This Swiss Zero-Star Hotel Lets You Sleep Under the Stars

The only star is you


This unique zero star hotel lets you sleep in style under the stars in the Swiss Alps

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If you’re a fan of minimalistic living and traveling, the Null Stern, or “zero star” hotel hidden in the Swiss Alps might be just the thing for you. The room, located 1.969 meters above sea level in the mountains of Graubünden, has no walls, roof or bathroom – and consists of only a bed with two nightstands and lamps. Local farmers work as butlers for the room, and will deliver guests breakfast in bed, and a public bathroom is a 10 minute walk away in a nearby restaurant.

The Alpine “hotel” is the brainchild of concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin, who first developed the Null Stern concept in 2008, when they put beds in an underground nuclear fallout shelter near St Gallen and rented them out for $20 a night. "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 the Riklin’s business partner Daniel Charbonnier.

The idyllic bed under stars comes with a hefty price tag of a little over $250, but was fully booked out just days after opening in July of this year. While, the concept certainly has a comical element to it, it's nonetheless a serious statement. “We are making a statement of the antithesis of the megalomania of this time,” says Patrik Riklin. “The zero means freedom from the absurdity of the star system and questions the idea of luxury.”

The brothers have plans to expand their concept by installing 25 beds in different valleys across the country. Maybe soon, sleeping in comfort under the stars could become a global trend.

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