CORK could have its first floating hotel by the end of the year after An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission to the project.
Sick & Sore Limited first lodged plans for the hotel in December 2016. The company was granted approval by Cork City Council but the project was delayed when the decision was appealed.
The ship which had been chosen by the backers has since been sold but Sam Corbett, one of the men behind the project, is confident they can find another and refit in a matter of months.
“All the plans have been pre-agreed so we have all the design aspects done,” he said.
“We always knew the ship we require would need a refit so we have all those specs done out.
“We just have to go back to the port company now and have a chat with the shipyard in the Netherlands.”
The plan is to permanently moor a luxury cruise vessel at Penrose Quay, near the Custom House where it will operate as a high-end hotel with a restaurant. Initial plans also included modifications to the quay wall to allow gangway access.
“The rooms will be very high quality,” Mr Corbett said.
“This is not a dormitory, it is not a hostel. The is a five-star hotel in terms of interiors, a lot of thought has gone into it to get the quality right.
“Just imagine when the weather is nice, sitting there overlooking the Custom House and the vista. The city needs something different, I think it will be iconic.”