8 Unbelievable Facts about the Hotel Industry

  1. The Worlds Largest Hotel

First World Hotel, Malaysia is said to have around 7,351 rooms and is currently the largest hotel in the world. The rooms are priced between $12 to $83 on average.

However, Abraj Kudai HotelinSaudi Arabia would be opening in 2019 or 2020. When completed, it will be the largest hotel in the world, consisting of a ring of 12 towers 45 stories high, with 10,000 bedrooms, 70 restaurants, and four rooftop helipads.

  1. Hotel of Ice Balea Lac in Romania gets built up by ice every year

Can you believe this?

This Ice Hotel is built every year and can be reached only by a cable car.

It has a Snow bar, A Church made of ice and an ice restaurant.

Since 2005, in the heart of the Fagaras Mountains, is built yearly this most distinguished hotel ofRomania. It is built entirely of snow and ice blocks that are extracted from the largest glacial lake of the Fagaras Mountains, Balea Lac. Ice blocks reach 70 cms in height and weigh almost 70 pounds. In less than a month, the ice artists manage to raise a home for winter lovers, their work being rewarded by over 8000 annual guests.

  1. Oldest Hotel in the world

Koshu Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan is a hot spring inn and has been named as the oldest hotel in the world which is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The ownership is held by the same family for over 50 generations.

The history of the Keiunkan inn dates back 1300 years to the year 705 AD (the 2nd year of the Keiun era), when Fujiwara Mahito founded the inn. Because it was founded in the Keiun era, the inn was thus named Keiunkan. The hot spring has flowed freely without interruption since then and was loved by townsfolk and military commanders as a secluded place deep in the mountains of the Kai region.

  1. A no-wall Hotel

There truly is a hotel out there for every type of traveler, including those who don’t want to be boxed in with walls. In the Swiss Alps sits Null Stern, where open-air guest rooms consist of nothing more than beds and linens. The name Null Stern translates to “no stars,” which is certainly not a reference to the night sky views, but rather to the fact that staff is entirely focused on each guests and not the structural up-keep of the hotel. 

  1. Indian Americans shape America’s motels

In 2014, the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. hosted the exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” which highlighted the fact that at least half of Americas motels are owned by Indian-Americans, 70 percent of whom are from Gujarat, a state located on India’s northwest coast.

6. Hotel Arbez, also called the Hotel Arbez Franco-Suisse lies in two countries

This is a hotel that sits right on the border of Switzerlandand 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 WWIIas the Nazisweren’t allowed to cross into the Swiss side.

Today, the Franco-Swiss border passes through the kitchen, dining room, hallway and several rooms of the Hotel Arbez:

  • The dining room is divided by the boundary.
  • The bar is entirely located in France, though the boundary passes just outside its front door.
  • The bed in the honeymoon suiteis bisected by the border, with half in France and half in Switzerland.
  • The main hall and stairway are bisected by the border. The lower half of the stairs lie in France, the upper half in Switzerland;
  • Another room has its bathroom in France, while the rest of the room is in Switzerland.
  • The annex to the hotel is located entirely in Switzerland.

Today, the Hotel Arbez is operated by the French company SARL Arbez Franco Suisse, which pays taxes equally to both countries. When the French government banned smoking in French pubs and restaurants in 2008, the rule was applied in both the Swiss and French sides of the dining room.

7. Mobile ubiquity for Guest Experience

Ninety-one percent of hotel executives surveyed said mobile technologies are critical to improving guest experience and cultivating loyalty, according to the “2019 Hospitality Benchmark – Mobile Maturity Analysis” study, which was conducted by Oracle.

There are three areas hotels can focus on to make that happen: empowering guests to take advantage of self-service tools, allowing guests to communicate with the hotel through their preferred channel and continuing to invest in mobile technologies to reduce friction. By 2020, majority of hotels would be using the mobile to be in continuous touch with their customers.

8. The Digital Key is taking over in Modern Hotels

A Digital Key opens any door you’d normally access with a regular key. This could include your room, elevators, side doors, the fitness center and even the parking garage. Open the app, and when you’re within a few feet of a door, simply push the button to unlock.

The Hilton is successfully running a Hilton Honors program by issuing such digital keys.


**Information & Trivia collected from public websites