This month one of the most unusual hotels in the world opened in Poland. Blow Up Hall 50 50 is a luxury hotel in Poznan, Poland, which is themed around electronic art. It is built around an interactive art project by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, which consists of 2,400 scrambled images of hotel guests doing whatever they’re doing. The hotel has 22 bedrooms and instead of being given a key for your room, you are instead given an iPhone to locate your room (especially handy as none of the rooms have numbers). The action of reserving a room is also unconventional. When you make your reservation you are presented with three colours, three pictures and three numbers. The choices you make, dictate what spirit animal you are and you then booked a room accordingly. Sounds like amazing fun!
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Yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Alice Springs hotel in Australia, the largest building-mounted solar energy system in the southern hemisphere was switched on. The new energy system costs $3.3 million but will hopefully reduce the hotels energy consumption by 40 to 80 percent, depending on the time of year. Their energy efficiency programme also hopes to cut energy consumption by a further 18 percent. 3110 light bulbs will be replaced with energy efficient options as part of the energy efficiency programme, as well as the replacement of shower heads with new energy efficient ones to save water and gas. The amount of water saved is enough to fill over 30 Olympic swimming pools. The rooftop solar panel system will save the most amount of energy, reducing the hotels annual carbon footprint by 420 tonnes of CO2. I find it commendable that such a high profile hotel chain is doing something to save energy and the planet.
Legoland California has received permission from the City of Carlsbad Planning Commission to build the first Legoland Hotel in the US. However, the owners of Legoland still need permission from Carlsbad City Council and the California Coastal Commission to build the new hotel. This is not the first Legoland Hotel in the world, as there is currently one at Legoland Billund in Denmark. The hotel in Denmark was built in 1991 and has 176 rooms. The new hotel will be built on the carpark next to the entrance to Legoland and aims to turn the park into more than just a one-day attraction. The first phase of construction will contain 175 rooms, a 14,383-square-foot restaurant, 11,051-square-foot retail space, a 6,364-square-foot bar/lounge, an outdoor pool and a water play area. I can’t wait!!
Ok so this is going to sound like a strange place for a new hostel to open, but at Stockholm-Arlanda airport the new Jumbo Hostel has just opened. Not only is the Jumbo Hostel located at the end of a busy runway, it is also just happens to be a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet (hence the name). The airplane was grounded at Stockholm-Arlanda airport in November 2002, and since then has been majorly renovated to turn it into a hostel. The plane was once part of the PanAm fleet but now instead of flying in it, people can get married on its wing. There is even a penthouse cockpit room with private bathroom and a view that only the pilot gets to see! However, considering this is a hostel, this treat does not come cheap… Triple rooms are Skr1,350 (£112) and the cockpit double is Skr3,300 (£275), breakfast included. But if you don’t fancy these prices, then you can always stay in a refurbished 19th-century prison on Langholmen Island in the centre of Stockholm!