Fun Hotel Facts – part 1

1. The “Sky Beam” that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel 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 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. When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907 a room cost $2.50 per night, the equivalent of $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1000/night.

4. Some hotels use RFID chips to track their towels and linens. One hotel in Hawaii saved over $15000 in stolen towels using the RFID chips.

5. Half-used hotel soap is sterilized, melted down, and reformed and sent to poorer countries with scarce hygiene resources

6. Police in Clearwater, FL received 161 calls to 911 from the rooms of the Fort Harrison Hotel within a span of 11 months. Each time, Scientology security denied them entry, insisting there was no emergency.

7. H.H. Holmes, a 19th century serial killer in the U.S., opened a hotel which he had designed and built for himself specifically with murder in mind. It included soundproofed bedrooms, trap doors, walls lined with blowtorches and two incinerators.

8. Miami Beach has banned beachfront hotels from giving out plastic straws.

9. 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.

10. Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Hotel & Casino had its worst financial week ever when it hosted a physicist convention.

11. 15 of the 25 largest hotels in the world are on the Las Vegas Strip.

12. Fairmont hotel chain has resident dogs in some properties who greet guests in the lobby, accompany them on walks and to make them feel at home.

13. In 2013, a 39-story hotel in Tokyo “disappeared,” in that it was demolished without explosives or a wrecking ball. All 39 floors were disassembled by a small crane from inside the building and there’s a time-lapse of it shrinking floor by floor.

14. The hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining” plays the Kubrick film on a continuous loop on channel 42 for all guests.

15. There is a secret train platform beneath the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.

16. There is a hotel that sits right on the border of Switzerland and 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 WWII as the Nazis weren’t allowed to cross into the Swiss side.

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