The word hotel originated from the French word hotel, derived from the word hote, which means host. The term originally referred to any building that has frequent visitors. Today, a hotel is an establishment that offers accommodation, meals and other services to travelers for a fee.
The earliest record of any mention of paid hosting would be during biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph were unable to find accommodation because “there was no space at the inn.”
It was during the Roman Empire that hotels began to proliferate. These were established with the aim of encouraging visitors to the empire.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel that is still in operation today is Hoshi Ryokan, located in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It was founded and is still operated by the same family 1,292 years ago. years. The hotel has been in family for 46 generations since 718. The hotel was built close to a hot spring that is believed to have miraculous healing properties. Residents still claim that this is real, even today. The hotel has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 people.
In the United States, the first inn was registered as having been established in 1607. In 1792, the City Hotel, the first publicly traded 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 America, started operations in 1908.
Over the years, individual tastes have changed and it was inevitable that hotels would change according to what customers wanted. Nowadays, customers can choose from a larger selection.
Customers can choose to stay in a luxury or budget hotel, depending on the budget or available funds. Hotels can also be classified by type of service:
- High-end full service
- Full service
- Select Service
- Limited service
- Extended stay
- Destination club
For those looking for adventure, you can try some unusual hotels, like the Null Stern Hotel in Teufen, Appenzellerland, Switzerland, which used to be a nuclear bunker that has been converted into a hotel. There are also cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey and Spain. Costa Rica has Treehouse hotels and Japan has capsule hotels where people sleep on top of each other in rectangular containers. As it is cold most of the year in Canada, Finland and Sweden, these countries have hotels made of ice and snow. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida, USA.
The largest hotel according to the Guinness Book of World Records is the First World Hotel located in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It has 6,118 rooms. The tallest hotel is the Rose Tower, located in Dubai. It is 333 meters high.