For those who dream of living like an astronaut without the inconvenience of atrophy and motion sickness, one hotel is now offering guests a luxurious outer-space experience. At the Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel in Switzerland you can lodge in their space suite for $2000 a night (still a bargain compared to what a commercial space flight would cost).
When entering, guests are greeted by a robotic female voice inspired by John Carpenter’s 1974 sci-fi film Dark Star. The carpet is designed with inverted, high-res images taken by the Hubble Telescope that have been stitched together to form an abstract space scene. The ceiling lights were made to resemble rocket engines, and a space suit glove extends out from the wall as a spot for lodgers to keep their phones and keys. The room's most impressive feature is its “zero gravity” bed. It’s built in a way that makes it appear as if it’s floating above the floor, and the black, monolith design is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Everything was designed by German artist and aspiring astronaut Michael Najjar. Though he’s still waiting to travel to outer space, he’s undergone plenty of realistic space training in Russia including a spacewalk simulation, centrifuge training and jet flights into the stratosphere. He plans to join Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Pioneer Astronauts on their spaceflight, which would make him the first contemporary artist in space. His lifetime fascination with space travel comes through in his work, which has been displayed at museums and galleries around the world. A few of his pieces, “Liquid Gravity,” “Space Voyagers” and “Orbital Cascade,” can be seen hanging on the walls of the space suite.
The suite is just one of the hotel's several themed rooms, others which include a casino room, a burlesque suite, and a sports-themed room complete with a foosball table and punching bag. Though the space suite may lean more toward fiction than science, it definitely looks more comfortable than a night in the International Space Station.
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