Unusual Hotels: Sleeping with the Fishes (Utter Inn)

by Zhiqiang & Tingyi on October 4, 2009 · 16 comments

Sweden’s Vasteras Utter Inn

utter inn exterior

From the shores of Lake Malaren in Sweden, the Utter Inn (see picture above) looks like a bright red gardening shack being rather out of place in the middle of the lake. 

This is actually a hotel big enough for 2 single beds.  The visible section of the Inn includes a kitchenette and little dining area surrounded by an outdoor terrace.  What’s really cool is the part you could not see from the shore – the bedroom is underwater!  The sleeping quarters, accessible via a ladder from the house, is submerged 3 meters (10 feet) underwater and has windows with views of the lake on all sides.

Utter inn layout

You will literally sleep with the fishes swimming around you – instead of you looking at fishes swimming within the confines of an aquarium, now you are in the aquarium with fishes swimming freely around you and looking at you while you sleep.  :-)


The Utter Inn staff brings guests to the Inn by boat from the port of Vasteras (about a 90 minute drive west of Stockholm) and then leaves you to enjoy it privately.  Don’t worry, you will not be completely stranded in the middle of a lake – There’s a small row boat you could use to explore the lake and the islands around it and the Utter Inn staff is just a phone call away.

You can prepare your own meals (there’s a little fridge and stove top) or have meals boated out to you.  Rates vary but average around 1200 Swedish Kroner.  Be aware, reservations should be made well in advance for this verypopular inn, especially during summer.  There is no official website for Utter Inn but you can contact someone in Västerås at this number: +46 (0)21-39 01 00 to make a booking.

utter inn sweden vasteras

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1 avontflex October 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

shark swims by and?!


2 Zhiqiang October 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm

draw the curtain and pray? :-) Unlikely there are sharks anyway since the house is in the middle of a lake or the sea.


3 MAYANK December 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm

hi thanks for sharing i really like this


4 accesags January 14, 2011 at 6:08 am

I found here something new and interesting. Thanks


5 Yee August 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Nice cozy place. Without you telling, I can guess where all the water discharge are going to anyway :)


6 Tim Kessler October 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm

What a great idea for an inn. I wish they’d have it near me cos I’d love to spend a night in one. Do they have only one or are there more floating around the lake?


7 Zhiqiang & Tingyi October 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Just one floating in the middle of the lake – i guess it must be quite expensive to maintain.


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9 Alan Jujitsu December 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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10 bugs January 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

I found here something new and interesting. Thanks


11 chebags January 14, 2011 at 5:44 am

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13 Martin January 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

What a brilliant idea. An Aquarium Inn. :) At 1200 kr. it is not cheap, but mind you, if it is only for a single day, that is not too much of an issue. I’ll be sure to drop next time I go to Sweden. ( I am Danish, living in London, but spend a fair amount of time in Sweden.)

Thanks Zhiqiang,



14 Zhiqiang & Tingyi January 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

no problem Martin, i agree its quite expensive but its a once-in-a-lifetime experience :-)


15 Jennifer September 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm


What a great article. The number that you book the hotel Utter Inn goes to Västerås Tourist Office: +46 (0)21-39 01 00. You can also book your hotel online at http://www.visit-vasteras.com.

Did you know that in Västerås is one more unusual hotel? Hotel Woodpecker up in an oak tree in the middle of central park of Västerås. More about both hotels can be found at http://www.visit-vasteras.com



16 Sam January 17, 2014 at 4:29 am

who is came up it?,so great idea, what about WIFI internet it is existing there:))


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