Sometimes, you just want something a little different when you’re traveling; something unique and unusual that will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most of us have already stayed at the chain hotels and enjoyed all that they have to offer. Sure, it’s great to have a big, plush room with plenty of space to stretch out, but then again, there’s nothing truly noteworthy about the “same old room” with the bland continental breakfast and the boring, drab décor. Why not opt for a completely different experience next time you travel and try out one of the world’s smallest hotels? As long as you’re not claustrophobic, it will definitely give you something to talk about when you get home.
1. Cambodia: The One Room Hotel
This teeny hotel in Phnom Penh is just as its name describes: It’s a hotel that contains exactly one room. The room is pretty lavish, though, with dark hardwood floors, a platform bed, a flat screen TV, and best of all, a secluded roof deck with spectacular views of the city. Believe it or not, it also houses a full service restaurant where you can dine like royalty since you’ll be the only party there.
2. Amsterdam: Citizenm Hotel
It’s safe to say this is a “hotel of the future.” It stands for “Citizen Mobile.” The premise is that travelers don’t need fancy things like, oh, say…other people, so there’s no concierge or anyone to serve you in any way. It’s a DIY dream come true, with self check-in, self-service food and a customizable room which is incredibly tiny. If you get lonely, you can interact with one of the many systems run by a computer.
Peter Van den Bossche from Mechelen, Belgium
3. Japan: The Capsule Inn
If you’ve ever wanted to live in a sci-fi movie, this is the place for you. It’s located in Osaka and it’s is as basic at it gets. Miniscule “pods” accommodate a mattress and personal items go in a space underneath. There is a common bathing facility which usually costs extra, but online reviewers say this hotel is very clean albeit uncomfortable, especially for those used to staying in slightly more luxurious accommodations. Still, it seems like a must-try at least once in your life if you’re lucky enough to visit this gorgeous city.
4. Austria: Das Park Hotel
Upon first glance, you may think to yourself “now who would ever come up with the idea to make a hotel inside of a sewer pipe?” Or, you may enthusiastically dive right in. The best feature of this very unique concept is that you choose the amount you would like to pay to stay in the room, which is set in the middle of a park. A large main building houses the bathing facilities and other amenities, and reviewers claim the room feels very private.
5. Germany: Eh`häusl–
This adorable accommodation is officially recognized as “The World’s Smallest Hotel” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Just 8 feet wide, it was originally built in 1728 for the purpose of allowing couples to get married, since at that time the law stated in order to get married, they had to own property together. As you can imagine, this house changed owners a lot. It’s now currently quite popular with honeymooners, as the maximum occupancy is two people.
Abi writes for The Cornwall Hotel Collection, owners of The Greenbank and Alverton. For a quality restaurant in Truro or a wedding venue in Falmouth visit The Cornwall Hotel Collection.