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Which is the world's oldest hotel?

Last updated on: August 17, 2004 07:12 IST
Hotel Industry
Which is the world's oldest hotel?
Indian Hotels Company, the 100-year-old Tata Group hotel chain is attempting to rewrite the rules of the hotel business by launching 'budget hotels'. Take the Rediff Business Quiz and find out how much you know about the hotel industry.

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1. Which is the world's oldest hotel?
a) The Dorchester, London
b) Intercontinental, New York
c) Hoshi Ryo, Japan

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Wrong! The correct answer is Hoshi Ryo, Japan.
The Hoshi Ryokan in the village of Awazu, Japan, is the world's oldest hotel. It dates back to AD 717, when an inn was built near a hot-water spring said to have miraculous healing properties. The waters are still celebrated for their recuperative effects.
The Ryokan has evolved through the centuries. Today, it offers100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests. A new guest, on arrival, is garbed in a "Yukata", the japanese traditionnal cotton kimono. The hotel boasts of forty-six generations of owners.
The Dorchester opened its doors for the first time on April 18, 1931.
Renamed InterContinental The Barclay New York, the hotel is one of the oldest hotels on New York's East Side.
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The Hoshi Ryokan in the village of Awazu, Japan, is the world's oldest hotel. It dates back to AD 717, when an inn was built near a hot-water spring said to have miraculous healing properties. The waters are still celebrated for their recuperative effects.
The Ryokan has evolved through the centuries. Today, it offers100 rooms and can accommodate up to 450 guests. A new guest, on arrival, is garbed in a "Yukata", the japanese traditionnal cotton kimono. The hotel boasts of forty-six generations of owners.
The Dorchester opened its doors for the first time on April 18, 1931.
Renamed InterContinental The Barclay New York, the hotel is one of the oldest hotels on New York's East Side.

2. When was Oberoi Group founded?
a) 1934
b) 1967
c) 1952

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Wrong! The correct answer is 1934.
The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, owns and manages thirty hotels and five luxury cruisers across six countries under the 'Oberoi' & 'Trident' brands. The activities of the Group include airline catering, management of restaurants and airport bars, travel and tour services, car rental, project management and corporate air charters. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have have received innumerable awards and accolades.
While 9 Oberoi Hotels are members of The Leading Small Hotels of the World,7 hotels are also members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Trident Hotels are superior first class international hotels and the Group opened its first branch in Chennai in 1988. The Group also operates Trident Hotels in the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Khamis Mashayt.
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The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, owns and manages thirty hotels and five luxury cruisers across six countries under the 'Oberoi' & 'Trident' brands. The activities of the Group include airline catering, management of restaurants and airport bars, travel and tour services, car rental, project management and corporate air charters. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts have have received innumerable awards and accolades.
While 9 Oberoi Hotels are members of The Leading Small Hotels of the World,7 hotels are also members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Trident Hotels are superior first class international hotels and the Group opened its first branch in Chennai in 1988. The Group also operates Trident Hotels in the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Khamis Mashayt.

3. Where was India's 1st 24-hour coffee shop opened?
a) Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
b) The Oberoi, Delhi
c) Maurya Sheraton, Delhi

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Wrong! The correct answer is A Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.
In 1972, Taj opened India's first a 24-hour coffee shop at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai. Taj was also the first to introduce Sichuan, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Californian cuisine into the country.
On December 16, 1903, Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata opened Taj's first hotel in Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces comprises 57 hotels in 38 locations across India with an additional 13 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, and the Middle East.
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In 1972, Taj opened India's first a 24-hour coffee shop at The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai. Taj was also the first to introduce Sichuan, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Californian cuisine into the country.
On December 16, 1903, Jamshetji Nusserwanji Tata opened Taj's first hotel in Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces comprises 57 hotels in 38 locations across India with an additional 13 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, UK, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa, and the Middle East.

4. Where is the world's first motel located?
a) Toulouse, France
b) California, USA
c) Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Wrong! The correct answer is California, USA.
The first motel in the world is located in San Luis Obispo, California. Construction started in 1925 at a cost of $80,000. The word 'motel' meaning motor hotel was coined by architect Arthur Heinemen and the first property was named Milestone.
The motel is situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. For $1.25 a night, guests were issued a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage. All the units faced a central courtyard, which housed the swimming pool and included picnic tables for social gatherings.
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The first motel in the world is located in San Luis Obispo, California. Construction started in 1925 at a cost of $80,000. The word 'motel' meaning motor hotel was coined by architect Arthur Heinemen and the first property was named Milestone.
The motel is situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. For $1.25 a night, guests were issued a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage. All the units faced a central courtyard, which housed the swimming pool and included picnic tables for social gatherings.

5. Where is the world's tallest hotel situated?
a) Dubai
b) New York
c) Seoul

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Wrong! The correct answer is Dubai.
The world's tallest hotel, the 202-suite Burj al-Arab (Tower of the Arabs), where suites cost up to $15,000, stands 321 metres (1,060 feet) high in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.
The hotel not only boasts of a billowing, sail-shaped structure, it also has its own submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium. It is reputed to have the world's fastest lifts, travelling at a eye-popping seven metres per second.
The hotel is said to have used more than 9,000 square metres of gold leaf, marble, granite and crystal in its interior décor.
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The world's tallest hotel, the 202-suite Burj al-Arab (Tower of the Arabs), where suites cost up to $15,000, stands 321 metres (1,060 feet) high in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.
The hotel not only boasts of a billowing, sail-shaped structure, it also has its own submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium. It is reputed to have the world's fastest lifts, travelling at a eye-popping seven metres per second.
The hotel is said to have used more than 9,000 square metres of gold leaf, marble, granite and crystal in its interior décor.

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