Whether you’re a trivia junkie or are simply curious about superlatives in the hospitality industry, these hotel facts are sure to be just what you’re looking for.
From the greatest, oldest, and tallest to the wackiest, craziest, and smallest, we’ve got dozens of facts about hotels to toss into your next conversation or check-in.
So, let’s get to it!
Here are 45+ fun and informative hotel facts for you:
1. Oldest Hotel in the World
The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is the oldest hotel in the world, having its grand opening in 705 CE – more than 1300 years ago!
One of Japan’s popular ryokan types of hotels, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is located in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, and it also happens to compete for the title of the oldest company in operation! 52 generations of the same family have owned this traditional Japanese inn over the centuries.
2. Highest Hotel in the World
The Rosewood Guangzhou has recently taken the title of highest hotel in the world. The luxury hotel, owned by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, is located in the top 16 floors of the 1,739 ft (530 m)-tall Guangzhou Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre (Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre).
Before that one took the title, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, located in 17 of the top floors of the 1,587.9 ft (484.0 m)-high International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, had the highest hotel in the world.
3. Largest Hotel
The world’s largest hotel (based on number of rooms for rent) is the First World Hotel located in Resorts World Genting, Pahang, Malaysia. This complex has a total of 7,351 rooms, including 3,164 standard rooms, 292 deluxe rooms, 649 deluxe triple rooms, 480 superior deluxe rooms, and 136 world club rooms.
4. Largest Hotel Room
The Grand Hills Hotel & Spa in Broummana, Lebanon holds the title for the property with the largest hotel suite in the world. Its “Royal Residence” offers a jaw-dropping 44,465 square feet (4,131 square meters) of floorspace spread out over 3 pavilions and 7 stories.
The hotel itself features more than 1,200 pieces of art, including sculptures, antiques and handcrafted furniture, as well as private gardens, saunas, a spa, Turkish baths, and more.
5. Tallest Hotel in the World
According to Guinness World Records, the Gevora Hotel is the world’s tallest hotel-only building at 1,169.1 ft (356.33 m) in height. With 75 stories (and 2 below-ground levels), the Gevora Hotel contains 528 hotel rooms and is also one of the world’s tallest buildings.
6. Tallest Unoccupied Building
The Ryugyong Hotel of Pyongyang, North Korea, is considered to be the tallest unoccupied building in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Though completely topped out at 1,080 ft (330 m) in height, the building is still unopened.
7. Largest Spa Resort
The Mission Hills Haikou, located in in Haikou, Hainan, China, holds the title for the world’s largest spa resort. At over 30 sq. miles (80 sq. km.) in area, it is 1.5 times larger than Manhattan! The Mission Hills Haikou also is the second-largest golf resort in the world.
8. Largest Golf Resort
The largest golf resort in the world is the Mission Hills Shenzhen, a sister to the Mission Hills Haikou above. Also known as the Mission Hills Golf Club, MH Shenzhen has 12 complete 18-hole golf courses, for a total of 216 holes. If that’s not enough for you, the 5.8 sq. mi (15 sq. km.) resort has the the largest tennis center in all of Asia, with 51 different tennis courts.
9. Smallest Hotel
The Eh’hausl hotel in Amberg, Germany, holds the record for being the smallest hotel in the world at just 570 sq. ft. (53 sq. m). It can only accommodate two guests at a single time.
10. Hotel With the Most Beds
The Izmailovo Hotel in the capital of Russia has the most beds in a single hotel. This Moscow property has 7,500 beds within its walls.
11. This Hotel Has Attack Hawks on Staff
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France has plenty of A-list guests and influential lodgers, and it doesn’t want pesky seagulls bothering them. So, it has 5 well-trained attack hawks to run those other birds away.
12. Most Expensive Hotel Purchase
China’s Anbang Insurance Group purchased the Waldorf Astoria New York for $1.95 billion in October of 2014, making the New York City icon the most expensive hotel ever sold.
13. Most Expensive Hotel Room to Stay In
At $100,000 per night, The Empathy Suite Sky Villa at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is the most expensive hotel room to stay in. Designed by Damien Hirst, it offers 9,000 square feet (836 sq. m.) on two floors, a chauffeured car service, and $10,000 in credit to spend in the casino downstairs, among other things. There is a 2-night minimum, however, so save up $200,000 for the opportunity!
Some say that the company North Pole Igloos have the most expensive hotel rooms, priced at $105,000. However, this price includes 2 nights in Svalbard, Norway in addition to the 1 night at the North Pole, as well as helicopter flights between Svalbard and the North Pole (only in April, the safest time of year).
14. A Palace of Salt
The Palacio de Sal (“Palace of Salt“) is a hotel in Bolivia made entirely of salt blocks. Guests are forbidden from licking the walls.
15. Brightest Light in the World
The Luxor Sky Beam that shoots up towards the sky from atop the Luxor Las Vegas hotel’s main pyramid is the strongest beam of light in the world. Measured at 42.3 billion candela in brightness, this beam of light can be seen up 275 miles (443 km) away, which is further than San Diego!
