St Gallen opens first zero star hotel

Hotel News - 13/10/2008

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The first group was only a trial run for the new hotel, as its regular operation will require a budget approved by town officials.

St. Gallen is located in the north-east of Switzerland, and the new lodgings are part of a restoration project that includes the former bunker, now aimed at attracting guests on modest travel budgets.

"Using the weapon of art, we have created a low-budget hotel, which has charm, takes into account guests' individual wishes and thus becomes quite something," said the twin brothers who were commissioned by local officials to convert the factory adjacent to the bunker into a cultural centre. Frank and Patrik Riklin are twins who are artists that were responsible for the bunker conversion as well.

It is projected that the cost of an overnight stay at the bunker hotel will range from $9-13.

A bathroom has been converted into a fountain that boasts floating flowers, and a camera sends live image from the outside to a large interior screen inside the windowless structure.

Roman Zogg, the mayor of the town, said that in the past the bunker was seldom used, and only then for an army training exercise. "The maintenance costs loads of money," he added.

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