Travel enriches your soul, but it can also drain your bank account if you’re not careful. Which is why a whole new crop of budget-friendly hotels are becoming popular all over the world — and it’s not just the prices that are small.
Tiny hotels grew in popularity alongside the movement for people to declutter, downsize and sell up. But if you’re not sure if you could handle existing in such close quarters, giving tiny home living a trial run by staying in a capsule hotel can be a soft entry into this growing trend. Read on to see the best tiny hotels where you can stay for a tiny price.
1. Airstream Trailers at Schnepf Farms in Arizona
- Available from $125 to $165 per night
Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Ariz., is owned and operated by Mark and Carrie Schnepf and has been in the family since the 1940s. As well as functioning as a working farm, Mark and Carrie pioneered the ‘agritourism’ market in Arizona, offering weddings, a live music venue, camping, birthday parties, dinner events in the orchard and now glamping accommodations in authentic silver Airstream trailers. Their collection includes six vintage Airstreams ranging from the 1940s to 1970s.
The trailers have been refurbished in a nod to “Mad Men”-era decor, and are a stylish and fun way to save money on your vacation. Visitors have a little plot of patio outside their trailer with a BBQ and fence, where they can chat with their neighbors as they grill a steak under the setting desert sun.
2. Nine Hours Hotel in Tokyo Narita Airport
- Prices start at about $13
If sleep is all you need, consider forgoing all the additional unnecessary furniture and distractions in a traditional hotel room and reserve a pod hotel for nine hours. One hour to shower, seven to sleep and another to dress afterward. This concept is popular in Japan with capsule hotels springing up all over the place, where guests are stacked like giant Jenga pieces.
The Nine Hours brand has hotels in four cities, including a new, women-only accommodation. Guests can opt for a full 22 hours or just crash for a nap, which when traveling can sometimes be the perfect refresher.
3. HI Ottawa Jail Hostel in Canada
- From about $34 per night for a single cell
In Canada’s capital city, you can stay in an authentic former jail cell measuring 3-by-9 feet in the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel. There’s a shelf for your bag and a single cot where you can ponder how life there was for inmates, who were housed in the 150-year-old historic building until 1972.
If you need a little more space, dormitory-style rooms are also offered — and the jail has a busy bar and lively hostel scene. Your overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour around the jail complete with ghost stories.
4. The Little Wigwam in Norfolk, England
- Starting at about $110 per wigwam per night
The coastal town of Cromer, Norfolk, is the home to a woodland village of 12 wigwams set on 100 acres of English countryside. Each tiny hotel structure has running water and space for four people to sleep. Dogs are also welcome. The camping park has a swimming pool, children’s play center and activity club.
5. The Shepherds Hut Retreat in Somerset, England
- Starting at about $200 per cabin per night
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind hotel, the Shepherds Hut Retreat offers a luxe tiny accommodation with style. Each cabin features a kitchenette, bathroom and bed, complete with WiFi, TV, DVD, a private deck and a fire pit with beautiful views across the lake. It’s micro-living for travelers who need a few more creature comforts. Within walking distance, there is an award-winning gastropub, making this the ideal romantic retreat.
6. The Tree House in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada
From about $80 per cabin per night
Chimo Refuges offers tree houses perched high up in the Quebec countryside, a selection of tipis and “The Kube,” a pod hotel cabin with a 10-foot ceiling that can accommodate up to six people.
The area offers a wealth of outdoor activities depending on the season, from hiking, boating, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. The park has an obstacle course for kids and is close to the town of Saint-Sauveur, where you’ll find restaurants, shops, an outlet mall and a water park.
7. Railway Carriage Cars in England
- Prices start at $110 per night, and some carriages can accommodate up to eight people
Ever fancied staying the night in a real railway carriage? There is a large selection of renovated former railway cars available for rent throughout England. From Somerset, York, Sussex and even further afield into Scotland. These cozy quarters manage to fit everything you need into a standard railcar, including a bed, kitchen and bathroom.
8. The Jane Hotel in New York City
- From $109 per room per night
The bunk bed and single bedrooms at The Jane Hotel are 50 square feet and make you feel like you are on a boat. Slippers and a robe are thoughtfully supplied at this tiny hotel so that guests can make their way down the hall to the communal bathrooms in style. Despite the small size, each room comes with two TVs, a DVD player, iPod docking station and free WiFi. The Jane also loans free bicycles to guests to explore the local West Village neighborhood.
9. The Z Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland
- Prices start at $51 per night
The Z Hotel’s capsule rooms start from dimensions of about 8-by-10 feet and are designed to offer comfort at an affordable price while maximizing space. The designers have made use of every available nook and cranny with under-bed storage, an en suite shower and free WiFi, as well as a 40-inch TV. Which just goes to show you don’t need to stay in hotel rooms only the super rich can afford to experience luxury.
10. Caravan Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Ore.
- From $145 per house, per night
This quirky destination features a range of tiny houses on wheels each with their own design and artwork. At between 120 to 170 square feet, these charming small hotels are cozy yet efficient, and all have their own cooking area, toilet, showers and heat. These little caravans will have you convinced that your next vacation rental should be a tiny house. As these accommodations are arranged in a grouping, there is a community feel complete with chairs, a fire pit for marshmallow roasting and even a ping-pong table.
Prices are current as of July 2017, according to the hotels’ websites, and are for a one-night Saturday/Sunday stay in the summer months, unless otherwise stated.