If you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and daydreaming about potential holidays, why dream about Bali’s beaches or Venice’s canals when a holiday in space might be in your future? A Californian-based company, the Gateway Foundation, has discovered plans for a cruise ship-style hotel that could one day float above the Earth’s atmosphere in 2019. By 2027, the Von Braun Station, a futuristic design consisting of 24 modules linked by elevator shafts to form a spinning wheel orbiting the Earth, was planned to be fully operational.

The hotel has a new name: Voyager Station, and it will be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company headed by former pilot John Blincow, who is also the chairman of the Gateway Foundation. Blincow explained in a recent interview with CNN Travel that while there had been some delays due to Covid, construction on the space hotel is expected to begin in 2026, and a trip to space should be feasible by 2027. “We’re trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner. It’s coming. It’s coming fast,” said Blincow.

The hotel’s interior resembles that of a budget Earth-bound hotel, but with some stunning out-of-this-world views. The hotel’s aesthetic, according to Tim Alatorre, a senior design architect at Orbital Assembly Corporation, was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which he characterized as “almost a blueprint of what not to do.” “I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the division between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien.”