The word hotel was derived from the word French, derived from the word hote. It was originally referred to as any of the buildings frequented by visitors. Currently, the hotel offers accommodation, meals and other services to travelers at a fee.
The highest mention of paid accommodation would be in Biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph were unable to get accommodations "there was no place to stay."
During the Roman Empire, hotels began to proliferate. The empire was established for the purpose of encouraging visitors.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel still operating today is in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture, Hoshi Ryokan. He founded the family and is still 1,292 years old. The hotel has been running for forty-six generations since 718. The hotel was built near a hot spring, which has wonderful healing properties. The locals still say it's real. It has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 people.
In America, the first inn was established in 1607. In 1792, the first City Hotel opened in New York. Tremont opened in Boston in 1809. It was the first modern hotel in America. Buffalo Statler, the first business hotel in the United States, began in 1908.
Over the years, individual tastes changed, and it was imperative that the hotel changed as the client wanted. These days, customers can choose from a larger selection.
Customers can choose to stay in a luxury hotel or budget hotel, depending on their budget or available funds. Hotels can also be classified by service type:
- Full Service Upscale
- Full service
- Select the Service
- Limited Service
- Extended stay
- Destination Club
For those looking for an adventure, try some unusual hotels like Null Stern in Teufen, Appenzellerland, Switzerland [Switzerland]. They were the nuclear bunker that became hotels. There are also cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey and Spain. Costa Rica has Treehouse hotels and there are capsule hotels in Japan where people sleep on top of each other in rectangular containers. Since most of the years Canada, Finland and Sweden are cold, these countries have hotels with ice and snow. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest hotel is located in the Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It has 6,118 rooms. The tallest hotel is the Rose Tower, located in Dubai. It is 333 meters high.