Travel Tuesday: Living Like A Hamster In Western France

Find out how your hamster lives in this Nantes, France hotel.

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Would you stay in this hamster hotel? Via UN COIN CHEZ SOI/Facebook
Would you stay in this hamster hotel? Via UN COIN CHEZ SOI/Facebook
Cari Jorgensen

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to live in a hamster cage, to run on a hamster wheel, to eat grain or hay or to drink water the way a hamster does?

Back in 2010, Yann Falquerho created La Villa Hamster, according to the hotel’s website, a unique hotel designed like a hamster cage, but made exclusively for humans. In the city center of Nantes, France, a 16-square-meter abode awaited anyone who wished to live as hamsters do… mostly. A large hamster wheel was readily-available for visitors’ exercise, but later it could be transformed into a breakfast table or couch (which kind of reminds me of those RVs that have the kitchen tables that turn into beds). Guests sleep in cages above the ground and get their drinking water by stepping on a pedal.

La Villa Hamster also provided its guests with hamster hats of sorts and “grain” – organic cereal – served the way hamsters are served.

It’s definitely an interesting concept and may have been worth the 99 euro a night visit, if for no other reason than for the experience and cool new photos to post to your social media pages. Unfortunately, upon further research, I discovered this bit of information on the La Villa Hamster website: “LA VILLA HAMSTER ferme ses portes en 2 012 pour faire place à d’autres concepts innovants…” In other words, La Villa Hamster closed in 2012 to make room for other innovative concepts.

If La Villa Hamster were still open, would you visit? Check out the photos from the Un Coin Chez Soi Facebook page below and let us know.
Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
Enjoy breakfast after a walk on your human-size hamster wheel.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
The wall comes equipped with a large bag of cereal.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
Looking down from the sleeping loft.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
A peek inside the bathroom.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
Cereal is ready at any time from this hanging bowl.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
It might be cozy living like a hamster.

Villa Hamster
©La Villa Hamster
I wonder if your hamster would like a cage like this.

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