Top 3 Renovating Considerations For Chain Hotels vs. Boutique Hotels

Date: October 26, 2018

As the economy continues to rebound from the 2008 recession, Americans are traveling more both domestically and abroad, helping to give the hotel and tourism industries a much-needed boost. With so many lodging options to choose from, travelers have their pick between more home-style rentals available through Airbnb, upscale hotel stays, or the more unique boutique hotel experience. Though the options may vary slightly for travelers, remodeling and renovating these spaces can be quite different and challenging for contractors.

According to award-winning hotel contractors at the Beam Team, here are the top three reasons why the type of hotel influences how interior remodeling is handled.

  1. The design goals and procedures are different. While an upscale or national chain may have standard remodeling requirements in terms of the colors, materials, and overall look to be achieved, boutique hotels are rooted in taking a completely eccentric approach. With a more traditional hotel renovation project that follows a pre-approved Property Improvement Plan (PIP), the construction is rather predictable and securing the materials and labor for the job should serve to be routine. However, with a boutique renovation project, that has a customized and more flexible project design protocol, materials could be hard to find and specialized labor may be required, which could result in longer completion times.
  2. The ease of communication with stakeholders varies. When doing either an interior remodeling project or a complete renovation of an established hotel brand, your construction teams will likely have a hierarchical chain of command to navigate through to provide updates and to get approval for design changes. With a boutique hotel, that often has only a few locations, you will have more direct access to the owners and key decision makers. Thereby making the change approval process much faster with boutique hotel projects.
  3. The frequency of changes can be a significant problem. What a PIP lacks in flexibility, it makes up for in predictability. The standardization of traditional hotels allows for experienced construction teams and contractors to know what is expected, what materials to purchases, and to estimate work schedules according to predetermined completion requirements. However, with boutique hotels, that often have customized design and construction plans, the likelihood of delays when changes are requested (which often occurs) is very high. This can leave a what-should-be 8-week project taking more than 16 weeks as construction requests continually change.

Despite their differences, all hotel renovations require a high level of coordination between remodeling contractors and key stakeholders. In order to achieve the desired outcome, partnering with a reputable renovation and construction expert is key. The Beam Team is a seasoned group of industry leaders who have the expertise and tools needed to make your next hotel remodeling project a reality. Contact us today at 844-232-6832 for a free hotel renovation consultation.