‘World’s Smallest Hotel’ Is Inside a Vintage Volkswagen Beetle

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.  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.  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.

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.