When the word “hotel” is mentioned, a few associations come to mind: vacation, luxury, weekend getaway, room service and more sweet connections. On the other hand, hotels can also convey less pleasant thoughts: money spending, unfriendly staff, greedy maid and early check out time. When thinking about it, hotels are an important ingredient of your vacation’s pleasure. That is why we decided to dedicate an entire post to hotels – did you know that? Funny facts; we wanted to share with you some cool findings we discovered about hotels and think are worth mentioning:
Did you know that Hoshi Ryokan is the oldest hotel in the world? Founded in 718, this traditional Japanese inn is located in the Awazu Onsen area of Komatsu, in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The Hoshi Ryokan has been managed for the last forty six generations by the same family! It even got mentioned on Guinness World Records.
Did you know that Hotel Izmaylovo in Moscow, Russia, is the biggest hotel in the world? This immense hotel stretches over 4 towers, (30-stories each) and 7,500 rooms! I guess you will never have to worry here about an annoying “fully booked” situation!
Did you know that the tallest hotel in the world just opened its doors in Hong Kong? The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong opened in March 2011 and reaches a massive 1600 feet (490 meters) into the air! At the moment it is the 4th largest building in the world.
Did you know that the Hotel Everest View is the highest situated hotel in the world? The hotel stands on a ridge 3,880m above sea level in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, from where you have a direct view of Mount Everest.
Did you know that the largest hotel swimming pool is in front of San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile? The pool measures a length of 1km and holds the water of roughly 6000 regular swimming pools.
And no, this is not a Photoshopped image. You can even see it on Google Maps.
Did you know that Hotel de Sal Playa in Bolivia is made completely out of salt? This stunning hotel was built by incredibly talented salt artisans in 1993 and since then tourists from all over the world just keep going there, in order to see this wonder with their own eyes.
Did you know that the most northerly hotel is the Nordpol Hotelet in Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen? This is not so strange because Ny-Ålesund is the most northern settlement next to some military bases. The hotel originally opened in 1936 to house fishermen.
Did you know that the most expensive hotel room in the world is the Royal Penthouse Suite in the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva? This room – or actually floor – will cost you $65.000 per night. The rooms holds 4 bedrooms, a library, a cocktail lounge with room for 40 people, and a dining room that can accommodate 26 people. It is also fully bulletproof. Of course, all of this overlooks the Geneva lake. Since this hotel is situated next to UN headquarters diplomats from all around the world increase the rate of this room to abnormal heights. It’s a simple supply & demand situation according to management.
Did you know that the world’s first 7-star hotel is the Burj Al Arab, in Dubai? This absolutely spectacular hotel is shaped like a sail boat and it became a major symbol for the lavishness and prestigious tourism in Dubai.
Did you know that the IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) is the largest hotel group in the world? It holds over 600,000 rooms spread over 4,500 hotels worldwide. Their brand includes: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.
Did you know that to this date the largest Floating hotel or cruiseship in the world is the “Allure of the Seas” owned by the Royal Caribbean Line? The full length of this “hotel” is 360 meters, which is about the same size as a military aircraft carrier. It can carry 6300 passengers.
As you can see, there are many interesting things you didn’t know about hotels. The world is filled with fascinating accommodations that not only offer services and a place to sleep, but they also provide an outstanding decoration and, many times, a remarkable story as well.