Hotels, from the very start of its beginnings, were simple and basic room accommodations which consisted of the following facilities – a bed, cupboard, small table, chair, washstand, as compared to the kinds of hotels, nowadays, are a far cry from the amenities before and comprise these basic facilities – bed, bedside table, table with chair, own bathroom, cabinet, telephone, TV, refrigerator, broadband Internet connectivity, assorted snacks and drinks.
From one to five stars, this is how hotels, nowadays, are ranked and this form of classifications is according to their types of services, facilities and price range, with five star hotels providing the most excellent and luxurious facilities and services.
A more intimate setting is the boutique hotel, which differentiates itself from other types of hotels, in the sense that it offers personalized level of accommodation, services and facilities, such that each room accommodation is furnished with a theme or in a stylish manner, and guests rooms are minimal, each fitted with telephone, Wi-Fi Internet connection, a small bar, cable TV, with own bathroom.
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The tourism and hotel industry in each country have evolved with respect to upgrading their services and facilities and because of the tourism boom, worldwide, hotel accommodations have become competitive, such that there are those who have purposely built their hotels in a most unusual and unique way, to name a few – tree-house hotels, which are found in Kenya, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey, are built within living trees and provide all the basic and modern amenities, just like any other hotel, complete with satellite internet/phone; cave hotels in Australia, Turkey, and Spain, are built following the natural cave formations and some with rooms underground; capsule hotels in Japan have the most minimal accommodations; ice hotels in Sweden are built our of ice and snow; snow hotels in Finland with its furnishings made from sculpted ice; library hotel in New York with its ten floors arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System; Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai is shaped as a sailboat; underwater hotels in Dubai, Sweden, Florida with underwater rooms and are made of glass and acrylic.
With regards to being extreme in terms of height, size, and age, the tallest hotel in the world is the unique hotel in Dubai known as Burj al-Arab which stands at 321 meters high, while the largest hotel in the world is Hotel in Genting Highlands in Malaysia with 6,118 rooms and has an indoor theme park built inside its 500,000 square foot area, and the oldest hotel, according to the Guinness Book of World Records is Hoshi Ryokan in Japan which was founded in 717 CE (calendar era).Case Study: My Experience With Services