All About Luxury Hotel In Vancouver

If you want to take a quick vacation in Canada, then you will mostly likely find time to search for the best hotels in Vancouver BC. As you take a vacation in a place that you never been to, your temporary room will serve as your second home and just like your home you need to make sure that it can give the comfort that you want. If you are someone who has all the money to spend for your vacation in Vancouver, then it is recommended to stay in a luxury place in Vancouver if you want to experience everything that a stay here can offer. A stylish and comfortable hotel will contribute to a memorable vacation at Vancouver.

Before you choose one of the best accommodations in Vancouver BC, you need to take a look at your financials to see if you can really afford a luxury hotel. If you think that your financial standing can afford a luxury hotel, then why not. You can choose to stay at luxury hotels Vancouver BC to make your vacation convenient and relaxing. Hotels under luxury hotel in Vancouver are rated as 4 to 5 star hotels. It is better if you aim for the five star hotel, but if your budget does not allow this, then you can choose to stay in a four star hotel in Vancouver. Hotels under this category of luxury hotel have an exceptional accommodation that can pamper anyone.

The facilities, services and amenities that they offer are world-class. The ratings given to a hotel indicate that they are among the very best hotels Vancouver BC has to offer. They are the best in terms of guest service, amenities, facilities and the overall cleanliness of the hotel. Some of the most sought after luxury hotels Vancouver BC offer are the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Sheraton Wall Centre, The Wedgewood Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel, Metropolitan Hotel, Fairmont Waterfront, Westin Bayshore, The Hyatt Regency and the Listel Hotel. These hotels belong to the best luxury hotels in Vancouver BC.

All of these hotels can offer the best accommodation that can give you a quick access to plenty of tourist destinations and attractions in Vancouver such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park and Aquarium, famous Robson Street and Vancouver Convention Center. It is a smart choice for one to choose a luxury hotel in Vancouver BC for their vacation because everything that you need will be provided by the hotel.

If you want to experience this kind of vacation then you can save more money first and roughly search for possible rates of five stars so you will know how much money you need to save for your vacation in one of the nicest cities in the world. There are so many options for a tourist like you when it comes to choose one of the hotels in Vancouver BC.

If you want to go for a luxury hotel in Vancouver, you need to start your research by searching the internet. Searching the internet for a list of five star hotels in Vancouver BC will help you compare each one of them to find out which one can offer the best facilities, services, amenities and rates. We hope you enjoyed this article about hotels in Vancouver BC, and hopefully you can make the right choice!

 

Signs Of Perfect Hotel

– Choosing between independent hotels, big chains, heritage hotels & homestays –

Travelling in India is fun but challenging. And finding the right hotel for your family is even more so. I have always been curious about the ‘right fit’ that each traveller seeks for their hotel stays. Is it the location, the luxury quotient and great food? Or is it an intimate atmosphere, efficient service, outdoor activities and places to explore? My conclusion is that, as with many other things in India, perhaps the search for the perfect family hotel also defies a logical decision-making process.

Travelling as adults is relatively straight forward. We are more flexible. Add a few kids into the equation and it is a very different story, especially when it’s a long, arduous journey.

As with so many things with today’s India, the tourism sector has seen rapid expansion over the past decade and there are now far more hotel options than previously. No longer are the only choices seriously high-end chain hotels (think the Oberois) grotty, over-priced mid-range hotels, or scruffy back-packer haunts. Added to these are ‘heritage hotels’, decent independent luxury hotels, and homestays.

But is it possible to define which of these would make an ideal hotel for families with children?

Of course, the location is pretty critical. That is the ease of getting there, as well as its location in relation to planned activities. A well-located hotel can save you many hours on India’s sometimes dreadful roads where pit stops are few and far between, thus resulting in less, “Are we there yet?” questions from the children.

Food – As Indian eating times, as well as the actual food, often differ to that of Western children, the whole issue of feeding the troops can be a major cause for heartburn for parents particularly with younger children. However, it is possible to find hotels for children that serve child-friendly food (even if from a limited menu) at a time when the kids want it. It has to be said that hotels that have specific kids menus and high chairs are harder to find.

