Interesting hotel facts

By Best Western Siesta Key

October 16, 2023

Light up the sky

Shooting up from the Luxor Las Vegas hotel is the world’s strongest light beam, the Luxor Sky Beam. This 42.3 billion candelas of brightness is visible from over 250 miles away. The beam also attracts such a fantastic range of insects, bats, moths, and owls that they have established their own ecosystem.

A real thrill

One infamous movie wouldn’t be the same if the Stanley Hotel in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado didn’t exist. The Stanley served as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s famous novel, The Shining. Today, the hotel airs the 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror film on a continuous loop.

Security with wings

Whether they are stealing your food or even sending you a "gift" from above, some people prefer to steer clear of pesky seagulls, especially guests at The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. This French hotel even hired five trained hawks to keep seagulls at bay to ensure their A-list and influential guests enjoy a peaceful stay.

The $1,000 omelet

Treating yourself to a grand meal is a fabulous perk of staying in a hotel. However, there is truly nothing like breakfast from Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. Their restaurant Norma’s serves an omelet filled with 10 oz. of caviar and one full lobster. Named the “Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata,” this dish is the world’s most expensive omelet and costs $2,000.

Two places at once

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in two places at once? The Hotel Arbez might give you a glimpse as this establishment sits on the border of France and Switzerland. In addition, their single staircase begins in France and ends in Switzerland. Since Switzerland was off-limits to Nazis during World War II, this stairwell made the rooms on the top floor ideal hideouts for members of the French Resistance.

I spy

Positioned on the U.S. and Canadian border is the Smuggler’s Inn, and some argue that it lives up to its name. Each room is named after a celebrity criminal, including Al Capone, D.B. Cooper, and Dirty Dan Harris. The owner has seen quite a bit of criminal activity and smuggling near the property himself. He once told a reporter to grab a pair of night-vision goggles and he would be sure to spy some illegal trespassers.

Large and in charge

In 2008, one of the world’s biggest hotel chains, Best Western, took the number one spot on the list as the “largest hotel company operating under a single brand name.” Today, Best Western hotels are open in over 100 countries with over 4,700 properties and offering well over 316,095 rooms worldwide.