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Planetarium Hotel

Sleep in under the stars
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The National Space Centre near me has a planetarium with reclining seats. I presume this is normal for planetaria nowadays. It seats 192 although they are fairly packed. Reduce this to ninety-six and you have space for aisles for toilet access and emergency evacuation, plus potential sleeping accommodation for nearly a hundred guests.

My plan is that they take up residence at night and are shown a silent starry night above them with potential variations such as journeys through the stars, tours of the solar system or sightseeing tours of nebulae, galaxies and the like, all done in a soothing, restful manner, perhaps with ambient music. On rising in the morning, the guests use the other facilities of the hotel, themed to resemble a classic starship with fake replicators, staff dressed as bug-eyed monsters or robots and other such features. On leaving or arriving, they use matter transporters with projectors which add dematerialisation effects and sounds or materialisation depending on whether they're arriving or leaving.

Considering the number of people who can be accommodated, such a hotel could prove to be pretty economical. To further reduce the price, there are fake cryogenic storage booths which are in fact capsule accommodation which guests can use instead of the planetarium if they prefer.

nineteenthly, Dec 29 2016

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       // toilet access and emergency evacuation// indeed.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 29 2016
  

       It would certainly have something over those three-star, four-star and five-star hotels.
Ian Tindale, Dec 29 2016
  

       This idea dwarfs all others I have read.
normzone, Dec 29 2016
  

       To boldly snore...   

       // ambient music. //   

       What's wrong with the reassuring hum of the Warp drive ?   

       // resemble a classic starship with fake replicators, //   

       Classic starships have real replicators.   

       // staff dressed as bug-eyed monsters or robots //   

       Just employ real ones - it's cheaper, and there's no problems with equal opportunities legislation.
8th of 7, Dec 29 2016
  

       [+] Has a certain je ne sais Q about it.   

       The guests go to their "couches" in silver/gold mylar onesie pyjamas.
FlyingToaster, Dec 29 2016
  

       My immediate thought was to supersize for all the trekkies and make it a biodome kind of affair. Sod 100 seats, you could probably cover a few acres in dome and make it so for a huge fanbase.   

       For a cheaper version you could just hire a botanical garden and go through multiple planets with different ecosystems in one evening. Obviously with extras dressed up as lizards or other aliens to suit the greenhouse / dome in question.
bigsleep, Dec 29 2016
  

       I can't currently remember it but I submitted an idea on here for a cheesy SF solar system environment in orbit which would fit in well with that, [bigsleep].   

       I'm also not sure how Trekkie to make it. That's clearly the biggest fan base but you could make it ironically exclusively Culture or something. Not so visual though.   

       "Do you want to be teleported Who style, Trek style or Blake's Seven style?".
nineteenthly, Dec 29 2016
  

       + very cool!!
xandram, Dec 30 2016
  

       //I'm also not sure how Trekkie to make it//   

       I don't recall any mass sleepover moments in Star Trek, but please not to do a Blake's 7 or Starlost, or anything else involving polyester and 1970's hairstyles.   

       "Transport" could simply be a decontamination room (shower/lockerroom with change of clothes) and orientation.
FlyingToaster, Dec 30 2016
  

       // anything else involving polyester and 1970's hairstyles. //   

       Space: 1999 ... ?
8th of 7, Dec 30 2016
  

       That was it: I could only remember "Moonbase Alpha". Lots of room for the occasional big hair, but no porn 'staches.   

       It occurs to me that in all of Star Trek, while there's goatees aplenty there is only one(1) moustache.
FlyingToaster, Dec 31 2016
  

       Well, a goatee is just a moustache that's afraid of heights...
not_morrison_rm, Dec 31 2016
  

       In the final series of TOS, James Doohan starts to grow sideburns, and it occurs to me that he's probably actually ahead of the curve on that, which is a bit of a weird thought.   

       Are you thinking of Kirk's brother, [FT]?
nineteenthly, Dec 31 2016
  

       hmm, okay we'll go with that. (I was counting Scotty in the movies, having forgotten completely about Sam or George or whatever his name was).
FlyingToaster, Dec 31 2016
  

       Oh yes, actually I'd forgotten _that_! Facial hair experimenter par excellence it seems.
nineteenthly, Dec 31 2016
  

       A "transporter" is easy. A pair of VR glasses to "protect their eyes" from quantum babble plus the room is changed around them by rolling out a new carpet, moving covers over the lights, and rotating the wall panels.
Voice, Dec 31 2016
  

       // rolling out a new carpet //   

       Headphones would also be needed to protect the ears from the quantum interference of a couple of scruffy tradesmen shouting things like "'Ere Jim, chuck us that 'ammer over 'ere, mate !" and "We got any more o' them seven-eighths tacks ?"
8th of 7, Dec 31 2016
  

       Gotta watch those Ferengi subcontractors: by the end of its mission 1701-D was mostly duct-tape and Bondo.   

       Anyways, still needs a scene-changer for the hotel: enough sensory and concentration distraction for a continuity break between taxicabs and hot-dog vendors, and deep space.
FlyingToaster, Dec 31 2016
  

       I'm just relieved we haven't slipped into a succession of astronomy-related puns. We'll have to keep orion this to make sure nobody starts. As it stands, this idea is a real gemini don't want it spoiled by cheap wordplay.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 31 2016
  

       Siriusly, that's Pollux.
Ian Tindale, Dec 31 2016
  

       Oh that's just stellar. A heavenly idea ruined by a cluster of puns. I mean I suppose it's a giant gas to you, but mark my words, it's a celestial mistake. The idea's orbituary is already being written.
Voice, Dec 31 2016
  

       Hmm, maybe best to build a scale model first, the Planaria Hotel. Might spawn its own tv series, ending with Planarian Regeneration.
not_morrison_rm, Dec 31 2016
  

       // We'll have to keep orion this to make sure nobody starts.   

       Not a bad pun, I give it three stars.
tatterdemalion, Dec 31 2016
  

       //Siriusly, that's Pollux.// Don't Castor spersions.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2017
  

       // teleported Who style, Trek style or Blake's Seven style? //   

       "... and your T-mat controller today will be this genial but somewhat eccentric chap in a long knitted scarf and a big floppy hat, who despite indisputably fearsome technical ability seems to have a penchant for not quite thinking things through ..."   

       "... at the console this afternoon is Lt. Reg Barclay, a nervous and not entirely likeable individual with a long history of psychological disturbance, an irrational fear of transporters, and noted for on one occasion having his mind entirely taken over by an alien superintelligence ..."   

       "... and the individual lurking in the shadows in the corridor is probably going to work the teleport for you. He's Vila Restal, a convicted small-time crook, venal, cowardly, greedy, and worst of all, unreliable. But he does know how to work the teleport, so you should be OK. Probably. Don't pay him until you arrive safely. And keep your hand on your wallet, he's a pickpocket ..."
8th of 7, Jan 02 2017
  

       Rocky Horror Picture Show night under the stars one night per month ? "It's just a jump to the left, and then a step... "
popbottle, Jan 02 2017
  

       > keep your hand on your wallet, he's a pickpocket ..."   

       "warning, pickpockets" signs are put up and used by pickpockets. Upon seeing them people will instinctively move their hands to their valuables, which tells the pickpockets where said valuables are.
Voice, Jan 02 2017
  

       where's the LIKE button next to [norm]'s anno?
pashute, Jan 02 2017
  
      
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