Facilities – Lots of space to run around and be active, along with a pool is an obvious requirement for families. Proper babysitting facilities, which allow parents to enjoy their evening as much as their children enjoyed their day, are a serious bonus. A special kid’s camp or day care activities are still pretty rare.

Extra beds – This little add-on can drive up costs quite considerably, along with the annoyance factor of the extra bed(s) never being in the room when you arrive. However, there are hotels that charge a reasonable charge for extra beds and have rooms that can comfortably accommodate two extra beds. In my experience, it is worth asking and asking again how the system works in ‘that hotel’.

Safety & interconnecting rooms – With a larger family or with older children, some parents prefer to have their kids in an adjacent room, but directly accessible. However, outside of the larger chain hotels, very few independent hotels have interconnecting rooms. The tricky part here remains that of getting a hotel to commit to reserving them for you. A suite may not always be available or affordable.

Of course, this all begs the question, do such hotels exist that meet the above criteria and what type of hotel are you best considering? The independent hotels (boutique or otherwise) offer the most interesting opportunities to discover the real India. These are usually built and run by an individual or family, but are full service hotels. And these are many a time, your best options in less developed and remote destinations. However, they come with a question mark – are they as good as they say they are? Independent hotels that are well located, provide a feeling of safety, comfort and familiarity from the moment you arrive, that have extra beds in place and does not charge a fortune for them and will serve child friendly food at any given time. They do exist, and finding them can be delightful even if there are not enough of them. Developed tourist areas in Rajasthan, Kerala & Goa offer a better chance to find such hotels.

Some of them are

Flameback Lodges, Kollam – Private cottages, away from all activity and each room offers a fabulous view of the private lake. Flameback really is a home tucked away in the midst of the jungle.

Red Earth, Kabini – Soak in the serenity and the sounds of the jungle at the Red Earth Kabini. Situated close to the Kabini dam, across the Kapila River, the resort is surrounded on two sides by water. Cottages are spacious and space for the kids to run around.

Marari Beach – Far from the madding crowd, and distant from the world of trendy hotspots and beach raves, Marari’s lietmotifs are space and silence. A stretch of virgin white sandy beach with clear blue waters is amazing to play in.

As the independent family friendly hotels are relatively unknown, many travellers tend to choose the tried and tested option of larger chain hotels. Big chain hotels trump others in consistency, better trained staff and rewards. However, they do disappoint when it comes to delivering authentic experiences in India.

Notable exceptions here however would be hotels in Rajasthan. Like the:

Bungalow on the beach, Tranquebar – Built in the 17th century, the Bungalow offers a living history. It still retains the charming essence of the years gone before and of course the beaches. It offers its guests a chance to immerse themselves in the simple way of life.

Fragrant Nature, Kollam – Fragrant Nature Resort lies on the undiscovered shores of Lake Mala in southern Kerala near Kollam (Quilon). The resort’s cottages blend with the secluded beauty of the natural surroundings. The resort is also about the excellent food and the leisure and cultural activities.

Vivenda dos Palhacos, Goa – Vivenda dos Palhaços is a distinct home with a sprinkling of everything Goan. A modest Portuguese Mansion, built in 1929, greets visitors from the front. An older, Hindu house, made from thick rammed earth walls, is tucked behind. The aesthetically decorated rooms reflect warmth and welcome.

And how do the heritage hotels fare? They can range from the small and quirky to the majestic. Well run heritage hotels are fascinating, but probably not a great fit for families – think safety, more objects to break, narrow stairs etc. However these hotels offer a great opportunity to stay in & experience a “piece of history”. Outside of the popular Rajasthan heritage circuit, there are some lovely heritage hotels to be discovered in the south – in places like Tranquebar, Pondicherry, Fort Kochi, Madurai & Coimbatore.

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur – One of India’s first heritage hotels, it was built exclusively for the younger brother of the Maharaja in the serene desert of Rajasthan. Decades later, the Haveli has been opened as the perfect way to experience the legacy and get a taste of this royal luxury.

Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur – Built in the 18th century the Haveli opened its doors after 150 years as boutique hotel. Sprawled over 100,000 square feet, complete with rambling lawns, serene courtyards, plush interiors and stately living areas offering an escape from the mundane with exceptional hospitality perfected over generations.

Homestays, the Indian equivalent of a Bed & Breakfast have come a long way over the last few years – however the service offering varies widely. And the interpretation of a home stay can vary. Do the hosts stay in house? Or do they stay in a separate annexe or not at all? Is the food really home cooked and authentic or just general fare? The comforts and amenities vary widely as well. A coffee estate homestay can be a whole different experience to one in a city – in terms of space, service levels and facilities. Research and recommendations will play a bigger role in selecting an ideal homestay. Locating them on arrival can also be difficult as the typical Indian way of asking locals for directions may not produce results – they may not always be aware of smaller homestays. The biggest advantage with homestays, however, is when you find great hosts who are not only knowledgeable, but also are passionate about food and service. Homestays of course are also likely to be inexpensive in comparison to the others.

 

Things You Need To Know Before Stay At Disneyland Hotel

During the spring of 1954, Walt Disney approached the Texas oil wildcatter and television pioneer Jack Wrather concerning the possibility of building accommodations for the many guests that Walt hoped would flock to his innovative “theme park,” then under construction in Anaheim, California. Since the “imagineering” and building of Disneyland was taking nearly every penny that he had, Walt approached Jack, hoping that his long-time friend would be willing to take such a huge risk. Wrather was the producer of Lassie, The Lone Ranger, and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, popular 1950s television programs.

Originally, Walt had approached Hilton executives and other well-known hotel chains, hoping to convince them to finance the construction of a first-class hotel next to Disneyland. However, the general consensus was that such a venture was too risky. No one was certain that what was quickly becoming known as “Disney’s folly” would be successful.

In 1954, Anaheim was a little-known community, largely consisting of orange groves. The entire city had only seven small motels and hotels, accommodating only a total of 87 guests. Wrather admitted at the time that he was somewhat skeptical about building in such a small community (of approximately 30,000), next to an experimental and yet unfinished theme park. His doubts were further increased by the fact that the risky venture had already been turned down by more than one major hotel chain.

Wrather spent several days with Walt Disney, looking into the area’s potential for expansion. Legend has it that Walt had tears in his eyes while describing his dream of Disneyland to Wrather. With a sense of adventure, Wrather became convinced that the idea just might be a success. Also, with Walt showing such emotion for and dedication to his project, how could Wrather have resisted?

One of the first discussions between the two friends was where the hotel should be located. Wrather first talked of locating it near the entrance to Disneyland. Walt said, “Jack, our guests aren’t going to be thinking about a hotel when they begin their visit to Disneyland. They’ll start looking for a room when they leave the park. The best place to build your Hotel is near the Disneyland exit.” Wrather agreed with Walt’s logic and leased 60 acres of Disney-owned land on West Street directly across from the Disneyland exit. There he built what was to become known as the “Official Hotel of the Magic Kingdom.”

On March 18, 1955, Jack Wrather, Bonita Granville Wrather (his wife), and Anaheim Mayor Charles Pearson, using a three-handled shovel, officiated at the groundbreaking for the Disneyland Hotel.

The Disneyland Hotel opened on October 5, 1955, nearly three months after Disneyland’s live televised grand opening on July 17, 1955. The first guests registered at a hotel having only 104 guest rooms located in five two-story complexes, built at the southeast corner of the leased property. These were the South Garden rooms, later to be known as the Oriental Gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arnone of Inglewood, California were to be the first guests at the newly opened hotel.

The Disneyland Hotel was the first major resort to be built in Southern California since the early 1940’s. However, the number of available rooms quickly proved to be insufficient for the unexpected demand, and 96 more units of the same type were added the following year on the property’s northeast section. Built by Hodges and Vergrift Construction Company, this new addition was called the North Garden rooms, later renamed the Garden Villas.

During the first year, room rates ranged from $9 for a standard room to $22 for deluxe quarters. Rooms were advertised as accommodating four people. For an additional adult, there was a $3 charge.

