Zero-Star Hotel in Switzerland Moves Beds Outside

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. breathtaking / ˈbrɛθˌteɪ kɪŋ / (adj) – very beautiful

    The view from our hotel room is breathtaking.

  2. brainchild / ˈbreɪnˌtʃaɪld / (n) – the result of a person’s creative thinking

    The whole educational program was the teacher’s brainchild.

  3. veer / vɪər / (v) – to suddenly change course or direction

    The comment he made veered away from the topic.

  4. luxurious / lʌgˈʒʊər i əs, lʌkˈʃʊər- / (adj) – very expensive

    The luxurious food made them feel like royalty.

  5. novel / ˈnɒv əl / (adj) – new or different

    The company’s new product is a novel invention.


Read the text below.

Null Stern, a unique hotel with no walls, roof, and bathroom has opened in the Swiss Alps.

The hotel, which translates to ‘zero star’ in English, features only a double bed, a pair of nightstands, and lamps. Guests get to witness the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland’s landscape and sleep under the stars at night.

Like in most hotels, guests can avail of room service delivered by a butler, who is usually a local farmer. His tasks are to escort them to the site, serve food, provide weather reports, and entertain them with local jokes.

The concept was the brainchild of brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin, with the help of hospitality professional Daniel Charbonnier [SHAR-bon-nyey]. They said that the project aims to veer away from the luxurious hospitality approaches that people are accustomed to.

Switzerland is known for its mountain and lakeside resorts, where accommodations can cost a fortune.

Charbonnier said that the guests are more important than the hotel itself. He added that they removed the walls so that the guests can savor their unique experience.

This is not the first zero-star hotel in Switzerland.  The three creators already built their first zero-star hotel from an underground nuclear fallout shelter. Built in 2008, it could accommodate 14 people. The rate was £15 a night, and almost 3,000 guests made reservations during its first and only year of operation, which made their novel idea an instant hit.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

• Would you like to stay at the Zero Star Hotel? Why or why not?
• Describe your ideal hotel room.

Discussion B

• What are some excellent services that hotels in your country offer?
• What innovations have been introduced by hotels in your country to attract more clients?