Budget hotel chain Travelodge has launched ‘Night Sky’ rooms at a dozen of its hotels across the UK.
The ceilings of the rooms have been painted by artist Carl Marshall, who has “transformed a standard white ceiling into a cosmic sky by hand painting individual shooting stars, milky ways and constellations of twinkling stars”.
The images are only visible in darkness, with Marshall having painted the scenes using glow-in-the-dark paints that glow blue, green and aqua.
According to Marshall the positioning of the colours creates a three dimensional effect, with the stars appearing to twinkle and dust clouds moving across the ceiling.
Travelodge has commissioned the rooms in response to its recent survey showing that 42 per cent of adults would choose a starry night sky backdrop as their most desired sleeping location.
The ‘Night Sky’ panoramas are available at 12 Travelodge properties including Birmingham Bull Ring, Blackpool South Shore, Cardiff Atlantic Wharf, Edinburgh Central Waterloo, Liverpool Strand, London City Road, Manchester Central Arena and Newcastle Central.
It’s not the first time Travelodge has transformed its rooms to attract guests (and publicity) – in 2006 the group unveiled rooms with ‘views’ of The Taj Mahal and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and in 2008 it offered “a-room-a-therapy” rooms with sheets scented with smells including freshly-cut grass and chocolate.
For more information visit travelodge.co.uk.
Report by Mark Caswell