Forget about counting sheep. Check in to one of these Switzerland hotels and you’ll be counting stars – of the galactic kind.
High thread count bed sheets, rain showers and chocolates at turndown are hotel niceties we all look forward to. But at a time when space and nature are travel’s greatest luxuries, perhaps the ultimate place to check in is one that pays homage to your surrounds – with a quirky twist.
Welcome to Switzerland’s Million Stars Hotels, a portfolio of one-off properties that all – whether on a mountain peak or rooftop – have an unimpeded view of the starry night sky from your bed. That might be because you’re sleeping outdoors, have a glass roof above you, or have picture windows that frame your outlook. Read on to discover these six dazzling bubble hotels and tiny homes.
Sternenberg – Star Base
Spend the night in the highest municipality in the canton of Zurich, where your altitude means you’re particularly close to the galaxy. The Milky Way will feel even closer when you check in to one of the two Star Base huts on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
Essentially glass cubes with a bed, both accommodations also have a glass roof, allowing for gleaming night displays thanks to a complete lack of light pollution in this part of the world. The only thing around you? Idyllic forests and meadows. Sit by the fire as the day ends, and look forward to endless hours of shooting stars.
Thurgau Himmelbett Bubble Hotels
With lake views and surrounded by verdant gardens, orchards and vineyards, the Himmelbett Bubble Hotels pop up at a number of locations across Thurgau in northeast Switzerland between April and October each year.
Pack a picnic dinner and bottle of wine and soak up the serenity of your private perch. Should you wish to explore further afield, e-bikes are provided.
All stays include breakfast delivered directly to your transparent abode. Plus, you can upgrade your stay to also feature a four-course dinner.
Zurich – Widder Hotel
Occupying a historic 700-year-old building, this intimate Switzerland city hotel is full of character and charm. Case in point is the Penthouse Bubble Suite, which will have you feeling like you’re on top of the world.
Over the summer season, a transparent bubble sits pretty on the property’s rooftop, with room for a bed for two – and not much else. Because when you have views of the Alps and Lake Zurich as you drift off, you need for nothing.
If you can tear yourself away, you also have full reign of the luxe Penthouse Suite below. It comes with a fireplace, bespoke furniture and marbled bathrooms.
Brunni Tiny House Gondola
Most visitors to Switzerland will have travelled in a gondola at some stage in their journey but sleeping in one is a completely novel experience.
From June through October, the Tiny House Gondola welcomes overnight guests to its 1,888-meter perch in the Brunni region of Engelberg.
You reach the re-fitted cabin by cable car, then chill out in a part of the world that will take your breath away in more ways than one. The quiet, the stars, the mountain views – this will spoil you for hotel stays forever.
Interlaken Carlton-Europe Vintage Adults Hotel
There are plenty of rooms to choose from at this Switzerland hotel. But the one you’ll want to book is the Aarmuhle Penthouse Suite.
In addition to inside bedrooms and bathrooms – one with a sauna – a stay here comes with private access to the roof terrace.
Here, a greenhouse-style pavilion perches high above Interlaken. Replete with a plush double bed, fur blankets and, most importantly, unbroken mountain views.
Sunset cocktails, midnight stargazing and breakfast as the day begins… what a way to be reminded how wonderful Switzerland is.
Löetschen Pass Hut Stargazing Bed
If you want to feel completely insignificant, in the best possible way, this is the place to sleep. The Lötschenpasshütte (2,690 metres) sits between the Gasterntal and Lötschental valleys, surrounded by the 4,000-metre peaks of the Valais.
Lace up your hiking shoes, because the mountain hut can only be reached on foot. Your effort is rewarded when you arrive, with comforting regional cuisine dished up in the hut before you retire to your outdoor bed, where the only things between you and nature are the sheets.
Don’t be surprised if you wake up to an ibex grazing next to you.
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