Somewhat off the new and cute theme, but still what I'd call unique and tiny:
On my last trip to italy, I didn't like one city, as I was getting pretty crabby after nearly a month of dashing from place to place and it took me forever to find a room one of the two cities I couldn't reserve in, and the city was full of graffiti. So, I got to Florence two days early for my reservations, and resorted to going into the tourist help office at the train station.
I looked over the rooms available, and saw the name of a hotel I'd always wanted to stay at, that I knew was expensive, and there was a room available for only about fifteen dollars more than the most expensive on the trip, and it had been a cheapo trip, mostly extremely cheapo. So I said yes. I hadn't picked the hotel in the first place, back when planning the trip, because it was out of my league. I suppose it is their "worst" room. I stayed there two nights, thought myself queen of the May, except that it was April.
The hotel is Loggiato dei Serviti, on my favorite Florence piazza, S.S. Annunziata. The building it is in was built as a monastery for the Servite order, directly across from Brunelleschi's Orphanage, which it mimicked; the church on another side of the piazza was later modified to resemble both the Brunelleschi and Sangallo's Servite monastery.
The room was eensy, but you can tell from the photo, pretty extraordinary.
You went in the door into a minor hallway, maybe 4 feet wide and, oh, five feet long, and at the end of it was a room about eight feet deep and probably 7 feet wide. Off that entry hall was a tiny bathroom w. shower. I think that's an armoire to the right, and I slightly remember a small antique dresser.
Even though the room faced a sometimes noisy piazza, what with the motociclette, it was quiet, as behind those drapes were strong thick louver window shutters.
Here's the entire hotel facade -
If any of you ever consider staying there, it is very handy, three blocks or so from the duomo off of Via dei Servi.
P.S. The next hotel, the one my earlier reservations were at, was Morandi alla Crocetta, which I recommend too - it was more spare but equally interesting, about two blocks away from that piazza. Just checked, looks like that's expensive now. Sigh...