An Outer Space Experience in Zürich

  • The Space Suite's zero-gravity bed, inspired by the monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    The Space Suite's zero-gravity bed, inspired by the monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • A space glove for guests to place their mobile phones. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    A space glove for guests to place their mobile phones. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • The space station-inspired Space Suite, designed by artist Michael Najjar. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    The space station-inspired Space Suite, designed by artist Michael Najjar. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • Every corner of the suite is adorned with futuristic space-themed furniture and entertainment options. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    Every corner of the suite is adorned with futuristic space-themed furniture and entertainment options. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • Space-themed artwork decorate the suite's walls. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    Space-themed artwork decorate the suite's walls. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • A mirror table in the suite's living room. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    A mirror table in the suite's living room. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

  • The Space Suite's rocket engine-inspired lights. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

    The Space Suite's rocket engine-inspired lights. (Photo: Michael Najjar)

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Space travel has always been a subject of much fascination. Over the past decade, space-themed films have showed in big screens around the world, becoming pop-culture sensations and inspiring the imagination of millions, while a commercial space travel program is currently in the works by Richard Branson’s spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic.

Tapping into this fascination is the Kameha Grand  Zürich, which earlier this month unveiled the Space Suite, the hotel’s latest addition to its selection of themed suites. Built to resemble a space station, with each guest taking up the role of a “crew member,” the suite was designed by artist Michael Najjar, himself an aspiring astronaut who has undergone as series of space training in Russia and hopes to be among the first to join Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight. Futuristic furniture adorn the suite, such as a floating or zero-gravity bed and rocket engine–inspired spotlights, while Najjar’s artwork and other space-related books, music, and films is available for guests to peruse. In its steam bath, guests will be whisked away on a galactic journey through the small windows that simulates a view into the universe. Several references to popular science fiction films can be found in the room, including the automated female voice that verifies guests upon their arrivala nod to John Carpenter’s film Dark Star—as well as the black rectangular bed, which is a reference to the monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Celebrating the suite’s launch, the hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is offering a Galaxy Getaway for a two-night stay in the Space Suite for US$3,845. The package includes daily breakfast, a 90-minute bodyflying session or an hour on an Airbus A320 simulator, a book of Najjar’s works, and an invitation to visit the artist in his Berlin studio.

 For more information, visit Kameha Grand Zürich.
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