Hotel room tinier than a PARKING SPACE is revealed as London’s smallest in damning report – and it still costs up to £55 a night
- Which? sent undercover reviewers to the Corbigoe Hotel in Westminster
- They discovered a single room measuring just three square metres
- In the tiny en-suite, guests can apparently wash their hands while sat on the loo
Half the size of an average parking space and smaller than a prison cell, a miniature hotel room in London has been ousted in a damning investigation.
Consumer insight firm Which? sent undercover reviewers to the Corbigoe Hotel in the borough of Westminster, where they discovered a single room measuring just three square metres and costing up to £55 per night.
Video footage from Which? shows the tunnel-like room, with the bed almost touching both walls and the tiny en-suite where you can wash your hands while sat on the loo.
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Consumer insight firm Which? sent undercover reviewers to the Corbigoe Hotel in the borough of Westminster, where they discovered a single room measuring just three square metres. The tiny en suite (right) and the bedroom area (left)
One perk is that there is a window in the room. However, the lookout opens out on to a stairwell, instead of letting fresh air funnel through.
Another plus is that there’s a kettle in the room and you can make hot beverages while in bed, given the kitchen appliance’s proximity to your feet.
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The Which? report notes that online, the hotel’s small single is listed as five square metres.
But when its investigators visited with a tape measure, they found that the bedroom sized up at just three square metres – meaning 40 per cent of the listed space is occupied by the bathroom.
Another plus is that there’s a kettle in the room and you can make hot beverages while in bed, given the kitchen appliance’s proximity to your feet
The report notes: ‘To put it into the context, the small single (bedroom and bathroom combined) is less than half the size of the average UK parking space (11.5 square metres).
‘It’s also smaller than the recommended minimum for a UK prison cell (7 square metres).’
A single room at the Corbigoe Hotel costs £30 in the low season, from November to March, and £55 in the high season from April to October.
While the inn has a pretty generous 5.1 review rating on Booking.com, 63 per cent of guests have rated it ‘terrible’ on TripAdvisor.
Derek H from Ireland wrote after his stay in September: ‘Hands down the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Like stepping back in time and not in a retro way.
A single room at the Corbigoe Hotel costs £30 in the low season, from November to March, and £55 in the high season from April to October
‘Noisy, rude staff and £2 (cash I might add) to leave your bags in a room for the day.
‘One towel between two of us, holes in the door, bathroom door too small for a normal sized person to fit into, shower up to my shoulder. The list goes on.’
Floyd S echoed these sentiments, writing: ‘If you are looking for a poorly run 70s themed hotel this is the place for you!
‘All jokes aside this hotel is terrible, its dirty and smells , the room was small with a holes in the wall and light fittings missing.’
MailOnline Travel has contacted the hotel and is currently awaiting a request for comment.
Commenting on the rise of micro hotel rooms Which? travel editor Rory Boland, said: ‘Hotels need to be completely upfront with customers about just how small their rooms are at the time of booking, so guests don’t unexpectedly find themselves in a shoebox.
While the inn has a pretty generous 5.1 review rating on Booking.com, 63 per cent of guests have rated it ‘terrible’ on TripAdvisor
‘Micro hotel rooms can be great for a short stay, but don’t assume you’re always getting a micro price.
‘In truth, you’ll probably find a more spacious stay nearby for a better price’.
The Which? report highlights that hotel rooms have been shrinking in recent years, ‘especially in city centres where rates are high’.
Both Premier Inn and Hilton recently announced plans to launch their own micro hotel brands, while Premier Inn will slash room sizes in half for its ‘zip pods’.
Meanwhile, rival brand easyHotel already charges a supplement if you want your room to come with a TV (from £5), or even a window.
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