Sitting in the 'World's smallest hotel.' The crazy things you find off the main roads. #worldssmallesthotel #jordan
Hotel hopping is one of the most fun parts of traveling. Big, comfy beds, breakfast you don’t have to make yourself, and having someone clean up after you, all while you explore the world’s most beautiful sights is pure paradise. But that’s not everyone’s cup of tea! For adventurers that prefer to rough-n-tough it and experience unique accommodations, there’s something for you too. And if you just so happen to be in the Jordanian village of Al Jaya, the world’s smallest hotel is right up your alley.
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Although it’s not officially the world’s smallest hotel (Guinness World Records gave that one to Germany’s Eh’Hausl Hotel in 2008), it is quite literally no more than an old Volkswagen Beetle, so we’re pretty sure it takes the cake. The car belongs to 64-year-old Mohammed Al Malaheeem, known as Abu Ali, CNN reports. He’s from the almost-deserted village of Al Jaya, in the Jordan desert.
“This village is my homeland, I was born here, I grew up here, I lived here,” he told CNN. “I wanted to start a project that improves its [Al Jaya’s] situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.”
For about $56 a night, the car fits two people and is decked out in embroidered pillows and sheets. It’s parked on the side of a road, where visitors are greeted by a sign that reads “The smallest hotel in the world.” Abu Ali took out a bank loan to create the hotel’s “lobby” inside a cave nearby, which he uses to serve snacks and coffee/tea. He also sells antiques and souvenirs from a small kiosk.
According to CNN, the hotel lobby is filled with business cards, pictures, and thank you cards from happy guests. Abu Ali also has a filled-to-the-brim guest book containing beautiful sentiments from his guests. He reportedly plans on investing in more Volkswagens, so he can expand his fleet of hotel rooms and accommodate even more people.
Now that is hometown pride!
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