Travel Futuristic, floating, ring-shaped hotel to open above Arctic Circle in Norway
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A variety of changes are on the horizon for the coming year among luxury hotels.Five-star hotels around the world have a variety of changes in store for 2018, according to Bloomberg, which recently gathered predictions for the coming year from a panel of industry experts.
Dubbed the world's first "energy positive hotel concept" to be built by the Arctic Circle, artist renderings for the Svart hotel reveal a futuristic, ring-shaped structure set upon stilts in the Holandsfjorden fjord, creating the illusion of an overwater, floating hotel.
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Though the "bomb cyclone" currently lashing parts of northeastern US and Canada may be causing general travel chaos, guests of one hotel in Boston are being invited to use the plummeting temperatures to their advantage. As part of its "Frosty Fridays" weekend package, The Colonnade Hotel allows guests to pay only the outside temperature on Friday night, based on the 5 pm reading by the National Weather Service. Guests who book this weekend, for instance, can expect to pay about $28 based on the latest weather forecast of 28F (-2C) for Friday. The two-night deal comes with a slight catch though, as the following Saturday is priced at $289.
According to developers, not only will the hotel consume 85 percent less energy than a traditional hotel, but it will also be self-sustaining and generate its own electricity.
The project is a collaborative effort between Arctic Adventure of Norway, Snøhetta, the Powerhouse Collaboration and local partner Vitar AS.
Not only does the ring-shaped structure make for striking architecture, the choice to build a circular hotel serves another purpose entirely: The circular design optimizes the harvest of solar energy, which is used to power the hotel.
In summer, the building's solar paneled roof harnesses the power of the midnight sun. In winter, the floor-to-ceiling windows absorb as much sunlight as possible and its thermal energy.
Hotel guest requests 'drawings of Godzilla' before arrival, gets them
Never feel bad about asking for extra towels or late check-outs ever again.Patrick Feary, who often travels for his job at a consultancy service called Hotelchamp, says the idea started out as a joke and a way to entertain his finance department, as they would have to approve all of his requests prior to the trip. But after the first hotel came through, it became a running gag.
The primary material used in its construction is wood, and the use of steel and concrete is kept to a minimum.
Along with panoramic views of the Svartisen glacier in the distance, guests of Svart will have front row seats to the Northern Lights and access to hiking and cycling trails, kayaking and boating.
The word "Svart" means black in Norwegian and is a reference to the deep blue-black ice of Svartisen.
The hotel is scheduled to open in 2021.
Meanwhile, Svart is the latest luxury hotel project to take intrepid travelers to the final frontiers of the earth.
Last month, The Sheldon Chalet opened its doors on the peak of an Alaskan glacier, 6,000 feet above sea level.
At US $2,300 a night, the luxury chalet spares no expense for its affluent guests, with fur throws, fireplace, full-service kitchen, dining space, sauna, observation deck and an on-site personal chef.
Luxury hotel opens 'world's first social media suite' .
A Dubai luxury hotel has opened what it's calling the world's first social media suite, featuring a special 'thumbs up' chair, butler 'poke' system and keyless, Facebook log-in access. To mark the milestone of reaching its one millionth fan on Facebook, Atlantis, The Palm is giving away a free stay in its newly created social media suite, every day until the end of the year to the hotel's legions of Facebook fans.
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