The ‘ZERO STAR hotel’ where guests pay £275 a night to sleep on a bed in a ‘room’ with no walls


The ‘ZERO STAR hotel’ where guests pay £275 a night to sleep on a bed in a ‘room’ with no walls or ceiling, located next to a Swiss petrol garage

  • The Riklin brothers have set up the hotel room on a roadside next to a petrol station in Saillon, Switzerland
  • Intention of their null stern suite – German for zero star – is to make guests think about the problems in world
  • Guests are invited in their ‘half sleep’ to consider topics like climate change, war and humanity’s endless quest for perfection and the damage it causes the planet – and the need for urgent changes in society

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‘I couldn’t sleep,’ and ‘my room was too noisy,’ may be complaints hoteliers dread from guests, but for the Riklin brothers that is the entire point of their latest ‘zero star hotel’ art installation.

The Swiss concept artists’ hotel room, which costs 325 Swiss franks (£275) a night, is essentially a double bed on a platform, with two bedside tables and lamps. There are no walls, ceiling or doors to provide any privacy or shelter.

They have set up their null stern suite – German for zero star – on a roadside next to a petrol station in the village of Saillon, in the southern Swiss canton of Valais.

The intention is to make guests think about the problems in the world, the twin brothers said, and inspire them to act differently.

‘I couldn’t sleep,’ and ‘my room was too noisy,’ may be complaints hoteliers dread from guests, but for the Riklin brothers that is the entire point of their latest ‘zero star hotel’ art installation. Pictured: Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed of the anti-idyllic suite at the Null Stern Hotel

The Swiss concept artists' hotel room is essentially a double bed on a platform, with two bedside tables and lamps. There are no walls, ceiling or doors to provide any privacy or shelter

The Swiss concept artists’ hotel room is essentially a double bed on a platform, with two bedside tables and lamps. There are no walls, ceiling or doors to provide any privacy or shelter

They have set up their null stern suite - German for zero star - on a roadside next to a petrol station in the village of Saillon, in the southern Swiss canton of Valais. Pictured: Saillon Mayor Charles-Henri Thurre is served by a butler in bed at the anti-idyllic suite of the Null-Stern-Hotel

They have set up their null stern suite – German for zero star – on a roadside next to a petrol station in the village of Saillon, in the southern Swiss canton of Valais. Pictured: Saillon Mayor Charles-Henri Thurre is served by a butler in bed at the anti-idyllic suite of the Null-Stern-Hotel

The intention of the Null Stern Hotel is to make guests think about the problems in the world, the twin brothers said, and inspire them to act differently. Pictured: Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Rikin pose next to the anti-idyllic suite

The intention of the Null Stern Hotel is to make guests think about the problems in the world, the twin brothers said, and inspire them to act differently. Pictured: Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Rikin pose next to the anti-idyllic suite

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the anti-idyllic suite of the Zero Star Hotel

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the anti-idyllic suite of the Zero Star Hotel 

They’ve created similar beds in idyllic spots, but this is their first ‘anti-idyllic’ site.

‘Sleep is not the point,’ said Frank Riklin. ‘What’s important is reflecting about the current world situation. Staying here is a statement about the need for urgent changes in society.’

Guests are invited in their ‘half sleep’ to consider topics like climate change, war, and humanity’s endless quest for perfection and the damage it causes the planet.

The brothers have created similar beds in idyllic spots. Pictured: The Bayart suite of the Zero Star Hotel, which offers guests a choice between four open-air rooms in Saillon, Switzerland

The brothers have created similar beds in idyllic spots. Pictured: The Bayart suite of the Zero Star Hotel, which offers guests a choice between four open-air rooms in Saillon, Switzerland

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the Bayart suite of the Zero Star Hotel, located on a hillside in Saillon

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the Bayart suite of the Zero Star Hotel, located on a hillside in Saillon

Swiss artists Frank Riklin and his brother Patrik pose with co-founder of the Zero Star Hotel Daniel Charbonnier in the Vineyard suite in Saillon

Swiss artists Frank Riklin and his brother Patrik pose with co-founder of the Zero Star Hotel Daniel Charbonnier in the Vineyard suite in Saillon

The artists have placed a bed amongst the vines of a Swiss vineyard in the village of Saillon

The artists have placed a bed amongst the vines of a Swiss vineyard in the village of Saillon 

Swiss artists and co-founders of the Null-Stern-Hotel (Zero-Star-Hotel) Frank Riklin and his brother Patrik pose in the bed of the Vineyard suite in Saillon

Swiss artists and co-founders of the Null-Stern-Hotel (Zero-Star-Hotel) Frank Riklin and his brother Patrik pose in the bed of the Vineyard suite in Saillon

Swiss artist Patrik Riklin prepares the Bayart suite, which is located on a hillside, in the village of Saillon

Swiss artist Patrik Riklin prepares the Bayart suite, which is located on a hillside, in the village of Saillon

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the Bayart suite of the Null-Stern-Hotel (Zero-Star-Hotel), offering guests a choice between four open-air rooms in reaction to the world current state after the pandemic, in Saillon

Swiss artists Frank and Patrik Riklin pose on the bed in the Bayart suite of the Null-Stern-Hotel (Zero-Star-Hotel), offering guests a choice between four open-air rooms in reaction to the world current state after the pandemic, in Saillon

‘In a nutshell, now is not the time to sleep, we have to react,’ said Patrik Riklin. ‘If we continue in the same direction we are today, there might be more anti-idyllic places than idyllic.’

The project, which has been developed with hotelier Daniel Charbonnier, also features three further null stern suites in a more idyllic vineyard and on a picturesque hillside.

The suites, which come with butler service offering drinks and breakfast, will be available form July 1 to Sept. 18. The price for an imperfect night’s sleep: 325 Swiss francs (£276).



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