16. Largest Atrium (by Volume)
The Luxor hotel also holds the title as having the world’s largest atrium by volume at 29 million cu ft (820,000 m3).
17. Largest Atrium (by Height)
The iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE has the world’s tallest atrium at 590 ft (180 m.) high.
18. Country Borders Run Through This Hotel
The Hotel Arbez is located both in Switzerland and in France, as the border runs through it. The Swiss-French border bisects the honeymoon suite’s bed, as well as divides the dining room, kitchen, hallway, and several rooms.
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19. This Hotel Plays The Shining Nonstop
The Rocky Mountains, Colorado-based Stanley Hotel is the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining. At the hotel, guests can tune into channel 42 on their TVs to watch Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 version of the movie.
20. Heaviest Hotel Relocated
Yes, that happens to be a thing, though I can’t imagine there are many competitors.
The Fairmount Hotel, a 3-story, 4-star hotel in San Antonio, Texas built in 1906 and weighing 1,451 tons, became the heaviest hotel relocated. In 1985, engineers moved the entire hotel a distance of around 5 blocks using 36 dollies and pneumatic tires to its current location.
21. Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall
On the side of the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV is the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, measuring in at 163 ft 6.5 in, or just shy of 50 meters.
22. World’s Most Expensive Omelet
The New York City Le Parker Meridien Hotel’s restaurant Norma’s serves the most expensive omelet in the world, called the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata. Priced at $1,000, this omelet includes a full pound of lobster and more than half a pound of caviar.
23. Tallest Revolving Door
The Novotel Citygate Hong Kong hotel, located in Tung Chung, Hong Kong, has a 15 ft, 9 in (4.8 m)-high revolving door, the tallest in the world.
24. Highest Library
The world’s highest library also happens to be in a hotel. Located on the 60th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, China, the highest library is 757 ft 6 in (230.9 m) above the ground.
25. Most Northerly Hotel
The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Spitsbergen located in Longyearbyen, Norway is the northernmost full-service hotel in the world, according to Guinness. It is situated around 800 miles (~1300 km) away from the North Pole.
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26. Most Southerly Hotel
The White Desert hotel camp in Antarctica is the southernmost hotel in the world. Billed as “Antarctica’s first luxury camp,” the White Desert Whichaway Camp prices start at $13,500 for a day trip there from Cape Town, South Africa.
27. Most Remote Hotel
The White Desert hotel gets two spots on our list of hotel facts, as it also happens to claim the title of most remote hotel in the world. WIth less than 1,000 people visiting the Antarctic interior in any given year, it’s no wonder.
28. Longest Dry Ski Slope
The Winghills Shirotori Resort, located in Shirotori, Gifu, Japan, set the Guinness World Record for having the longest dry ski slope at 3,030 ft 6 (923.7 m) in length.
29. Largest Ice Structure
The title for largest manmade ice structure in the world also belongs to a hotel – the ICEHOTEL of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Measuring 59,200 ft² (5,500 m²), the ICEHOTEL has been rebuilt each year since 1990.
30. World’s Largest Stencil Artwork
At the Elma Arts Hotel in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, you can view the world’s largest stencil artwork measuring 2,881.929 ft² (267.74 m²) created by James Ame of the UK.
31. Resort Hotel With the Most Swimming Pools
The 5-star Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia, has won the Guinness World Records title for being the resort with the most swimming pools with a whopping 643! Guinness only counted pools that were larger than 1.5m x 2m, supposedly to differentiate them from large bathtubs or hot tubs.
32. Most Overwater Villas at a Single Resort
The Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson also earned the title for having the most overwater villas at a single resort with their 522 villas all built on platforms over the Straits of Malacca, the shortest sea route connecting India, China, and Indonesia. The way they achieved the previous record of most swimming pools is by giving each villa their own private swimming pool.
33. Largest Glass Sculpture
The largest glass sculpture in the world is located in Las Vegas’ famous Bellagio Hotel. Built by Dale Chihuly, this glass structure measures 29 ft 6 in by 65 ft 7 in (around 9 meters by 20 meters) in size.
34. Fastest Time to Make a King-Sized Bed
Chow Ka Fai, a housekeeping staff member for the Cordis Hotels in Hong Kong earned the Guinness World Record for “fastest time to make a bed by an individual (king sized bed)” in a lightning-quick 1 minute and 9 seconds.
35. First Habitable Sand Hotel
In 2008, UK sculptor Mark Anderson was commissioned by the website LateRooms.com to build a working sand hotel. After taking over 600 hours to construct it, he opened the one-room, open-air hotel in Dorset.
Well, that’s it for our list of most interesting hotel facts, and we hope you enjoyed it! Got any questions, feedback, or more fun facts about hotels to add to our list? Let us know in the comment area below, and thanks for reading!