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Saint Louis – A Luxury Hotel Boat in the South of France

Luxury cruise barge Saint Louis

Luxury Barge Saint Louis

Our 127 ton cruising hotel barge, the Saint Louis, was originally built in Holland, in 1923, as a bulk cargo carrier, mainly transporting gravel and grain within Holland. She is of a class of boat called a ‘Luxemotor’, recognisable from her size and her elegant, pleasing lines. The key requirements of such vessels when built included reliability, stability and practicality – which is why she made the perfect subject for her luxury cruise barge hotel conversion.

Hotel barge Saint Louis - plan

In 1994 she was refurbished from stem to stern and expertly transformed into a floating hotel haven of comfort and style, including the creation of three guest state rooms. This high quality foundation has been maintained and cared-for since then and in 2007 she underwent a complete refresh and restyle programme to keep her facilities thoroughly up-to-date.

Hotel Barge Saint Louis - Saloon

In the Saloon

Saint Louis’ style might best be described as ‘casual luxury’ – this is the style of the interior fittings and furnishings; and the outside lounge deck and its furniture. This concept encapsulates the ethos of the hotel barge, her skipper and crew; and the way in which cruises along the delightful waterways of south-west France aboard Saint Louis are experienced.

On the sun deck, there are cushioned solid teak chairs and sun-loungers to provide the perfect elevated canal-side view of the villages and the countryside, the locks and the bridges, as we cruise slowly past. Relax, chat, read a book – or do absolutely nothing except day-dream to the sound of bird-song. Or enjoy an alfresco meal of fresh local ingredients, with a glass of superb local wine.

Below, ‘up forward’ (at the front of the ship) are the guest cabins. In the centre of the boat is a generously sized saloon, dining area and bar. Aft (towards the back of the ship) lies the well-equipped kitchen, then the wheelhouse and finally the crew’s quarters.

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