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.Users can also choose from pre-made room templates, or create their own.
They often depict scenes such as restaurants, cinemas, and dance clubs.
Most Public Rooms contain automated robots which shout pre-recorded messages and tips and can give members drinks and food items.
From this screen, members can navigate to rooms via the Navigator and browse the rooms of the hotel, look for items to buy in the catalogue, read user-made stories on the Habbo Stories widget, private message friends on their Habbo friends list or enter their preset Home room.
Public Rooms are rooms which are available to all members.
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 May 2006, the service, along with its domain names, were changed from au, etc.) to au, etc.).In August 2007, Habbo's Chinese community closed down temporarily, the first time a Habbo website has closed.In January 2010, it was announced that Habbo US and Habbo Canada would undergo a merger, to be finalized in April 2010.Accounts were migrated to the final English-speaking hotel with varying degrees of automation until March 2011 - after that date any accounts not migrated from the initial Habbo Canada, Singapore, UK and Australia hotels were deleted.The Hotel can be accessed by logged-in users via the Habbo Homepage.