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We’ve been dusting off our light sabers ever since Disney announced plans for an immersive hotel in Orlando that will open as part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated addition to Walt Disney World, which promises to put guests smack in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
For hotel guests, the interactive, intergalactic experience will continue even after the park closes. The moment they step inside the property, they’ll become part of their own “storyline,” undertaking secret missions—and we’re not talking hot soaks in a claw-foot tub.
The hotel, which is slated to open along with the Star Wars-themed “land” in 2019 (if the force is with it), will resemble a starship, and each room will have a view—of outer space. Even hotel staff will get in on the action, dressing in costume and remaining in character at all times, which could prove interesting when Housekeeping shows up with the extra towels you requested.
If you don’t want to wait two years or more to blast off to points unknown, we’ve unearthed some space-themed rooms and suites at various price points that you can book now. Some merely nod to the theme, while others fully embrace it. Whether you’re traveling with a crew or Han Solo, these 10 picks will have you adding Tang and a spacesuit to your packing list.
The Kamena Grand Zurich Hotel
WHERE: Zürich, Switzerland
Best for: High-end travelers who can’t quite commit to spending $200,000 to reserve a seat on one of Virgin Galactic’s spaceships
If you don’t want to sacrifice luxury to experience an otherworldly evening, the hotel’s Space Suite is a great compromise. Guests checking into the fifth-floor suite, designed in tasteful shades of black, white, and gray by German artist Michael Najjar, are greeted by a robotic female voice inspired by John Carpenter’s sci-film Dark Star. Both the carpet and ceiling of the living area feature realistic crater-, star- and asteroid-like images made by melding together photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The ‘sleeping module’ (aka bedroom) contains a zero-gravity bed, but the suite is ultimately more chic than space geek.
INSIDER TIPNeed an extra hand? The suite features a space glove emerging from one of its walls where crew members can place phones or key cards until returning to earth in the morning.
Hotel Silken Puerta America
WHERE: Madrid, Spain
Best for: Those who are over the moon about good design
The 30 ultra-modern Space Club rooms designed by the boundary pushing designer Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016, comprise an entire floor of the hotel. Designed in black or white color schemes, each has color-changing Vortexx lighting. What makes these rooms look and feel truly futuristic is that the walls, floors, and furniture are all one continuous surface, complete with rounded edges and curves. Warning: The all-white rooms may not be ideal for those traveling with little ones.
Barceló Sants Hotel
WHERE: Barcelona, Spain
Best for: Singles and families who prefer subtlety over OTT space-themed rooms
This hotel, conveniently located above the Sants railway station, doesn’t hit you over the head with its space theme, but the understated lobby is inspired by a space station, and the 378 orbital rooms and suites promise to take guests on an imaginary galactic journey while also offering old-school comforts like free Wi-Fi, HDTV and iPhone docking stations. Carrying through on the futuristic theme are the property’s three aptly named restaurants: Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen, as well as an Orbital Bar.
Hotel Sidi Driss
WHERE: Matmata, Tunisia
Best for: Die-hard Star Wars fans who don’t shy away from adventure
In a remote village with a population of around 2,000, this 20-room hotel actually served as the location for Luke Skywalker’s sunken desert homestead on the planet Tatooine in 1976’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and again in the 2002 prequel Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The hotel, designed as a traditional cave-like underground building with echoing corridors and courtyards, is no touristy recreation—It’s the real deal. It may also be the biggest bargain of the last frontier. But don’t expect any bells or whistles for the price.
Gold Coast Hotel
WHERE: Hong Kong, China
Best for: Families with young space enthusiasts
The Outer Space Room in this clean and tidy hotel doesn’t subscribe to the theory that everything must be dark to feel galactic. Case in point: The room has a balcony with sea views. It also boasts a “crater” bed with astronaut spacesuit bedding for adults and a cylindrical rocket that’s big enough for kids to play and sleep in. There’s also a full-wall space mural, and 3D planets hanging from the ceiling.
INSIDER TIPThe room comes with a telescope so you and your little explorers can gaze at the stars, comets, and planets before turning in.
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The Wanderlust Hotel
WHERE: Singapore, Malaysia
Best for: Modernists with a sense of adventure—and a sense of humor
Located minutes from the city’s Central Business District, this boutique hotel’s ‘Whimsical’ room includes two dramatic spaces with floor-to-ceiling, multi-faceted metal rockets (red or gray) that are works of art in themselves. The stuffed aliens that greet visitors when they enter are a fun, if not as inspired, touch. Found on the hotel’s top floor, the dimly lit space-themed rooms have metal railings that lead explorers up to loft beds, where they can crash for the night under twinkling stars. If you’re looking for a modern take on outer space, consider this your place.
Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel
WHERE: Shenzhen, China
Best for: Solo travelers who seriously embrace space
Located in a pedestrian area of Shenzhen, this 17-room hotel (which is more like a hostel) has shared bathrooms along with a tech-inspired, futuristic aesthetic. Rooms resemble space capsules with neon lights, metallic surfaces, and bunk bed “pods.” Taking the theme seriously, the hotel staff is mainly robots; they complete check-in, provide security—even deliver room service!
Chula Vista Resort
WHERE: Clinton, Illinois
Best for: Families who are equally passionate about lunar landings, water slides and putting greens
Equipped with both a king-size bed and bunk beds, the Outer Space suite at this mammoth resort, boasting 600 rooms, suites, and condos, is large enough for a family of four (and adults get to sleep under a wall-sized picture of Saturn). But the real showstopper is the property grounds. Set on the cliffs of Wisconsin River, the resort boasts a new indoor water park with 1.5 miles of water slides, an outdoor wave pool, and an 18-hole champion golf course. It’s no wonder that we named it one of the 5 Best Family Resorts in the Wisconsin Dells.
INSIDER TIPThe resort has access to the Wisconsin Dells River Walk, a ¼-mile paved path that offers front-row views of the area’s colorful scenery.
Sunset Inn & Suites
WHERE: Clinton, Illinois
Best for: Grown-ups who want to get away to a galaxy far, far away
This adult-only Space Odyssey Suite, where smoking is permitted, is as tricked-out as they come. There’s a spaceship bed and a triangular whirlpool bath that glows under the stars from various galaxies. The suite has more of a futuristic retro vibe than some others, but the blue lighting and glow-in-the-dark planets on the walls and ceiling make you feel like you’ve left this planet behind.
WHERE: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Best for: A family-friendly crash pad
This hotel offers a variety of themed suites, including the Space Theme room, complete with a “command station” desk, futuristic bunk beds, and a jet-black, two-person Jacuzzi that’s great for relaxing after a long day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the area.