After checking in at the “lobby” – a nearby cave – for just $75 a night, you can stay in a stripped-out Volkswagen Beetle in Jordan.
Fancy some undersized accommodation? Read on trekkers…
A hotel bedroom designed on the spacious side is normally a selling point.
But travellers are flocking to one hotel in Shoubak, Jordan, precisely because its one and only room is absolutely tiny – so diminutive, in fact, that its owner, Mohammed Al-Malahim, claims that it’s the smallest hotel in the world. (Officially it’s actually the Eh’hausl hotel in Amberg, Germany, which measures just over 52 square metres, but Al-Malahim is certainly right in pointing out that his accommodation is very tiddly!)
It’s also extremely quirky, because the hotel is in fact a stripped-out old Volkswagen Beetle that rests on piles of stones.
Guests pay around $75 (40 Jordanian dinars) to stay in the car, which opened its doors for business in 2011 along with a nearby cave that serves as the “lobby”.
Inside it’s furnished with handmade embroidered sheets and pillows.
“I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it overlooks truly some of the most beautiful scenery in the region,” the 64-year-old Jordanian told CNN.
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Another notable minuscule establishment is the Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark, which has just one double bedroom plus a small en-suite shower room.
Since it is such a tiny space, the hotel requests that it is not suitable for families because there is not enough floor room for any other beds!
However visitors do get access to TV, Wi-Fi, a stocked mini-fridge, and two bicycles to use around the city.
The entire building is one of the smallest in Denmark and the hotel costs £350 ($330/280 euros) per night. It is located in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen, which has recently been transformed into a hip but chic area with lots of new bars and restaurants.
Located just behind Tivoli Gardens, the once seedy Vesterbro area, famous for its red light district, is now the coolest part of the city. In the streets radiating down from Copenhagen’s central railway station, you’ll find new bars and restaurants, independent hotels, organic food shops and vintage outlets.
Inspired by the likes of New York’s famous Meat Packing District, the area has become a creative hotspot as artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers move in. It’s always fascinating to visit a neighbourhood in transition – think Brooklyn or Berlin’s Kreuzberg 10 years ago – before the tourists arrive en masse.
The Eh’haeusl has been steeped in the history of the Churpfalz (Electorate of the Palatinate) city of Amberg since it was built in 1728. It was totally renovated in 2008 to reflect its exclusive status as a luxury retreat.
The Eh’haeusl has a long and glorious past. Its story begins in 1728. At that time it was still necessary to provide proof of landownership to the city council if a young couple wished to wed. In order to circumvent this rule a clever businessman built a house in the 2 ½ metre (8 feet 2 ½ inches) space between two existing buildings in the Seminargasse. He finished the house by putting up a wall in the front, one in the back and a roof on the top. The house was rapidly completed providing real proof that you could be a landowner. One could buy the house, get married, and sell it to the next prospective groom. Ever since then this house has been called the Eh’haeusl (Ehe-Haus or marriage house) in the local dialect. The name continues to be used to this day. It is not only a deluxe class retreat but also the “smallest hotel in the world”.
For more information visit http://ehehaeusl.de/en/home/