The Penn Hills Resort in Pennsylvania's Poconos region was once a famous love hotel, but it is now a shell of its former self. It was opened in 1944 and has “love suites” with heart-shaped hot tubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and candles.

The 21-story Drake Hotel in Midtown Manhattan had electric refrigeration and huge, lavish suites when it opened in 1927. Famous guests included Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, and Jimi Hendrix (pictured at the hotel in 1968).

It was only in the late 19th century that a group of entrepreneurs decided to turn Venice's Lido island into a star-studded seaside resort.

Despite being closed for over 40 years, the Baker Hotel is still a beloved Mineral Wells landmark.

The American Civil War boosted tourism in the Bahamas in the late 1800s. But there was nowhere to stay. Hence, the Royal Victoria in Nassau, built in 1861 for a reported £25,000 (equivalent to $4.3 million today).

This legend began as the aptly named Showboat Hotel and Casino. It was the city's first resort hotel, built in 1954 with 100 rooms on two floors.

If you've dined at Brasserie Zédel in Piccadilly, London, you may not have realised you're in what was once Europe's largest hotel.

The Elephant Hotel, also known as the Elephantine Colossus, Colossal Elephant, or Elephant Colossus, is a unique concept. Building with a gilded howdah on top, it opened in 1885, two years before the Statue of Liberty.

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