Everyone gets a water view in Europe’s first rotating hotel
By Darren Quick
October 18, 2009
There are plans to build what will be Europe’s first rotating hotel in Croatia. The hotel will form the centerpiece of a new resort to be built near Split, the second-largest city in Croatia that is situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It was the desire to give guests views of the Adriatic Sea from all rooms that led to the rotating design from Richard Hywel Evans of holiday resort designer specialists, RHE.
The new hotel will be built on the Šolta Island and will rotate 1.3 times a day to provide all guests with views across the bay for all guests. The three-story building measures 61m (200ft) in diameter and will sit on a continuously moving turntable that surrounds a static 22m (72ft) central hub that contains the reception area, stairs and elevators. To save guests the hassle of searching for a constantly moving door, the entrance to the hotel is located on the lower ground level, beneath the rotating building.
The hotel itself will be set in an infinity-edged swimming lake, with water spilling over to a hillside spa. So even though it might look like it is floating, unlike the floating Hotel Marmara we looked at last month, it won’t be. The new resort will also comprise a 170-berth marina, performance stage, yacht club, marine village guest pavilions and villas. The project will even extend across the bay with villas built on the other side facing the marina.
Further details about the proposed Šolta Island hotel are still thin on the ground, with no details about the technology used to make the hotel turn, the costs involved, a completion date, or even when building will start, so don’t start packing your bags and motion sickness tablets just yet.
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