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Hotel business plan by xotels. Step by step guide on how to write a hotel business plan.

OK, so you have decided to realize your dream and become a hotel entrepreneur, so now you need to start writing your hotel business plan . You have thought out an amazing concept delivering unparalleled guest service. The next step would be to write a hotel business plan. It’s like a road map to the opening. However, as a seasoned hotel revenue management consulting and hotel management company , we have seen that this is where most entrepreneurs get stuck.

Why? Many do not have the time and don’t know what to write or how to do the financials. But until you finish your business plan, you will not be able to get the financing either. So you end up with ideas sitting in your head not realizing your dream.

Really it is not that difficult to make a good hotel business plan. It is merely a structured summary of your idea. Most people try to include everything about their hotel concept in the plan. This leads to an indigestible super novel-like bookwork, aka a mess.

The key is, knowing what to include, and what not to include in your hotel business plan. Create a clear road map for success. Excite investors rather than bore them to death like most business plans full of redundant information do. And you need to lead readers down the exact path you want.

One of the main challenges for example is that after reading the first page most businesses often don’t fully understand what the hotel is all about. For investors and lenders, it is crucial they can quickly comprehend your plan, without reading the whole document.

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Hotels 101: The Basics of Business Planning

We have put together a hotel business plan template to help you on your way. Check out our approach based on 10 critical points, being:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • Customer Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Strategic Plan
  • Operations Plan
  • Management Team
  • Financial Plan
  • Key Milestones

Steps of your Hotel Business Plan

Let’s dive into the step-by-step checklist of what your hotel business plan should look like.

These are the steps to developing your own hotel business plan. See which steps to follow to write your own hotel business plan.

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1. Executive Summary

This first part should consist of two main parts, being:

  • Mission Statement (Introduction): a 1 line company description only the essence of your hotel (not 2 lines or a paragraph). It explains why you are in business or which huge need you are solving, that currently is not being met. For example in the case of Qbic Hotels “Moving modular hotels into under-utilized real-estate to reduce build-out cost and time.” 
  • Objectives : What do you hope to accomplish (i.e. “Reach an annual occupancy of 90%”).

 2. Company Analysis

More detailed information on the USPs (unique selling points) of your hotel concept.

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3. Industry Analysis

Information on the current industry trends and the current state of the market and how this will impact your hotel. This is needed as investors want to be sure you really understand the hotel industry. This acts as the foundation on which decisions such as trends and developments to follow will be based.  

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4. Customer Analysis

In-depth information on your target market, including geographic, demographic, socioeconomic, psychographic, and behavioural segmentation details. It can also help you to keep up to date with the latest hotel marketing trends to understand which are the types of guests who will be staying at your hotel. Explain which features will be meeting the needs and wants of these main segments when thinking of:

Basically, how will consumers answer this question ‘Why my hotel?’

Aim to break it up to the point value can be easily communicated (do not make it too overcomplicated). Think of the following examples:

  • Psychographics: interests, lifestyles, personality, values, opinions, and attitudes
  • Behavioural segmentation: purchasing behaviour, level of engagement, customer loyalty
  • Demographics: gender, age, marital status and education
  • Geographics: location (country, state, region, city)
  • Socio-economics

Any of the above examples of hotel segmentation can, if described well, be of great value to your business plan. An example of this could be a hotel located in a beach town, where you should be able to describe how demographics and psychographics differ from summer to winter time. Especially, since this example is typically known for lower demand in winter which you could be compensating for with the right hotel marketing strategies on hand.

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5. Competitive Analysis

A study of your local competition or global concept competitors, with each of their strengths, weaknesses, occupancy rates and market share ( SWOT analysis ). And don’t forget the most important part; what differentiates you from them. What makes you stand out?

Ask yourself: “can I add value to a specific area”, especially when it comes to hotel-dense areas like city centres or major destinations.

6. Strategic Plan

This exists of 3 parts:

  • Marketing : How exactly will you attract customers/guests? How will you position yourself? What will your message be to the different segments of your business mix? How will your direct marketing work? What will be the plan for your hotel website, SEO, SEM and SMM? Will you do offline promotion? In short, your hotel marketing strategy should cover everything there is to know about how to market your hotel.
  • Distribution : Which 3rd party channels will you use and how will you manage availability? What technology will you need?
  • Revenue management : What pricing and yield techniques will you use? What will your payment and cancellation policies be? Which room types will you be selling, and how will they be individually marketed? How many revenue scenarios will I create? Where can I compensate income/demand streams when necessary?

Make sure you have the capabilities to plan out a strong marketing, distribution and revenue management strategy. 

Things get complicated rather fast, and choosing to outsource hotel and revenue management is likely to give you a strategic advantage, during the planning phase, and the execution of your business plans.

7. Operations Plan

How will you run your hotel? Think of the following elements:

  • How many staff and supervisors will you need? 
  • What are their job descriptions/responsibilities? 
  • What background and experience should they have? 
  • When should they start? 
  • What are your service standards?
  • Will you develop manuals?
  • Which supplier will you use?
  • How will you manage inventory?

8. Management Team

Include the bios of your team. Focus on what uniquely qualifies you to make your hotel such a success. Having a great team is the key to success , and stakeholders will be impressed with a thorough explanation of the added value everyone brings to the table.

9. Financial Plan

Provide the start-up costs of the hotel (capital investment), the ongoing business costs, operational expenses and revenue projections for the next five years. These figures should be always based on your Hotel Feasibility Study . The KPIs to look at include expected occupancy, ADR (Average Daily Rate) and RevPAR (Revenue per Available Room).

If you are raising money , outline how much funding will be needed and when. Explain how you will generate a return on investment for investors, or when lenders will be paid back.

10. Key Milestones

These are the most important achievements which once they have been completed, will make your hotel more likely to succeed. Think off:

  • Location selection
  • Permits & Licenses
  • Build-out / Construction of the Hotel
  • Staffing and Training
  • GOP Break-even
  • NOI Break-even

Each time one of the key milestones is achieved, the risk of lenders or investors decreases . And once your last key milestone is reached, the chance of success is more or less guaranteed.

11. Appendix

Provide any other relevant information here. Don’t clutter the main sections of your hotel business plan with too many details. Rather support them with attachments in this part.

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Putting Your Plan into Action

Many people have great business ideas. But that really doesn’t matter. The difference between dreamers and entrepreneurs is the action mindset. Are you ready to ship your idea to the market? 

The first step is to put your ideas on paper. I hope this free sample will help you write a persuasive hotel business plan. Because no investor or lender will be interested if you cannot present a clear plan.

Follow your dreams and go for it!

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Hope this template has helped you get inspired to start your own hotel business .

Best of luck in your endeavours!

Patrick Landman

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Hotel Business Plan Template

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Hotel Business Plan

You’ve come to the right place to create your hotel business plan.

We have helped over 100,000 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans and many have used them to start or grow their hotel companies.

Sample Hotel Business Plan Template

Below is a template to help you create each of the key elements of your own hotel business plan:

Executive Summary

Business overview.

Pegasus Hotel is a startup full-service independent luxury hotel in Austin, Texas. Owned by two local businessmen, Frank Girard and Miles Butler, it will serve the new up and coming district of the outskirts of Austin and cater to the locals and travelers who crave a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. Pegasus Hotel will be a 10-story, 360-room hotel with a five-star restaurant and bar, relaxing pool and spa, 20,00 square feet of meeting and event space, a spacious and fully-equipped fitness center, and a view of scenic Austin. Pegasus Hotel will hold weddings and events, meetings, retreats, and those looking to unwind and be pampered while staying at the hotel. The service and amenities will be first class and the concierge will treat guests with extreme care and ensure guest satisfaction is held at an exceptional standard..

Service Offering

The following are the services and amenities that Pegasus Hotel will provide:

  • 354 luxury rooms, two presidential suites, and four parlor suites
  • Olympic size pool with adjacent hot tubs and surrounding cabanas
  • First-class full-service spa
  • First-class restaurant and bar
  • Spacious fitness center
  • Over 20,000 square feet of attractive meeting space for events
  • Concierge and butler service
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Valet service
  • Laundry service
  • Business center

Customer Focus

Pegasus Hotel will target the population of Austin, Texas, its surrounding communities, and travelers visiting Austin for work or play. Guests will be mid to high level income, enjoy traveling, enjoy visiting spas and high-end restaurants, and work in the corporate or government sector.

Management Team

Pegasus Hotel will be owned by Frank Girard and Miles Butler. They will act in an Owner capacity, and will not be involved in the day to day operations of the hotel. Frank and Miles will hire the appropriate staff to ensure Pegasus Hotel is a profitable and successful business.

Lorenzo Falucci, General Manager, has over twenty years of experience in the hotel industry. He has most recently managed another independent boutique hotel in New York and was excited to be recruited by Frank and Miles to operate the Pegasus Hotel.

Lorenzo will hire Lisa Montgomery as the Director of Sales and David Jimenez as the Assistant General Manager. Lorenzo, Lisa, and David will be the senior management team of Pegasus Hotel. They will oversee all other department managers – Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front Desk/Guest Relations, and Food and Beverage. Each department manager will oversee various employees in their respective department and role. The Pegasus Hotel will have a large and sophisticated operation as each department is integral in the success of the hotel.

Success Factors

Pegasus Hotel will be able to achieve success by offering the following competitive advantages:

  • Friendly, attentive, and highly responsive staff that caters to each guest and will be able to provide the best guest experience possible.
  • Luxurious amenities throughout the hotel that will make each guest feel pampered.
  • Modern and contemporary designed hotel tucked against a beautiful Texas landscape perfectly suited to host any event.
  • Competitive rates and frequent guest discounts.

Financial Highlights

Pegasus Hotel is seeking $10,000,000 in debt financing to begin constructing the hotel and commence operations of the business. The funding will be dedicated towards securing the land lease and the hotel build-out and design. Funding will also be dedicated towards three months of overhead costs to include payroll of the staff, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, initial inventory, and working capital. The breakout of the funding is below:

  • Secure the land lot, architecture, build-out, and design: $6,000,000
  • Hotel furniture, fixtures, and equipment: $2,000,000
  • Initial inventory: $750,000
  • Three months of overhead expenses (payroll, rent, utilities): $1,000,000
  • Marketing & advertising: $150,000
  • Working capital: $100,000

The following graph below outlines the pro forma financial projections for Pegasus Hotel.

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Company Overview

Who is pegasus hotel.

Pegasus Hotel is a startup full-service independent luxury hotel in Austin, Texas. Owned by two local businessmen, Frank Girard and Miles Butler, it will serve the new up and coming district of the outskirts of Austin and cater to the locals and travelers who crave a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. Pegasus Hotel will be a 10-story, 360-room hotel with a five-star restaurant and bar, relaxing pool and spa, 20,00 square feet of meeting and event space, and a view of scenic Austin. Pegasus Hotel will hold weddings and events, meetings, retreats, and those looking to unwind and be pampered while staying at the hotel. The mission statement of the hotel is to provide first class service and amenities.

