6 Star Wars-style hotels for groups
Date Posted: 31/12/2015
Pictured: Silken Puerta America in Madrid.
Star Wars: The Force Awakenshas smashed box office records this Christmas. To celebrate Trivago has released a list of the world’s most futuristic hotels. We’ve double checked which ones are best for groups.
The force is strong at these hotels. One is staffed by robots. Another allows you to communicate with other guests via hologram. All of them are geared up for groups.
1) Silken Puerta América, Madrid
The twelve floors of the Silken Puerta América Madrid have a different theme. Star Wars fans should head directly to the first floor, where the Space Club rooms designed by Zaha Hadid can be found. These are available as queen-sized rooms or junior suites and they look like something you’d find on a space station. Other unique hotel features include a futuristic swimming pool created from stainless steel and a rooftop bar with a retractable roof system.
The hotel is no stranger to group bookings, regularly hosting conferences and weddings. Plus, it has a range of event spaces that can be hired privately by groups.
2) NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding, Spain
This hotel makes Back to the Future look like it was filmed in Neolithic times. The meeting facilities here give guests the opportunity to use holograms to communicate with colleagues who are working remotely and the lobby is home to the Europe’s largest multimedia vault screen.
There are 412 rooms at the hotel, so groups won’t have trouble booking in. The dining scene is pretty forward thinking, too. Six Michelin stars align in the hotel’s restaurants, which serve everything from sushi to the DiverXO restaurant where the new-age dishes are described as ‘killer and unlimited.’
3) Yotel New York City, USA
Instead of check-in staff at Yotel New York City, the hotel has appointed the world's first robotic concierge, a one-armed luggage robot named Yobot.
Guests operate Yobot by touchscreen, who stores and retrieves luggage – all from behind a glass screen.
With 'cabins' instead of hotel rooms, 'Misson Control' instead of concierge services, and a distinctly spaceship-themed décor of white furniture and purple lights, Yotel is perfect for Sci-Fi lovers.
Other futuristic touches include automated check-in and check-out, a 'techno wall' in each room, electronically-controlled beds in the premium cabins and a mobile app with city guides and insider tips.
Group rates can be negotiated here and there are a variety of private spaces that can be hired by parties.
4) Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Creating the Icehotel is something of an art form; each year, ice from the frozen Torne River must be extracted and stored in a large warehouse with sub-zero temperatures. Next, artists from all over the world arrive, eager to showcase their work in 19 individually-designed suites.
Since the hotel melts each spring, no two years are the same and the hotel is constantly evolving to reveal the latest in art and design. Sleeping in a room with no windows, constructed entirely from ice and snow is a unique, other-worldly experience.
Before bed, guests can also marvel at the clear night's sky and may even be lucky enough to catch a glimmer of the Northern lights.
Group bookings can be taken, although it’s best for parties to book at off-peak times like January and March.
The Icehotel also has a restaurant onsite called Mommas Room, which can be hired privately by parties of up to 30 people.
Pictured: Pengheng Space Capsule Hotel.
5) Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, Shenzhen, China
A capsule hotel might not be everyone's dream, but there is something undeniably other-worldly about this futuristic hotel design popular in Japan and China.
The Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel captures this perfectly, with not one hotel employee in sight; instead, guests are greeted and served by robots.
The hotel has a space-theme reflected in every aspect of its interior design, from the blue and purple interior lights to the ‘sleeping pods’, complete with a control panel to activate the flat screen television and other room features.
6) AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen, Denmark
This futuristic Marriott hotel shoots up out of the Copenhagen skyline like a pair of wings. With 812 rooms it’s one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia, too.
Innovative touches can be found throughout, from the latest in-room technology to the greenery of the balcony restaurant.
Guests should head to the rooftop Sky Bar for views over the Copenhagen skyline, where hanging chairs and impressive light installations might make guests feel like they are floating above the earth.
Group bookings are available for parties of ten or more.
Pictured: AC Hotel Bella Sky in Copenhagen .
This article has been compiled with the help of Trivago.