History of the Lodging Industry
Ancient History Classic Greek and Roman Days
In ancient Greece, hospitality was provided by certain elements of religion: missionaries, priests and pilgrims formed a very large part of the traveling public.
The accommodations were meager, providing only shelter and the barest of sustenance.
In the earliest times, they were operated by slaves who belonged to the temples or holy places.
Gradually, freemen replaced the slaves, but even they were considered to be of low social prestige.
In ancient Rome, the inns were large mansions
In ancient Rome, the inns were large mansions. Owners of these inns would not allow guests to stay unless they carried a “letter of eviction.” Which was permission to travel from government officials.
Inns and taverns were well established throughout the empire. Their taverns were called “tabernas,” and the attached inn was called a “caponas.” but the general quality of the taverns and inns available to the public was poor.