The guests rooms will include luxury beds and bedding with best-in-class furniture and bathroom fixtures. Pegasus Hotel will also have a full-service spa that will be able to provide massages, facials, makeup and/or hair service, steam rooms, and a sauna. The Olympic-sized pool will have adjacent hot tubs with a swim-up bar and surrounding cabanas. Pegasus Hotel will be equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment in its spacious gym. The restaurant will be a high-end steakhouse that will feature entrees from a world-renowned chef and a wine list cultivated by the area’s most respected sommelier. There will also be over 20,000 square feet of meeting space that will hold weddings, bat mitzvahs, reunions, galas, and any special event.

Pegasus Hotel will be independently owned and operated and will feature its own reservation system and operational software. Each employee will be expertly trained and vetted to pass luxury industry guest service standards. Pegasus Hotel is committed to providing the best guest experience possible while maintaining a profitable hotel. Pegasus Hotel aims to be a step above the rest and be an unforgettable experience for all who step foot into the hotel.

Pegasus Hotel History

Pegasus Hotel is owned by two local businessmen, Frank Girard and Miles Butler. Frank and Miles have been friends and business associates for over thirty years. They became friends in college while attending The University of Texas at Austin. Frank is a real estate developer specializing in commercial real estate and multi-use land projects. Miles is a software engineer who has built multitudes of software programs for various companies. They have both been extremely successful in their careers and want to divest their investments in a large-scale full-service hotel in Austin, Texas.

Since incorporation, Pegasus Hotel has achieved the following milestones:

  • Acquired a 40-acre lot on the outskirts of Austin, Texas.
  • Registered Pegasus Hotel, LLC to do business in the State of Texas.
  • Hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for a full-service hotel in Austin.
  • Began developing reservation and operational management software for use at the hotel.
  • Began the branding image, logo, website, and social media accounts for the staffing agency.
  • Applied for a liquor and mixed beverage permit with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Hired an architect to begin the design phase of the hotel.

Pegasus Hotel Services

The following will be the services and amenities Pegasus Hotel will provide:

Industry Analysis

The hotel industry is expected to increase to a $133 billion in the next five years. The hospitality industry will benefit from increases in travel spending, corporate profit and general consumer spending.

As consumers earn higher incomes and businesses replenish their budgets, travel spending is projected to increase over the next five years. Inbound trips by non-US residents are anticipated to rise 22% over next the five years, while domestic travel is expected to grow 9% during the same period.

The industry will see particularly strong future growth in extended-stay hotels, boutique hotels, spa and health retreats and resorts segments. As demand for these auxiliary services picks up, industry employment is anticipated to recover and increase over the next five years. Industry players are also expected to continue expanding abroad into emerging economies, such as Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. These foreign markets are expected to somewhat detract from domestic capital investment, as they offer higher growth prospects for industry operators.

Customer Analysis

Demographic profile of target market.

The precise demographics for Austin, Texas are:

Customer Segmentation

Pegasus Hotel will primarily target the following customer profiles:

  • Individuals and families who have disposable income (mid to high level)
  • Frequent travelers
  • Individuals who dine out and visit spas frequently
  • White collar workers (corporate or government office)

Competitive Analysis

Direct and indirect competitors.

Pegasus Hotel will face competition from other companies with similar business profiles. A description of our direct competitors is below.

Hotel Ella is a historic boutique hotel located in Austin, Texas. Located in downtown Austin and walking distance to the University of Texas campus, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin’s original landmark estates. Constructed in 1900, the Greek revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers the perfect balance between modernity and a rich history rooted in the fabric of the neighborhood and the university. Hotel Ella has 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking the front lawn. Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces perfectly suited for a vacation, wedding, or corporate event. The hotel also features a diverse collection of Texas Modernist works around the hotel grounds.

All guests of Hotel Ella are treated to warm southern hospitality and superior personalized service during their stay. The historic property is appointed with a variety of elegant 21st century amenities. Hotel Ella also offers the following amenities and guest services:

  • Complimentary 24-hour guest services
  • Complimentary high-speed wi-fi access
  • Complimentary electric car charging station
  • Complimentary morning newspapers available in the historic mansion
  • Complimentary coffee stations from 5am – 11am
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Cabana-lined outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Same-day valet laundry services
  • In-room dining by Goodall’s
  • Business services: photocopying, printing, postal services, and supplies

Hotel Ella also welcomes dogs of all sizes at no additional fee.

Kimber Modern

Kimber Modern is located in the hip SoCo district of Austin and is intended to draw in the independent urban traveler seeking a unique escape. It is architecturally designed with clean lines and abundant light filtered through canopies of oaks in an artfully landscaped Courtyard. The hotel also encompasses absolute comfort and attention to detail while providing technologically sophisticated rooms in their boutique guest rooms. Guests booking at Kimber Modern will receive complimentary beverages, parking, and WiFi.

Kimber Modern offers the following hotel amenities to its guests:

  • Off street covered parking
  • Electric car charging station
  • Keyless entry
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel
  • Multi-level courtyard with a 25-foot glass water feature with multiple areas to lounge
  • Jura self-serve coffee system featuring a variety of coffee drinks 24/7
  • Beverage bar 24/7
  • Gourmet teas
  • Virtual concierge – computer, printer, and copier
  • Meeting space available for groups
  • 3pm check-in and noon check-out

Guests are also available to book the entire hotel for their group.

The Cat Noir Hotel

The Cat Noir Hotel is an award-winning 14-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Austin’s east side. The European-styled boutique hotel includes a restaurant and bar partner, Uncle Nicky’s Italian Specialties. Uncle Nicky’s offers a relaxed all-day dining experience that is themed after cafes in northern Italy. The Cat Noir Hotel opened in 2016 and has been ranked #2 by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and Top 20 Best Hotels in Texas by Conde Nast Traveler.

The Cat Noir Hotel’s contemporary design maintains a sense of warmth and a unique aesthetic that is felt through the lobby, outdoor spaces, and each of the unique guest rooms. In addition to the design elements, The Cat Noir Hotel boasts the following features:

  • Private roof deck for guests to enjoy the stunning views of downtown, the Texas Capitol, and the University of Texas
  • Outdoor patio and courtyard areas on all levels
  • Artwork from local artists

Each of the guest rooms include Juliet balconies with neighborhood views, fine linens, and Simmons luxury plush mattresses.

Competitive Advantage

Pegasus Hotel will be able to offer the following advantages over their local competition:

Marketing Plan

Brand & value proposition.

Pegasus Hotel will offer the unique value proposition to its target local market:

  • Professional and attentive staff dedicated to ensure complete guest satisfaction.
  • Various amenities throughout the hotel for any guest to enjoy.
  • Modern and contemporary design with beautiful Texas views throughout the entire hotel.
  • Competitive rates.

Promotions Strategy

The promotions strategy for Pegasus Hotel is as follows:

Social Media

Pegasus Hotel will invest in advertising the hotel on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. By using targeted social media marketing, Pegasus Hotel will be able to reach those who frequent nice restaurants and spas and travel frequently.

Website/SEO Marketing

Pegasus Hotel will invest in a strong SEO presence so that when someone enters “Austin boutique hotel” or “first class hotel near me” in their Google or Bing search bar, Pegasus Hotel is at the top of the list. Their website will feature photos of the guest rooms, meeting areas, pool, spa, fitness center, and restaurant/bar. Future guests will be able to make a reservation to book their future stay on the website and access contact information for either a Director of Sales or General Manager of the property.

Pegasus Hotel will request all requests for news stories regarding the development of the hotel, owner/developer information, opening dates, etc. By accommodating the press’ requests for stories, it will also be free advertising for the public to learn about the new up and coming luxury hotel.

Frank and Miles will invest in a billboard in downtown Austin where the mid to upper class of residents frequent. The hotel will be minimalistic but eye-catching. It will feature an attractive rendering of the hotel along with the website. Curious passersby will be directed to visit the hotel’s website for detailed information.

Third Party Booking Websites

Once the hotel is nearing 60 days towards opening, all of the third-party websites will feature Pegasus Hotel so that travelers visiting Austin will be able to see it listed as an option for Austin hotels.

Bridal Shows and Wedding Industry Events

Pegasus Hotel will have a table at all of Austin’s bridal shows and wedding industry events. It will attract those couples searching for a venue to accommodate their special day.

The pricing of Pegasus Hotel will be moderate and on par with competitors so customers feel they receive value when purchasing its guest rooms and services.

Operations Plan

The following will be the operations plan for Pegasus Hotel.

Operation Functions:

  • Frank and Miles will be the owners of the hotel and hire the appropriate staff to manage the hotel. Frank will act as CFO of the hotel and Miles will be in charge of the reservation system and hotel operations software. Miles developed the software and will focus on making sure it’s always functional and efficient.
  • General Manager will be hired to oversee the entire staff and hotel operations to include guest satisfaction, oversee vendor contracts, events, and making sure that each department is running effectively and efficiently.
  • Assistant General Manager to assist the General Manager with overseeing the staff, with particular attention to guest satisfaction and front desk operations.
  • Director of Sales will be hired to sell events, corporate accounts, and group bookings for the hotel.
  • Maintenance Engineer will be hired to attend to all mechanical and plumbing issues that may arise.
  • Executive Housekeeper will be hired to lead the team of housekeepers to make sure all areas of the hotel are being cleaned to Pegasus Hotel standards and that each guest is receiving all accommodations to their requested schedule.


Pegasus Hotel will have the following milestones completed in the next six months.

8/1/202X – Purchase land lot and break ground on new hotel business.

8/15/202X – Finalize architectural renderings and hire a General Contractor to build the hotel.

9/1/202X – Finalize contract with advertising company for them to design the branding image of the hotel, logo, website, billboard, and social media accounts.

9/15/202X – Begin social media and website advertising campaign. Billboard with a teaser of ‘Coming Soon’ will go up in downtown Austin.

10/5/202X – Hire General Manager and Director of Sales.

10/15/202X – Attend annual Wedding Industry Event with a table to begin advertising Pegasus Hotel.

11/1/202X – Pegasus Hotel will go live on third party booking websites.

11/15/202X – Remainder of staff will be hired to begin training program.

11/30/202X – Final walk-thru of newly constructed Pegasus Hotel.

12/15/202X – Begin furnishing and interior design of the hotel.

1/1/202X – Grand Opening of Pegasus Hotel.

Lorenzo will hire Lisa Montgomery as the Director of Sales and David Jimenez as the Assistant General Manager. After an exhaustive search, Lorenzo believes has found the next two senior management positions to ensure the success of the hotel. Each comes with an impressive resume of prior hotel sales and operational experience.

Lorenzo, Lisa, and David will be the senior management team of Pegasus Hotel. They will oversee all other department managers – Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front Desk/Guest Relations, and Food and Beverage. Each department manager will oversee various employees in their respective department and role. The Pegasus Hotel will have a large and sophisticated operation as each department is integral in the success of the hotel.

Lorenzo, Lisa, and David will meet with Frank and Miles monthly to update them on progress and overall operations and sales efforts of the Pegasus Hotel.

Financial Plan

Key revenue & costs.

The revenue drivers for Pegasus Hotel are the revenues it will collect when guests book a reservation at the hotel. The hotel will also collect revenues from its restaurant and bar, spa, and events it will host.

