Travel Picks: World's tallest, coldest and greenest hotels

Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:03am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - For travelers who like a hotel with a superlative attached, online hotel specialist has come with a list of record-breaking hotels.

The hotels featured by (, part of the Expedia Inc group, all have the "-est" factor. Reuters had not endorsed this list:

1. World's Tallest Hotel: Burj Al Arab - Dubai

Currently the tallest operating hotel in the world until it is surpassed by Dubai's Rose Tower later this year, the Burj Al Arab stands 321 meters (1,050 feet) high. A self-rated 7 star hotel built on a man-made island 280 meters from shore, Burj Al Arab also boasts its own Rolls Royce fleet, Versace bedspreads, and private shopper and helicopter landing platform.

2. World's Largest Hotel (by no. of rooms): The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, USA

The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino, which operates under the same license as The Venetian hotel next door, has 8,108 rooms combined. The hotel is like a mini city, with a large selection of restaurants, fashion stores, its own casino, and seven pools.

3. World's Oldest Hotel: Hoshi Ryokan - Komatsu, Japan

The Hoshi Ryokan has been in operation for over 1,300 years. The 100-room hotel has been run by the same family for 46 generations.

4. World's Most Expensive Hotel Room: Royal Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi - Athens, Greece   Continued...

<p>An aerial image with the Burj Al Arab in the foreground, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Matthias Seifert</p>