Hotel room is derived from the French word hotel, from the word hote – landlord. The term originally referred to any frequently visited building. Today, a hotel is an establishment that provides paid accommodation, meals and other services to travelers.
The earliest records of any paid residence were in biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph could not get an apartment “because there was no room in the hotel.”
During the Roman Empire, hotels began to proliferate. They were established to encourage visitors to the empire.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel still in operation today is Hoshi Ryokan in Avazu Onsen, Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Founded and still run by the same family for 1,292 years. The hotel has been in the family for forty-six generations since 718. The hotel was built near a hot spring, which is believed to have miraculous healing properties. The locals still claim that this is true. The hotel consists of 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests.
The first hotel in America was built in 1607. In 1792, the first open hotel in New York, the City Hotel, was opened. Tremont was opened in 1809 in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in America. Buffalo Statler, the first business hotel in America, opened in 1908.
Over the years, individual tastes have changed and hotels have inevitably changed according to the wishes of customers. These days, customers can choose from a larger selection.
Depending on the budget or available funds, customers can choose to stay in a luxury hotel or a budget hotel. Hotels can also be classified by type of service:
- For Full Service
- Full Service
- Select a service
- Limited service
- Stay wide
- Target Club
For those who want some adventure, you can use a number of unusual hotels, such as the Appenzellerland, formerly used as a nuclear bunker, and the Null Stern Hotel in Teufen, Switzerland. There are also cave hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey and Spain. There are Treehouse hotels in Costa Rica, and there are capsule hotels in Japan where people sleep on top of each other in rectangular containers. As it is cold in Canada, Finland and Sweden for most of the year, there are hotels made of ice and snow in these countries. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida, USA.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest hotel is the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It consists of 6,118 rooms. The tallest hotel is the Flower Tower in Dubai. It is 333 meters high.