Lonely Planet Writer

New York's micro-hotels to become a big hit in other US cities

New York is trail-blazing the ‘micro-hotel room’ concept which would see visitors living like the locals.

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New York’s micro-hotel rooms is s due to the desire to create more accommodation in an area with the expensive real estate in the world. Image by Erik Drost / CC BY 2.0

From big brands like Marriott to small independent businesses, there is agreement that small can hit the big time with rooms of about 50 square feet.

Hotel rooms will be as small as five square feet in bid to give people chance to afford an apartment
Hotel rooms will be as small as five square feet in bid to give people chance to afford an apartment. Image by Kassandra Bay Resort and Spa / CC BY 2.0

USA TODAY reports that the ‘living like a local’ where New Yorkers see their apartments as just a place to sleep but enjoy big public places. Planners think such an arrangement will also be better appreciated by tourists.

The executive director of the Masters of Hospitality Management Program at Georgetown University, Gray Shealy contends that it’s the public places where people spend most of their time.

The concept of the micro-hotel has arisen in the Big Apple and other areas such as Japan where real estate is very expensive. The plan is to use the space available but to pack more people into it, giving greater returns to investors and visitors to the city.

Micro-hotels are now popping up in other US cities like Miami, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Tiny hotel rooms are especially appealing to new tourists who want to travel more and spend more. Comfort levels are not necessarily up to the same standard as in conventional hotel rooms, but guests are prepared to put up with that in exchange for the attractive room rates.