The word hotel comes from the French word hotel, derived from the word hotel – guest. The term originally referred to any building that has frequent visitors. Today, the hotel is a facility that provides accommodation, catering and other services to travelers for a fee.
The earliest mention of any mention of paid accommodation would be in biblical times. According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph could not get to the accommodation because "there was no space in the inn."
During the Roman Empire hotels began to spread. They were set up to encourage visitors to the empire.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest hotel still in operation is Ryokan Hoshi in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It was founded and is still run by the same family for 1,292 years. The hotel has been with the family for forty-six generations since 718. The hotel was built near a hot water spring, which is believed to have miraculous healing properties. The locals still claim to be real to this day. The hotel has 100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests.
In America, the first inn was set up in 1607. In 1792, the first hotel with public events, the City Hotel, was opened in New York. Tremont opened in Boston in 1809. It was the first modern hotel in America. Buffalo Statler, the first commercial hotel in America, began operations in 1908.
Over the years, individual tastes have changed, and it was inevitable that hotels changed according to what customers wanted. Today, customers can choose from a larger selection.
Customers may choose to stay in a luxury hotel or a cheap hotel, depending on their budget or available resources. Hotels can also be classified by service type:
- Full Upscale Service
- Complete service
- Select a service
- Limited service
- Extended stay
- Target club
For people who want some adventure, they can try some unusual hotels, such as the Null Stern Hotel in Teufen, Appenzellerland, Switzerland, which used to be a nuclear bunker that was 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 in rectangular containers. Because in Canada, Finland and Sweden it is cold most of the year, these countries have hotels that are made of ice and snow. There are also underwater hotels in Sweden and Florida in the USA.
The largest hotel according to the Guinness World Records Book is the world's first hotel located in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. It has 6 118 rooms. The highest hotel is the Rose Tower, located in Dubai. It is 333 meters high.