The website is owned and operated by Sulake, a Finnish corporation.The service began in 2000 and has expanded to include nine online communities (or "hotels"), with users in over 150 countries.After having been contracted to design a virtual game and chat called Lumisota (Snow Wars) for a Finnish internet service provider, they were contracted for another project. Aapo, Sampo and Dee Edwards, an entrepreneur from the UK, wanted to create an international business based on the virtual hotel concept, drafting a plan in Autumn 2000, and raised finance.By the end of January 2001, Habbo Hotel had been launched in beta mode.This is a very important market for us and we expect Habbo Hotel to be a big success there, with many teenagers joining to converse with friends, meet people with similar interests and enjoy access to the global Habbo Hotel network.
It was a virtual chat room running on Aapo's Fuse technology. It launched in August 2000 on the ISP's web portal.
Public rooms are designed by Sulake and are not customizable by users.
Some rooms used to contain games called Battle Ball, Snow Storm, Wobble Squabble and diving, but these games were removed due to coding issues when they upgraded from Shockwave to Flash.
In December 2008, Habbo's Russian community announced it was closing in February 2009 as a result of low numbers.
Those on the site with "furni" (virtual furniture that can be used to furnish rooms in the hotel that are bought with the use of Habbo Credits or Coins, that can be purchased with actual money) have been told they will receive credit codes for use on the USA Habbo community.