And while the hoteliers compete to come up and offer more extravant and luxury amenities to their guest, two conceptual artists (and twin brothers) Frank and Patrik Riklin have something completely different, but certainly unique in their mind. The two of them are the brains behind Null Stern Hotel or Zero Star Hotel. This does not refer to the classification, but is part of the hotel brand name Null Stern – the only star is you. Null Stern is actually an 1980s nuclear fallout shelter converted in the hotel in the small Swiss town of Teufen, in the canton of St Gallen near the Austrian border.
Part of their unusual project is the open-air hotel meaning you’ll sleep under the sky.
Frank said: “The landscape of Switzerland is the imaginary building of our new hotel.”
The idea of the Null Stern in this case is to give guests a chance to romance with nature by getting up, close and very personal. That’s mean a double bed with plush pillows and blankets, two side tables with lamps and no walls. Just two of you and nature. There is no toilet either. The brothers said, “If nature calls, you can use the nature around you.” For those who do fancy a bit more luxury, they will find a public toilet and a washroom just ten minutes away.
You’ll be accompanied only by butler. The brothers say they managed to find local farmers who agreed to sign up and work as butlers for the project. They will serve food – coffee and organic sandwiches.
The open-air hotel room is already bookable for each night from spring until late autumn but reservations can be cancelled at the last minute if rain is forecasted. This experience will cost you £197 ($260) for one person per night.