The World's Smallest Hotels

by R. Z. Peterson

Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden

The Utter Inn receives paying guests, but it's not a hotel. It's a work of art: an installation by the Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, whose shtick is to place traditional red-painted Swedish cottages (stugas) in unusual places. The Utter Inn, opened in 2000, floats in the middle of Lake Mälaren, 1,000 yards offshore from the Swedish city of Västerås. Its single bedroom, submerged 20 feet below the surface, with windows on all sides, turns the concept of an aquarium inside out. Accommodation is basic: The womblike underwater chamber contains just two twin beds and a table; upstairs are a toilet and camp stove. But there are little luxuries, such as breakfast and dinner delivered by boat, and an inflatable raft for exploring nearby islands. Genberg has also suspended a stuga in the branches of an oak tree in Västerås (dubbed the Hotel Woodpecker), and in 2009 he placed one on top of Stockholm's domelike Ericsson Globe Arena. The artist's next project? Putting a stuga on the Space Shuttle and sending it to the moon—tentatively scheduled for 2013.

Utter Inn
Lake Mälaren
Västerås, Sweden
Book via Västerås Tourist Office:
Tel: 46 21 39 01 00
From $350 per night

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