October 18, 2016
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The hotel industry has been around for centuries. Traveling to distant lands has been a human activity since time began. When civilization flourished, people noticed how providing accommodations for road-weary travelers could be profitable. Here are a few of the oldest hotels that are still open in the world today.
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Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan
Located in the Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan, the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan holds the record for being the oldest hotel in the world that remains open. It has been providing travelers and guests accommodations since the 8th century. And if that doesn’t sound impressive enough, probably the fact that the hotel has been run by different generations of the same family for 1,300 years should blow them away.
The Olde Bell
The Olde Bell in Hurley, England has been accommodating guests since 1135. It started as a place for guests of the Benedictine priory, and has a history as rich and as colorful as England herself.
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Zum Roten Baren
There are many old hotels that are still operational in mainland Europe, but none older than Zum Roten Baren in Freiburg, Germany. It was opened some time in the 14th century, when the huge family-owned structure was converted into an inn. Changes have been made to the hotel, but the floor plan stayed the same for the past seven centuries.
Patrick Imbardelli heads Imbardelli Holdings Limited, an investment company in Sydney, Australia. He has also spent three decades in the hospitality industry. For more interesting insights on hotels and the hospitality industry, visit this blog site.