World’s Smallest Hotel Was Built Because of an Old Marriage Law

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Eh'häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany, is easy to miss. Crammed between two houses, the building measures just 8 feet wide, making it the smallest hotel on earth, according to Guinness World Records.

The space's interior takes up 570 square feet across seven floors. Inside, guests—a maximum of two at a time—have their choice of cozy nooks to relax in, including a bedroom, a fireside lounge, a salon, and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub.

Whirlpool tub inside bathroom.

The hotel's unique history makes it the perfect romantic destination. Couples wishing to marry in 18th-century Amberg had to provide proof of landownership to the city before they could tie the knot. In 1728, a businessman saw a way around the law and built a "house" by putting up some walls and roof in an alleyway just 8 feet and 2 inches wide. Instead of belonging to one permanent owner, the house was sold to a property-less bride and groom, who then sold the house to another couple, and so on. The building is known as Eh'häusl today, a name which means "wedding house" in the local dialect.

Bedroom inside hotel.

While the Eh'häusl is no longer used as a legal loophole (it's now owned and managed by a municipal agency and run as a bona fide hotel), the idea of passing off occupancy from one couple to the next remains. The hotel's website reads, "As soon as the guest receives the key, he or she is the temporary owner of this miniature sanctuary ... Close your eyes for a moment and you will understand why you don't need a concierge. You will have the feeling that you have arrived home!"

You can book your stay at the historic landmark for €240 (about $280) a night—just make sure to pack light if you want more legroom.

[h/t Country Living]

Images courtesy of Eh'häusl.

See What It Was Like to Live in a Secret NYC Library Apartment

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Ever wanted to live in a library? For the dozens of custodians who once helped take care of New York Public Library branches, that dream was a reality. Recently, Sarah Laskow of Atlas Obscura stepped into one of these now-vacant apartments in upper Manhattan and explored it in all of its creepy, dilapidated glory (think falling plaster and unsafe floors—there's a reason the space isn't usually open to the public). Since the branches no longer require live-in custodians to shovel the coal that once kept the furnaces humming, the apartments have all been closed down, and are slowly being converted into new public uses. In 2016, one custodian's apartment in Washington Heights was converted into a teen center and programming space. The secret apartment at the Fort Washington library will also eventually be converted—which means that Laskow's trip helped document a space that may soon be only a memory. You can see more inside the space, and learn more about the history of these apartments, in the video below.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Spiral House in Phoenix Hits the Market for $12.9 Million

Frank Lloyd Wright designed nearly 60 houses in his lifetime (and even more if you count the ones that were never built). You’ll find these iconic structures scattered throughout the U.S. Some are private homes in far-flung places, while others have been turned into museums.

One of these structures is the spiral-shaped David and Gladys Wright House in the affluent Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. And if you have $12,950,000 to spare, it could be yours to keep. As Curbed reports, the home is currently up for sale via Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.

The home’s distinctive shape and spiral walk-up are early examples of Wright’s rounded style, which he honed and mastered while drawing up plans for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The museum opened in 1959, just six months after his death.

Of course, even non-architecture aficionados would probably agree that this is a beautiful—and comfortable—home. It boasts three bedrooms, four baths, custom-designed furniture, and a roof deck overlooking Camelback Mountain. The home was constructed for and named after Wright’s son David and daughter-in-law Gladys in 1952. After their deaths, a developer bought the home and made plans to demolish it to make room for new houses in 2012.

However, another buyer—current owner Zach Rawling—stepped in and took it off the developer's hands for $2.3 million, saving it from certain death. Rawling’s plan was to donate it to the School of Architecture at Taliesin in order to preserve it, but that partnership fell through, so it’s back on the market once again.

Frank Lloyd Wright homes can be difficult to sell for a number of reasons. For one, the high asking price for these old-fashioned homes—some of which don’t have air conditioning and other modern comforts—can be hard to justify. But even if you can't cough up several million dollars for the David and Gladys Wright House, you can still scope it out via an online interactive floor plan.

[h/t Curbed]

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