The word “hotel” is derived from the French word “hotel” and from the word “hote”, meaning host. The term originally referred to frequently visited buildings. Today, the hotel has become a place for travelers to provide accommodation, catering and other services.
The earliest mention of paid accommodation was in the biblical period. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph cannot get accommodation because “the hotel has no room”.
It was during the Roman Empire that hotels began to proliferate. These attractions were established to encourage imperial tourists.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel still in operation today is Hoshi Ryokan in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It was founded and operated by the same family for 1,292 years. The hotel has lived with family for 46 generations since 718. The hotel is built near a hot spring and is believed to have magical healing properties. To this day, locals still claim that this is true. The hotel has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests.
In the United States, according to records, the first hotel was established in 1607. In 1792, the first publicly held hotel city hotel opened in New York. The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston in 1809. This is the first modern hotel in the United States. The first business hotel in the United States, Buffalo Statler, opened in 1908.
Over the years, personal preferences have constantly changed, and it is inevitable that the hotel will be changed according to the needs of customers. Today, customers can choose from more options.
Customers can choose to stay in luxury hotels or budget hotels according to their own budget or available funds. Hotels can also be classified by service type:
- Full Service
- Full service
- Choose a service
- Limited service
- Destination club
For those who want to take risks, they can try some unusual hotels, such as the Null Stern Hotel in Appenzellerland Teufen, Switzerland, which was once a nuclear bunker and was later converted into a hotel. In Cappadocia, Turkey and Spain also have cave hotels. There is a tree house hotel in Costa Rica and a capsule hotel in Japan. People sleep in a rectangular container and face each other. Because Canada, Finland and Sweden are cold most of the year, hotels in these countries are made of snow and ice. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida, USA.
According to Guinness World Records, the largest hotel is the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It has 6,118 rooms. The tallest hotel is the Rose Tower in Dubai. 333 meters high.