Fulfilling your lifelong dream to live like a hamster (and, honestly, who hasn’t dreamed of that?) has been made easy on the Atlantic Coast of France. Tucked away in the city of Nantes, the Villa Hamster offers rooms evoking the habitats of hamsters — all for the tiny fee of 150 Euros a night.
The Villa was opened in November 2009 after it was conceived by scenographer Yann Falquerho and interior designer Frédéric Tabary. Working with his urban gîte company, Un Coin Chez Soi, Falquerho and Tabary designed the hotel for a bit of a laugh and to give the chance for people to experience living like an animal in a Kafka-esque metamorphosis. They also envisioned the space as a means of escaping the paralysis and relative uniformity of modern society.
As such, they created the compact and cramped hamster cage accommodation. The Villa is built inside a building dating back to the 1700s and is equipped with hamster cage essentials and decor to provide an authentic rodent experience. The guests are given fur costumes to don, eat food from containers filled with organic grain, have a water tube from which they can drink, and a bed of hay accessed via a ladder. The most bizarre piece, however, is the large metal wheel where guests can get their hamster on, running on loop, side-by-side. However, the Villa isn’t all child-like play. It has all the amenities – WiFi, kitchen, flat screen TV, and shower – to make the stay as comfortable as it is eccentric.
You can even take a video tour of the hamster hotel: