When you’re traveling, there are some things that are so spectacular because of how big they are – Angel Falls in Venezuela, the General Sherman sequoia in California, and blue whales all come to mind. However, when you are actually staying somewhere that is enormous, somehow it feels even more overwhelming. From Moscow to Las Vegas and Malaysia, here are some of the most amazingly large hotels in the world.
You might think that the world’s largest hotel is in Las Vegas, but you would be wrong. Coming in at number one is the Izmailovo Hotel in Moscow. This hotel complex, consisting of four separate towers, was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics. There are no less than 7500 rooms in the hotel, making it the largest by over 600 rooms. The three-star hotel is named after the Izmaylovo District of Moscow where it is located, a historic village that was the boyhood home of Peter the Great.
Next up is the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which many people assume is the world’s largest hotel – but it’s only number two. There are 6852 rooms at the hotel, spread over the main building, as well as other adjacent properties such as the Signature, the Skylofts and the Mansion. The entire hotel is colored in emerald green, a reference to the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, and there is a 45-foot-high bronze statue of the MGM lion outside the main entrance. The hotel was opened in 1993, and continues to be one of the iconic landmarks of the Las Vegas Strip today.
Now it’s time to take a trip to the other side of the world, and stay at the First World Hotel in the Genting Highlands, a hill resort in Malaysia about one hour outside of Kuala Lumpur that lies at an altitude of approximately 5700 feet. The hotel is able to accommodate guests in no less than 6118 rooms, and includes a theme park, stage, indoor water-park, freewill simulator and no less than 11 restaurants.
Coming back to Las Vegas, we arrive at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas, a pair of matching towers on the Las Vegas Strip that soar 45 stories into the air. Combined, the two towers have a total of 4734 rooms, and cost a staggering $5.2 billion to build. The facility also includes two convention centers – one of which is 223,000 square feet while the other one is 66,000 square feet – as well as over 100,000 square feet of shopping.
Finally, there is the Luxor in Las Vegas – probably the single most recognizable hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The enormous pyramid has 4400 rooms that line its interior walls, surrounding the world’s largest indoor atrium – coming in at a staggering 29 million cubic feet. At nighttime, the Luxor Sky Beam, the strongest beam of light in the world, shoots vertically into the heavens and can be seen as far away as Los Angeles – more than 275 miles away.
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