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Field Guide to Hotel/Motel Properties

(Updated June 2014)

Hotel/motel investment is a specialized part of the commercial real estate world. But what are the tricks of the trade? Find out what you need to know about management, security, brokerage and appraisal in the Field Guide to Hotel Properties. (S. Hogan, Information and Web Content Specialist)

Q - ProQuest articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the ProQuest/Find Articles page. 

Investing in Hotels & Motels

Hotel Cost Estimating Guide 2014, (JN+A and HVS Design, 2014).

PKF Hotel Investment Survey Concludes Good Times Ahead for Lodging Industry, (Hotel Interactive, June 10, 2014).

US Hotel Profits on the Rise, (Hotel News Now, June 9, 2014).

Why Hilton, Marriott, and Choice are Buying Up Boutique Hotels, (The Motley Fool, June 7, 2014).

Chinese Investment in U.S. Hotels: A Growing Trend, (Hotel News Resource, May 29, 2014).

Expert Thoughts on the Hotel Investment Space, (Hotel News Now, May 28, 2014).

Hotel Value Fundamentals Signal Positive Trend in Transactions and Development in the United States, (HVS, Jul. 1, 2013).

HVS Hotel Development Cost Survey 2012/13, (HVS, Jan. 2013).

Is it Better to Buy, Sell, or Develop? (HotelNewsNow.com, Apr. 17 2013).

Hotel/Motel Management

Rise of the Two-in-One Hotel, (CNN Travel, June 10, 2014).

Revenue Management: How to Price Your Rooms Correctly Every Time, (Hospitality Net, June 10, 2014).

Hotel Case Study: Welcome Upgrades, (Today’s Facility Manager, June 5, 2014).

Reasons for U.S. Hoteliers to Act Now, (Hospitality Net, May 20, 2014).

PIPs Change with Industry in Recovery, (Hotel Management, May 2014). Q

2014 Hotel Management Survey Franchise Fees Guide, (Hotel Management, May 2014). Q

Top 10 Trends of the Next Generation of Travel: The Millennials, (HVC, Apr. 2013).

A 7-Step Strategy to Manage Hotel Online Guides Reviews, (HVC, Apr. 2013).

Luxury Hotels: Room to Disagree, (The Economist, Apr. 20, 2013).

Hoteliers Invest Online as Bookings Increase, (The Lobby blog, Feb. 22, 2013).

Safety & Security Issues

2013 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, (Symantec/Ponemon Institute, May 2013).

—Security is a concern for hospitality businesses that store guest payment information; this report compiles data on costs involved in security breaches across 277 organizations in nine countries in 2012.  

Hotel-Motel Security Liability, (AmTrust, Apr. 2011).

—This report provides security questions to consider in all areas of hotel management, such as parking, access control, common areas, lock and key control, guest room security, neighborhood crime, and more.

How to mitigate liability in face of catastrophes, (HotelNewsNow.com, Mar. 4, 2011).

Hotel and Motel Fires, (Topical Fire Report Series, FEMA, Jan. 2010).

—Report provides statistics on fires by type of incident, loss measures, time and month of fire occurrence, causes, and more.

Appraisal Considerations

Hotel Value Fundamentals Signal Positive Trend in Transactions and Development in the United States, (HVS, Jul. 1, 2013).

Hotel Valuation and Transaction Trends for the U.S. Lodging Industry, (HVS, Jun. 2013).

New Option in Hotel Appraisals: Quantifying the Revenue Enhancement Value of Hotel Brands, (The Appraisal Journal, Summer 2012). Q

Hotel Market Analysis and Valuation: International Issues and Software Applications, (The Appraisal Journal, Summer 2012). Q

Comparing Same Hotel Across Five Regions, (HVS, Nov. 2, 2011).

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Chocolates on the pillow aren't enough: reinventing the customer experience (Adobe eReader)

Commercial Real Estate Restructuring Revolution: Strategies, Tranche Warfare, and Prospects for Recovery (Adobe eReader)

Hotel Success Handbook (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Commercial Real Estate Quarterly Market Survey, (National Association of REALTORS®).

—See this report for quarterly cap and vacancy rates for hotel properties.

Resort development, (Chicago: Urban Land Institute, 2008). NAC 1800 Ur1rd1

Climbing the real estate risk spectrum, (Chicago: Real Estate Research Corp., 2007). HD 1375 R22c

Trends in the hotel industry, (San Francisco: PFK Consulting, 2002). TX 911 H79us

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Business Value

Field Guide to Condo-Hotels

Field Guide to Short-Term Rental Restrictions

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