The word hotel comes from the French word hotel, derived from the word hote – which means host. The term originally refers to any building that has many visitors. Nowadays, a hotel is an establishment that offers accommodation, meals and other services to travelers for a fee.
The earliest mention of any mention of paid shelter would be during biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph were unable to find accommodation because & # 39; there was no place in the inn & # 39 ;.
It was during the Roman Empire that hotels began to spread. These were established to encourage visitors to the empire.
According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel still in use is the Hoshi Ryokan in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It was founded and is still managed by the same family for 1,292 years. The hotel has been with the hotel for forty-six generations since 718. The hotel is built near a hot spring that is believed to have wonderful healing properties. The locals still claim that this is still true today. The hotel has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests.
In America, the first inn was registered that was founded in 1607. In 1792, the City Hotel, the first public hotel, opened in New York. The Tremont opened in 1809 in Boston. It was the first modern hotel in America. The Buffalo Statler, the first business hotel in America, started its activities in 1908.
Over the years, individual tastes have changed and it was inevitable that hotels changed according to what customers wanted. Nowadays, customers can choose from a larger selection.
Customers can choose to stay in a luxury hotel or a budget hotel, depending on their budget or available resources. Hotels can also be classified by service type:
- Full service upscale
- Complete service
- Select Service
- Special service
- Extended stay
- Destination Club
For people who want some adventure, they can try out some unusual hotels, such as the Null Stern Hotel in Teufen, Appenzellerland, Switzerland, which used to be a nuclear bunker that was transformed 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. Because it is cold in Canada, Finland and Sweden most of the year, 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 in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It has 6,118 rooms. The highest hotel is the Rose Tower in Dubai. It is 333 meters long.