The word hotel originated from the French hotel hotel, derived from the word hote – meaning host. The term referred to any building that originally visited. Today, the hotel offers travelers accommodation, meals and other services for a fee.
The first mention of paid lodging would be in biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph could not get accommodation because “there was no room in the inn.”
During the Roman Empire hotels began to proliferate. These were established with the aim of encouraging visitors to the empire.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel currently in operation is Hoshi Ryokan in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu in Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture. It was founded and the family itself still operates for 1,292 years. The hotel has been in the family for forty-six generations since 718. Built next to a hot spring hotel, it is believed to have miraculous healing properties. Still the locals say it’s real. The hotel has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 people.
In America, it was recorded that the first inn was founded in 1607. In 1792, the City Hotel, the first public hotel, opened in New York City. Tremont opened in Boston in 1809. It was the first modern hotel in America. Buffalo Statler, America’s first business hotel, began operations in 1908.
Over the years individual tastes have changed and it was inevitable that hotels would change according to what their customers wanted. Nowadays, customers can choose from a larger option.
Guests can choose to stay in a luxury hotel or a budget hotel, depending on budget or available funds. Hotels can also be classified by type of service:
- Full service scale
- Full service
- Select Service
- Limited service
- Long stay
- Shared time
- Destination Club
For people who want adventure, they can try unusual hotels at the Null Stern Hotel in Teufen (Appenzellerland, Switzerland), which was a nuclear bunker that became a hotel. There are also cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey and Spain. Costa Rica has Treehouse hotels and there are capsule hotels in Japan, in rectangular bowls where people sleep on top of each other. As Canada, Finland and Sweden are cold all year round, these countries have hotels made of ice and snow. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida (USA).
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest hotel is the first hotel in the Genting Highlands (Malaysia). It has 6,118 rooms. The tallest hotel is the Rose Tower in Dubai. It has a height of 333 meters.