The cost drivers will be the payroll and overhead costs to staff the hotel. Other costs will involve the land lease, utilities, marketing costs, and technology fees. There will also be costs associated with the maintenance of the hotel, food and beverage inventory, spa inventory, and hotel guest room supplies.

Funding Requirements and Use of Funds

Key assumptions.

The following outlines the key assumptions required in order to achieve the revenue and cost numbers in the financials and in order to pay off the startup business loan.

  • Initial Number of Room Nights Sold per Month: 8,000
  • Number of Events per Month: 30
  • Land Lease per Year: $1,500,000

Financial Projections

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A hotel business plan is a plan to start and/or grow your hotel business. Among other things, it outlines your business concept, identifies your target customers, presents your hotel marketing plan and details your financial projections.

You can  easily complete your hotel business plan using our Hotel Business Plan Template here .

What Are the Main Types of Hotel Companies?

There are many types of hotel companies. Most hotels are affiliated with a hotel franchise company. Other hotel companies distinguish themselves by star level-  4 to 5-star hotels are on the higher end of rate and amenity offerings, whereas 2 to 3-star hotels cater more towards the everyday business travelers and families.

What Are the Main Sources of Revenue and Expenses for a Hotel Business?

The primary source of revenue for a hotel business are the room fees it charges each guest to stay at the hotel. Revenues are also collected for different amenity offerings, such as room service,  restaurant and bar revenue, spa revenues, and guest shop revenue.

The key expenses for a hotel business are the costs for inventory, maintenance, supplies, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, technology, and payroll of the staff. Other expenses will be the rent, utilities, and overhead costs, if applicable.

How Do You Secure Funding For Your Hotel?

Hotel businesses are most likely to receive funding from banks. Typically you will find a local bank and present your business plan to them. Angel investors and other types of capital-raising such as crowdfunding  are other common funding sources. This is true for a business plan for a hotel, a resort or a boutique hotel.

What are the Steps To Start a Hotel Business?

Starting a hotel business can be an exciting endeavor. Having a detailed roadmap of the steps to start a business will help you stay focused on your business goals and get started faster.

  • Develop A Hotel Business Plan - The first step in starting a business is to create a comprehensive business plan that outlines all aspects of the venture. This includes market research to identify the potential market size and target audience , the hotel’s services, pricing strategies and a detailed financial forecast.  
  • Choose Your Legal Structure - It's important to select an appropriate legal entity for your hotel business. This could be a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks so it’s important to do research and choose wisely so that your hotel business is in compliance with local laws.
  • Register Your Hotel Business - Once you have chosen a legal structure, the next step is to register your hotel business with the government or state where you’re operating from. This includes obtaining licenses and permits as required by federal, state, and local laws. 
  • Identify Financing Options - It’s likely that you’ll need some capital to start your hotel business, so take some time to identify what financing options are available such as bank loans, investor funding, grants, or crowdfunding platforms. 
  • Choose a Location - Whether you plan on operating out of a physical location or not, you should always have an idea of where you’ll be based should it become necessary in the future as well as what kind of space would be suitable for your operations. 
  • Hire Employees - There are several ways to find qualified employees including job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed as well as hiring agencies if needed – depending on what type of employees you need it might also be more effective to reach out directly through networking events. 
  • Acquire Necessary Hotel Equipment & Supplies - In order to start your hotel business, you'll need to purchase all of the necessary equipment and supplies to run a successful operation. 
  • Market & Promote Your Business - Once you have all the necessary pieces in place, it’s time to start promoting and marketing your own hotel business. This includes creating a website, utilizing social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and having an effective digital marketing strategy including SEO and paid advertising . You should also consider traditional marketing techniques such as radio or print advertising. 

Learn more about how to start a new hotel business:

  • How to Start a Hotel Business

Where Can I Get an Example Hotel Business Plan PDF?

You can download our example hotel business plan PDF template here . This is a business plan template you can use in PDF format.

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Do you love connecting with people from all over the world who share your passion for travel? Don’t want to work a typical 9-5 job and instead want to build a business where every day is different, and you own your schedule?

Starting a hotel business is a dream many entrepreneurs have, but it can be a daunting venture to start. A hotel business plan is a critical first step for business owners to turn their dreams into reality. A strategic plan allows one to study the hotel industry, identify their hotel’s unique point of view, and outline how exactly they will reach their goals.

Read on to learn more about the ten sections to include in your hotel business plan, tips for creating an effective plan, and key things you need to start your new hotel business.

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What is a hotel business plan?

A hotel business plan is a detailed document that identifies your business’s goals, objectives, and strategies for success. It includes market research and a roadmap for building and operating your business.

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Why do you need a hotel business plan?

Studies show that entrepreneurs who finished their business plan were twice as likely to succeed in growing their business than those with no plan. A hotel business plan:

  • Helps you identify whether you have a viable business idea
  • Provides a detailed roadmap on what you need to accomplish and why
  • Gives potential investors insight into your business idea and confidence that you can be successful
  • Keeps you on track as you start to execute the different tactics outlined in your plan
  • Identifies critical milestones for you and your team to reach

Your plan does not have to be static and should change over time as your business grows and evolves. Your first draft is a starting point to help guide your strategy and instill confidence in potential investors.

10 sections to include in your hotel business plan

Whether you’re starting a small boutique hotel, a cozy B&B, or a 5-star resort, you will need to address the following sections in your hotel business plan.

1. Executive summary

An executive summary is the most essential part of your business plan. It should concisely explain the purpose of your business and why it will be a success.

Include your mission statement explaining why your hotel exists and its overall goal. For example, Capella Hotels & Resorts ’ mission is to combine tradition, discovery, individuality, and twist of the unexpected to create the perfect stay for each guest.

You should also include your vision statement that clearly describes your hotel’s purpose for being in a single sentence. For Capella Hotels, its vision is to embody excellence in the craft of hospitality.

We recommend writing your executive summary as the final stage, as it should summarize the goals and objectives laid out in your plan.

2. Company analysis

Your company analysis is where you can dive into your hotel’s competitive advantage. Ask yourself what makes your hotel unique . Why would guests want to stay with you instead of your competitors?

In this section, identify your brand’s identity and the goals and objectives you want to accomplish. Outline how many rooms and room categories your property will have. For example, will you offer a hybrid hospitality model with dorms, single rooms, and suites? Explain what ancillary revenue sources you’ll offer, like in-room food and beverage options, welcome drinks, or airport shuttles.

Use storytelling to communicate your excitement and passion and make it clear what your hotel will bring to the hospitality industry that hasn’t been done before.

3. Industry analysis

As a business owner, you must be prepared for forces outside your control. You will need to conduct a market analysis that looks at the hospitality industry to identify micro and macro trends that may impact your business. Look at:

  • Economic trends
  • Environmental trends
  • Political trends
  • Global health trends
  • Technology trends

For each trend, identify how it will impact your business and ways to mitigate risk or take advantage of opportunities.

For example, digital check-in technology has increased across the hotel industry with the rise of tech-savvy guests, new innovative software providers, and labor challenges. Therefore, consider what guest experience solution you’ll include at your hotel.

In addition to trends, look at the history of the hospitality industry, its current size, and how it’s expected to grow in the short and long term. This research will impact the rest of your plan, especially your marketing and financials.

4. Customer analysis

What type of hotel guests do you want to attract? It’s impossible to please every kind of guest, which is why it’s important to identify your target market . Once you know who you want to stay at your property, you can develop amenities, services, and marketing materials to attract these guests and deliver exceptional experiences .

Ask yourself:

  • What type of guests do I want? Business or leisure travelers? Retirees or Gen-Z?
  • What demographics? Age, gender, marital status, etc.
  • What are my target market’s interests? Water sports, hiking, relaxation, museums, etc.
  • What does my target market value? Sustainability, contactless technology, personalized service, localized experiences, etc.

This section will help you formulate the guest experience to ensure that expectations meet reality .

5. Competitive analysis

The competition you face will vary depending on where your hotel is located. In this section, you should conduct in-depth competitor research to understand how your hotel will compare. Identify your five major competitors — ideally, three direct competitors you will be competing with upon opening and two aspirational competitors you can emulate as you grow your business.

Conduct a SWOT analysis based on your competitors to look at:

  • Strengths . Where does your property excel in comparison to competitors? Why would travelers pick you? Price, amenities, location, technology, etc.
  • Weaknesses . Where does your property fall short in comparison to competitors? Price, amenities, location, technology, etc.
  • Opportunities . What industry trends can you take advantage of? What local events or partnerships can you capitalize on?
  • Threats . What are the biggest threats facing your property? War, travel restrictions, recession, etc.

A thorough analysis can help solidify your competitive advantage and develop a contingency plan for how you will deal with your weaknesses and threats.

6. Marketing plan

Without demand, there is no business. A hotel marketing plan outlines the channels you’ll use to reach your target audience to drive bookings. Your marketing strategy should include three key channels:

1) Paid media . Paid advertising to promote your property and drive bookings. This includes online travel agencies (OTAs) , search engine marketing (SEM), retargeting, and metasearch advertising.

2) Owned media. The content  you create, like your hotel website , social media channels, blog posts, and SEO.

3) Earned media. User-generated content created by third parties like media coverage or online reviews.

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7. Operations plan

How do you plan to run your day-to-day operations? This section of your plan will outline all of the key tasks and responsibilities of your team and what exactly your hotel will offer. Consider:

  • The number of staff and supervisors required
  • Job descriptions and responsibilities
  • Your service standards (check out our downloadable SOPs for some inspiration)
  • How you’ll manage your inventory
  • What hotel technology solutions will you need? PMS, channel manager, booking engine, payment terminal, revenue management tools, guest engagement software, etc.
  • What services and amenities do you want to offer? Room service, bar, restaurant, pool, spa, wellness center, etc. 

Detail your short and long-term operational plans and the stakeholders involved for each area.

8. Management team

Whether or not you’ve hired your team yet, this is one of the most important sections potential investors will look at. Make sure to outline the key personnel you will require and their roles. 

In general, these are the following roles you’ll want to outline:

  • Hotel management (general manager, front office manager, housekeeping manager, maintenance manager, revenue manager)
  • Hotel sales team
  • Housekeeping staff
  • Front office staff
  • Maintenance

Depending on the size of your hotel, your team will vary. Identify the team members you need to open and your hiring plans over the next five years.

9. Strategic plan

Hoteliers must be strategic in optimizing occupancy rates across seasons to maintain revenue. As part of your strategic plan, identify how you will manage:

  • Pricing – what room types will you offer, and how will the pricing vary?
  • How will you maintain consistent occupancy throughout the high and low seasons? Will you adapt your pricing and marketing strategies?
  • How will you conduct revenue management ? What type of rules/alerts will you use to adjust rates? Will you use technology to help with revenue management?
  • What will your online reputation management strategy be? How will you collect and respond to online reviews?
  • What will your distribution mix look like? How will you drive reservations across a variety of channels?

10. Financial plan

Your financial projections are the most challenging but arguably the most crucial part of your hotel business plan. In this section, you should include the following:

  • Start-up costs. How much money will you need from lenders to operate your hotel? Consider business licenses, furniture, down payments, etc.
  • Operating costs . How much money will you need to keep your business running? Consider staffing costs, guest acquisition costs, mortgage payments, utilities, SaaS payments, etc.
  • Income statement . What will your revenue, expenses, and profit be over the first 3-5 years of business?
  • Cash flow projections . How will cash flow in and out of your business? Show what capital investment you’ll need to start.
  • Balance sheet . Identify your assets, liabilities, and equity.

