The oldest, the largest, the ugliest…hotels

Do you know where the smallest hotel in the world is? And the largest? And how cold is the coldest lodge on the globe? From the tallest to the ugliest, check out the record-breaking hotels which could be destinations in themselves.


THE LARGEST: First World Hotel in Malaysia

By TeeJe

By TeeJe

With 6,118 rooms, First World Hotel in Genting Highlands resort, Pahang, Malaysia, is the world’s largest hotel complex by the number of rooms. Each of the hotel’s two towers has 28 floors, 11 official restaurants and a number of smaller cafes and bars. The complex was completed in 2000 and until 2008 it was also the largest hotel by area, when it was surpassed by the Palazzo in Las Vegas.


THE OLDEST: Hoshi Ryokan in Japan

By Kzaral
By Kzaral

Komatsu, a Japanese town in Ishikawa Prefecture, is home to Hoshi, the oldest hotel in the world. The old ryokan, a type of traditional Japanese inn, was founded in 718, being the oldest continuously operating company in the world. For 46 generations the hotel has been run by the same family. It has 100 Japanese-style guest rooms, a private guest residence, as well as outdoor hot spring baths, and the guest are always welcomed with the traditional tea ceremony.


THE TALLEST: Rose Tower in United Arab Emirates

By anjanas
By anjanas

Rising 333m (1,093 ft) above Dubai’s skyline, the Rose Tower is a 72-story hotel and the world’s highest building used exclusively as a hotel. Opened in December 2009, the complex surpassed the Burj Al Arab, the renowned boat-shaped hotel also located in Dubai.


THE MOST EXPENSIVE: Hotel Palms Casino Resort in the USA 

By mil8
By mil8

Sauna, gym, spa treatment room, private pool with a view of the city, multiple bars, huge rotating bed, indoor waterfall, media room…does this description fit your image of the world’s most expensive room? Apparently it does for some of the world’s millionaires willing to pay at least $40,000 for a night in the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, a luxury suit in the Hotel Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The two-story, three-bedroom suit of 9,000 square feet cost $ 10 million to build.


THE COLDEST: Ice Hotel in Sweden

By bjaglin
By bjaglin

The Ice Hotel as the name implies is a complex entirely constructed from ice. Located somewhere inside the Arctic Circle, in a small Swedish village Jukkäsjarvi, the cool complex is the coldest hotel in the world with the interior temperature as low as -6ºC (20ºF). Its chilly atmosphere does not stop around 15,000 guests from coming to stay for a night or two in this ice palace. The hotel is reconstructed every winter from around 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice. Brrr…


THE UGLIEST: Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea

By Pricey
By Pricey

According to various surveys, as well as travel and real estate magazines and polls, Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is truly the ugliest hotel in the world. Well, the picture does not lie – the grey, concrete complex dominating the skyline of Pyongyang is a 105-floor skyscraper rising to a height of 330 metres (1,080 ft). A massive reconstruction began in 2008 though, so there is hope that the worst designed building on the globe will be transformed into a bit more appealing construction.


THE SMALLEST: Hotel Punta Grande in Spain
By maduroman

If you are looking for absolute solitude on the edge of Europe, this is a place to go to. Located on El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west island of the Canary Islands, Hotel Punta Grande is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest hotel in the world. Both the size and dramatic location of Punta Grande (it sits on a volcanic cliff) make the spot one of the most exciting hotels to stay at.


  1. Kel — Ha. I think most things in life sluhod have a “like” button. As well as a “dislike” button. Stepho — Don’t even tempt me at the moment. Mike — I forgot about that. Gah, they’re gullible.

  2. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and weantd to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  3. Mike what planet were you born on, seriously the north korean hotel it hideous. The materials look terrible, how many accredited skyscrapers have you seen constructed with that terrible beige concrete. The form is awful as if the “designer” took it from a childs drawing of a mountain. It reeks of communist Korea, as it tries to fit as many rooms as possible into that space. It is the 40th tallest building, but ranks number 4 in the number of floors it has. Yes profit margin is something to be considered, but having a building that wouldn’t attract people to it if it was the last place standing doesn’t say much.

    As for the Hotel Punta Grande, that is awesome. The site is incredible, there is truly nothing like being as isolated as that hotel is.

  4. I’m not certain when you stylish stayed at Travelodge or Execute Inn, but in my personalised live both love developed significantly in past period. Neither are luxurious but I definitely wouldn’t say them “catchpenny and nasty” by any dilute.

  5. I would actually want to go to Spain for that Hotel!I think its really great! And my opinion to the hotel in North Korea is that its not that ugly but I agree to Ned that its really structurally unsafe.

  6. The North Korean one never opened. The materials they used were so cheap that it started coming down before it was up. (Hence the crane on the top.) The whole thing is structurally unsafe and cannot be made safe without completely knocking it down. Kim Jong Il had intended it to be a point of pride for the N. Koreans to have the world’s largest hotel, (I’m not sure who he thought would come and stay) but apparently it is such an embarrassment to him that it is commonly airbrushed out of photos of the city even though it completely dominates the skyline.

  7. I would give my left arm to stay at the one in Spain! And I agree that the one from North Korea is not ugly. I find it bold and I bet that you would have an awesome view of those mountains in the distance, especially from the higher floors.

  8. I agree that the North Korea building isn’t quite as ugly as is presented in the article. Actually, I find it intriguing because of its design. Being triangular, it suggests that there are more people on the bottom, and less at the top, which is pretty anti-socialist. Perhaps you do not see this, and that’s just fine.
    Often times, a building’s design tells a story. This one is interesting, to me.

  9. Yep, I’d agree the North Korean one isn’t that ugly. It’s a brutalist hangover, but there are plenty of them around the world. Too easy to knock the frankly mentalist country when several of the others you name are also just towers of rectangular concrete with a bit of decoration as well.

  10. you know, the north korea one isnt that ugly. in fact id say that if it was in europe, or any western country it would be classed as great. i quite like it, purely for its architectural prowess. the way it points up there, aiming at the sky. can you imaging living at the top..? maybe youd prefer a better view however. and yeah, im in no way affiliated with north korea.

  11. in fact, the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea has been under construction for decades, and has been abandoned quite a few times due to money issues.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.