A hotel bedroom being large 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 173 square feet – but Al-Malahim is certainly right in pointing out that his accommodation is very little.
It’s also extremely quirky, because the hotel is in fact a stripped out old Volkswagen Beetle that rests on piles of stones.
Mohammed Al-Malahim claims that his VW Beetle, pictured, is the world’s smallest hotel
U.S. tourists Stafford Newsome and Kaitlin Taft try out the hotel, which opened for business in 2011
Inside it’s furnished with handmade embroidered sheets and pillows.
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’.
‘I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region,’ the 64-year-old Jordanian told CNN.
Another notable tiny hotel is Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark, which has just one double room, plus a small bathroom that has a shower.
Guests pay around $75 (40 Jordanian dinars) to stay in the car, which is furnished with hand-embroidered sheets and pillows
Since it is a small space, the hotel says that families should not rent it out because there is not enough floor room for other beds.
Visitors get access to a stocked mini fridge in the room, TV, Wi-Fi and two bicycles to use around the city.
The Central Hotel and Cafe is located in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Denmark, which has recently transformed into a hip area with new bars and restaurants.
The entire building is one of the smallest in the city and the hotel costs £350 ($330/280 euros) per night.
‘I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region,’ Al-Malahim told CNN
Al-Malahim prepares breakfast for his guests in a cave, which serves as the lobby
Fuelling up: Newsome and Taft tuck into a hearty traditional breakfast next to Al-Malahim
Al-Malahim offers a souvenir to his guests. Officially the world’s smallest hotel is the Eh’hausl hotel in Amberg, Germany
Another notable tiny hotel is Hotel Central and Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark, which has just one double room