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Field Guide to Hotel/Motel Properties

(Updated June 2015)

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, Manager, Library & Archives)

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

Investing in Hotels & M​otels

Hotel and Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites Launched, (Opp.Today, May 5, 2015).

Lifestyle Hotels: The Emergence of a New Creative Class, (HVS, Apr. 15, 2015).

Demographics, High Entry Barriers Support Hotel Growth in U.S. Cities, (National Real Estate Investor, Apr. 14, 2015).

Branded vs. Independent: An Investor's Perspective, (Hotel Management, Oct. 20, 2014). Q

Hotels Still in the Sweet Spot for Growth, (Real Estate Forum, May 2014). Q

The Dynamics of Credit Spreads in Hotel Mortgages and Signaling Implications, (The Journal of Real Estate Research, Apr-Jun 2014). Q

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

Hotel/Motel Ma​nagement

Is Instagram an Under-Utilized Platform in Hospitality? (Hotel Business, May 7, 2015).

Hints for Creating a Successful Hotel Marketing Plan, (Hospitality.net, Apr. 30, 2015).

The Meta Search Conundrum: HeBS Digital Joins the HSMAI’s New York Chapter Panel to Discuss Meta Search Best Practices, (Hospitality.net, Apr. 30, 2015).

What Does the California Drought Mean for the Hospitality Community? (HVS, Apr. 28, 2015).

How to Set Up a Solid Preventive Maintenance Program, (Hotel Management, Apr. 21, 2015). Q

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

Safety & Security I​ssues

Hotel Wi-Fi Focus: Access & Security, (Hospitality Technology, May 8, 2015).

3 Questions for Hotel Cos. Buying Data Breach Coverage, (Law 360, Mar. 2, 2015).

Preventing Accidents: Hotel Liability, (Hotel Management, Mar. 2015). Q

Safety Security and Loss Prevention during Hospitality Emergencies, (Disaster Recovery Journal, Sept. 2, 2014).

Appraisal Consid​erations

A Brief Guide to Winning a Hotel Property Tax Appeal, (HVS, Apr. 23, 2015).

Hospitality Directions US: Our Updated Lodging Outlook, (PwC, Jan. 2015).

Due Diligence Procedures for Hotel Appraisals, (Hotel Business Review, 2015).

Two Ways to Identify True Property Value, (Hotel Business Review, 2015).

eBooks & Other Resources


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

2014 U.S. Hotels & Motels Industry-Industry & Market Report (Adobe eReader)

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)

Growth Strategies for Hotels (Adobe eReader)

Hotel Success Handbook (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. 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 Services 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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