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"We slept in a broken car in the middle of the desert," is one of the lines you'd think one might only hear from adventurers who lost their way during a trip. 

Well, that's not always the case... 

Tourists are actually paying $56 a night to sleep in a stripped-out Volkswagen (VW) in the Jordanian desert, in what is claimed to be the world's smallest hotel

Mohammed Al Malaheem, 64-year-old and known as Abu Ali, has turned his vintage worn-out VW Beetle into the world's smallest hotel ... and believe it or not, guests are absolutely loving it.

In business since 2011, the hotel is located in the tiny Jordanian village of Al Jaya in Al Shobak Municipality, around 190 km south of the capital Amman. 

The idea stemmed from Al Malaheem's love for his birthplace and so he wanted visitors to experience the beauty of the area.

"I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region," Al Malaheem told CNN.

Settled in a remote area, the hotel not only offers serenity and peace amid the desert landscapes but also a spectacular view facing the 12th-century archaeological site of Montreal Castle. 

Accommodating up to two guests at a time, the tiny car-hotel has a sign by its side declaring it the "smallest hotel in the world". 

Although, according to Guinness World Records, the 2.5-meter wide Eh'häusl Hotel in Amberg, Germany has already adopted that title.

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After his retirement and with the help of his daughter, the old VW Beetle was transformed into what he believes is as comfortable as a night in a five-star hotel. 

His daughter furnished the old vehicle with handmade sheets and pillows embellished with traditional colorful patterns. 

Since it first opened, visitors to the area have been checking in Abu Ali's innovative crib and it never failed to grab the attention of passers-by. 

His enterprise has been featured many times in the news and has attracted prestigious officials to visit him, from the French Prime Minister to the Japanese ambassador.

Al Malaheem's dedication to his project didn't stop with the VW hotel. He set up a hotel "lobby" inside a nearby cave, naming it "Baldwin's Grotto", after Baldwin I of Jerusalem, who built Montreal castle in 1115.

With the lobby up and running, visitors can enjoy a full authentic Jordanian experience where they are served coffee, tea, and traditional Jordanian snacks. 

Passers-by are also welcome to enjoy local breakfast or lunch at the hotel, prepared and served by Abu Ali’s wife and daughters in the traditional Bedouin way.

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Inside the lobby, "thank you" notes, smiling photographs, and business cards hang across the walls. 

Testimonies from previous customers, people from all over the world, attest to the great experience this tiny hotel offers. 

Abu Ali keeps a guestbook filled with praise, signatures, and promises to return from his visitors, a cherished possession of his.


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