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April 28, 2012

A Clear Bubble Hotel in France

If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a night out in nature — but without the dampness and bugs that come from sleeping under the stars or in a tent — then  the Attrap’Rêves Hotel in Marseille, France could be your dream come true.

The pop-up bubble hotel concept comes from Pierre Stephane Dumas, a French designer who wanted to create something aesthetically unique and gentle on the environment. The hotel uses little energy and doesn’t require any damaging construction, and each guest bubble is made of eco-friendly, recyclable material. Even the breakfast — a basket full of local produce — is earth-friendly.

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The Attrap’Rêves Hotel is located on a pine grove field and according to FantasticProvence, visitors can add an outdoor jacuzzi tub or telescope to take full advantage of the scenery. Another hotel called Sky River near Loir-et-Cher also comprises these bubble “hotel rooms,” and like at the Attrap’Rêves, the inflatable guest orbs come in either fully transparent or partially opaque options, depending on the level of privacy or scenic views the guests are looking to experience.

“Noises coming from the outside are reduced and noises coming from the inside echo towards the sphere’s hub,” Dumas explains. “This echo drives people to speak quietly, bringing about a feeling of appeasement favorable to have a nap.”

Each portable bubble is four meters in diameter and three meters at its tallest point. They stay inflated by an air blower that constantly circulates fresh air throughout the space, ensuring sufficient oxygen while also preventing the accumulation of moisture.

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“I designed this eccentric shelter with the goal to offer an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite,” Dumas explains. “Bubble huts are for me like an ataraxic catalyst, a place apart where getting rest, breathing and standing back.”

Ataraxis, by the way, pertains to a tranquilizing substance. If seeing stars above you in the night sky gives you a sense of calm, then this hotel could be perfect for your next adventure. If you’re claustrophobic and the idea of being inside an enclosed bubble makes you anxious, this probably isn’t the right retreat for you.

For those who are intrigued by the creative hotel concept, spending a night inside a CristalBubble — which has hardwood floors and fits a king size bed — will cost you $635 for a night encapsulated under the French night sky. For those wanting to take the experience elsewhere, the bubble tents can be rented via BubbleTree or purchased for $10,000 a piece.

What’s the most bizarre or unique hotel you’ve stayed at? Let us know in the comments below.

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