Revealed: The hotel superlatives you’ve always wanted to know about

by | Sep 13, 2019 | General News

Today’s largest hotel: the First World Hotel in Malaysia.

Guinness World Records have been announced for many properties in the hospitality business.

There are more and more interesting and audacious properties being built within the global hospitality business every year, with travellers increasingly demanding new and interesting experiences and destinations.

With this in mind, some developers have started striving to break world records with their hotels, aiming to create the best of the best.

From China to Dubai, new record-breaking properties are popping up everywhere. Now, the Guinness World Records body has started selecting international properties to bestow honours upon.

How records are set

Hannah Ortman, Head of Record Management at Guinness, was recently quoted explaining the process of selecting titles.

“Our team oversees the process of record-breaking from start to finish,” Ortman said. “Of the titles we monitor, there are a number of records in our database that are superlative facts. Because they are research-based, we do not accept applications for them and do not require documentation from the record holders. For this record, our internal Records Management Team, as well as our third-party consultants, who have expertise in their specific field, have gathered information in order to verify it as a Guinness World Records title.”

The world’s record-setting hotels today

All properties which have set world records are all interesting in their own right.

For example, the world’s largest hotel is the First World Hotel in Malaysia. This property has a total of 7,351 rooms, including two towers with 4,500 rooms. This hotel also boasts a 500,000 square-foot plaza with retail and dining outlets, as well as an indoor theme park attraction.

The Abraj Kudai in Mecca will eventually become the world’s largest hotel once construction is complete. (Photo: Abraj Kudai)

The world’s smallest hotel, meanwhile, is an eight-foot-wide hotel in the city of Amberg, Germany that was built in 1728, and totally renovated in 2008 as a luxury retreat. Though tiny in size the hotel has modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, a mini spa and several other amenities for its guests.

The world’s smallest hotel: Eh’häusl Hotel in Germany. (Photos: Eh’häusl Hotel)

The world’s tallest hotel is — no surprise — located in Dubai. With a height of 1,167.98 feet, the four-star Gevora Hotel opened its doors in 2018 after a construction period of twelve years. It offers a total of 528 rooms spread over its 75 floors and several facilities including restaurants and a pool on top of its parking garage building.

The world’s tallest hotel: Gevora Hotel in Dubai. (Photos: Gevora Hotel)

Finally, the world’s oldest hotel is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan. It’s a famous hot spring hotel near Mt. Fuji and it can be found at the foot of the South Japanese Alps.

It was founded in 705 AD, and it has been continuously operated by 52 generations of the same family for more than 1,300 years. Since it first opened, it has had all its hot water sourced directly from the local Hakuho Spring. Renovated in 1997, it has 37 rooms.

The world’s oldest hotel: Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan. (Photos: Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan)


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