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"If I had to get a new Ph.D. now, I'd get it in polymer engineering - the manipulation of matter."
- Bart Kosko

Multispecies Hotel  
  A hotel set up to serve beings from different planets.  

This is an early use of this idea.

Its name, flashing in brilliant lights at night, was Hotel Cosmos. Within its walls lay a haven for every kind of intelligent extra-terrestrial creature who dared to cross the interplanetary and interstellar distances to the alien Earth. Few of those beings could have survived raw Earthly conditions for much more than a minute.

When you banded together in one building beings of hundreds of diverse forms and backgrounds, and of as many widely separated conceptions of what is just and what is not, automatically you formed a brew that had most of the ticklish danger of a charge of hyper-dynamium explosive...

The aspect of all the corridors of the building was much the same. Their floors were heavily carpeted; the walls, of tooled metal, were dully shining in the subdued green glow of the lights. Their uniformity was broken at regular intervals by airtight circular doors, which resembled in a somewhat less massive form the portals of bank vaults.

Each door displayed a number, wrought in black onyx inlay, and mounted on each were several small valve-wheels for regulating and adjusting the temperature, pressure, and gaseous composition of the atmosphere of the room within.

Technovelgy from Hotel Cosmos, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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Everyone is familiar with the cantina bar scene in Star Wars (1977), showing a familiar location with unfamiliar guests.

Fans of Larry Niven recall the Draco Tavern stories.

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