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The World's Smallest Hotels

by R. Z. Peterson

As Sartre famously said, "Hell is other people." Of course, he was commenting on the universal angst of existence, but he could just as easily have been talking about hotels. As much as a property promises a "home away from home" experience, other people tend to get in the way: the guy tying up the concierge's time with inane requests, the family that snagged the last pool chaises right before you got there, the couple doing God-knows-what in the room next door at 3 in the morning. A new breed of hotels addresses this problem with a simple solution: Offer only one room. (Or, to accommodate parties of three or more, invite just one group at a time.) At these hotels, guests really are king of their own castle, enjoying all the amenities of a full-size property (room service, daily housekeeping) plus a staff dedicated entirely to their needs. Your inner Sartre would approve.

Published March 2011. Pictured: Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden.

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