More and more, people are opting for small stays over sprawling accommodation, and with everything from capsule hotels to dreamy treehouses and decommissioned helicopters on offer, we can’t say we blame them.
But one hotel in the Jordanian desert is claiming to be the world’s smallest. And it’s precisely the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
With just enough space for two guests, the vintage Beetle s permanently parked in Al Jaya, Jordan. It was opened in 2011 by owner Mohammed al Malaheem, who decorated the car’s interiors with hand-embroidered linens and pillows.
Malaheem told CNN he built the quirky accommodation as a way of showing off his hometown.
“This village is my homeland, I was born here, I grew up here, I lived here,” he said.
“I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourist map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.”
By scenery, he means the 12th century Castle of Montreal perched on an otherworldly landscape. The hotel’s “lobby” is located in a nearby cave, where Malaheem serves up local foods and drinks, along with a small selection of trinkets and souvenirs.
Malaheem says he’s planning to fit-out several other Beetles so more than two guests can stay at any one time.
Of course, the official record belongs to Germany’s tiny Eh’häusl, which has just 53 square metres of floor space – or enough room for two people. It’s been awarded Guinness World Records accolade since 2008.[related_articles]49218[/related_articles]
A night at Malaheem’s Beetle hotel will set you back around $75 (40JOD).
How To Get There
- Fly into Queen Alia International Airport
- Drive 205km via the Desert Highway
- Al Jaya, Jordan
(Lead image: Evan Kirby)
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.