35 Interesting Hotels and Motels Around the World

1Luxor Hotel

The "Sky Beam" that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls.


2. The oldest hotel in the world named Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan 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.


3. 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.


4. In 2013, an NYC hotel kicked out Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson after confusing him for a homeless man.


5. Popular hotels in New Orleans put grease on balcony support poles during Mardi Gras so that drunks can't climb in.


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6Hotel Arbez

Hotel Arbez sits right on the border of Switzerland and France. A set of stairs start in France and end in Switzerland upstairs. The upper rooms were thus an ideal hideout for French Resistance members during World War 2 as the Nazis weren't allowed to cross into the Swiss side.


7. Room 114 of Washington Jefferson Hotel is covered in melting cheese.


8. The Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia had a bunker was built under the hotel in the late 50s to house Congress in the event of a nuclear war. The secret was exposed by the Washington Post and since then bunker has closed down and it is now open for tours.


9. The Foxes Hotel in Minehead, U.K. is a specialist catering college and training hotel for young adults with learning disabilities. The hotel teaches them skills of trade for them to use when they get jobs in the real world.


10. Fairmont hotel chain has resident dogs known as Canine Ambassadors, who greet guests in the lobby, accompany them on walks to make them feel at home.


11Tokyo’s Mitsui Garden Yotsuya

Tokyo’s Mitsui Garden Yotsuya hotel offers ‘crying rooms’ only to women. Yohei Ezato, the PR representative for the hotel, says with more Japanese women succeeding in the workforce, it’s causing a rise in female stress/anxiety. The rooms include tear-jerking movies, luxurious tissues, and warm sheets.


12. In the early 80s, the Mutiny Hotel in Miami was a cocaine-fueled hotspot where CIA agents partied side by side with notorious drug traffickers, celebrities and politicians.


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


14. 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.


15. A luxury hotel named Grand Hyatt Cannes 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.


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16Kakslauttanen arctic resort

There is a resort named Kakslauttanen arctic resort in Finland where you sleep in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights.


17. The Sun Cruise Hotel in South Korea looks exactly like a huge yacht built on the top of a large cliff.


18. The Smuggler's Inn located on the Canadian-American border encourages its guests to spot illegal trespassers by supplying them with night vision goggles.


19. The Seaside Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine has been in continuous operation under the Gooch family since 1667, making it one of the oldest companies in the United States. The inn is currently owned by the twelfth generation descendants.


20. The Citadel Inn (a 5-star hotel) in Lviv, Ukraine used to be Stalag-328, an infamous Nazi concentration camp where it is said upwards of 100,000 prisoners were killed. It was nicknamed the “Tower of Death.”


21Sweet Willy Dog Bark Park Inn

There is a bed and breakfast in central Idaho that's 30 feet tall and shaped like a beagle. It is known locally as the Sweet Willy Dog Bark Park Inn.


22. The oldest Masonic lodge in the world is in Kilwinning, Scotland. It is number 0 (referred to as 'nothing' not zero.)


23. There is a resort in the Netherlands called Pony Park City where you rent 1 of 300 miniature ponies while you are there and it is designed to look like an old western town.


24. The world's first motel was built in 1925 in San Luis Obispo, California due to it being a midpoint between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a two-day trip for motorists at that time. Originally named the “Milestone Mo-Tel”, the motel combined the convenience of an overnight campground with the comfort of a hotel.


25. The hotel chain Motel 6 got its name because of the original price of its rooms, which was $6.

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