With space at a premium around the world, hotels are squeezing themselves into smaller and smaller spots – giving rise to a new wave of one-room guesthouses. They might not offer the usual amenities, but what they lack in luxury they make up for in quirky charm. Read on for eight of the best one-room hotels across the globe.

The Krane, Copenhagen

The Krane hotel and spa in Copenhagen
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj of COAST Studio

It’s all black everything at this coal crane turned hotel located by Copenhagen’s Nordhavn harbour. Guests can cocoon themselves in the suite’s 50 sq m of space, which is filled with dark wood and inky paint to contrast the watery views nearby.

Nuwa, Seoul

Photography: Texture on Texture

After a long day tramping the streets of Seoul, guests can retire to this serene one-room hotel down one of Seochon’s oldest alleyways. Stone furniture and timber beams create a rustic feeling inside, while a huge porthole window is an unexpected addition to the 30 sq m home.

The Grand, Antwerp

Photography: Bart Gosselin

Guests can experience what could be Antwerp’s skinniest guesthouse at the One Room Hotel – which is located in a 17th-century house converted by DMVA. White staircases wind through the building and up to a roof terrace that overlooks the city. There’s an indoor hot tub for relaxing after long days exploring Antwerp.
From £337 per night

Trunk House, Tokyo

Courtesy Trunk House

Tokyo is famed for its tiny homes and clever use of space – and it’s no different at Trunk House, located in the city’s Kagurazaka neighbourhood. This former geisha house has been completely transformed with a pared-back take on Japanese aesthetics. Its designers even found room to tuck in a tiny nightclub.
From £3,319 per night

Central Hotel, Copenhagen

Courtesy Central Hotel and Cafe

Guests at this tiny hotel in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro won’t have far to go for breakfast in the morning, as it’s located over the top of an equally tiny coffee shop. There might only be just enough space for two to stay, but Central Hotel is close enough to all the tourist hotspots as well as restaurants and cocktail bars.
From €355 per night

Chimney House, Copenhagen

Chimney House by Vipp

Design brand Vipp has wholeheartedly committed to the one-room hotel concept, with a series of one-off guesthouses in different locations. Chimney House is all about the Scandi minimalism, with clean lines contrasted by terrazzo flooring and leafy plants.
From €1,000 per night

One Room Hotel, Prague

Courtest of TV Tower

Guests sleep 230 ft in the air at this one-room hotel located inside Prague’s Žižkov Television Tower. The main selling point is the view, which can be appreciated from behind long glass windows. Head downstairs for dinner and drinks, a massage, or even a round of mini-golf.
From £799 a night

Sweets Hotel, Amsterdam

Photography: Mirjam Bleeker, courtesy of SWEETS hotel

28 of Amsterdam’s defunct bridge houses are now self-contained one-room hotels, aimed at couples keen to get a prime waterside spot. In the past, these buildings were inhabited by bridge keepers responsible for opening and closing over a thousand bridges across the city. These days, all guests need to worry about is raiding the mini-fridge and watching the canal boats pass by.
From €100 per night

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