There is no roof, there are no walls, and not even a bathroom (at least not one closer than a 10-minute walk away). There is, however, a butler on hand to serve food, water, and coffee upon arrival at this unique open-air hotel in the Swiss Alps.
Even if you consider yourself to be a well-travelled adventurer, chances are you’ve never experienced this kind of open-air hotel room now available at Switzerland’s Null Stern Hotel. Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrick Riklin can add hotelier to their respective résumés now. The duo has created a one-of-a-kind open-air hotel high atop the Swiss Alps. Sure, some tropical locales may have a large portion of a living room exposed to the elements, but this experience draws a fine line between luxury and whimsy.
Featuring nothing but a bed, two end tables, and two lamps, the open-air hotel “room” is minimalism in its truest form. With no walls or ceiling protecting occupants from the surrounding wilderness, it’s almost a camping experience. Maybe that’s the point? Frank and Patrick think sightseeing should be a more literal process that doesn’t stop when tourists return to their hotels after an eventful day.
At around US$250 dollars a night, a stay at the Null Hotel might seem a little overpriced. However, the idea certainly raises a few questions about possible adjustments to weather and climate though. Do they just tarp over the room when it rains? Are there summer and winter versions of this idea? Did the world really need a more pretentious version of camping? Regardless, the duo plan to open similar outdoor hotels around Switzerland.
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