The History of Hotels- Part 1 - The Mitre Hotel Manchester
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The History of Hotels- Part 1

In this day and age, there are dozens upon dozens of hotels for us to choose from depending on our price range and per-night-budget. Sometimes we are looking for a cheap place to spend the night and other times only the best accommodation will do. Here at The Mitre, we are dedicated to providing you with all the valuable knowledge so that you have the best stay possible- and in this blog, we’re going to dive into the past and discuss the history of hotels…

The history of the hotel is connected amongst several civilisations and is a rather important part of history as a whole. In fact, many say that the offering of hospitality to guests has been evident as far back as biblical times. In fact, the Greeks developed thermal baths in many villages that were used for rest whilst the Romans later built mansions in order to offer an overnight roof to travellers.

In the middle ages, places known as caravanserais appeared which allowed for resting points along middle eastern routes. Eventually, religious orders lead to the building of inns, hospices and hospitals in order to aid those who were constantly moving, however at this point they did not offer meals. Many refuges began to appear for pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land however travelling suddenly became very dangerous.

At the same time as this, inns began to appear in Europe and several have remained, including the L’Auberge des Trois Rois in Basle which is dated back to the Middle Ages. Around the year 1200, many of these posts for travellers were set up in China.

The start of the hotel industry itself began in France at the start of the 15th Century and the laws meant that all hotels had to keep a register, with English laws also being introduced for inns too. Around this time, it is estimated that more than 600 inns were active.

Hotels come in a range of shapes and sizes yet with such an everlasting love for travel, it’s no wonder the industry is booming after so many years! Check back for part two of this blog series and make sure to get in contact with the best hotel in Manchester today to book in your room!

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