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Room with a view: Russia unveils plans for new hotel... in space

There are ambitious plans for the so-called Space Hotel to be opened by 2016.

What the hotel's interior may look like.
What the hotel's interior may look like.
Image: via Orbital Technologies

RUSSIA HAS REVEALED plans to build  a hotel in space which could open as soon as 2016.

The Telegraph reports that the hotel will orbit 217 miles above the earth and will have room for seven guests in four cabins with windows offering the kind of view you won’t get anywhere else – planet earth turning below you.

The project was launched in Russia and is the brainchild of the company Orbital Technologies which hopes to have it open by 2016.

It will officially be called the Commercial Space Station and according to the company behind it will be more comfortable than the International Space Station (ISS).

“Our planned module inside will not remind you of the International Space Station,” Sergei Kostenko, chief executive of Orbital Technologies said. “A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes,” he is quoted as saying on news.com.au.

MailOnline reports that the upgrade in comfort will include the choice of either horizontal or vertical beds and sealed showers as opposed to the sponge baths astronauts aboard the ISS need to take.

The food on offer promises to be a marked improvement on freeze-dried tubes of nourishment with delicacies such as braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean puree, potato soup and plum compote proposed.

Fancy a drink? Take your pick of iced tea, mineral water or fruit juices. Alcohol is banned however. Nothing worse than feeling legless as well as weightless.

Now you’ve seen whats on offer, why not check out how it will all look:

Room with a view: Russia unveils plans for new hotel... in space
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  • Space Hotel 1

  • Space Hotel 2

  • Space Hotel 3

  • Space Hotel 4

  • Space Hotel 5

Sounds like it’s the holiday break for you? Well you should know about the journey which will take up to two days aboard a Soyuz rocket.

And then the all important price, well that may put you off. A five day stay will cost between £100,000 and £350,000 (€113,000 – €400,000) according to various reports. And that’s on top of £500,000 (€568,000) for the journey alone.

Best start saving then…

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