At the same time that construction had begun on the additional garden rooms at the northeastern corner of the property, construction was under way on the Administration Building, which would house a lobby, restaurants, shops, and meeting rooms. The Gourmet Restaurant was opened in a converted ranch house on the property, redesigned by C. Tony Pereira. This converted ranch house had been the original Disneyland administration building.

The original hotel design, by the architectural firm of Pereira and Luckman, called for 300 motel and hotel rooms, suites and garden apartments. Also included were plans for three swimming pools, tennis courts, a golf course, cocktail lounges, and four restaurants. The original blueprints designated a total of 10 buildings in the South Garden or Oriental Garden section. However, only five buildings were actually built.

The opening of the Administration Building (which would later become the Travelport), and the “official” grand opening for the hotel was on August 25, 1956. It was a star-studded grand opening celebration that resembled a Hollywood movie premiere. Celebrities in attendance included Walt Disney, Art Linkletter, William Bendix, Alan Ladd, Sue Caroll, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Jeanne Crain. Also in attendance were as many as three hundred enthusiasts, observing the ribbon-cutting and taking a grand tour of the facilities.

By 1956, there were 204 guest rooms and suites at the Disneyland Hotel. As an added attraction, each garden patio had its own orange tree, a reminder of what the original property had been only a few short years earlier. This had been a part of the original plans when the grounds were being cleared to build the hotel. An additional amenity at this time was the Coral Club which included a huge 45-foot by 75-foot completely tiled and heated swimming pool, wading pools for children of all ages, fountains, sandlots, and a cabana area. The pools were surrounded by lounge furniture for guests’ relaxation and so that they might acquire a Southern California tan. One-day laundry and dry cleaning services were available, and a physician and nurse were on call. An 18-hole putting greens and shuffleboard courts were also early inclusions at the Disneyland Hotel.

Guests were able to register for a hotel room from their car or they could go into the lobby for a more traditional method of registration. There were parking spaces for 1000 cars, and parking was free. Also, limo and bus service was provided. Richfield Oil (also the Disneyland sponsor of Autopia) offered full automotive care. Even in the 1950s, every room was equipped with a television set and air conditioning.

During these early years, the attendance at Disneyland was beyond the most optimistic expectations. Even Walt had to be amazed by the overwhelming success of his dream. As a result, the City Council of Anaheim began reviewing plans for other motels and restaurants. Disneyland had proven all the skeptics to be wrong, and Disneyland was destined to bring major changes to what once had been a sleepy, orange grove community.

From the beginning, the Disneyland Hotel was one of the outstanding showplaces of Orange County. Celebrities such as Jack Benny, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Billy Graham, and Cary Grant were often spotted at the hotel. These and other celebrities enjoyed bringing their families for a stay at the hotel and for a trip to Walt’s park. Also attracted were business people, coming for luncheons, meetings, and conventions. The Disneyland Hotel quickly had become the place to see and the place to be seen.

Room rates in 1957 were advertised from $10 to $19. SuitesÊwent for between $22 and $25. The hotel’s brochures boasted of an assortment of shops, air conditioned rooms, television in every room, pools of all sizes, restaurant and cocktail facilities. Also touted was tram service to Disneyland every five minutes, transportation via a Disneyland station wagon, playgrounds, childcare facilities, barber and beauty shops. Doctor, nurse and even dental facilities were available on the grounds. The brochures further emphasized a private sundeck or patio for every room. Best of all, the Disneyland Hotel was billed as the only hotel right at the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. Also in the late 1950s, the concept of “seasonal” and “non-seasonal” rates first appeared. Typically, it would cost a dollar or two more for a room during the holidays and summer months (late May through mid September).

By 1959, over 25 hotels and motels had crowded around Disneyland to take advantage of the Park’s spectacular drawing power. By 1960, Anaheim had established itself as Orange County’s largest city, with a population in excess of 100,000. People were traveling from all areas of the world to visit the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Indeed, Anaheim had magically grown from a quiet, small agricultural community into a mecca of tourism, and the boom had only begun. As Walt had promised on opening day, the park continued adding attractions (the Monorail, the Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn all opening in 1959); and the hotel continued to grow, having more than 300 rooms by 1960. A 13,000-square foot convention center was also added at that time.

