I spent one night in the tightest hotel in the world, and even though my room was tiny, it was an unforgettable stay. Take a look inside.

  • I visited the Famous Star Hotel in Scotland, which is known as the narrowest hotel in the world.

  • The hotel is located in Moffat, a small town known for stargazing.

  • While my room was tiny, it was still luxurious and offered a one-of-a-kind experience.

I recently spent the night in the tightest hotel in the world: the Famous Star Hotel in Scotland.

The exterior of the Famous Star Hotel in Moffat, Scotland.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

At 20 feet wide and 162 feet long, The Famous Star Hotel in Scotland claims to be the narrowest hotel in the world on its website.

The hotel dates back to the 1600s, according to Marc Leighfield, who said he ran the hotel with his brother. Leighfield told me that his grandparents and parents took over the hotel from the previous owners in 1985, and he and his brother had been running it for two years.

The property was named the world’s tightest independent hotel in the Guinness Book of Records in July 1987 – as I later learned, the hotel displays a certificate with this distinction near the check-in counter – and , according to Leighfield, it is still considered the narrowest hotel today.

Leighfield told me the hotel was previously known as The Star Hotel, but his grandfather and parents renamed it The Famous Star Hotel following their honor in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The hotel is located in Moffat, a small town in the south of Scotland famous for stargazing.

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A map showing where Moffat is in the UK.Google Maps.

On Saturday my boyfriend and I drove about an hour south of our home town of Glasgow to the small town of Moffat where the hotel is located.

Moffat is famous for stargazing. According to Go Stargazing, a website that informs the British public about stargazing locations, it is known as Europe’s first “dark sky city”, having adopted special street lighting to minimize light pollution, which which makes it easier to see the stars at night.

At first I thought the town’s association with the stars might have played a part in the name of the hotel, but Leighfield told me he thought it was coincidence and didn’t know why the original owners named it The Star Hotel.

Upon entering the hotel, the first thing I noticed was the small reception area.

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The hotel entrance.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

The lobby consisted of a narrow hallway and a desk with two chairs. There was no one to greet us when we arrived, and at first we wondered if the reception was in another part of the hotel.

A few minutes later a member of staff appeared and made me check in and pay at the small desk. A double room for one night costs £75, or around $93. I paid extra for a bottle of prosecco upon arrival and for breakfast the next morning, so the final bill was 109, or about $142.

When we arrived, I noticed a Guinness Book of World Records certificate on the wall.

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The Famous Star Hotel is considered the narrowest hotel in the world.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

The certificate states that the hotel was first recognized as the world’s narrowest independent hotel on July 21, 1987. It is still considered the world’s narrowest hotel today, according to the website. of the hotel.

We climbed two flights of stairs to get to our room.

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The staircase leading to the bedroom.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

The hotel has eight newly renovated rooms, according to its website. All bedrooms have a king-size double bed, en-suite shower room, tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi free, adds the website.

Our room was on the top floor, which required two steep stairs to get there, as there is no elevator.

There are also accommodations for the management, located near a private staircase that is not accessible to the public, Leighfield told me.

Our room was L-shaped, with the king-size bed located near the door.

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A double room at the Famous Star Hotel.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

My first impression was that the room was quite small, but it’s one of the largest rooms offered, according to Leighfield, and that’s understandable given that the hotel is considered the tightest in the world.

The bed had two small sets of drawers and two lamps on each side. I thought the space around the bed was a little cramped, but I didn’t mind seeing that we were only there for one night.

The hotel went the extra mile to make it special for my boyfriends birthday.

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Prosecco and a birthday balloon.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

When I booked the hotel a few weeks before, I explained that it was to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday and that I would like to do something special for him. The hotel staff organized a bottle of prosecco for us upon arrival (included in the final bill) and a complimentary birthday balloon.

Later that evening, the hotel restaurant surprised us each with a free drink, which they said was for my boyfriend’s birthday. (For full disclosure, I paid for the hotel stay because it was a personal trip and not for work.)

Even though the room was small, the space was well utilized.

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The hotel room had a full length mirror and a vanity mirror.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

Our room had two mirrors – a full length mirror and a vanity mirror – as well as a dressing table and a flat screen TV. There was also an armchair and a small table by the window.

Opposite the bed was a dressing table and a tea station.

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The hairdresser.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

The tea station, located just under the desk, had two cups, a selection of tea and milk, and some biscuits.

There was also a cabinet next to the desk (not pictured).

The bathroom was small but practical.

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The bathroom.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

The bathroom had a shower, toilet, sink and full length mirror.

I noticed a courteous sign above the restroom telling customers that during peak hours the hot water might be limited due to the small tank.

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A sign in the bathroom.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

“Hello! As you know, I’m a small hotel 20 feet wide so I don’t have a lot of room,” the sign read. “My hot water tank isn’t very big, so at peak times I might have trouble getting you hot water. I’ll fill it up again, but please give me time! Thank you for your patience.”

I didn’t see any information about this when I booked the hotel, and it wasn’t mentioned when we arrived, but I didn’t mind as we never had a problem with the water hot during our stay. And, like the compact size of the rooms, it made sense given we were staying in such a unique property.

Although the room was small, it had all the luxuries one would expect from a hotel, and it made for a memorable stay.

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The author of the Famous Star Hotel.Mikhaïla Friel/Initiate

Although the room was smaller than some other hotel rooms I’ve stayed in in the past, it contained all the same luxury.

The tea station, dressing table and flat screen TV, plus the extra perks for my boyfriend’s birthday, made this an ideal hotel stay, in my opinion. Not to mention that the staff was very nice and welcoming. We really enjoyed our visit.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a quirky stay, especially those who love star gazing and cozy little towns.

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