According to French scenographer and architect Yann Falquerho, sometimes people really do want to live like their caged pets. There must be something to this notion because his awesome creation, La Villa Hamster, is immensely popular. This unusual hotel invites you to take a break from the rat race and experience the life of a pet hamster.
“42-year-old Falquerho always felt that the hotel industry did not pay any attention to the animal transformation niche. So he decided to open his own hotel designed with a hamster theme. Villa Hamster opened in 2009 and has been very popular ever since then. Located in Nantes, in western France, the hotel opened with a room tariff of $150 per night, but this was soon increased in accordance with the demand. “We have a lot of success with this little house. It is because of the concept to transform into an animal,” Falquerho told the press just a couple of weeks after the hotel was inaugurated.
So what exactly do you get to experience at the Villa Hamster? Well, for starters, the place dates back to the 1700s and it has cages for rooms. Other features include hay stacks to sleep on (accessible only through step ladders) and human-sized running wheels. Organic hamster grains are served in little containers, while guests sip water through a tube. The people staying at Villa Hamster supposedly even scramble about on all fours.
Falquerho is so pleased with the success of his venture that he is reported to have been considering expanding into replicating other animal habitats for humans. “Perhaps if we made a special house where you can transform into a dog or a cat, it might be popular,” he said.” He might be right!
Photos by Cédric Chassé
[via Oddity Central]