It's easy to be enamored by large, fancy hotels, but have you ever wondered about the smallest hotel in the world? As it turns out, the Eh'häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany is the winner of that (big!) honor, according to the Guinness World Records.
The lovely little red building measures only eight feet wide and 570 total square feet. It includes a foyer, sitting room, fireside lounge, bathroom, bedroom, and a whirlpool. Considering its small size and all the physical objects that have to fit in that space, you might not be surprised to learn that the maximum occupancy is two.
Let's hope these two people are comfortable being extra cozy with one another! Perhaps this would be good for a romantic getaway?
As it turns out, romance might have been just what the hotel owners have in mind. Eh'häusl actually means "wedding house." When it was first built all the way back in 1728, the town's council required that couples who wanted to get married to produce a certificate of property. Not everyone was able to do this in the matter of time that they wanted to get hitched, so a merchant designed this super-tiny structure to help couples get around this rule.
Crazy as it sounds today, it actually worked, and future spouses-to-be continued to purchase it as their "proof" that they owned land. Of course, by today, that tradition has ended. But in 2008, it was totally refurbished and renewed to become the equally romantic spot it is today. If you're interested in staying in Eh'häusl, it can be booked for 240,00 € (about $280) per day.