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Profile America — Monday, October 20th. Hotels and motels have long competed for customers on the comfort and amenities of their rooms. Long before cable, Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and hair dryers entered the picture, more basic things were offered as lures. This month in 1829, the 170-room Tremont hotel in Boston became the first in young America to be considered a modern, first-class lodging. It was distinguished by the availability of single rooms, with keys for the guests, and plumbing in the basement bathrooms. Uniquely, the Tremont was gas-lit, and provided washbowls, pitchers and bars of soap in each room. Today, there are nearly 50,000 hotels and motels across the country, providing free guest soap as a most trifling amenity. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
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Tremont Hotel features: http://www.whatwasthere.com/browse.aspx#!/ll/42.358019,-71.060426/id/45819/info/details/zoom/14/
2012 County Business Patterns data on hotels and motels: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2012_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 72111