If you’re looking for a potential investor, your financial plan will be the section they care about most. Here, you must prove how your business will provide a return on investment. Don’t forget to include an Appendix that shows more detailed reporting and financial figures.

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8 tips for creating an effective plan

1. Start with the section that excites you the most! Covering all the topics outlined above can feel overwhelming, so don’t feel pressured to go in order.

2. Reach out to a business owner you admire. No matter what type of business you’re starting, getting advice from another business owner is always helpful. Reach out to a successful local business owner to see if they’d be willing to share some insights they learned along the way.

3. Be concise. While there’s a lot to cover, you must be concise in each section of your plan. Include any additional research or documentation in the appendix to keep your business plan clean.

4. Try to avoid industry jargon. Depending on what type of investor is reading your plan, they may find jargon irrelevant and distracting.

5. Ensure you have a clear competitive advantage. You should be able to state in one sentence what makes your property unique. This unique selling point (USP) will be prominent in all of your marketing materials.

6. Set SMART goals. Setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals is important to stay organized and on track to reach milestones.

7. Don’t forget about your plan. You will have spent hours developing your plan, so make sure you use it! Reference your plan as you build and grow your business , and remember that it’s ok if things change.

8. Illustrate your passion. Communicate why you want to be a part of the hospitality industry. Passion is contagious and gives investors more confidence that you will work hard to achieve your dreams.

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What do you need to start a hotel business?

Ok, so you’ve read through this article and are now wondering — what’s next? Ensure you have the following items on your radar to start your business.

  • A vision. Know exactly what kind of business you want to build (a quaint bed and breakfast is very different from a large-scale resort).
  • A business plan. Stay on track with a well-developed business plan.
  • A location. Decide if you want to build a new property or renovate an existing hotel.
  • Capital. Do you need to raise an upfront capital investment? Remember that new businesses usually aren’t profitable for the first few years and will need cash flow to pay for expenses.
  • Business licenses & permits. Depending on the type of property and its services, you’ll need an occupancy permit, alcohol license, food service license, sales tax license, etc.
  • Technology. Choose technology to help streamline operations and earn more revenue.
  • Furniture & equipment. You must furnish your property with the proper furniture, electronics, appliances, etc.
  • Staff. Take time hiring staff you can trust and who understand your hotel’s brand and vision.

Final thoughts

Your business plan provides the foundation for your new business and outlines the next steps in the journey. Ensure you fully understand the market and competitive landscape to enter the industry prepared for the future. Start slow and invest in the right people and technology to support the growth of your business.

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About Lana Cook

Lana Cook is a Content Writer at Cloudbeds where she is able to combine her love of writing and passion for travel. She has spent the last few years writing about all things technology and the ways in which it can be used to help businesses thrive. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her checking out the latest movie or searching for a new TV show to binge.

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Creating a business plan is essential for any business, but it can be especially helpful for hotel businesses who want to improve their strategy and/or raise funding.

A well-crafted business plan not only outlines the vision for your company, but also documents a step-by-step roadmap of how you are going to accomplish it. In order to create an effective business plan, you must first understand the components that are essential to its success.

This article provides an overview of the key elements that every hotel business owner should include in their business plan.

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What is a Hotel Business Plan?

A hotel business plan is a formal written document that describes your company’s business strategy and its feasibility. It documents the reasons you will be successful, your areas of competitive advantage, and it includes information about your team members. Your business plan is a key document that will convince investors and lenders (if needed) that you are positioned to become a successful venture.

Why Write a Hotel Business Plan?

A hotel business plan is required for banks and investors. The document is a clear and concise guide of your business idea and the steps you will take to make it profitable.

Entrepreneurs can also use this as a roadmap when starting their new company or venture, especially if they are inexperienced in starting a business.

Writing an Effective Hotel Business Plan

The following are the key components of a successful hotel business plan:

Executive Summary

The executive summary of a hotel business plan is a one to two page overview of your entire business plan. It should summarize the main points, which will be presented in full in the rest of your business plan.

  • Start with a one-line description of your hotel company
  • Provide a short summary of the key points in each section of your business plan, which includes information about your company’s management team, industry analysis, competitive analysis, and financial forecast among others.

Company Description

This section should include a brief history of your company. Include a short description of how your company started, and provide a timeline of milestones your company has achieved.

If you are just starting your hotel business, you may not have a long company history. Instead, you can include information about your professional experience in this industry and how and why you conceived your new venture. If you have worked for a similar company before or have been involved in an entrepreneurial venture before starting your hotel firm, mention this.

You will also include information about your chosen hotel business model and how, if applicable, it is different from other companies in your industry.

Industry Analysis

The industry or market analysis is an important component of a hotel business plan. Conduct thorough market research to determine industry trends and document the size of your market. 

Questions to answer include:

  • What part of the hotel industry are you targeting?
  • How big is the market?
  • What trends are happening in the industry right now (and if applicable, how do these trends support the success of your company)?

You should also include sources for the information you provide, such as published research reports and expert opinions.

Customer Analysis

This section should include a list of your target audience(s) with demographic and psychographic profiles (e.g., age, gender, income level, profession, job titles, interests). You will need to provide a profile of each customer segment separately, including their needs and wants.

For example, a hotel business’ customers may include:

  • Business travelers
  • Leisure travelers
  • Groups and conventions
  • Wedding parties
  • Local residents

You can include information about how your customers make the decision to buy from you as well as what keeps them buying from you.

Develop a strategy for targeting those customers who are most likely to buy from you, as well as those that might be influenced to buy your products or hotel services with the right marketing.

Competitive Analysis

The competitive analysis helps you determine how your product or service will be different from competitors, and what your unique selling proposition (USP) might be that will set you apart in this industry.

For each competitor, list their strengths and weaknesses. Next, determine your areas of competitive differentiation and/or advantage; that is, in what ways are you different from and ideally better than your competitors.

Below are sample competitive advantages your hotel business may have:

  • Location : if your hotel is located in an ideal spot for leisure or business travelers, this could be a key competitive advantage
  • Amenities : if your hotel offers unique amenities that are appealing to your target market segments, this could give you a leg up on the competition
  • Customer service : if you focus on delivering exceptional customer service, this could be a key selling point

Marketing Plan

This part of the business plan is where you determine and document your marketing plan. . Your plan should be clearly laid out, including the following 4 Ps.

  • Product/Service : Detail your product/service offerings here. Document their features and benefits.
  • Price : Document your pricing strategy here. In addition to stating the prices for your products/services, mention how your pricing compares to your competition.
  • Place : Where will your customers find you? What channels of distribution (e.g., partnerships) will you use to reach them if applicable?
  • Promotion : How will you reach your target customers? For example, you may use social media, write blog posts, create an email marketing campaign, use pay-per-click advertising, launch a direct mail campaign. Or you may promote your hotel business via public relations (PR), speaking engagements, or other thought-leadership activities.

Operations Plan

This part of your hotel business plan should include the following information:

  • How will you deliver your product/service to customers? For example, will you do it in person or over the phone only?
  • What infrastructure, equipment, and resources are needed to operate successfully? How can you meet those requirements within budget constraints?

The operations plan is where you also need to include your company’s business policies. You will want to establish policies related to everything from customer service to pricing, to the overall brand image you are trying to present.

Finally, and most importantly, in your Operations Plan, you will lay out the milestones your company hopes to achieve within the next five years. Create a chart that shows the key milestone(s) you hope to achieve each quarter for the next four quarters, and then each year for the following four years. Examples of milestones for a hotel business include reaching $X in sales. Other examples include adding new locations, launching a new product/service, or hiring new employees.

Management Team

List your team members here including their names and titles, as well as their expertise and experience relevant to your specific hotel industry. Include brief biography sketches for each team member.

Particularly if you are seeking funding, the goal of this section is to convince investors and lenders that your team has the expertise and experience to execute on your plan. If you are missing key team members, document the roles and responsibilities you plan to hire for in the future.

Financial Plan

Here you will include a summary of your complete and detailed financial plan (your full financial projections go in the Appendix). 

This includes the following three financial statements:

Income Statement

Your income statement should include:

  • Revenue: how much revenue you generate.
  • Cost of Goods Sold: These are your direct costs associated with generating revenue. This includes labor costs, as well as the cost of any equipment and supplies used to deliver the product/service offering.
  • Net Income (or loss): Once expenses and revenue are totaled and deducted from each other, this is the net income or loss

Sample Income Statement for a Startup Hotel Business

Balance sheet.

Include a balance sheet that shows your assets, liabilities, and equity. Your balance sheet should include:

  • Assets : All of the things you own (including cash).
  • Liabilities : This is what you owe against your company’s assets, such as accounts payable or loans.
  • Equity : The worth of your business after all liabilities and assets are totaled and deducted from each other.

Sample Balance Sheet for a Startup Hotel Business

Cash flow statement.

Include a cash flow statement showing how much cash comes in, how much cash goes out and a net cash flow for each year. The cash flow statement should include:

  • Cash Flow From Operations
  • Cash Flow From Investments
  • Cash Flow From Financing

Below is a sample of a projected cash flow statement for a startup hotel business.

Sample Cash Flow Statement for a Startup Hotel Business

You will also want to include an appendix section which will include:

  • Your complete financial projections
  • A complete list of your company’s business policies and procedures related to the rest of the business plan (marketing, operations, etc.)
  • Any other documentation which supports what you included in the body of your business plan.

Writing a good business plan gives you the advantage of being fully prepared to launch and/or grow your hotel company. It not only outlines your business vision but also provides a step-by-step process of how you are going to accomplish it.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into creating a successful hotel business plan. But with careful planning and execution, you can set your hotel business up for success.  

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This guide introduces the advanced AI Business Plan Generator template, meticulously crafted for entrepreneurs eager to initiate or develop their hotel business ventures. It's important to note that the names and financial forecasts mentioned in this example are for illustrative purposes only, serving as educational resources to help guide your business planning process. These examples are carefully selected to demonstrate how you can customize your own AI-generated Hotel Business Plan, helping you overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities in the hotel sector.

For those seeking a customized solution, we offer a downloadable 'Hotel Business Plan PDF' . This document is crucial for entrepreneurs determined to create a compelling and effective strategy for launching or expanding their hotel services. The 'AI Business Plan Generator' serves as a detailed guide, offering deep insights into the hotel industry. It provides you with the necessary tools to skillfully manage and grow your hotel business, utilizing the power of AI for unmatched strategic planning.

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47 Lounge Hotel, nestled in the vibrant heart of San Francisco, California, is an LLC poised to redefine the hospitality experience for young professionals, tourists, and event planners. As a new entrant in the competitive hotel industry, our establishment is designed to offer a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and personalized services at an affordable price. Our prime location not only provides easy access to the city’s main attractions but also offers a stylish retreat for those seeking relaxation and indulgence in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

The hotel industry, characterized by its offering of temporary lodging, food, and other services, is a vast and ever-evolving sector. Within this broad industry, 47 Lounge Hotel identifies itself with the boutique hotel segment, focusing on delivering a high-quality, intimate, and unique experience for guests. This approach capitalizes on the growing desire for accommodations that offer more than just a place to stay but serve as part of the travel experience itself.

