What Are the Things We Don’t Know About Hotel Rooms?

Mar 20, 2017

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Given that most of the answers on here are about dirty blankets and other “scary” things about hotel rooms, I thought I’d share some fun facts and industry lingo that would immediately make you sound like a hotel insider:

  • A single sellable room or suite is called a “key.”
  • A standard-size room is comprised of one “bay” and a suite could be the size of two or more bays.
  • These days, the cost of building a new full-service hotel in New York City (including cost of land) can be $800,000 or more per key
  • The old industry rule of thumb is that for every $1,000 invested in a room’s construction, the hotel should charge $1 in average daily rate. So a room that cost $300,000 to build should sell on average for $300 per night.
  • The quality of a guest room is often measured by the number of fixtures in the bathroom, which is by far the most expensive room to build. A standard three-fixture bathroom has a sink, bath and toilet. A five-fixture bathroom is more typical for luxury hotels, and has two sinks, a bath, a stand-alone shower and a toilet.
  • It’s very hard to design a hotel room that is narrower than 9′ (although you will find such examples in cities like NYC, San Francisco, London, Paris and other major cities).
  • Rooms with double beds are usually larger than rooms with king beds.
  • Ceiling height is one of the most important factors affecting guests’ perception of the quality and size of a hotel room.
  • Hotel rooms should get a light renovation (carpets, drapes, wall paper, etc.) every 4-5 years, and a major renovation every 7-8 years.
  • Mini-bars almost always lose money, even when they charge $10 for a Diet Coke. Same story for breakfast in bed. In-room dining rarely makes money for the hotel, as there’s a lot of expensive labor involved.

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