We love large lawns, airy spaces and breezy rooms. But there’s an undeniable charm in bitsy spots. What sits in the nooks and corners of enlarged chambers roams around freely in little stays. Perhaps this charisma is why, from personal homes to hotel rooms, there is no dearth of dinky lodges. Dinky, not distressed. If you fancy a stay in one of these tiny spaces, we have a treat for you. The hotel and hospitality industry is pacing up and coming out with more and more mini stays, and today we bring to you just that. Piddle paddle with us and find out about five of the smallest hotels in the world located in popular cities.
You might have to squint your eyes to find them!
Book and Bed, in Japan
Designed and built specifically for passionate lovers of books and literature, Book and Bed in Japan is a library with sleeping spaces between shelves. The ‘book room’ houses nearly four thousand books,along with beds where you can cozy up to read and let letters lull you to sleep. This is also the perfect place to meet other lovers of books, all trying to book their spot at one of the smallest hotels in the world. The book store also offers a cafe – understanding well that books and drinks are perhaps the best combination. You can find a Book and Bed in several Japanese cities. The question is not whether you’d want to stay in one of these capsule hotels, the question is what they would do if you refuse to leave. Haha!
Grand Hotel De Kromme Raake, in The Netherlands
Do not let the name confuse you, for Grand Hotel De Kromme Raake is a tough competitor for the smallest hotel in the world. Containing just one room, and only for two, this little hotel is situated in Eunrim of The Netherlands. The hotel was established in 1989 – prior to that it used to be a grocery store. The single hotel room has a lot to offer; no luxury stays missing as you enter the bathroom with a double bathtub, the sitting room with Art Decor style, an old-fashioned TV to leave you in nostalgia, and extensive breakfast in the kitchen. When founded, the hotel saw two listings in the Guinness Book of World Records, so that’s saying something. If you want a ‘private’ honeymoon, this is what we would recommend.
Volkswagen Beetle, in Jordan
In Jordan’s Al Jaya is every gear head’s dream. Instead of throwing out his YW Beetle, the founder of one of the smallest hotels of the world converted it into just that – a hotel. The Beetle hotel overlooks breathtaking Jordan scenery, and was built as an initiative to improve the tourism business of the country. Created in 2011 and accommodating only two people at a time, this car stay has a long waiting list of people wanting to stay here. Inside, vacationers find hand embroidered sheets and pillow cases, have access to a mini fridge and bicycles. At a nearby cave, traditional Jordian meals and local drinks are served.
Eh’häusl Hotel, in Germany
The Eh’häusl Hotel in Germany’s Amberg holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest hotel in the world. Being only 8 feet, or 2.5 meters wide, there isn’t much space for the Eh’häusl to operate on, but it still remains one of the most charming little places in the world. This is also because of the backstory, that follows the German marriage law of the times bygone when a couple had to own property in order to get married. For those who lacked the resources to buy property, the Eh’häusl would do. Clearly, it wasn’t meant to be a place of residence, but only a temporary address for documentation. It has now been converted into an acclaimed hotel. Less wide but longer, the place has a bathroom, a bedroom, a salon and a fireplace – all able to accommodate only two people. There are no staff quarters, but that does not matter. For most of your stay at the smallest hotel in the world, you and your co-resident will be the only one there.
Vipp Shelter Hotel, in Sweden
Haven’t you ever wanted to escape to the middle of nowhere, perhaps somewhere in the dense woods, in a dreamy cabin? In a cabin full of supplies, amenities and definitely water and electricity, that is. Your dream has certainly come true in Sweden’s Vipp Shelter, a minimalistic luxe hotel that promises to bring you closer to nature, one little step at a time. The hotel, more a cabin, started operations in 2017 and since then has seen a hoard of opulent toursis wanting to stay in this designer’s dream. The micro-dwelling is located on the Lake Immeln shore, and consists of a rectangular box with simple, minimalistic lines with a steel and glass frame elevated off the ground. The cabin has a kitchen, a dining room, a bathroom, a nap bed, a fireplace and a utility room. A beautiful, intelligent staircase would lead you to a bedroom. The place covers an area of 55 sq. meters and accommodates only two people at once.
The minimalist design of the interiors and exteriors of the cabin resonate with its purpose – in being one with nature we drop off all that’s materialistic.
These were five of the smallest hotels in the world. The glamor of the little spaces attracts thousands of people every year, but are you one of them? We are.
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