Get an expensive Hotel Room without a roof, walls and even a toilet.
Many of us pay so much to book a hotel room where we can find the ultimate comfort. But how about paying so much to be able to sleep in a too high place with too less amenities?
Located 6,463 feet above sea level in the middle of the Swiss Alps, the Null Stern concept hotel takes the minimalist approach to the extreme, removing the walls, roof, basic amenities like toilets and leaving guests with just a king-size bed and a stunning 360-degree view to admire.
Null Stern is German for “Zero Stars”, so you shouldn’t expect too much, but this open-air hotel does offer room service. Guests are welcomed by their very own butler with a drink and a breakfast basket. Throughout their stay, he will live in a nearby wooden cabin, where he will prepare their meals, including breakfast in bed.
Null Stern hotel co-founder Daniel Charbonnier says the goal was “to put the guest at the center of the experience and to focus on the intangible by reducing everything else to the minimum.” So they skipped building the walls and roof of the room, as well as the bathroom. That last one may be a big problem for a lot of people, but Null Stern mentions that there is a public bathroom available 10 miles down the mountain.
Booking a stay at the Null Stern hotel costs 250 Swiss Francs ($260) per night, which seems outrageously expensive, but hasn’t deterred people from fully booking it for the whole month of August. The hotel is open throughout spring and autumn, but owners reserve the right to cancel reservations at any time due to poor weather.
Interestingly, this is not the world’s first zero-star hotel. That title goes to an old nuclear bunker in the Swiss town of Tuefen, which Null Stern inaugurated in 2008. Who knows what they’ll come up with next. Whatever it is, I bet people will pay big money to stay there.