May 30, 2024


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Inside the world’s smallest hotel that’s just 8ft wide and boasts a mini spa

There are plenty of cosy hotels around the world, but the Eh’haeusl in Amberg, Germany seriously ups the stakes.

Measuring just 8ft wide and with a floorspace of 53 sq m, the quirky property currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest hotel (a title it has held since 2008).

Sandwiched between two buildings, the building can only accommodate two guests at a time, although it does still offer up plenty of comforts and amenities.

There’s the ‘Red Salon’ where guests can relax, a cosy bedroom with a double bed, a flat screen TV and fireplace, and even a mini spa complete with a whirlpool tub and rainbow hues.

A general view of the lounge and fireplace in the world's smallest hotel
A general view of the lounge and fireplace in the hotel

The Eh’haeusl boasts a quirky history. It was built in 1728, when young couples needed proof of land ownership in order to marry.

A savvy businessman decided to build the tiny house between two existing buildings. Couples could buy the house, get married, and then sell it on to the next couple looking to tie the knot. In fact, the hotel’s name Eh’haeusl loosely but aptly translates to ‘marriage house’.

A view of a freestanding bathtub, candles and general furniture in a bathroom at the world's smallest hotel
The mini spa in the Eh’haeusl hotel

In 2008, it was renovated and transformed into a hotel, picking up the title of the smallest hotel in the world in the process.

Want to bookmark it for future travels? Prices start from €240 a day (approx £217) which includes a stay for two people, breakfast and underground parking. You can find out more on

A view of the bedroom and double bed in the world's smallest hotel
A view of the bedroom

There’s plenty to explore in the town of Amberg for those on a mini break. The town boasts plenty of colourful buildings with eye-catching architecture including some waterfront homes.

A red sofa and brown furniture in the Eh’haeusl hotel in Germany
The Red Salon

Other highlights include the churches – particularly the pilgrimage church of Mariahilfberg – as well as the city’s museum, and the Stadtbrille gatehouse.

There are also a number of local shops and restaurants to explore.

At the time of writing, travel restrictions apply for Brits during the pandemic. You can find out more in the FCDO Germany travel advice.