Hotel suites are full of luxurious comfort, complimentary drinks, and lovely breakfasts for some. Others love the fluffy pillows and soft beds. This zero-star hotel has it all… Yet, there are no walls, no ceiling or roof. Would you stay there for a sleepless night?
Usual Stay In A Zero Star Hotel
You won’t believe it but people are fighting to stay in a zero-star hotel room, even though there are no walls or ceilings there. Created by the Riklin brothers, who are Swiss concept artists, the “anti-idyllic” zero-star hotel presents a new reality to visitors. And while it might not be the most comfortable, the so-called room is filled with appliances and has basic room service. Overall, it includes a double bed with bedside tables, lamps, plugs, and additional surfaces. The visitors will be provided with food and beverages. Still, they’ll have to eat and drink under the open sky! The suite itself is situated on a stone platform. The first and most popular hotel room is located on a roadside near a petrol station in Saillon village in Valais, Switzerland.
And as you might have guessed, there’s no shower or toilet. Rather, there’s no bathroom at all – only bushes and nature available for the guests’ disposal. So, why would anyone stay in such a weird accommodation, much more create it? The Riklin brothers are not into the hotel business or room design. Rather, they wanted to show people how bizarre our world has become, so the guests can reflect on the situation and come out with their ideas. “Sleep is not the point,” said Frank Riklin. “What’s important is reflecting on the current world situation. Staying here is a statement about the need for urgent changes in society.”
No Sleep – Only Thoughts
The Riklin brothers say that their guests rarely fall asleep. Instead, the “half sleep” guests are asked to think about worldwide issues like climate change, war, and more. If humanity decides to go in the same old direction, nothing will change for the best, per the brothers’ words. “In a nutshell, now is not the time to sleep, we have to react,” said Patrik. “If we continue in the same direction we are today, there might be more anti-idyllic places than idyllic.” The full project was created by Riklin’s collaboration with hotelier Daniel Charbonnier. Apart from the first and main suite, there are three more placed in the middle of the naturalistic imaginary. The null stern rooms are situated in a vineyard and even on a hillside!
So, how is the space protected when there’s no one staying in the bed? It’s covered with an agricultural protection sheet, the brothers say. As for the matresses and blankets, they are stored in a small shed near the bed. Want to skip going to the bushes and take a shower in the morning? Just 10 minutes away from the suites are a public toilet and washroom the visitors can use. Of course, the butler is also available as stated in the booking rules: all of them are local farmers who work with the brothers. They provide guests with drinks and breakfast.
The suites are open for booking until September 18. The price is 325 Swiss francs or $337.