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This Swiss ‘zero-star hotel’ offers rooms with no ceilings and walls

By Sofia Valderama Published Jul 07, 2022 5:37 pm

Do you believe that sleep is for the weak? If so, then Switzerland's Null Stern Hotel would make for an ideal vacation place for you.

This ‘anti-idyllic’ hotel concept encourages you to have sleepless nights while thinking about the urgent changes that have to be done in society. 

Swiss concept artists and twin brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin set up an open-air hotel room on a roadside station in Saillon in the southern part of the canton Valais, Switzerland.  

“In this new anti-idyllic version, sleep is not the point. What’s important is reflecting about the current world situation. Staying here is a statement about the need for urgent changes in society,” Frank Riklin told Reuters in German. 

With the help of hotelier Daniel Charbonnier, the suites of Null-Stern are located at three idyllic spots with panoramic views: at a gas station, at a vineyard, and at the top of a hill.  

Patrik Riklin told Reuters that the goal of their hotel is not to provide guests with rest but to urge them to wonder about the crises of the world. Some of the topics that guests are encouraged to consider are climate change, war, and humanity. 

"If we continue in the same direction we are today, there might be more anti-idyllic places than idyllic," he said. 

Despite not having a roof over their heads, guests can stay at the Null Stern Hotel for 325 Swiss francs (P​​18,712) a night and are provided with a butler as well as drinks and a breakfast. 

“For us, this anti-idyllic room is clearly about thinking of today; sleeping, thinking, and then maybe acting for many things in this world. Whether it is to make people have a roof over their heads, about consumption of gasoline, and everything you can see here on this side of the road with passing cars,” Saillon Mayor Charles-henri Thurre shared in French. 

The anti-idyllic art installment will be open from July to Sept 18, 2022. But as of June 18, the hotel’s waitlist is already at 6,500 people.