You may even say they are ... out of this world.
Between Nasa’s recent discovery of liquid water on Mars, last month’s Super Blood Moon and the recent meteor shower, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller and box-office blockbuster The Martian, and the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga The Force Awakens, (out this December), news about all things extraterrestrial have really been taking off lately. Pun intended.
And it’s pretty clear that our fascination with a world beyond our own isn’t going away anytime soon. For years, companies like Virgin Galactic and Space Adventures have been promoting zero gravity atmospheric flights for civilians in the hopes of creating a sub-orbital space tourism industry. But with the hefty price tag of $250,000 a pop, a seat on board is just a bit out of reach for the everyday space-obsessed human.
Fear not, mere mortals; it turns out you don’t have to orbit the galaxy to get an out-of-this world experience. Right here, on planet earth, hotels around the world are taking space-station chic to another dimension with everything from robot butlers to floating beds.
The Kameha Grand Zürich Hotel, Switzerland
Earlier this month, The Kameha Grand Zürich Hotel in Switzerland opened the doors to its signature Space Suite. From blastoff, guests are greeted by a robotic female voice inspired by John Carpenter’s 1974 classic film Dark Star before logging in to a computer that confirms handling instructions for the room, including its floating bed and 3D printed rocket engine spotlights. Did we mention the space suit glove that extends out of the wall as a landing spot for phones, keys, and other devices?
Designed by German artist, adventurer, and aspiring astronaut Michael Najjar, the suite was designed to make guests feel like they’re living inside a space station.
“It´s a transformational time for the space industry and scientific research with huge implications for the future of humankind and the relationship to our home planet,” Mr. Najjar said. For the going rate of $1,660 a night, the experience is sure to be out-of-this-world.
The Barceló Sants Hotel, Spain
From the space station-inspired lobby to the orbital rooms and suites, The Barceló Sants Hotel in Barcelona has all the bells and whistles necessary to enjoy an imaginary trip into outer space. With three on-site restaurants aptly named Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen, as well as the Orbital Bar, this iteration of the Barceló Hotels is a fun and unexpected departure from everyday hotel living.
Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel
Jetsons fans and tiny house enthusiasts rejoice, the Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel in Shenzhen, China’s Bao'an District is right up your alley. Entirely staffed by robots with blue LED-lit sleeping pods and space station-style bunks, the 27 rooms and 150 double-decker style capsules mimic an intergalactic space station experience.
Guests can even order food and drinks via tablet and have them delivered by robot. $11 per night, we say ‘beam me up, Scotty!’
ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Made entirely of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, The Ice Hotel is a glimpse of what life would feel like on the dark side of the moon. With temperatures dipping down to 23 degrees Fahrenheit, the hotel also features an ice bar, ice church, ice hall, ice reception area and rooms and suites for over 100 guests.
If that isn’t nifty enough, ICEHOTEL has partnered with Virgin Galactic to offer space trips on SpaceShipTwo for a two-hour flight including four minutes of weightlessness as you enjoy incredible views of our planet and space.
The Silken Puerta América, Madrid
No two floors are the same at The Silken Puerta América in Madrid, which was designed by nineteen architects from thirteen different countries. Each floor showcases a different stylistic concept, all of which play with different materials, colors, and shapes to create spaces that bring together the best in avant-garde design. However, the rooms that form award-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s Space Club really steal the show with their outstanding fluidity, bold lines, and the sci-fi feel of their totally white floor and walls.
Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmâta, Tunisia
Nicknamed the “Star Wars Hotel,” Sidi Driss in Matmâta, Tunisia was one of the filming locations for the Star Wars movies. Located in a traditional centuries-old house dug into sandstone, the hotel is a prime example of traditional Berber architecture. Open year round, the hotel can accommodate 145 guests in 20 rooms, grouped in four separate caverns.
Sci-Fi Hotel: Coming Soon to a galaxy near you
It may not exist yet, but the Sci-Fi hotel promises “an all-inclusive science fiction vacation spot that immerses people in science fiction branded architecture and stylistic innovations.” Guests will have the opportunity to stay in rooms inspired by films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror series Alien.