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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a ship converted to a permanently moored hotel.
  • n. living quarters built on a floating platform, such as near an offshore oil rig.


Blend of float and hotel (Wiktionary)


  • This barge is a floating hotel, or "flotel," set up by BP and several subcontractors to accommodate more than 500 workers hired to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Top Stories

  • Former ADN reporter Charles Wohlforth recounts his surprise at coming upon a luxuriant "flotel" for pipeline workers in a remote stretch of wild Prince William Sound.

    News on Anchorage Press

  • At Port Fourchon, the oil industry's hub on the Gulf, a flotel there is the only way to station workers in a massive shipyard surrounded by ecologically sensitive marshes and beaches.

    'Flotels' Await Oil Spill Cleanup Workers On Gulf

  • On Monday afternoon, the living quarters on the flotel sat empty. Top Stories

  • Another flotel sits about 15 miles away, off Grand Isle, and BP plans to establish them elsewhere along the coast. Top Stories

  • The flotel could be moved if significant amounts of oil wash up at another location. Top Stories

  • Louisiana might prefer a long drive home each to staying on the flotel. Top Stories


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