Go For Gold In A Record Breaking Hotel

23 January 2014

For a record breaking accommodation experience, check into a hotel that is currently listed as holding a Guinness World Record. Whether it's the tallest, the largest, the highest, the oldest or the most northerly, you're sure to revel in the fact that nothing beats this opportunity. Luckily, these hotels are situated in fascinating locations, so be sure to explore the region for a great holiday.

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The Largest Hotel

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 First World Hotel

A google search of the hotel with the most rooms in the world reveals some conflicting reports. However, we've gone for the property that's currently listed in the Guinness World Records. According to the official source, the largest hotel is Malaysia's First World Hotel which has a staggering 6,118 rooms. The hotel is part of the Genting Highlands Resort, which is located about an hour's drive outside Kuala Lumpur and was completed in 2005. Interestingly, for comparison, the largest hotel in Australia is the Four Points by Sheraton on Sydney's Darling Harbour with 682 rooms, just edging out Melbourne's Crown Metropol.

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The Highest Hotel

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 Hotel Everest View

It's not surprising that the highest hotel on the planet is the Hotel Everest View, which is located in the Sagarmatha National Park. This unique accommodation option sits at 3,962 metres above sea-level and has incredible views of Mt Everest from every room.  You can also admire many other peaks in the region including Amadablam. Curious travellers should take a flight from Kathmandu to Shyangboche and then walk around 45-minutes on a path that climbs 300 feet in elevation before reaching the property.

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The Tallest Hotel

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 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

At 355.35 metres high, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is the world's tallest hotel. Across the 72 floors there are 804 rooms and 118 suites. The two top floors are occupied by Vault, 'an exquisite formal lounge experience,' that offers mesmerising views over the city. Other dining options feature Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese and French restaurants. It's also worth checking out the Saray Spa, that pays homage to the Arabian heritage by employing ancient healing techniques that promote health and wellness.

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The Oldest Hotel

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 Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This is one record that's hard to beat. For the past 1309 years, the Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan has been welcoming travellers. This hot spring property is the oldest hotel in the world - it first opened it's doors 705CE. This is when the Mayan civilisation began its decline, Buddhism is made the state religion in China and Beowulf is composed. Interestingly, according to the Guinness World Records the second oldest hotel is also in Japan. The Hōshi Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn, missed the record by a mere 13 years.

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The Most Northerly Hotel

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 Image courtesy of Spitsbergen Travel. Photographer Hanne Feyling.

The northernmost full-service hotel is the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen, Norway at a latitude of 66 degrees. On offer are 95 rooms and suites that include high-speed wireless internet - some rooms even offer incredible views of the Arctic terrain. During winter, enthusiasts might enjoy a dog sled trip or a snowmobile safari, while in summer there's fantastic hiking, kayaking and you can also do a wheeled dog sled ride. This is also the perfect place to experience those incredible northern lights.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.