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The hotel industry is a significant component of the global travel and tourism sector, characterized by its dynamic nature and susceptibility to economic, lifestyle, and technological trends. As of the last reported year, the global hotel industry generated approximately $570 billion in revenue, with an expected annual growth rate of 3.5% over the next five years. This growth trajectory is underpinned by increasing global travel and a rising preference for boutique and unique lodging experiences among travelers, particularly in urban centers like San Francisco.

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Organizational structure and management.

The organizational structure of 47 Lounge Hotel LLC is designed to ensure efficiency, foster innovation, and provide exceptional service to our guests. Our structure is hierarchical, yet flexible, facilitating clear communication channels and decision-making processes across different levels of the organization. At the top of the hierarchy is the General Manager, followed by heads of departments, and then team members within those departments.

The management team is composed of seasoned professionals with extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Olivia Smith, our General Manager, brings over 15 years of hotel management experience, with a proven track record of increasing guest satisfaction and operational efficiency. Ethan Taylor, the Head of Operations, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hotel, leveraging his 10 years of experience to ensure a seamless experience for our guests. Sophia Johnson, our Chief Financial Officer, oversees the financial strategy of the hotel, drawing on a decade of hospitality sector experience to manage budgets, forecasts, and investment opportunities. Michael Williams, the Marketing Director, is tasked with brand development and customer acquisition, employing his expertise in digital marketing to enhance our market presence. Lastly, Isabella Brown, the HR Manager, oversees talent management, ensuring we attract, train, and retain the best professionals in the industry.

Our staffing needs are projected to grow as the hotel expands. Currently, we require a team of approximately 50 full-time employees across various departments including reception, housekeeping, food and beverage, maintenance, and wellness. As we establish our presence in the market and increase occupancy, we anticipate the need to expand our team, particularly within the food and beverage department and event planning services, to meet the growing demands of our guests.

Human resources policies and practices at 47 Lounge Hotel are centered around fairness, diversity, and professional development. We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity, offering equal employment opportunities to all. Our recruitment process is rigorous, ensuring we hire individuals not only for their skills and experience but also for their fit with our company culture. We offer competitive compensation, comprehensive training programs, and career advancement opportunities to incentivize and retain top talent. Regular performance evaluations help identify areas for improvement and potential for growth, ensuring our team remains motivated and productive. We also have policies in place for addressing grievances, encouraging an open and transparent communication culture.

To complement our internal expertise, we engage with external advisors and consultants in areas requiring specialized knowledge. This includes legal counsel for regulatory compliance, an environmental consultant to guide our sustainability practices, and a technology advisor to keep our operations at the cutting edge. These external partners are selected based on their track record and alignment with our values and operational goals.

In conclusion, our organizational structure and management practices are crafted to support our mission of providing luxury, comfort, and personalized service to our guests. The experienced team at 47 Lounge Hotel, supported by clear operational protocols and external expertise, positions us well to achieve our strategic objectives and establish ourselves as a leading boutique hotel in San Francisco.

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47 Lounge Hotel offers a carefully curated selection of products and services designed to cater to the varying needs of our young professional and tourist clientele, as well as small to medium-sized event planners. Our offerings encompass luxury accommodation, a fine dining restaurant, versatile event spaces, a wellness center, and concierge services, each crafted to enhance the guest experience and ensure a memorable stay.

Luxury Accommodation: Our accommodations range from elegantly designed standard rooms to luxurious suites, each equipped with modern amenities such as high-speed internet, smart room automation, eco-friendly toiletries, and premium bedding. Unique selling points include personalized room settings for lighting, temperature, and entertainment based on guest preferences, and rooms designed to reflect San Francisco's rich cultural heritage with artwork and decor sourced from local artists.

Fine Dining Restaurant: The on-site restaurant offers a gastronomic journey through local and international cuisine, prepared by our acclaimed chef using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The unique selling point here is our farm-to-table approach, ensuring sustainability and support for the local community. The restaurant features a seasonal menu, including a selection of signature dishes exclusive to 47 Lounge Hotel.

Event Spaces: We provide configurable event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, making them ideal for hosting meetings, conferences, weddings, and celebrations. Our competitive advantage lies in our dedicated event planning team, capable of customizing events to meet the specific needs and preferences of our clients, coupled with unique catering options from our fine dining restaurant.

Wellness Center: The wellness center includes a spa offering a range of treatments, a fully equipped fitness center, and a pool area. Our focus on holistic wellness differentiates us from competitors, providing guests with programs tailored to stress relief, fitness, and overall well-being, integrating technology like VR meditation sessions and personalized fitness apps.

Concierge Services: Tailored experiences and recommendations allow guests to explore San Francisco's attractions in a personalized way. From booking exclusive tours to securing reservations at in-demand restaurants and shows, our concierge service ensures each guest can experience the best of the city according to their tastes and interests.

In terms of development stage, all primary offerings (accommodation, dining, event spaces, and wellness center) are fully operational. Future plans include the introduction of themed suites and the expansion of our event spaces to accommodate larger events. Additionally, we are continually enhancing our wellness programs to include emerging health and fitness trends.

Intellectual property status involves trademarks for the "47 Lounge Hotel" brand name and logo, ensuring brand protection and recognition in the marketplace. We also hold copyrights on unique designs and custom artwork displayed within the hotel, contributing to our distinctive ambiance and aesthetic appeal.

The production process, particularly for our dining services, involves a close partnership with local farmers and suppliers, emphasizing quality and sustainability. Our kitchen operates under strict quality control measures to maintain high standards for food safety and guest satisfaction. Supplier relationships are managed through a procurement strategy that prioritizes reliability, ethical practices, and environmental sustainability, ensuring a consistent and premium experience for our guests.

Overall, 47 Lounge Hotel stands out in the San Francisco hotel industry through its blend of luxury, uniqueness, and commitment to sustainability. Our dedicated approach to offering differentiated and high-quality services ensures we meet the sophisticated needs of our target market while fostering a positive impact on the local community and environment.

47 Lounge Hotel's marketing and sales strategy is designed to establish the hotel as a preferred destination for young professionals, tourists, and event planners seeking a unique accommodation and event experience in San Francisco. The strategy leverages digital marketing, personalized guest experiences, competitive pricing, strategic partnerships, and comprehensive customer service policies to attract and retain guests.

Marketing Strategy: Our marketing efforts focus on highlighting the uniqueness and luxury of our services. We intend to leverage digital platforms extensively, including search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing, and email marketing campaigns to reach our target demographic. Our content strategy will emphasize the distinctive aspects of the 47 Lounge Hotel experience, such as our luxury accommodations, fine dining, wellness offerings, and customizable event spaces. We also plan to engage in storytelling by showcasing guest experiences and testimonials, local culture, and sustainability initiatives to connect emotionally with potential guests.

Additionally, we aim to form strategic partnerships with local businesses, tourism boards, and corporate organizations to tap into a broader customer base. Influencer collaborations and press releases highlighting unique offerings and events at our hotel will further enhance brand visibility and attract media attention.

Sales Strategy: The sales team at 47 Lounge Hotel will be trained to adopt a consultative selling approach, focusing on understanding the needs and preferences of potential guests and clients to tailor offerings that best match their requirements. This team will actively pursue leads for corporate events, weddings, and other functions through direct outreach, participation in industry expos, and networking events. Our sales activities will also include offering incentivized packages for early bookings and off-peak times to optimize occupancy rates.

Our direct sales efforts will be complemented by an easy-to-navigate online booking system, enabling guests to customize their stay by selecting room types, dining preferences, and wellness services at the point of reservation. This seamless integration of sales and technology will enhance the guest booking experience and drive direct sales.

Pricing Strategy: The pricing at 47 Lounge Hotel will adopt a value-based approach, ensuring that guests perceive they are receiving exceptional value for the premium services offered. Our pricing will be competitive with other luxury boutique hotels in San Francisco, with dynamic pricing adjustments based on seasonality, market demand, and local events. Special packages and promotions will be offered to target off-peak seasons and last-minute bookings to ensure steady revenue flow throughout the year.

Distribution Channels: Our primary distribution channel will be our branded website, supported by an integrated booking system for accommodations, dining, and events. We will also partner with online travel agencies (OTAs) and luxury travel platforms to expand our reach while maintaining rate parity across all channels. For corporate clients and event planners, direct sales initiatives will serve as a key distribution channel.

Promotion and Advertising Plans: Promotion and advertising efforts will include targeted online ads, social media campaigns, and email marketing designed to reach specific segments of our target market. Seasonal promotions and thematic packages (e.g., wellness retreats, culinary weekends) will be advertised through these channels, along with special rates for early bookings and extended stays. Participation in local and industry-specific events will further promote our offerings to a broader audience.

Customer Service Policies: To ensure customer satisfaction and loyalty, 47 Lounge Hotel will implement comprehensive customer service policies focused on personalized guest experiences. These policies will include flexible cancellation policies, a loyalty program rewarding frequent guests, and a guest feedback system to continuously improve our service offerings. Our staff will undergo regular training in customer service excellence to ensure every guest interaction enhances their overall stay.

Through these integrated marketing and sales strategies, 47 Lounge Hotel aims to build a strong brand presence, drive bookings, and ensure high guest satisfaction, positioning us as a leading choice for luxury accommodation and events in San Francisco.

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The Operations Plan for 47 Lounge Hotel outlines the daily operations, service delivery processes, quality control measures, inventory management, supply chain management, and facilities and equipment needs. This plan ensures the efficient and effective execution of our hotel's offerings, maintaining the high standards expected by our guests.

Operational Workflow: Daily operations at 47 Lounge Hotel are designed to ensure that all aspects of the guest experience are seamlessly managed for the utmost satisfaction. The day begins with a morning briefing where department heads meet to discuss occupancy levels, guest arrivals/departures, special requests, and any events scheduled for the day. The housekeeping team follows a rigorous cleaning schedule, ensuring all rooms and public areas are maintained to the highest standards of cleanliness and preparedness before guest arrival and throughout their stay.

The reception team manages check-ins and check-outs, providing personalized greetings to guests, handling reservations, and addressing any guest inquiries or issues. The concierge service operates throughout the day to assist guests with recommendations, bookings, and any other requirements they might have. The dining and kitchen staff manage meal preparation and service, adhering to the scheduled dining hours while also accommodating room service orders.

Production or Service Delivery Processes: Our service delivery is focused on providing luxury accommodation, fine dining, wellness services, and event hosting. Each of these services has its own set of processes designed to ensure excellence. For example, room preparation involves a detailed checklist, including amenities replenishment, cleanliness, and personalization based on guest preferences noted at the time of booking or from previous stays. The kitchen operates based on a farm-to-table concept, requiring daily deliveries from local suppliers and preparation schedules aligned with meal service times to ensure freshness and quality.

Quality Control Measures: Quality control is paramount across all services. This includes regular training for staff on service standards, mystery guest programs to assess the guest experience, and strict adherence to health and safety standards in the kitchen and dining areas. Feedback mechanisms through guest surveys and online reviews are closely monitored, with the management team implementing continuous improvement measures based on this feedback.

