Solar-powered hotel in the Alps is a boon for climbers
Climbers hiking the Alps between the French and Italian sides can now breathe a sigh of relief. Designed by the Italy-based Leap Factory and commissioned by the Italian Alpine Club, this cleverly engineered hotel will now provide shelter to climbers in event of blizzards and nightfall. Powered by solar energy, this eco-friendly hotel seems to balance precariously on a cliff edge 1,000ft above jagged rock faces and is bound to leave quite a few visitors awestruck and frightened. Sporting a kitchen, dining room, storage racks, a living room and bunk beds, the hotel however is secured to the rock face using heavy-duty bolts and can play home to 12 climbers at a time. With internet connectivity and a digester system for waste, the hotel was built at a cost of 250,000 Euros ($304,425) and costs 30 Euros ($37) a night with reservations to be made online.