At This Hotel in Chile, Your Observatory Room is a Gateway to a Star-Flooded Sky
Elqui Domos, a dreamy retreat located in the Elqui Valley of Chile was built with one purpose in mind: uninterrupted stargazing.
The hotel is located on a spacious property that blends seamlessly with nature. Guests can choose to stay in a Dome room, or in one of four observatory rooms.
“We realized that the forms and philosophy of the geodesic dome constructions were perfect for our objective and it was thus that we defined the basic requirements for the final design: the bed should be located in the highest place and have a roof over it that can be opened in order to watch the stars at leisure,” states owner and manager Esteban ZÃ¡rate Rojas.
“Five years after the opening of Elqui Domos, we decided to expand its installations adding four cabins called ‘observatories’, whose architectural design achieved similar effects to those of the domes with regards to observing the skies from them and also being able to enjoy the different views of the valley.”
The hotel also has an astronomic observatory consisting of two domes that house Ceslestron telescopes. The domes are motorized and a digital camera is provided for the observation of the moon and planets.
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