In honor of the closing of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, I present to you another three hotels that you can stay at which have a sci-fi or futuristic inspired decor.
Qbic Hotel – Amsterdam, Netherlands
This budget conscious hotel features rooms built around what they call a Cubi, a cube-shaped living space that features a bed , anchored on one side by a counter and a small bathroom on the other. This compact Cubi is self-contained and features mood lighting (a different color for each one – purple, red, yellow, etc), so it’s like a room within a room.
The hotel itself is extremely self-service, as well. Guests check in via a computer terminal, which issues the room key, and instead of a restaurant, there are only vending machines dispensing home-made food from local caterers and bakeries. There’s very little human interaction, compared to a normal hotel.
Rates start at €69 (US$98) a night and can be booked online.
[Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XX Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Phone 00310(0)433211111]
Eden Hotel – Taiwan
Holy Batman!! If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a caped crusader, you’ll enjoy the decor of this room, which looks like a mini-Batcave. The couch is housed in a Batcar, and the headboard is a huge Batman logo, mirrored at the other end of the bed by the logo that holds a large flatscreen TV.
The entire hotel is one of those fantasy hotels, with rooms ranging from romantic to raunchy (complete with penis lamps bedside – no, I’m not making that up). But here, in room #315, you can live the life of a superhero, by the hour or by the night.
Rates start at approx US$50 for 3 hours or US$105 a night and can be booked online.
[Yucheng Road, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, No. 1685, Taiwan; Phone (07) 974-0888]
Hotel Silken Puerta America – Madrid, Spain
Each floor of this hotel has a different theme, courtesy of a different designer, but it’s the all white “Space Club” floor that invokes feelings of being on board some futuristic space ship.
With curved walls, hidden lighting and use of plastic-based non-linear furniture, it’ll be hard not to feel like you’re no longer on planet Earth. Room doors even slide open.
Rates start at €230 (US$325) a night and can be booked online.
[Avenida de América, 41 Madrid 28002, Spain; Phone 34 917 445 400]
Need more options? Check out these 5 Cool Sci-Fi Themed Lodgings to stay at. All proof that hotels need not be a boring four walls and a bed.