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Banff Springs Hotel is one of several Canadian grand railway hotels built across the country.

A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. Facilities provided inside a hotel room may range from a modest-quality mattress in a small room to large suites with bigger, higher-quality beds, a dresser, a refrigerator and other kitchen facilities, upholstered chairs, a flat screen television, and en-suite bathrooms. Small, lower-priced hotels may offer only the most basic guest services and facilities. Larger, higher-priced hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre (with computers, printers, and other office equipment), childcare, conference and event facilities, tennis or basketball courts, gymnasium, restaurants, day spa, and social function services. Hotel rooms are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some boutique, high-end hotels have custom decorated rooms. Some hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. In Japan, capsule hotels provide a tiny room suitable only for sleeping and shared bathroom facilities.

Hotel operations vary in size, function, complexity, and cost. Most hotels and major hospitality companies have set industry standards to classify hotel types. An upscale full-service hotel facility offers luxury amenities, full-service accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and the highest level of personalized service, such as a concierge, room service, and clothes pressing staff. Full-service hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with many full-service accommodations, an on-site full-service restaurant, and a variety of on-site amenities. Boutique hotels are smaller independent, non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities. Small to medium-sized hotel establishments offer a limited amount of on-site amenities. Economy hotels are small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer basic accommodations with little to no services. Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized hotels that offer longer-term full-service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. (Full article...)

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28 December 2022 – Poipet casino hotel fire
A fire at a casino hotel in Poipet, Cambodia, near the Thai border, kills at least 27 people and injures dozens of others. (AP)
21 December 2022 – Russo-Ukrainian War
Two people are killed and five others are injured during the shelling of a hotel and a restaurant in Donetsk. Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin and Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Vitaliy Khotsenko are among the injured. (BBC News)

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  • ... that the Hotel Adams, Phoenix's first luxury hotel, burned to the ground in 1910, leaving the territorial governor homeless?
  • ... that when the former Clarence Hotel in Brighton began to collapse in 1990, the resulting closure of North Street diverted 120 buses per hour in each direction for a week?
  • ... that New York City's Hotel Knickerbocker closed after fourteen years of operation and did not reopen for nearly a century?
  • ... that the Royal Hibernian Hotel is thought to be the oldest hotel in Ireland?
  • ... that the Exchange Hotel, Montgomery, where Confederate president Jefferson Davis's inaugural procession started, also hosted Ku Klux Klan leaders, politicians, prostitutes, and two US presidents?
  • ... that several murals from New York City's Hotel McAlpin were reinstalled in the subway after being found in a dumpster?
  • ... that when a ban on developing the Hotel Macklowe was revoked two years early, some New York City Council members said they did not realize that they had voted to rescind the ban?
  • ... that the operator of the Commodore Hotel once hosted a circus, featuring an elephant in the ballroom, to impress visiting hoteliers?

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