and education of less advantaged communities.

The hotel will be located in Royal Victoria Dock and offer 148 guest rooms, a rooftop garden with a cafe and terrace, a living room offering food and drinks as well as ample working space, and meeting rooms.

Good Hotel, floating hotel bedroom

Speaking to The Guardian, Jos de Groot, director of operations at the Good Hospitality Group, said the project aims to help people from different backgrounds, such as a young mother who has fallen off the career ladder, someone who lost their job in the recession or someone with a criminal record.

"They all need a second chance," he says.

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This hotel in Stratford is just 200 metres away from London's iconic Olympic Park and is based inside Westfield Shopping centre. Ideal for taking a tour of the park where history was made, dashing out for a spot of shopping or heading into London. Visit Premier Inn Stratford. Prices start at £64. 
Once the home of famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais, Arosfa is now a family run B&B in the heart of central London. Within walking distance of some of the capital's major landmarks, the Arosfa offers good quality accommodation at a great price. Visit their website for more information: arosfalondon.com. Prices from £122. 

The Luna Simone is a family-run business based in Victoria, within close distance of many of the capital's most famous tourist attractions. This central London hotel is home to comfortable bedrooms in a variety of specifications to suit your needs. Prices start at £140. 

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The Hide, one of NW4's premiere hotels, is home to exquisitely designed decor, stunning interiors and great travel connections. Just two minutes walk from the Northern line, visitors can leave the hotel and be in central London after just 20 minutes on the underground. Prices from £75. 

The newly-refurbished Strand Palace Hotel is steeped in history and set in the stunning location of west central London. Just moments away from the heart of the city, guests will be able to enjoy stylish, yet affordable comfort throughout their stay. Visit their www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk/ for more information. Prices from £235. 
Just around the corner from the Royal Opera House, the Covent Garden Hotel is right in the centre of London's famous theatre district. Surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants in the capital, each of the hotel's 58 rooms and suites are individually designed with all the modern facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Visit their firmdalehotels.com for more information. Prices from £402. 
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Found on the doorstep of King's Cross and St.Pancras station, just 300m away, Tune Hotel is situated in the perfect location to make the most of the international transport services in the area. If you're looking to stay on home soil then popular attractions such as British Library, British Museum and Camden Market are close by too. Prices from £99. 
Z Hotel in Soho gives its guests the chance to stay in the heart of central London for an affordable price. The hotel is found in a stunningly designed conversion of 12 Georgian townhouses, inside of which you will find 85 rooms clustered around a picturesque central courtyard. Prices from £175.
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