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Smaller is not usually better when it comes to hotel rooms but for sheer novelty factor alone capsule hotels seem to be here to stay. Courtesy of the Sleepbox Hotel, Moscow now has its own version of a pod style hotel which is more commonly associated with Japan. Aimed at those not needing all the facilities of a traditional hotel, rooms in the hotel can be booked overnight or by the hour.

Each room in the fifty room hotel offers all mod cons in a compact ten square metre space. Bed, shelf, wardrobe and lamp come as standard. Windows do not. This hotel is not for the claustrophobic although a relatively pocket friendly and convenient choice for everyone else at an average of around £32 a night.

Capsule hotels were first launched in Japan where the trend quickly caught hold. There some such hotels have over 600 pods and are generally located near major transport hotspots such as rail stations and airports. Here, rooms are more like true pods and are generally just big enough to sleep in and not big enough even to stand – perfect for last minute stop-overs.

Travellers with a taste for the tiny can also sample some of the other mini marvels across the globe. Right on the doorstep, London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports are now how to the UK's very own versions. The Yotel is the brainchild of the creator of the popular Yo Sushi chain of restaurants.

These capsule hotels boast 'cabins' offering first class stays that are bookable by the hour. Aimed at travellers with time to kill between flights, they have all mod cons including round the clock service.

For those who may find the idea of a capsule hotel a little mainstream, there is also the opportunity to stay in a pipe. Situated in a park alongside the Danube River in Germany, Das Park Pipe Hotel is exactly what it says on the tin. Large sections of pipe have been converted to modern, well designed pod rooms for overnight stays. Guests get to wake up right in the middle of a park with great views and, perhaps the best thing, they can choose how much they want to pay.

In Copenhagen, those who like all things small will enjoy not only staying in a tiny twelve square metre room, but also being the only guest in Hotel Central which is located above a café. The hotel opened last summer and its owners claim this pint-size option offers guests the perfect chance to experience the neighbourhood. Just so long as they're not travelling in a group.

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