This stunning setup might look like Photoshop, but rest assured, this open-air hotel and the spectacular alpine views are all very real. The Null Stern Hotel just opened their latest venture: the ultimate minimalist hotel room that has no walls, roof, or bathroom, and is set 6,463 feet above sea level overlooking the beautiful Swiss alps of Graubünden. Although plumbing isn’t included in the stay, breakfast-in-bed and butler service are part of the deal. The price for such luxury, however, isn't cheap.
Swiss conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin originally created the minimalist, open-air hotel room for the Art Safiental land art festival, and then adapted it into the second reincarnation of Null Stern, a tongue-in-cheek art project and conceptual hospitality group that translates into “Zero Stars” and has the tagline “Null Stern—the only star is you.” Null Stern Hotel’s first-ever hotel room consisted of a former nuclear bunker converted into an “eco-luxury hotel” that operated between 2009 and 2010.
This year, the brothers revisited Null Stern and collaborated with hospitality professional Daniel Charbonnier to launch a new hotel room that only comprises a double bed, a pair of nightstands, and two lamps. Each night costs 250 Swiss francs (approximately $253 USD). A butler will also be there to serve guests breakfast in bed, although there’s no mention of where he’ll sleep. The nearest public bathroom is a 10-minute walk away. The organizers say that hotel room is available to book from spring to autumn, however, reservations can be cancelled at last minute if the weather is bad.
“Even though this version is radically different from the first one in the nuclear bunker, the essence and the spirit of the concept remains the same – to put the guest at the centre of the experience and to focus on the intangible by reducing everything else to the minimum,” said Charbonnier. Null Stern hopes to install similar open-air rooms throughout the Swiss countryside in collaboration with regional tourism organizations.
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