For many South African people, sleeping in a room that has no walls or ceilings just isn’t an option because of the high crime rate in the country. In Switzerland however, there are thousands of people lined up to sleep in a hotel room that consists only of a bed and bedside pedestals with night lamps on it. The hotel room is located next to a petrol station in the village of Saillon, in the southern canton of Valais, Switzerland, and was designed for people who want to ponder on “the current world situation.”
R5.4k wall-less hotel has a surprisingly big waiting list
How much are you willing to pay to sleep in a hotel room that can hardly be called a room? R5460 a night maybe?
Surprisingly enough, there are over 6000 people on the waiting list to spend a night at the strangely unique zero-star hotel which features only one room.
Swiss concept artists and twins Frank and Patrick Riklin shared with Euronews that the main aim of the hotel is not a peaceful night’s sleep. Instead, people come here to reflect on life and its many shortcomings.
“What’s important is reflecting on the current world situation. Staying here is a statement about the need for urgent changes in society,” they said.
“If we continue in the same direction we are today, there might be more anti-idyllic places than idyllic,” said Patrick.
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One of three
The project which was developed in a partnership with hotelier Daniel Charbonnier also has three other zero-star hotels in the Swiss countryside. One in a relatively quiet vineyard and another on a picturesque hillside in Switzerland.
The Mayor of Saillon, Charles-Henri Thurre gave the hotel a positive nod stating that it gives people an opportunity to think about how they can better society and the world in general.
“Whether it is people having a roof over their heads, or whether it is about fuel consumption, here next to the side of the road with the cars passing, you can reflect on all of these things.”