Utter Inn is not your run of the mill hotel to say the least. Why you ask? Well, for starters, it’s located in the middle of Sweden’s largest lake, Lake Mälaren. Originally an art project, this small inn/hotel has created a lot of talk for such a tiny building.
To uneducated passersby, the inn appears to be a small fishing shack painted in the traditional Swedish colors of red and white. However, further investigation reveals this tiny shanty has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. When entering the small quarters through the traditional Swedish white door, the space seems like an average room.
Then it begins to get interesting; in the middle of the floor, a man-hole can be uncovered, leading three meters underwater to a six square meter sleeping quarter.
The single underwater room offers 360-degree panoramic views, giving dwellers exclusive access to the unseen parts of the lake and its aquatic residents! The small unique hotel opened in June of 2000 and has attracted guests from all over the world. You can be one of those visitors for the meager price of around $165 a night, and no, continental breakfast is not included.
The brainchild of Mikael Genberg, Utter Inn is an artistic piece that was meant for the public to view, he explains:
All Swedish people have some kind of memory of the red house with white gables…this hotel represents almost all [traditional] Swedish dreams… having their own red house with white gables on their own island.