Inventory Management: Inventory management is a critical component of our operations, particularly for the hotel’s restaurant and housekeeping services. We use a just-in-time inventory system for our kitchen, minimizing waste while ensuring ingredient freshness. Housekeeping inventory is monitored through a digital management system, tracking the usage and replenishment of linens, toiletries, and other room amenities.

Supply Chain Management: Our supply chain management strategy prioritizes partnerships with local suppliers to support our farm-to-table dining concept and sustainability goals. We maintain relationships with multiple suppliers for key items to ensure continuity of supply and negotiate contracts that allow for flexibility and cost-efficiency. Regular reviews of supplier performance are conducted to maintain our high standards.

Facilities and Equipment Needs: The hotel’s facilities and equipment are essential to our daily operations. This includes well-maintained guest rooms, event spaces with modern AV equipment, a fully equipped kitchen, a fitness center, and a spa. We implement a regular maintenance schedule for all physical assets, with a special focus on preventative maintenance to minimize downtime and ensure the longevity of our equipment. Investments in energy-efficient equipment and technologies reflect our commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency.

In conclusion, our Operations Plan is designed to ensure that the 47 Lounge Hotel operates smoothly and efficiently, delivering a high-quality, consistent experience to our guests while maintaining flexibility to adapt to their evolving needs and expectations.

The financial projections for 47 Lounge Hotel over the next five years have been meticulously prepared, showcasing our anticipated financial performance across key areas: sales, profitability, cash flow, and overall financial health. These projections are based on a combination of industry trends, our strategic business planning, and the initial feedback from the market.

Starting with sales, we anticipate a steady increase across our product and service lines, reflecting our growing brand recognition and the strategic expansion of our offerings. This growth is underpinned by a rising demand for boutique hotel experiences among our target demographic of young professionals and tourists. Our diversified revenue streams, including luxury accommodation, fine dining, event spaces, wellness center, and concierge services, are expected to contribute significantly to this upward trajectory.

Our Profit and Loss Projection indicates improving profitability, driven by increasing revenue and effective cost management strategies. We expect our gross profit margins to enhance as we scale operations and optimize our supplier relationships and operational efficiencies. Strict control over operating expenses will further ensure our net profit margins improve year over year.

From a cash flow perspective, the projections demonstrate robust cash inflows resulting from our operational activities, enabling us to maintain a healthy liquidity position. This will facilitate reinvestment into the business for growth initiatives and ensure we can comfortably meet our financial obligations at all times.

The Balance Sheet forecast reflects a solid financial standing, with total assets expected to grow due to reinvestments and enhanced operational efficiencies. Liabilities are managed with a prudent approach to financing, aiming to sustain a comfortable debt-to-equity ratio. Shareholder's equity is projected to increase as retained earnings grow, reflecting the overall financial health and viability of the business.

Financial assumptions underlying these projections include a stable economic environment, consistent market demand for boutique hotel experiences, and our ability to execute the strategic initiatives outlined in this plan. Key considerations include the potential impact of fluctuating occupancy rates due to seasonal variations and external economic factors, as well as the ongoing need for investments in marketing and property enhancements to sustain competitive advantage.

Therefore, while these financial projections are grounded in careful analysis and realistic assumptions, we remain cognizant of the ever-changing business landscape and are prepared to adapt our strategies as necessary to mitigate risks and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

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Sales forecast, profit and loss forecast, cash flow forecast, balance sheet.

In the dynamic environment of the hospitality industry, 47 Lounge Hotel faces several potential risks that could impact its operational, financial, and market performance. Identifying these risks and implementing effective mitigation and contingency strategies is crucial for the hotel's sustained success and growth.

Market Risks: Market risks include fluctuating demand due to seasonal variation, changing consumer preferences, and economic downturns. To mitigate these risks, 47 Lounge Hotel plans to diversify its target market by catering not only to tourists and young professionals but also to local residents and businesses through event hosting and wellness programs. Marketing strategies will be adapted continuously based on market research and customer feedback to remain relevant. Additionally, developing a loyalty program will help encourage repeat business and reduce dependency on seasonal peaks.

Operational Risks: Operational risks at 47 Lounge Hotel comprise potential service interruptions due to equipment failures, supply chain disruptions, or staff shortages. Mitigation strategies include regular maintenance and updates of equipment and facilities, establishing strong relationships with multiple suppliers, and implementing a robust staffing plan that includes cross-training employees to ensure service continuity. An emergency response plan will be developed for critical situations to minimize downtime.

Financial Risks: Financial risks involve fluctuations in revenue due to market conditions, unexpected increases in operating costs, and potential cash flow shortages. To manage these risks, 47 Lounge Hotel will maintain a conservative financial strategy with a focus on cost control and efficiency. Regular financial reviews and budget adjustments will be made in response to financial performance and forecasts. A reserve fund will be established to manage cash flow shortages or unexpected expenses, ensuring financial stability.

Competition Risks: The risk posed by existing and new competitors entering the market can affect the hotel's market share and pricing strategies. To counteract this, 47 Lounge Hotel will focus on differentiating its offerings through high-quality service, unique guest experiences, and continuous innovation in its product and service offerings. Strategic partnerships and alliances will also be explored to expand market reach and enhance competitiveness.

Legal and Compliance Risks: Legal and compliance risks include the possibility of failing to adhere to industry regulations, leading to fines, legal action, or reputational damage. 47 Lounge Hotel will address these risks by ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations through regular legal reviews and audits. Adequate insurance coverage will be secured to protect against potential liabilities and losses.

Technological Risks: With the increasing reliance on technology in hotel operations and guest services, risks related to cybersecurity breaches, data privacy issues, and technology failures are of concern. Mitigation strategies include investing in robust cybersecurity measures, regular IT system reviews and updates, and providing staff with ongoing training on data protection and privacy laws.

Environmental Risks: Environmental risks, such as natural disasters or pandemics, could significantly disrupt hotel operations. The hotel will develop comprehensive emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plans, including business interruption insurance, to manage these risks.

Contingency Plans: Contingency plans are in place for critical risk areas, including alternative suppliers, backup systems for essential technology services, and arrangements for relocating guests in case of facility damage. The hotel will conduct regular risk assessment exercises to update these plans as necessary.

Overall, by identifying potential risks and implementing proactive strategies and contingency plans, 47 Lounge Hotel aims to minimize the impact of these risks on its operations and financial performance, ensuring long-term success and resilience in the competitive hospitality market.

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What is a Hotel Business Plan?

A hotel business plan contains the goals of the owners, the methods, and the timeframe for accomplishing them. It also describes the hotel as a business, its recorded history, as well as its financial projections and information. They serve as a road map for the owners on how to run the hotel.

How to Create a Hotel Business Plan

Statista reports that as of March 2020, the average daily rate of hotels in the United States to be $110.66 million. The current state of the world shows how a hotel business can go down without specific content in the plan. It has to be adaptable with unexpected events occurring all over the world by finding new ways of providing service and gaining profit. If you have never made a hotel business plan before, check out these tips for some ideas on your design.

1. Add Executive Summary

Place the executive summary in your business plan’s introduction. Your mission statement serves as an introduction to your design. It’s typically a one-line statement that describes the essence of your company. This explains why you are in business or the market’s need for your services. Your plan’s objectives or business goals will then specify what you hope to accomplish with this corporate venture.

2. Write Down Company Analysis

The concept you have for your hotel should contain a unique selling point to succeed in a competitive market. This general analysis comprises the distinctive qualities that differentiate your hotel business from others. Provide detailed information for this section to make it easier for investors and other stakeholders to grasp your ideas.

3. Present Market Analysis

Market research and customer analysis is a vital aspect of your document. After all, you can’t serve a market you know nothing about. In-depth information about your target customers will help you determine the primary needs of this market segment in terms of location, amenities, and service.

4. Discuss Operations Plan

This constitutes the management responsible for running key aspects of the business. You need to identify the type of staff members and administrative body your hotel business requires, such as the number of employees and their responsibilities.


Do i pay for my hotel stay before or after i check-in.

Generally, most hotels charge you for your stay when you are checking out, right after your stay in the hotel. However, you can also pay beforehand for your stay if you wish to book a room in advance.

Is a hotel a good investment?

Hotels are generally a good investment and make for an excellent source of income as long as you have a large market and an effective way to draw in customers. The economy can significantly impact the success or failure of your hotel.

Who creates the hotel business plan?

It is usually the owner of the hotel who comes up with the business plan. However, one must be business savvy and have an education in hotel management when it comes to this. If the owner is not very knowledgeable, they can have a team prepare it for them instead.

Hotels vary depending on the characteristics they possess, including the services that they provide, the location, the prices, and whether the establishment is an independent firm or part of a chain operation. Whether you own a startup bed and breakfast or a 5-star luxury hotel, the only way it will thrive is to have a solid hotel business plan to guide your endeavors in the hospitality industry.


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Imagine you wanted to cook a gourmet recipe for the first time. You could open the refrigerator and start mixing random ingredients, hoping for a flavorful result.

Or, you could follow a detailed recipe that guides you step by step , telling you what ingredients to use, in what amounts, and in what order to add and mix them.

A business plan is exactly that: your recipe for success !

A business plan is not only necessary if you are preparing to open a new hospitality business; it is a detailed technical document that helps you establish:

  • your hotel's goals: e.g., improve customer service, achieve a certain occupancy rate, increase turnover over the previous year, etc.

So a business plan is both a roadmap to help you stay organized and focused, as well as a key tool for engaging externalstakeholders (such as investors, banks, finance companies, shareholders, public administration) and internalstakeholders (such as owners, general manager or management).

Preparing a recipe without following instructions can be a fun experiment, but when it comes to your hotel and your investment , it's best not to improvise .

Technically it is possible to run a hotel without a business plan, everything might go well and you might achieve your goal. But it will be much more difficult, take longer, and you will run the risk of making mistakes more often.

Analyzing and understanding internal and external factors to your hotel is critical to writing an effective business plan, especially in the increasingly competitive and changing hospitality industry. But what do these terms mean?

Internal analysis

It means understanding your hotel's strengths and weaknesses on all levels: from staff skills, to service quality, to financial capacity. Knowing them will help you leverage what is working well and improve areas where you are lacking.

External analysis

It means understanding the opportunities and challenges present in your target market. In the hospitality industry, new trends, new customer preferences, changes in technology or competitor behavior can emerge quickly. These elements can be opportunities or threats: for example, the rise of eco-tourism could be a plus for a hotel already committed to the "green" transition, but a critical issue for a hotel that has never pursued sustainability.

Strengths and weaknesses are related to the hotel's internal analysis. For example, a strength might be a highly qualified and motivated team, while a weakness might be the absence of a restaurant within the hotel.

Opportunities and threats are derived from the external analysis. An opportunity could be increased demand due to a special event, while a threat could be the construction of a new competing hotel nearby.

Demand forecasting is a crucial component of a hotel business plan: it helps you manage resources and finances, plan marketing strategies, and provide excellent customer service.

The best way to forecast demand is to do a market study , as a means to retrieve key information on trends, consumer behavior, competition, and all factors that may influence demand for your hotel's services.

