Many users create their own games in their guest rooms, which give furniture or coins as a prize.These rooms are categorized on the navigator in many categories such as "Trading", "Parties", and "Role Playing".By buying certain furni, players can build their own rooms for other players to play these games.Guest Rooms are special rooms which users can customize with furniture, wallpaper and floor patterns, which can be purchased with credits.The new hotel exited beta a few weeks afterwards, aimed at the teenage market, with marketing and payment partners in place, run from a HQ in London.It featured a new credits system with community and safety features.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.
By the end of January 2001, Habbo Hotel had been launched in beta mode.
Users can also choose from pre-made room templates, or create their own.
Guest rooms can be created by any member and can be locked to allow access only to specific users or password holder.
Habbo stemmed from a 1999 hobby project by creative designer Sampo Karjalainen and technologist Aapo Kyrölä entitled Mobiles Disco, for a Finnish band.
It was a virtual chat room running on Aapo's Fuse technology. It launched in August 2000 on the ISP's web portal.