Yes, the smallest hotel in the world (the Guinness Book of World Records disagrees, saying this place in Germany is the smallest hotel) is basically just a Volkswagen Beetle with a gutted interior and filled with hand-embroidered sheets and pillows on a bed that pretty much fills up the car.
The Beetle is definitely a post ‘71 car, which you can tell thanks to the little parentheses-shaped flow-through vents behind the rear side windows. It’s hard to get more specific since so much of the bodywork (fenders, bumpers, lights, etc.) is removed, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s a ‘73.
The Beetle-hotel was started in 2011 by now 64-year-old Mohammed Al Malaheem, in the tiny Jordanian village of Al Jaya.
Most of the village’s population has left for more modern city life, but for a tourist, Al Jaya offers lovely, stark desert landscapes and is near a Crusader castle known as Montreal.
The Beetle sleeps two, and is only $56 a night, which includes a traditional Jordanian breakfast or lunch, and excellent service from Al Malaheem and his wife and daughter, who also crafted the Beetle’s interior furnishings.