You can divide the market study into two phases :

Macro Analysis

Here you will consider the external forces that influence the hospitality industry as a whole. For example:

  • Political-legislative context: tourism laws, hospitality regulations, health and safety regulations, etc.
  • Target market: size and trends of the hotel's target market and competitors.
  • Technology evolution: technology trends relevant to the hospitality industry such as home automation, chatbots, artificial intelligence, etc.

Micro Analysis

Here you will focus on the specific aspects of your hotel's immediate environment to better understand how to differentiate and personalize your services. For example:

  • Clientele: defines age, gender, income, nationality, travel preferences and other demographics of your target customers.
  • Revenue through Operators and Channels: details the hotel's supply chain
  • Competition: explores the hotel's direct and indirect competitors with their strengths and weaknesses, products and services, marketing strategies, etc).

To do this kind of analysis you can use externaltools such as books and trade journals, conference proceedings, trade association reports or Eurostat data, but also internaltools such as data from your management software, business intelligence, OTA channels and benchmarking.

The Marketing Plan is a key section of the business plan that focuses exclusively on the marketing, revenue and financial strategy related to the hotel's products and services . It is used to set goals and implement concrete actions to achieve them.

It is a document that is primarily intended for an internal audience (general management, reception staff, revenue manager, etc.) and is drafted annually, although it is good to remember to update it regularly to adapt to market developments and any internal changes in the hotel.

Sections that typically make up a Marketing Plan include:

  • Business Mix for analysis of the hotel's market segmentation.
  • Business Strategy: revenue management, sales and marketing activities aimed at achieving the planned budget.
  • Qualitative Strategy: operational and marketing activities for optimizing procedures and improving review scores.
  • Financial Strategy: activities related to the costs incurred by the hotel.

Competitive advantage, or what is called a "USP" (Unique Selling Proposition) in marketing terms, is what distinguishes your business, products or services from those of your competitors. In essence, it is the reason why customers should choose you over others.

But how do you go about defining your advantage over your competitors? Here are some steps to follow:

  • Analyze the market: you need to understand what your competitors are offering and identify current market trends.
  • Identify potential risks/opportunities: think about how you could differentiate yourself and outperform competitors using the SWOT analysis you have already performed.
  • Consider customer needs: what are your guests looking for? The best way to do this is to ask them directly, avoiding making assumptions.

After gathering all this information, you can list your strengths using the acronym USP:

  • U (Unique): the features that make your hotel unique. It can be something that only you offer and no one else.
  • S (Selling): having a product or service that is in line with market expectations or that is not met by competitors.
  • P (Points): the points that differentiate your hotel from the competition.

Once you have performed all the analyses and collected the necessary data, you can proceed to include them in your business plan, which will become a key document for directing and growing your hospitality business.

You will need to break it down into two main sections : a descriptive one and a quantitative one. Here's how to compose both parts:

Descriptive part:

  • company presentation
  • project summary
  • description of products and services
  • target market
  • business strategies
  • SWOT analysis
  • events calendar

Quantitative part:

  • Market and facility KPIs
  • Budget of revenues and costs
  • Earnings from top accounts and channels
  • Business mix
  • Analysis in terms of quality

In this article you learned about all the steps involved in creating a complete business plan for your hotel or lodging facility.

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Executive summary executive summary is a brief introduction to your business plan. it describes your business, the problem that it solves, your target market, and financial highlights.">.

The Silver Bear Lodge is located three blocks from Crest Lake Village, mid-mountain at Bear Valley Resort and on the free shuttle system. Located in the recently expanded Crest Canyon area, Silver Bear Lodge will offer customers 12 two-bedroom units with underground parking, fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and stone fireplaces. Silver Bear Lodge also will offer a common-area outdoor hot tub as well as a on-site store and on-site front desk service.

Each year, over 150,000 skiers and nature lovers visit the Bear Valley Resort area. On average, visitors spend over $250 million, annually, for lodging, food, and recreational activities at Bear Valley Resort.  

Marty Snyderman and Luke Roth, co-owners of the Silver Bear Lodge, will operate the lodge as a ski resort during the months of November to April.  During the Spring and Summer months (May to August), the Silver Bear Lodge will operate as a summer resort. The lodge will be closed during the months of September and October.

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1.1 Objectives

The objectives of the Silver Bear Lodge for the first three years of operation include:

  • Assembling an experienced and effective staff.

1.2 Mission

The mission of Silver Bear Lodge is to become the number one lodge of choice with visitors to Bear Valley Resort.

Company Summary company overview ) is an overview of the most important points about your company—your history, management team, location, mission statement and legal structure.">

The Silver Bear Lodge, located in the recently opened Crest Canyon area, has 12 two-bedroom units with underground parking, fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and stone fireplaces. Silver Bear Lodge also has a common-area outdoor hot tub as well as an on-site store and on-site front desk service.

2.1 Company Ownership

Marty Snyderman and Luke Roth are co-owners of the Silver Bear Lodge.

2.2 Start-up Summary

Marty Snyderman and Luke Roth will each invest $100,000.  They will also secure a mortgage to purchase the property for $250,000 and an SBA loan for $100,000.

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2.3 Company Locations and Facilities

The charm and solitude of Bear Valley’s secluded mountain setting is found just 36 miles from the Richmond International Airport.

Silver Bear Lodge will offer customers 12 two-bedroom units, fully-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and stone fireplaces. Silver Bear Lodge will offer a common-area outdoor hot tub as well as the following services on-site:

  • Ski rental/clothing shop
  • Front desk service

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Resort hotel development and operation in the Bear Valley Resort area has been very profitable and successful due to the economic upturn experienced in the early and mid 90’s. Time-share / resort hotel development and investments into ski resorts nationwide are currently going strong. In the past two years, sales of time-shares in the Bear Valley Resort area have increased by over 35 percent. There are forty condominiums, lodges, inns and hotels within two miles of the resort. Each year, room occupancy is close to 100% during the peak skiing season. New construction is planned in the spring for two condo complexes and a hotel.

4.1 Market Segmentation

Our customers can be broadly divided into two groups:

  • Skiers . The Bear Valley Resort area is quickly becoming one of the best ski resorts in the U.S. The resort is located 36 miles from Richmond International Airport and is easily accessible.
  • Summer Visitors . During the summer months, the Bear Valley Resort area is a beautiful wilderness retreat with over 50 hiking trails and other outdoor recreational activities.

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Strategy and Implementation Summary

Silver Bear Lodge will aggressively market to both winter and summer visitors of the Bear Valley Resort area.  The Bear Valley Resort has activities occuring year round.  During the winter there is skiing but in the summer months, the resort has hot-air balloon trips, white water adventures, day hikes into Bear Valley, and other recreational activities that take advantage of valley’s spectacular beauty.

There are only thirteen lodges and inns in the Bear Valley Resort.  These facilities represent only 580 room units of the total of 4,000 room units in the resort area. The majority of room units in the area are condos.

Our customers are looking for a different lodging experience that cannot be found in any of the area’s condo complexes or hotels.  We will offer our customers a comfortable, congenial environment that will assure return visits to the Silver Bear Lodge.

The lodge will cost a little more but we will offer our customers all the services they need to make their stay memorable. We will offer a food shop that will be able to take special orders daily.  There will be a ski rental shop where customers can outfit themselves and purchase ski passes.  Each evening, guests can gather in the lodge’s main room where there is a large fireplace, drinks and light music.

5.1 Competitive Edge

The competitive edge of Silver Bear Lodge is the service, first and foremost.  Marty Snyderman and Luke Roth, co-owners of the Silver Bear Lodge, have over twenty years experience in managing ski lodging facilities.

Marty is the manager-owner of the Crest Lake Inn.  He has owned the inn for ten years.

Luke recently was the manager of the Village Resort Hotel. He held that position for the last five years.  Before this position, Luke was the manager of The Ridge, a 60 unit condo complex in Silver Lake Village.

Another significant advantage for the Silver Bear Lodge is its location.  Being located in the recently opened Crest Canyon area, Silver Bear Lodge is uniquely positioned to be centrally located to both Crest Lake Village (.5 miles) and the Bear Valley Resort ski area (.5 miles).

5.2 Sales Strategy

The Silver Bear Lodge’s sales strategy is to harness the existing Bear Valley Resort booking system that has been critical to the success of all of the area’s lodges and inns.   Room rates for the lodge will range from $150  – $250 per night in peak season.  In the off season prices will range from $100 to $175 per night.

5.2.1 Sales Forecast

The following is the sales forecast for three years.

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5.3 Marketing Strategy

The Bear Valley Resort area has its own website and advertising/promotion program that promotes the area’s lodging. Currently, 70% of the area’s visitors use the website to identify lodging and service options.

The Silver Bear Lodge is positioned as a new upscale facility that is focused on the high-income visitors to Bear Valley Resort.  The area’s lodges and inns receive approximately 80% of their guests from the Bear Valley Resort booking system. Since the total number of room units are few with the area’s lodges and inns, these lodging units fill up quickly.

In addition, the Silver Bear Lodge will be highlighted in a promotional piece for Bear Valley Resort in the December issue of Ski Magazine.

Management Summary management summary will include information about who's on your team and why they're the right people for the job, as well as your future hiring plans.">

Luke Roth will be the manager of the daily operations of the Silver Bear Lodge.

6.1 Personnel Plan

The personnel needed for the Silver Bear Lodge are the following:

  • Assistant manager.
  • Lodge staff (7).
  • Food store staff (3).
  • Ski rental/clothing store (3).
  • Maintenance staff (3).
  • Cleaning staff (4).

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The following is the financial plan for the Silver Bear Lodge.

7.1 Break-even Analysis

The monthly break-even point is approximately $52,900.

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7.2 Projected Profit and Loss

The following is the projected profit and loss for three years.

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7.3 Projected Balance Sheet

The following is the projected balance sheet for three years.

7.4 Projected Cash Flow

The following is the projected cash flow for three years.

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7.5 Business Ratios

Business ratios for the years of this plan are shown below. Industry profile ratios based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code 7011, Hotels and Motels, are shown for comparison.

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Over the past 20+ years, we have helped over 500 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans to start and grow their resorts.

If you’re unfamiliar with creating a resort business plan, you may think creating one will be a time-consuming and frustrating process. For most entrepreneurs it is, but for you, it won’t be since we’re here to help. We have the experience, resources, and knowledge to help you create a great business plan.

In this article, you will learn some background information on why business planning is important. Then, you will learn how to write a resort business plan step-by-step so you can create your plan today.

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What is a Resort Business Plan?

A business plan provides a snapshot of your resort as it stands today, and lays out your growth plan for the next five years. It explains your business goals and your strategies for reaching them. It also includes market research to support your plans.

Why You Need a Business Plan for a Resort

If you’re looking to start a resort or grow your existing resort company, you need a business plan. A business plan will help you raise funding, if needed, and plan out the growth of your resort to improve your chances of success. Your resort business plan is a living document that should be updated annually as your company grows and changes.