Rates for rooms in 1960 ranged from $10 to $26 a night during the off-season and from $16 to $29 in season, the holidays and the summer months.

At a press conference held in 1960, Jack Wrather and Walt Disney announced plans for the extension of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System to link the park to the hotel. Walt had long envisioned a rapid transit system for major U.S. cities, and this addition to the Monorail would provide a working model. Dick Nunis, who worked his way up from a summer job in 1955 to become the president of Disneyland in 1980, stated that Walt saw the Monorail as more than just an attraction; Walt saw it as aÊworkable transportation system. He wanted to demonstrate its potential as urban rapid transit, and so he envisioned the monorail’s extension to the hotel.

The park’s monorail was closed for construction on April 10, 1961. Disneyland also had to closed Autopia to facilitate the installation of new pylons through its grounds. The original 8/10th-of-a-mile track would be extended by 12,300 feet, making it nearly a two-and-a-half mile round-trip journey between the park to the hotel. The cost of the extension was $1.9 million ($500,000 more than the original cost of the Monorail when it was installed at Disneyland less than two years earlier). The construction required more than 118,000 hours of labor, 10,760 tons of sand, 66,700 bags of cement and 702 tons of steel. New style Mark II trains were introduced for the extended Monorail including a new gold colored train. The Monorail, with its extension to the Disneyland Hotel, reopened on June 1, 1961.

Other major expansions were planned for the hotel in the early 1960s. They included a new golf complex featuring an 18-hole, par-three course, a 50-tee driving range, and a miniature golf course with the individual holes named after Disneyland attractions. One of the course favorites was hole #5, which featured a mini replica of the Matterhorn Mountain. Also added at this time was a helicopter landing pad, linking Los Angeles International Airport with Disneyland and the Disneyland Hotel. The new facility provided an efficient transportation link for both business people and tourists. Soon, LAA Airways was operating an average of 12 flights per day to and from the airport in its 28-passenger, turbo-jet copter liners.

In 1961, the Wrather Corporation went public, offering 350,000 shares of common stock. President and Chairman of the Board Jack Wrather and the Wrather Corporation had grown to include four major divisions: Television and motion pictures, the Disneyland Hotel, the Muzak Corporation (the often satirized elevator music), and Stephen’s Marine, Inc. The company also was involved in management services for various other marine based businesses.

The Anaheim skyline was also about to undergo a major change in 1961 when the concept of “building up” replaced the concept of “building out.” At the Disneyland Hotel, an 11-story, high-rise tower was built. This added 150 new guest rooms to the hotel complex. At that time, it was the county’s tallest building and the nation’s tallest building constructed utilizing the post-tension, lift-slab method. Another exciting innovation was an external, glass elevator, one of only a handful constructed at the time in this country. Its designer, architect Kurt Weber, recalled that the glass elevator offered a dramatic view of the growing community of Anaheim. It also took guests to the Top of the Park Lounge, which featured breathtaking views of Disneyland. The Lounge offered alcoholic beverages and nightly entertainment in a decidedly blues motif. Constructed for the less adventurous was the Monorail Lounge which was located next to the Monorail station on the second floor level. Ground had been broken for the new tower building in October of 1961. The project was completed less than a year later in September of 1962. At that time, two additional Garden structures were also added to the hotel.

In 1962, rates ranged from $17 for a room with a twin bed to $53 for two deluxe and medium adjoining rooms during vacation and holiday seasons, $10 to $47 during off-season. There were new rates for the tower building. A twin-bedded room was priced from $24 vacation rate up to $35 for a room with two double beds. Off-season, tower rooms were priced from $20 to $26.

Orange County celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1964. At a press conference held at the Disneyland Hotel, the announcement was made that Major League Baseball was coming to Anaheim. The Angels would continue to play in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium until their new Anaheim stadium was constructed in approximately two years. During their first year in Anaheim, the Angels would lead the American League in attendance, attracting over one million fans.

