The Null-Stern Hotel has no roof or walls, but it comes with a butler!
The Null-Stern-Hotel, located in Gonten, at an altitude of 3,937 feet in the eastern Swiss Alps of Switzerland, is a zero-star hotel with a bedroom that is literally an art installation.
The zero-star hotel has no roof and walls but it comes with a modern butler service, the butler being “a local farmer in rubber boots” who will serve you a welcome drink and breakfast in bed.
The Swiss hotel is a conceptual art project with the objective of providing guests with unobstructed views of Switzerland’s majestic landscape, by allowing them to lay down in a room that is in the middle of the Swiss meadows, set against a backdrop of mountains. It is reminiscent of the scenic Alps that author Joanna Spyri so beautifully depicts in the classic book, Heidi.
The minimalist project is the brainchild of twin brothers, Frank and Patrik Riklin, and their partner Daniel Charbonnier. The idea behind the concept is to “explore traditional approaches to hospitality in the wealthy country known for its luxurious top-star mountain and lakeside resorts”, they told Reuters.
“Our artistic perspective is to go in the other direction. There is freedom in the zero to define luxury anew,” Frank said.
The hotel comes with a one-of-a-kind outhouse bathroom about three minutes away at an Alpine hut that serves as a backup during and in the case of bad weather.
Last year, the weather wiped clean 37 of the 60 available nights outdoors. Currently, almost all accommodations at the hotel have already been sold out, which attests to the popularity of the concept.
There have been more than 1,300 requests for reservations from all over the world, from countries as far apart as the US to Australia and Iraq to Africa.
This extraordinary experience is a worthy addition to the bucket list!