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August 18, 2014

Struth! Couldn't swing a carafe in world's smallest hotel.

WORLD'S smallest hotel and coffee shop in Copenhagen's
trendy Stronget district. (Matthew James Harrison)
 IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says owners of Copenhagen's smallest coffee shop have now had their second venture recognised by the Guinness Book of Records – a hotel that's the smallest in the world with just one room.

The Central Hotel & Café comprises the street-level coffee shop that squeezes just five seats indoors and a couple more than that outside (including one regularly set-up on the roadway in-between cars parked at the kerb,) and above that the "hotel" whose sole room measures a mere 2.48 X 3.1 metres (8ft X 10ft.)

But guests are treated surprisingly well in that tiny space: there are fresh flowers, fruit and wine on arrival, it's got a double bed with the best of linens, ensuite with shower, a well-stocked mini-bar, flat screen TV, stereo with iPhone connectivity, and free Wi-Fi.

And breakfast is also included – either at the Granola Café that the Central owns half a block away in Copenhagen's trendy Stronget district, or delivered from there to your room.

The building opened as a private house in 1905 and during WWII was converted to a shoe repairers. Sometime in the 1980s it became the coffee shop downstairs, and a goldsmith occupied the upper room that's now the hotel.

And that one room is currently booked most nights through until end-September at 240€ a night including the café brekkie for two. To enquire contact mail@centralhotelogcafe.dk

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