Patience you must have, my young padawan. And patient they have, die-hard fans of Star Wars been. More than ten years after its last release, Star Wars finally returns on 17 December to take us on yet another epic intergalactic journey with “The Force Awakens”.
To celebrate the return of this long-awaited series, we present these surreal and futuristic hotels to inspire you to live out your Star Wars fantasies. Featuring actual robots, hi-tech in-room technology and lighting evocative of Jedi sabres, these hotels offer a cosmic experience even Queen Amidala would approve of.
Wanderlust Singapore prides itself on its alternative approach to accommodation. The four storey boutique hotel in Little India has different design themes for each level – ‘Industrial Glam’, ‘Eccentricity’, ‘Is It Just Black and White?‘ and ’Creature Comforts’, transporting the visitor to a surreal dreamscape of art, origami and childhood fantasies.
On the top floor, you will find the whimsical Space Room, a loft dotted with tiny LED lights across the dark walls with your very own in-built floor-to-ceiling spaceship.
The Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, is located approximately 50 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. Of the six tree rooms available, The UFO stands in sharp contrast to its natural surroundings, offering guests the opportunity to alternate between two starkly different environments.
The UFO Room can house five people (2 adults, 3 children), and is suspended 4-6 metres above ground with spectacular views of the Lule River. Despite the surrounding lack of amenities, rooms are modern and utilise an environmentally-friendly combustion toilet, where everything is incinerated at 600°C to replace the standard sewage system.
Kameha Grand Zurich
The designer of this super surreal Space Suite at the Kameha Grand Zurich is Michael Najjar. While he’s not deep in creative pursuits, you will find him flying fighter jets in the stratosphere or undergoing space simulations in Russia. Special room features include a carpet with high-res images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a zero gravity bed, rocket-inspired spotlights and a steam bath with a view of ‘space’ outside the small window.
For those after a total immersive experience, the hotel offers a “Galaxy Getaway” for S$2,800, inclusive of a two-night stay, one hour A320 flight simulation and personal meet up with the designer in his studio.
Silken Puerta América Madrid
Silken Puerta América Madrid is a five-star design-focused hotel put together by nineteen of the best architecture and design studios of the world. Among the myriad of designer rooms, the ultra-modern Junior Suite Space Club is most unusual in the sheer and impeccably clean feel of its walls and floor.
Additionally, the suite’s winding and fluid forms are not only unique, but especially reminiscent of the curved structures found in Luke Skywalker’s home on the planet of Tattooine – perfect for those after a real Star Wars experience without compromising on comfort.
Another Spanish entry to the list is Barceló Sants in Spain, a modern, avant-garde designer hotel adopting a minimalistm black-and-white approach to its furnishings and décor. It is home to 378 “Orbital rooms” offering magnificent views of the city, with “hatches” for room doors. If you’re lucky, you might even catch R2D2 (yes, the actual robot!) wandering the halls of the hotel.
Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel
The Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel is a futuristic-looking hotel offering small sleeping capsules in the Bao’an district of Shenzhen, China. Decked in shiny metals, space-themed furniture and purple LED lights, the hotel employs robots as wait staff, who deliver food and drinks to restaurant guests.
Similar to relatively cramped sleeping modules found in spacecraft, Pengheng’s double-deck capsules are designed for sleep, but also fully equipped with the mandatory tech amenities such as hi-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and universal electrical outlets.