Swiss Hotel Brings Space Station Comfort To Terra Firma for $2,000 a Night
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Perhaps you aren’t an astronaut (isn’t everybody?). And maybe you don’t have millions of dollars (shame on you.) Well, you can still enjoy a hotel stay that is out of this world, figuratively speaking.
CNN’s Milena Veselinovic reports on the aptly named Space Suite at the Kameha Grand Zurich hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.
As you will notice from the hotel’s website, there are plenty of posh and wildly comfortable accommodations at the location.
However, one particular suite stands out from the rest. It’s a room designed to look and feel like some section of a newfangled space station.
Granted, it’s far roomier, it’s devoid of ongoing experiments and there is a lack of astronauts floating around thanks to zero gravity—unless you bring those along.
Veselinovic spoke with German artist Michael Najjar who designed the room to evoke the look and feel of staying in outer space.
We leave it up to you whether the nearly $2,000 price tag is worth it, especially when Najjar offers: “The intention was not at all to create a comfortable bedroom. It's more about creating an immersive environment which makes the hotel guest feel like living on a space station.”
Our gut reaction is to save the two grand and just stay the weekend inside our clothes dryer.
However, the images and amenities make for a remarkably different experience. Here are a couple of images thanks to social media:
And if you are interested in the actual hotel, this video offers a glimpse of this stunning location:
You can see from the above images the look for which Najjar was going. But CNN’s report delivers a bit more on the exotic items you will enjoy during your stay.
This includes a "zero gravity bed" that juts out of the wall as if ripped from some sci-fi movie and actual Space Station and NASA TV programming, so you can tune into those people working in the interplanetary industry.
Veselinovic also states: “It features a two-screen video installation visualizing space debris in Earth's orbit, spotlights inspired by rocket engines, and a shelf shaped like a space glove to hold phones or key cards. The room also has a library of books, audiobooks and films related to space travel, with an automated female voice inspired by John Carpenter's science fiction film "Dark Star" welcoming the guests.”
We believe the voice referenced is the one that features one minute and 15 seconds into this trailer:
The Space Suite’s page gives a bit more detail, stating that you also get a kitchenette, wireless LAN and minibar. Sadly, an EVA suit to go on shuttle missions seems to be missing.
Now as for that $2,000 price tag, CNN reports it’s actually $1,890 per night for a two-night package.
Along with staying in "space" you also get a couple of extra super cool amenities, which includes “an hour in an Airbus A320 flight simulator and try body flying, a training technique used by skydivers which sees them suspended in a vertical wind tunnel.”
Until your name comes off the reserves list for the next space mission, consider staying grounded in this Swiss Space Suite.
It’s the perfect place to practice your moonwalk.
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