Snip from Reuters item:
"Galactic Suite," the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes. Its Barcelona-based architects say the space hotel will be the most expensive in the galaxy, costing $4 million for a three-day stay.Link, and here's Galactic Suite online: Link. In space, no one can hear you screaming because a shitty website has bloated flash and obnoxious sound. I hope they're better at designing intergalactic hotels than they are with terrestrial html.
During that time guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and use Velcro suits to crawl around their pod rooms by sticking themselves to the walls like Spiderman.
Reader comment: Thierry was one of many folks who wrote in to say the whole thing sounds like a possible hoax, or at least an implausible vapor-venture (I concur):
I am reporter, specialised in science (astronautics/astronomy/computing/photo) Permit me to tell you that you have no much criticism sense to assert that Galactic suite will build a space resort without even warn the readers that this project could be an utopia.
Have you even imagine to build a spaceship and a hotel in space in about 4 years ? Even Virgin Galactic and Astrium EADS are only able to build a ship in 4 years, and for a one-hour trip in space, without even think to build a hotel ! So don't imagine that it should be possible for a private company to build a resort in space in the same time. I suggest you to add some technical comments on the article and highlight the fact that it looks like a huge hoax, a great mediatic fear for this architecture office searching architects and high level designers, but probably not able to build a space station ! Of course, if their idea can incitate private companies to invest in the space tourism, go with it. I have written to the promoters to get more information and validate my ideas, they have nevrr answered...