DEEP SLEEP, THE HOTEL LOCATED 1/4 MILE BELOW GROUND IN AN OLD VICTORIAN ERA MINE
There are all sorts of fancy digs people can stay at all over the world. And by digs, I’m talking about hotels, or ultra-private spots in gorgeous locales. But adventure tourism is bleeding into the very idea of the fancy, and the strange. I remember wanting to stay overnight in a luxury room with a large window displaying a giant aquarium. Oh, and there’s gonna be a hotel in near-Earth orbit any year now, too. But what about an abandoned mine from a bygone time? Because now there’s Deep Sleep, an “off-grid adventure camp” and hotel that’s a quarter of a mile underground in an abandoned Victorian era slate mine.
ADVENTURE TOURISM NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, AND DEEP SLEEP IS A SLOG BELOW
It sure sounds perfect for someone with agoraphobia! But the trip alone might be worth it for some, as the old Victorian slate mine is underneath the Snowdonia mountains in Wales, England. But the last leg of getting there is a wee tad challenging, as you have to navigate thru the old mine workings to get below. I’m talking about period miners’ stairs, underground bridges that are falling apart. Oh, and scrambles. Think lots of loose, slippery rock that you have to know how to step on to get anywhere without breaking your neck! Part of the adventure of this tourism is simply getting to Deep Sleep in one piece!
DEEP SLEEP SOUNDS LIKE FUN FOR THE CURIOUS WHO DON’T MIND BEING IN TIGHT SPACES
And the cost to stay at Deep Sleep is a little steep, too. It costs between 350 to 550 English Pounds a night. Yet be warned! It will take you about an hour to go from the surface to your rooms, with a guide telling you all about the history every step of the way. But when you get there, you’ll be 1,375 feet below ground. Then you get a nice warm drink and it’s time to relax, with an expedition-style dinner of your choice: meat, vegan or vegetarian. Then it’s off to underground bedtime, with a wake up at 8am, a light brekke, and the long hike all the way back up to sunlight and fresh air.
Maybe this isn’t for people who don’t like tight spaces?