Hotels are more than just places to sleep while traveling; they are hubs of comfort, luxury, and innovation. From historic landmarks to modern marvels, hotels offer a glimpse into diverse cultures and lifestyles. Let’s dive into some intriguing facts about hotels that make them much more than temporary accommodations.

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1. The “Sky Beam” that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls. – Source

2. The oldest hotel in the world has been operated by the same Japanese family for over 1,300 years. 52 different generations of descendants have cared for and operated the inn. – Source

3. When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907 a room cost $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1000/night. – Source

4. Hotels use RFID chips to track their towels and linens. One hotel in Hawaii saved over $15000 in stolen towels using the RFID chips. – Source

5. Half-used hotel soap is sterilized, melted down, and reformed and sent to poorer countries with scarce hygiene resources. – Source

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6. Police in Clearwater, FL received 161 calls to 911 from the rooms of the Fort Harrison Hotel within a span of 11 months. Each time, Scientology security denied them entry, insisting there was no emergency. – Source

7. H.H. Holmes, a 19th century serial killer in the U.S., opened a hotel which he had designed and built for himself specifically with murder in mind. It included soundproofed bedrooms, trap doors, walls lined with blowtorches and two incinerators. – Source

8. Miami Beach has banned beachfront hotels from giving out plastic straws. – Source

9. The Aurora Ice Hotel in Alaska was made entirely of ice. Ice walls, ceiling, beds, bar, barstools, even martini glasses were made of ice. It was closed by the fire marshall for not having smoke detectors. – Source

10. Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel & Casino had its worst financial week ever when it hosted a physicist convention. – Source

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11. 15 of the 25 largest hotels in the world are on the Las Vegas Strip. – Source

12. Fairmont hotel chain has resident dogs who greet guests in the lobby, accompany them on walks and to make them feel at home. – Source

13. In 2013, a 39-story hotel in Tokyo “disappeared,” in that it was demolished without explosives or a wrecking ball. All 39 floors were disassembled by a small crane from inside the building and there’s a time-lapse of it shrinking floor by floor. – Source

14. The hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining” plays the Kubrick film on a continuous loop on channel 42 for all guests. – Source

15. There is a secret train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. – Source

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16. There is a hotel that sits right on the border of Switzerland and France. A set of stairs started in France and ended in Switzerland upstairs. The upper rooms were thus ideal as a hideout for French Resistance members during WWII as the Nazis weren’t allowed to cross into the Swiss side. – Source

17. Popular hotels in New Orleans put grease on balcony support poles during Mardi Gras so drunks can’t climb in. – Source

18. One of the largest hotel suites in the world is located 22 stories under the surface in the Grand Canyon Caverns. One night for two people in this 65 million-year-old cave is around $700. – Source

19. There is a hotel in Kenya that also serves as a giraffe sanctuary, and the giraffes stick their heads into the windows to get snacks at breakfast time. – Source

20. The Hyatt Regency Hotel in KC, MO had multiple crosswalks that collapsed on top of each other. 114 died and another 216 were injured. Up until 9-11, it was the largest structural collapse in the USA. – Source

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21. There is a hotel in Bolivia made completely out of salt, and licking the walls is strictly forbidden. – Source

22. In 2014, chlorine gas was released in a hotel hosting a furry convention, injuring 19 people. The apparent chemical attack is unsolved, and the source of the chlorine is still unknown. – Source

23. When Thomas Edison installed the modern electric lighting in the Ponce De Leon Hotel in St Augustine, FL they had to hire extra staff to turn lights on and off for guests that were scared of being shocked. – Source

24. If you don’t pay a hotel bill in Ontario, there is a law that says that hotel can sell your horse. – Source

25. A Chinese construction company built a 30-story hotel in 15 days. The hotel is energy efficient, has air 20 times cleaner than comparable hotels, and can withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 9. – Source

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26. The Virgin Hotel in Chicago has no check-in desk; it uses a smartphone system in which you scan a QR code and retrieve your room key from a vending machine. The personal comfort assistant app named Lucy can order more pillows, control room temperature, and coordinate messages with hotel staff. – Source

27. Bulgaria has a hotel with an ancient Roman gladiator arena in the lobby. The arena was found during construction, so they incorporated it into the hotel. – Source

28. A luxury hotel in Cannes, France, has a team of 5 trained attack hawks that it uses to keep pesky seagulls from harassing its wealthy patrons in outside seating areas. – Source

29. The tallest unoccupied building in the world is a 3,000 room hotel in North Korea. Construction on the 1,082-foot Ryugyong Hotel began in 1987 and was halted in 1992. After a number of attempts to resurrect the project, the hotel still hasn’t opened. – Source

30. The new Marriott in Port Au Prince is a teaching hotel and hiring priorities are given to Haitians in need of work over past experience or skill set in order to support the community. Extra showers and facilities were built for the staff, many of whom don’t have running water in their own homes. – Source

31. A number of hotels have begun  “rent a fish” programs whereby for modest fee guests can borrow a goldfish to keep as a companion for the night. – Source

32. A couple was charged $177 by a Hotel for posting a negative review on TripAdvisor. – Source

33. The difference between Hotel and Motel is that motels are “Motorist Hotels” in that they are designed to have large parking spaces, usually, allow guests to park directly in front of their rooms and allow easy access to major roads. – Source

34. In Asian hotels room, number 404 is usually missing because the repetition of number 4 is considered bad luck. – Source

35. Every day at 11 am The Peabody Hotel marches their famed group of ducks through the hotel to the lobby fountain. At 5 pm these ducks return to their custom penthouse worth $200,000. They also have a personal assistant. – Source

36. The world’s smallest hotel was built between two buildings in a gap of only 2.5 meters (8.2 ft). – Source

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Last Update: May 1, 2024