By 1964, during vacation and holiday season, room rates were $17 for a single room, $53 for an adjoining deluxe room with a medium room, and $30 for a deluxe room alone. Winter rates were advertised from $10 for a single small room to $49 for an adjoining deluxe with medium room. The Tower rooms were priced from $24 to $35 during peak-season and $20 to $28 during off- season. Peak-season now was being defined as from June 1 to September 15, December 11 to January 3, and April 9 to April 24.

Both the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland celebrating their “Tencennials,” 10-years of successful operations, in 1965. The hotel announced plans for the Tower Annex, an expansion to the existing tower, which would now give the hotel 616 guest rooms. An additional six conference rooms (bringing the total to 28) would be added to the complex. These conference rooms would be designed to hold from 15 people to two thousand people.

A new shopping plaza building was also constructed on the hotel grounds. It was described as having glass walls and graceful grillwork, gleaming in a lush garden setting. It was further described as resembling a necklace on green velvet,Êcontaining the beautiful and unusual in a score of smart, avant-garde specialty shops. Here one could buy aromatic tobaccos from Turkey, candles from Mexico, leathers from London, toys from the U.S., Germany and Japan, and here one could select from fashions inspired in Paris, Rome and Carnaby Street. The Plaza also featured a beauty shop, a travel agency, and a dental facility. Both the Tower Annex and the Plaza Shopping Center cost $5.5 million as part of the Hotel Expansion Program. At Disneyland, “it’s a small world” was added after its successful run at the New York World’s Fair.

Rates in 1966 for what was billed as wintertime ranged from $15 for a queen-sized bed up to $30 for a deluxe room. During vacation times, the rates were $20 and $35 for the same rooms. The Tower now had a North and South designation, with the South side being the more expensive. The North side rates were priced from $20 for a queen-sized bed up to $28 for two double beds. The South side went for $22 to $30 for the same bed types.

By 1966, Orange County had become the tourist hub of America, producing tourist income greater than any other U.S. county. Anaheim now had 125 hotels and motels and a population of over 150,000. Sadly on December 15, 1966, Walt Disney, one of the most influential men in Anaheim’s history, passed away. Walt had been a lifelong smoker and had developed lung cancer. It was reported that Jack and Bonita Wrather were devastated upon hearing news of Walt’s passing. Half of the two pioneers of tourism in Southern California was now gone. These two had plotted a course in the 1950s for the future of tourism and conventions in Orange County, thereby forever changing Anaheim’s destiny. Jack Wrather would also succumb to cancer in 1984.

Shortly after Walt’s death, the Walt Disney Company began numerous attempts to purchase control of the hotel. Finally in 1988, 33 years after the original groundbreaking, the Disneyland Hotel would become a portion of the empire that Walt had founded.

In just a little over 11 years, the Disneyland Hotel had grown from 104 guest rooms and a smattering of amenities into a major tourist facility with 616 guest rooms, ample dining and shopping facilities, a full golf complex, and a full range of convention and meeting facilities. The hotel also helped introduce a futuristic mode of rapid transit in the form of the Monorail, and the hotel was instrumental in changing the previous agricultural economy of Anaheim into the major tourist destination that it is today. What appeared to be a questionable area for development in the early fifties turned into one of the most dynamic areas in the country. A large portion of this change and growth had been stimulated by a man with a mouse and a Texas oil wildcatter.

Sources:

Kaleidoscope: The In-Room Magazine of Disneyland Hotel and Inn at the Park: Spring 1980, summer 1980, and fall 1980.

Disneyland Holiday Magazine: various issues from 1957 and 1958.

Disneyland Vacationland Magazine: various issues from 1958 to 1966.

Disneyland Line: Vol. 22, No. 40, October 5, 1990.

The Disneyland Hotel Employee’s Handbook, 1989.

Disneyland Hotel advertising brochures: 1955, 1957, 1960, 1962, and 1966.

Disneyland Guidebooks: 1955 to 1965.

Disneyland Hotel Postcards: 1955 to 1964.

The Handbook of Texas Online: The Jack Wrather obituary.

Dreams to Reality by Bret Colson and Geoff Black. A brief history of modern day Anaheim, 1997.

Disneylander: The magazine for Disneyland employees, various issues from 1959 to 1961.

