The thought of boarding a rocket to whisk you off to outer-space for your next hotel stay seems like something you’d see in a movie, doesn’t it? It’s not though because expected in 2012, a hotel called “Galactic Suite” will be the first orbiting hotel. The $3 billion that it will cost to build the hotel has been paid for, mostly by a former aerospace engineer. Guests who travel to the hotel will wear “velcro suits to “crawl” around pod-like rooms so that they can stick themselves to the wall — Spiderman style.”
Any space trip isn’t cheap, and this is no exception. For $4 million dollars you’ll get a three-day stay in which you’ll see the sun rise each day 15 times. The director of the company, Xavier Claramunt says they know that there are at least 40,000 people in the world who could afford the $4 million price for the three-day stay. The hotel would consist of at least three pod-shaped rooms, and Claramunt says the biggest challenge thus far has been designing a bathroom. At this point they believe they have solved the shower problem by designing a “spa room” with floating bubbles of water.
I don’t know about you, but I simply can’t imagine planning my next vacation for a trip to space. The cost not only includes the trip into space and the stay at the hotel, it also covers “eight weeks of intensive training at a James Bond-style space camp on a tropical island.” Even if I had $4 million dollars that I didn’t know what to do with, I still don’t think I’d spend it on a hotel stay in space. Claramunt talked about the fear that many people would have of going into space, but not to worry, “That’s why the shuttle rocket will remain fixed to the space hotel for the duration of the guests’ stay, so they know they can get home again.”