13 Totally Charming Tiny Hotels
There are few things more adorable than a tiny hotel. Intimate and cozy, it's like having the privacy and comfort of your own home with you on the road. But around the world there are many different types of tiny hotels, from luxury islands to cozy igloos, one-room guesthouses to tiny houses. We’ve rounded up 13 totally charming tiny hotels, with some options well-suited to all types of traveler.
Casa Dos Lirios — Mérida, Mexico
If you visit Mexico’s Ciudad Blanca, don’t stay in a large hotel or you’re really missing out on the essence of Mérida. Casa Dos Lirios is a restored home from the early 1900s that embodies the vibe that makes Mérida so special. Choose one of the five unique guest suites that are situated in the tranquil garden behind the main house. There are plenty of spots to relax and read a book or cool off in the pool. Be sure to start a day of exploration off with Sue and Steve’s homemade bread and delicious breakfasts.
Tiny House Siesta — Sarasota, Florida
Florida’s Siesta Key beach is renowned for its golden sand and sunny rays, and now you can stay as close to the sandy shores as you can get in your own tiny house. Tiny House Siesta features 11 totally beachy and charming tiny homes, some of which can sleep up to six people. You’re less than a mile from the beach tucked into your own vibrant home.
Caribbean Beach Cabanas — Placencia, Belize
Belize’s Placencia peninsula is home to some of the best beaches in Belize. Caribbean Beach Cabanas is located smack dab on the prettiest stretch of the peninsula, right on the edge of the village. You’ll want to leave the kids at home if you plan to stay here as Caribbean Beach Cabanas is an adults-only resort. Be sure to plan far in advance as the award-winning resort only has seven units and they are consistently booked out months in advance.
If you can’t get a reservation at Caribbean Beach Cabanas, owners Laura and Dave recently opened a new sister resort on Ambergris Caye, PUR Boutique Cabanas.
Central Hotel & Café—Copenhagen, Denmark
How about a hotel with only one room? If you are lucky enough to snag it, Central Hotel in Copenhagen is a sought-after spot, especially since it’s just around the corner from Værnesamsvej, one of the coolest streets in the city. Your stay includes breakfast at their downstairs café, and they can arrange special touches like a bottle of Champagne or chocolate upon check-in.
Riad Louaya —Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Louaya is a traditional Moroccan home in the heart of Marrakech’s medina. There are only five individual suites situated around the main courtyard area, each of which features different décor and furnishings. The tranquil patio with trees and a fountain offers plenty of seating and is perfect for relaxing with some Moroccan mint tea, while the rooftop deck offers nice late afternoon views as the sun sets. Breakfast is included in your stay, and the staff can arrange for traditional Moroccan cuisine for dinner with advance notice.
Gora Kadan — Hakone, Japan
Gora Kadan is located at the former summer home of the Imperial Family and is one of the most exclusive ryokans in Japan. It’s situated in the center of Hakone National Park and offers a remarkable blend of Japanese traditions with modern design touches. Choose from standard rooms or suites that feature different amenities like open-air baths, steam saunas or panoramic wooden baths.
Cayo Espanto — Belize
If staying on a private island is on your travel bucket list, consider Cayo Espanto in Belize. Located a short 7-minute boat ride from the popular tourist island of Ambergris Caye, Cayo Espanto’s resort features seven beach villas, including one overwater bungalow and two multi-story villas.
Five-star cuisine and drinks, with the exception of wine and Champagne, are included in the nightly rate. You’ll want for nothing as your dedicated staff handles everything from delivering morning coffee and fresh fruit to arranging tours and setting up a romantic dinner on the beach every night. For an even more exclusive experience, skip the boat ride over and book a flight on Astrum Helicopters, as Cayo Espanto has its own helicopter landing pad.
Tubo Tulum — Tulum, Mexico
Budget travelers will appreciate the adorable Tubo Tulum Hostel that offers eco-friendly accommodations in large concrete tubes. The tubes are situated around a tropical garden, and all guests have access to the large kitchen to cook their own meals. Tubes have electricity and an outlet, but bathroom facilities are shared.
PurePods — New Zealand
PurePods are individual units located throughout New Zealand’s countryside. The most remote ones are around a 2.5-hour drive from Christchurch, and each one is around half a mile from the car park. The walk is designed to acquaint you with the local environment and reinforce the privacy each PurePod offers. Choose your pod on what view suits you best — coastline, vineyards or mountains.
Free Spirit Spheres — Vancouver Island, Canada
Head to British Columbia for one of the world’s most unique hotels. Free Spirit Spheres are a far cry from your normal treehouse accommodations. Suspended from ropes, the three spheres were born from the idea of ‘oneness’ as practiced in meditation. They are designed to inspire oneness with nature and represent a nut, which symbolizes the potential for personal growth.
Leavenworth Tiny House Village — Leavenworth, Washington
If you can’t get to Germany’s Bavaria region, you can visit the charming Bavarian town of Leavenworth in Washington State. Here you’ll also find Leavenworth Tiny House Village, with five tiny homes that range from 180-300 square feet. Located at the Leavenworth RV Park, these adorable tiny houses all resemble traditional Bavarian style homes and they even have their own names!
Mansion Tcherassi — Cartagena, Colombia
Renowned Colombian designer Silva Tcherassi restored this impressive 18th-century colonial mansion in the historic center of Cartagena, Columbia. Mansion Tcherassi has seven luxurious suites, including the 1,200 square-foot Gazar room spread out over three levels with its own private rooftop pool and stunning skyline views.
Aurora Bubble at Wilderness Hotel Nellim — Lapland, Finland
Who doesn’t want to stay in a bubble in Lapland with the Northern Lights flicking overhead? Book a night in an Aurora Bubble at Wilderness Hotel Nellim. You’re insulated from the -30C temperatures and each bubble has a private toilet. During the day, head out for some serious Finnish adventure like a husky safari, cross-country skiing or hanging out at a reindeer farm.
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