Check In Magazine: Various editions from 1965 to 1967.

All sources came from my personal collection of Disneyland Hotel items with the exception of the Jack Wrather obituary and the book Dreams to Reality. The wonderful Kaleidoscope magazines and several articles from Holiday and Vacationland magazines came from other collectors. All photos also came from my personal collection except where noted. I requested access to the Disney Archives for research purposed but was denied access.

 

Tips Buying Condo Hotel

1. What is a condo hotel or condotel?

Think of a condo hotel (also sometimes called a condotel or hotel condo) as buying a condominium, although one that is part of a four-star caliber hotel. Therefore, as an owner, when you are on vacation, you’ll get the benefit of more four-star services and amenities than you’d get in a typical condominium.

2. What types of services and amenities are found in condo hotels?

If you can imagine the niceties you’d find in an upscale hotel, then you can picture a condo hotel. Among the features are often resort-style pools, full-service spas, state-of-the-art fitness centers, fine dining restaurants, concierge services and room service.

In some locations, like Las Vegas, you’ll find condo hotels with their own casinos, retail areas, and entertainment venues. In places like Orlando, you’ll find condo hotels with their own water parks and convention facilities.

3. What is the difference between a condo hotel and a traditional condominium?

The big difference between a hotel and a condo hotel is that a hotel typically has one owner, either individual or corporate, but a condo hotel is sold off unit by unit. Therefore, a 300-room condo hotel could have as many as 300 unit owners.

4. Is it evident to hotel guests whether they’re staying in a condo hotel or a traditional hotel?

A hotel guest will likely never know that the hotel has multiple owners because the property is operated just like a traditional hotel and often under the management of a well-known hotel company like Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, Trump or W. Also, each of the individual condo hotel units will look identical in design and décor to every other, just as they would in a traditional hotel.

5. Who typically buys condo hotels?

They’re primarily sold to people who want a vacation home but do not want to deal with the hassles typically associated with second home ownership such as maintaining the property or finding renters in the off season.

6. What is the demographic of the typical condo hotel buyer?

The spectrum of condo hotel buyers is pretty broad. There are families that want a second home in a vacation destination. There are baby boomers who are at or nearing retirement and want somewhere they can “winter.” There are also plenty of investors who purchase a condo hotel unit with little intention of ever using it; they’re in it for the potential appreciation of the real estate.

7. Can you live in a condo hotel?

Condo hotels are not typically offered as primary residences. In fact, many of them limit the unit owner’s usage of the condo hotel unit (typically 30-60 days per year) because the unit is expected and needed in the hotel’s nightly rental program where it can be offered to guests and generate revenue.

8. Who gets the money when your condo hotel is rented out?

The hotel management company splits the rental revenue with the individual condo hotel owner. While the exact percentages vary from property to property, the typical rental split is in the 50{d0e75194f8e79cb6971674cf872fd45411a9765adc9b808da276406b20c31fdf}-50{d0e75194f8e79cb6971674cf872fd45411a9765adc9b808da276406b20c31fdf} range.

9. Who finds hotel guests and then cleans and maintains the condo hotel units?

The hotel management company markets the property and books hotel guests. It also maintains the unit and ensures the smooth operation of all of the hotel’s services and amenities.

10. What are the advantages / disadvantages of purchasing a condotel over purchasing typical rental properties?

Advantages include:

· Hassle-free ownership; no landlord issues

· Rental revenue to offset some or maybe all ownership expenses

· A fantastic vacation home available for use whenever you want

· A real estate investment at a time when other investments may seem less attractive

· Strong likelihood of appreciation

· Pride of ownership –“I own a piece of a Trump”

Disadvantages include:

· Annual cash flow could be equal to or less than annual ownership costs

· Pets are usually not welcome.

· An owner’s condo hotel unit may be rented when the owner wants to it, so advance reservations are required to guarantee availability.

· The condo hotel unit is subject to the same dips in the market that affect all hotels in the competitive market set: hurricanes, terrorist threats, warm winters up north, price of gas, etc., all of which can affect a unit’s occupancy rate and the amount of revenue it generates.

