Old buses, trains and a ship get new life as hotels

ericsaw 1 Old buses, trains and a ship get new life as hotels   Bintan Ferry

Singaporean businessman Eric Saw and MV Doulos

Old vehicles are a common sight in scrapyards, derelict and covered with rust as they wait to get scraped.

But a more ingenious and eco-friendly way is to convert them into hotels.

Meanwhile in Bintan, familiar face MV Doulos has been transformed into a hotel after journeying around the world for 102 years.

The ship was built in the US in 1914 and is the world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship. Singaporeans may also remember the ship as a floating bookshop in its later years, calling at several ports in Malaysia, and Singapore’s Harborfront.

When it was due to be scrapped in 2010, Singaporean businessman Eric Saw acquired the ship and renamed it Doulos Phos. He had intended to turn it into a floating hotel, but local authorities rejected his proposals.

Finally in 2013, Bintan Resorts International agreed to turn Doulos into a land-berthed hotel beside the Bandar Bentan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan, Indonesia, an hour away from Singapore.

The hotel will have a maritime museum, swimming pool, library, spa, piano lounge and an amphitheatre. The captain’s deck will house the presidential suite, a cabin which features a private jacuzzi and barbeque pit.

According to The Straits Times, the cost of the entire project is estimated to be between S$20 million and S$25 million. All the profits from the hotel will go to charity.

The floating hotel is slated to open this Christmas or early next year.

Source Asia One Travel