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Sleepbox in Stockholm
Sleepbox in Stockholm

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The world’s tiniest hotel rooms

A hotel at a premium location without a premium price to go with it? Compact hotels offer tiny, well-designed rooms for discerning urban travelers – or people who just need a place to rest their heads.

Sleepbox, Stockholm

Sleepbox, a UK-based company that designs and manufactures a range of “sleep pod” capsules for hotels and airports, opened an award-winning 61-room hotel in Moscow in 2013. Most recently it provided Bistro & Bo, a hotel at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, with four twin boxes. The four-square-meter capsules are a cost-conscious alternative for those attending concerts or conferences at Tele2 Arena.

Bistro & Bo, Tele2 Arena

Arenavägen 69, Johanneshov, Stockholm

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Capsules from €45.

Micro hotel, New York

Hoteliers Richard Born and Ira Drukier have developed a micro hotel concept to accommodate the needs of today’s savvy, “young-minded” traveler. The original Pod Hotel, Pod 51 in Midtown East, became the first micro hotel to open in New York City in 2007. Pod 39 was opened in 2012, and there’s a brand-new Pod Hotel in the pipeline for Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With rooms ranging from 5.5 to 11 square meters, Pod Hotels offer efficient, clean accommodation, vibrant communal spaces and high-tech amenities.

The Pod Hotel 39

145 East 39th Street, New York

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Rooms from €70. On multiple locations.

Z Piccadilly, London

The Z Piccadilly is the latest addition to Z Hotels’ portfolio of no-frills urban bolt-holes. Built around the premise that many modern travelers have better things to do than spend time in their room, the Z’s 112 bedrooms are designed with a good night’s sleep in mind – deluxe custom-made beds, high-quality linens, private bathrooms – and very little else. Enormous flat-screen TVs notwithstanding, of course. There may not be enough room to swing a cat, but the hotel does what it can to make sure guests are comfortable. Nice touches include the cheese and wine buffet served in the lobby every afternoon and the full Sky TV package in every room. Z Hotels has announced that it will be expanding to über-trendy Shoreditch in East London early next year.

Z Piccadilly

2 Orange Street, London

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Rooms from €90.

YotelAir, Amsterdam

YO! founder Simon Woodroffe came up with the idea for Yotel when he was upgraded to first class on a British Airways flight. He decided to combine the language of airline travel with a touch of Japanese style to come up with a small but luxurious cabin. Yotel’s airport hotels are located inside terminal buildings, only minutes from departure and arrivals gates. With automated check-in and check-out procedures, free Wi-Fi, monsoon showers, flat screen TVs and workstations with multi power points, Yotel says it offers a “first class experience at an affordable price”.

YotelAir

Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Rooms from €46/night.

First Cabin Akihabara, Tokyo

There’s no skipping Tokyo’s capsule hotels on a list of the world’s tiniest hotel rooms. Most capsule hotels are for men only, but First Cabin Akihabara has separate floors for male and female guests. The stylish capsule hotel, modeled after a first-class airplane cabin, is just a four-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station. Each “room” is fitted with a mattress and a large flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available.

First Cabin Akihabara

3-38 Kanda Sakuma-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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Capsules from €7 per hour.

Central Hotel, Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s smallest hotel has only one room. It’s twelve square meters big, and sits above the city’s smallest coffee shop, the Central Coffee Shop. Leif Thingtved, the owner of the quirky little hotel, says he wanted to create “a room you never want to leave.” With a double bed from Royal Eden of Sweden and bed linen, towels and a goose-down duvet from Danish Geismar, there’s nothing low budget about this secret hideaway. There’s also has a mini bar, flat-screen TV and an iPhone, which the guests can use at no charge.

Central Hotel

Tullinsgade 1, Copenhagen

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From €240/night.

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