11. Are condo hotel units difficult to finance?

Not at all, but they do take 20{d0e75194f8e79cb6971674cf872fd45411a9765adc9b808da276406b20c31fdf} down typically, whereas condos can be purchased with less cash down. It’s also important to make sure you use a mortgage broker who has had success in getting condo hotel financing deals done. Many banks still do not do them, but more and more are getting involved as condo hotels become more widely available.

12. How long have condo hotels been around and where are they located?

Condo hotels have been around for several decades, but the huge surge of four-star and five-star condo hotels that have been making their way across the country, started around year 2000 in the Miami area. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area still has the most condo hotels, but areas like Orlando and Las Vegas are developing condo hotel properties at an even faster rate and will likely surpass South Florida soon. Other up-and-coming areas are places like the Bahamas, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada and Dubai.

13. How much do condo hotel units cost?

That’s like asking how much a car costs. There are different quality condo hotels. Some require greater amounts of money than others, obviously.

There are inexpensive condo hotels out there for as little as $100,000. These are typically found in properties that have converted their use from an existing hotel. They are hotel room-sized, lack kitchen facilities, luxury franchises, and other first-class amenities.

Then there are the four-star or greater properties that may start in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, but can go all the way up to $800,000 just for a studio unit. One- and two-bedroom units cost substantially more than a studio. Of course, the studios do come fully furnished and finished, and will be significantly larger in size than a typical hotel room, and may attract guests because of its name like St. Regis, Ritz or W.

14. What are typical maintenance costs?

On average about $1.00 to $1.50 per sq. ft., but the range can exceed $2.00 sq. ft. in the most luxurious properties.

15. Do you buy condo hotel units after they have been built, or can you purchase condo hotels in pre-construction?

Unless you are in a hurry to get started vacationing or you need to complete a 1031 exchange, it’s best to buy condo hotels in pre-construction as early as possible. That’s when prices are lowest and unit selection is greatest. You will likely wait two years or longer before closing on and taking possession of your condo hotel unit, but you will have locked in the price and will get the benefit of maximum appreciation.

16. Is there anything else investors should want to know about condotels?

There is more to buying this type of real estate than the old phrase, “location, location, location.” While most condo hotels are located in desirable resort and business area locations, what is most important is a good franchise with a strong reservation system.

Also, do not be fooled by an aggressive rental split. One way or the other, the developer of the property will have to staff, maintain and operate the hotel and its services like the restaurants, bars, spas and pools from his share of the proceeds. If he’s giving you a very favorable share of the rental, he’s also more likely to be charging you a higher monthly maintenance fee. Of course, this goes both ways. If the maintenance split that is offered is closer to 50-50, then your maintenance should be more reasonable too.

17. Any suggestions to investors in choosing which condo hotel to buy?

Get good advice. That means you don’t want to rely only on the pitch provided by an onsite salesperson at a condo hotel. You want to talk with a broker who specializes in condo hotels and who knows and understands the entire condo hotel market, not just the facts pertaining to a single property. He or she will listen to your wants and needs and then offer recommendations as to which properties best match your requirements. You’ll have an opportunity to comparison shop and consider the pros and cons of each available property.

A good broker can be the difference between your buying a condo hotel that will be problematic and not live up to your expectations or one that will provide you with years of great vacations, good annual revenue and a substantial profit when you sell.

18. Does it cost more to use a real estate broker to purchase a condo hotel than buying a unit on one’s own?

No. With new condo hotel properties, the prices are always set by the developer and are exactly the same whether you buy directly from an onsite salesperson at the property or using a broker.

The broker’s commission is always paid by the developer and is already built into the price regardless of whether an outside broker participates in the sale or not. Since a broker’s representation is free to buyers, it does make sense to enlist their aid and get the benefit of their advice before making a purchase.

19. How can prospective buyers find a good condo hotel broker?

Ask friends for broker recommendations or search online for “condo hotel broker.” Visit condo hotel broker websites and see if the information they provide seems comprehensive and unbiased. If their website seems to focus on selling homes or office space, and the condo hotel information appears to be an afterthought, steer clear. Your best bet is to work with a condo hotel broker who specializes.