We have seen the future of hospitality – and it doesn’t include masks. Or human interaction at all, since the concierges of will be AI and the room service will be robots. As part of National Aviation Week, Hotels.com has begun to imagine what space hotels of the distant future might look like, in an effort to raise awareness for the space tourism industry and the role the company hopes to play in connecting prospective space tourists with the theoretical myriad of space hotel options we’ll someday have to choose from.
The new site, “One Small Step for Hotels,” definitely takes some liberties with the possibilities for future space hospitality based on existing technology and, well, physics, but it’s fun to dream. Imaginative, technicolor mock-ups on the site show what hotel life in space might look like: space-suit inspired robes, moon boot slippers, and robots with anti-gravity trays delivering your “cosmic Cosmos” or “Martian Martinis.”
“Hotels.com is proud to already offer the best properties on planet Earth. The way things are going in 2020 inspired us to see if we can extend that offering to the entire galaxy,” shared Josh Belkin, Vice President of Global Brand at Hotels.com. “This announcement is our hope to encourage and move forward the concept of space tourism, while revving up excitement for that aspect for the travel industry that is sure to come sometime in the near future.”
As part of the campaign, Hotels.com is also offering $250 gift certificates (valid for stays on earth only) for 20 lucky people who submit their information on the website verifying that their legal name includes one of the eight planets. (Sorry to all of you with “Pluto” in your name!)
On a more serious note, Hotels.com does make a call for hoteliers planning interstellar accommodation to reach out about working together whenever they are ready to accept bookings. It will certainly be easier to book a multi-million dollar stay on one of the many space hotel concepts through Hotels.com than coordinating with Roscosmos to stay aboard the International Space Station (your only current space “hotel” option).
Future space hotel concepts include the “Aurora Station” by Orion Span (originally intended to launch in 2021, but with no updates since the COVID-19 pandemic began) and the “Von Braun Rotating Space Station” by Gateway Foundation – a space cruise ship of sorts that aims to open by 2027.
Undoubtedly the future will look something like the creative graphics on the Hotels.com and in the renderings of space hotels we’ve seen crop up in the past decade – but it will likely also bring a fantastic new future we can’t even imagine right now in 2020.