Sources of Funding for Resort Businesses

With regards to funding, the main sources of funding for a resort are personal savings, credit cards, bank loans, and angel investors. When it comes to bank loans, banks will want to review your business plan and gain confidence that you will be able to repay your loan and interest. To acquire this confidence, the loan officer will not only want to ensure that your financials are reasonable, but they will also want to see a professional plan. Such a plan will give them the confidence that you can successfully and professionally operate a business. Personal savings and bank loans are the most common funding paths for resort companies.

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How to write a business plan for a resort business.

If you want to start a resort or expand your current one, you need a business plan. The guide below details the necessary information for how to write each essential component of your resort business plan.

Executive Summary

Your executive summary provides an introduction to your business plan, but it is normally the last section you write because it provides a summary of each key section of your plan.

The goal of your executive summary is to quickly engage the reader. Explain to them the kind of resort you are running and the status. For example, are you a startup, do you have a resort that you would like to grow, or are you operating a chain of resorts?

Next, provide an overview of each of the subsequent sections of your plan.

  • Give a brief overview of the resort industry.
  • Discuss the type of resort you are operating.
  • Detail your direct competitors. Give an overview of your target customers.
  • Provide a snapshot of your marketing strategy. Identify the key members of your team.
  • Offer an overview of your financial plan.

Company Overview

In your company overview, you will detail the type of resort you are operating.

For example, you might specialize in one of the following types of resorts:

  • Health Spa Resort : this type of resort provides individual spa services and helps visitors develop health habits.
  • Ski Resort: this type of resort includes downhill, cross-country, or similar skiing areas with ski lifts and tows. These resorts often provide food and beverages, equipment rentals, and ski instruction, as well as accommodation.
  • Eco-tourism Resort: this type of resort focuses on environmental sustainability, offering programs to minimize their eco footprint. Some eco-tourism resorts offer an immersive experience such as living among animals in a jungle.
  • Destination Resort: this type of resort contains everything needed, such as accommodation, food service, attractions, shopping, etc.
  • All-Inclusive Resort : this type of resort charges one fixed price that includes lodging, unlimited food, drink and sports activities, and entertainment.

In addition to explaining the type of resort you will operate, the company overview needs to provide background on the business.

Include answers to questions such as:

  • When and why did you start the business?
  • What milestones have you achieved to date? Milestones could include the number of overnight guests, the number of conventions hosted, reaching and/or maintaining X percent occupancy rate, etc.
  • Your legal business Are you incorporated as an S-Corp? An LLC? A sole proprietorship? Explain your legal structure here.

Industry Analysis

In your industry or market analysis, you need to provide an overview of the resort industry.

While this may seem unnecessary, it serves multiple purposes.

First, researching the resort industry educates you. It helps you understand the market in which you are operating.

Secondly, market research can improve your marketing strategy, particularly if your analysis identifies market trends.

The third reason is to prove to readers that you are an expert in your industry. By conducting the research and presenting it in your plan, you achieve just that.

The following questions should be answered in the industry analysis section of your resort business plan:

  • How big is the resort industry (in dollars)?
  • Is the market declining or increasing?
  • Who are the key competitors in the market?
  • Who are the key suppliers in the market?
  • What trends are affecting the industry?
  • What is the industry’s growth forecast over the next 5 – 10 years?
  • What is the relevant market size? That is, how big is the potential target market for your resort? You can extrapolate such a figure by assessing the size of the market in the entire country and then applying that figure to your local population.

Customer Analysis

The customer analysis section of your resort business plan must detail the customers you serve and/or expect to serve.

The following are examples of customer segments: domestic leisure travelers, international leisure travelers, business travelers, etc.

As you can imagine, the customer segment(s) you choose will have a great impact on the type of resort you operate. Clearly, business travelers would respond to different marketing promotions than international leisure travelers, for example.

Try to break out your target customers in terms of their demographic and psychographic profiles. With regards to demographics, including a discussion of the ages, genders, locations, and income levels of the potential customers you seek to serve.

Psychographic profiles explain the wants and needs of your target customers. The more you can recognize and define these needs, the better you will do in attracting and retaining your customers.

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Competitive Analysis

Your competitive analysis should identify the indirect and direct competitors your business faces and then focus on the latter.

Direct competitors are other resorts.

Indirect competitors are other options that customers have to purchase from that aren’t directly competing with your product or service. This includes hotels, short-term rentals, or even relatives who live in the area. You need to mention such competition as well.

For each such competitor, provide an overview of their business and document their strengths and weaknesses. Unless you once worked at your competitors’ businesses, it will be impossible to know everything about them. But you should be able to find out key things about them such as

  • What types of customers do they serve?
  • What type of resort do they operate?
  • What is their pricing (premium, low, etc.)?
  • What are they good at?
  • What are their weaknesses?

With regards to the last two questions, think about your answers from the customers’ perspective. And don’t be afraid to ask your competitors’ customers what they like most and least about them.

The final part of your competitive analysis section is to document your areas of competitive advantage. For example:

  • Will you provide extended stay options?
  • Will you offer amenities or services that your competition doesn’t?
  • Will you provide better customer service?
  • Will you offer better pricing?

Think about ways you will outperform your competition and document them in this section of your plan.  

Marketing Plan

Traditionally, a marketing plan includes the four P’s: Product, Price, Place, and Promotion. For a resort business plan, your marketing strategy should include the following:

Product : In the product section, you should reiterate the type of resort company that you documented in your company overview. Then, detail the specific products or services you will be offering. For example, will you provide accommodation-only options, all-inclusive packages, accommodation/service packages, day visitor packages, etc.?

Price : Document the prices you will offer and how they compare to your competitors. Essentially in the product and price sub-sections of your plan, you are presenting the products and/or services you offer and their prices.

Place : Place refers to the site of your resort. Document where your resort is situated and mention how the site will impact your success. For example, is your resort located in a busy tourist town, near a tourist attraction, or is it a remote destination? Discuss how your site might be the ideal location for your customers.

Promotions : The final part of your resort marketing plan is where you will document how you will drive potential customers to your location(s). The following are some promotional methods you might consider:

  • Advertise in local papers, radio stations and/or magazines
  • Advertise in trade publications or on national TV
  • Reach out to websites
  • Distribute flyers
  • Engage in email marketing
  • Advertise on social media platforms
  • Improve the SEO (search engine optimization) on your website for targeted keywords

Operations Plan

While the earlier sections of your business plan explained your goals, your operations plan describes how you will meet them. Your operations plan should have two distinct sections as follows.

Everyday short-term processes include all of the tasks involved in running your resort, including answering calls, booking rooms and services, cleaning between guests, providing concierge services, customer service, etc.

Long-term goals are the milestones you hope to achieve. These could include the dates when you expect to book your Xth guest, or when you hope to reach $X in revenue. It could also be when you expect to expand your resort to a new city.  

Management Team

To demonstrate your resort’s potential to succeed, a strong management team is essential. Highlight your key players’ backgrounds, emphasizing those skills and experiences that prove their ability to grow a company.

Ideally, you and/or your team members have direct experience in managing resorts. If so, highlight this experience and expertise. But also highlight any experience that you think will help your business succeed.

If your team is lacking, consider assembling an advisory board. An advisory board would include 2 to 8 individuals who would act as mentors to your business. They would help answer questions and provide strategic guidance. If needed, look for advisory board members with experience in managing a resort or successfully running a boutique hotel.  

Financial Plan

Your financial plan should include your 5-year financial statement broken out both monthly or quarterly for the first year and then annually. Your financial statements include your income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statements.

Income Statement

An income statement is more commonly called a Profit and Loss statement or P&L. It shows your revenue and then subtracts your costs to show whether you turned a profit or not.

In developing your income statement, you need to devise assumptions. For example, will you have 25 or 100 guest rooms? And will sales grow by 2% or 10% per year? As you can imagine, your choice of assumptions will greatly impact the financial forecasts for your business. As much as possible, conduct research to try to root your assumptions in reality.

Balance Sheets

Balance sheets show your assets and liabilities. While balance sheets can include much information, try to simplify them to the key items you need to know about. For instance, if you spend $50,000 on building out your resort, this will not give you immediate profits. Rather it is an asset that will hopefully help you generate profits for years to come. Likewise, if a lender writes you a check for $50,000, you don’t need to pay it back immediately. Rather, that is a liability you will pay back over time.

Cash Flow Statement

Your cash flow statement will help determine how much money you need to start or grow your business, and ensure you never run out of money. What most entrepreneurs and business owners don’t realize is that you can turn a profit but run out of money and go bankrupt.

When creating your Income Statement and Balance Sheets be sure to include several of the key costs needed in starting or growing a resort:

  • Cost of furnishing each guest room
  • Cost of building out common areas and/or service facilities (spa treatment rooms, etc.)
  • Payroll or salaries paid to staff
  • Business insurance
  • Other start-up expenses (if you’re a new business) like legal expenses, permits, computer software, and equipment

Attach your full financial projections in the appendix of your plan along with any supporting documents that make your plan more compelling. For example, you might include your resort blueprint or a list of amenities and services you offer.  

Writing a business plan for your resort is a worthwhile endeavor. If you follow the template above, by the time you are done, you will truly be an expert. You will understand the resort industry, your competition, and your customers. You will develop a marketing strategy and will understand what it takes to launch and grow a successful resort.  

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  • Register Your Resort Business with the IRS
  • Open a Business Bank Account
  • Get a Business Credit Card
  • Get the Required Business Licenses and Permits
  • Get Business Insurance for Your Resort Business
  • Buy or Lease the Right Resort Business Equipment
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Creating a comprehensive business plan is crucial for launching and running a successful furniture store. This plan serves as your roadmap, detailing your vision, operational strategies, and financial plan. It helps establish your furniture store’s identity, navigate the competitive market, and secure funding for growth.

This article not only breaks down the critical components of a furniture store business plan, but also provides an example of a business plan to help you craft your own.

Whether you’re an experienced entrepreneur or new to the retail industry, this guide, complete with a business plan example, lays the groundwork for turning your furniture store concept into reality. Let’s dive in!

Our furniture store business plan is structured to cover all essential aspects needed for a comprehensive strategy. It outlines the shop’s operations, marketing strategy , market environment, competitors, management team, and financial forecasts.

  • Executive Summary : Offers an overview of your furniture shop’s business concept, market analysis , management, and financial strategy.
  • Store & Location: Describes the shop’s design, layout, and why its location is appealing to potential customers.
  • Products & Pricing: Lists the types of furniture offered by your shop, including pricing structure.
  • Key Stats: Shares industry size , growth trends, and relevant statistics for the furniture market.
  • Key Trends: Highlights recent trends affecting the furniture sector.
  • Key Competitors : Analyzes main competitors in the area and how your shop differs from them.
  • SWOT : Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis.
  • Marketing Plan : Strategies for attracting and retaining customers.
  • Timeline : Key milestones and objectives from start-up through the first year of operation.
  • Management: Information on who manages the furniture shop and their roles.
  • Financial Plan: Projects the shop’s 5-year financial performance, including revenue, profits, and expected expenses.

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Executive Summary

The Executive Summary introduces your furniture store’s business plan, offering a concise overview of your store and its products. It should detail your market positioning, the range of furniture and home decor items you offer, its location, size, and an outline of day-to-day operations.

This section should also explore how your furniture store will integrate into the local market, including the number of direct competitors within the area, identifying who they are, along with your store’s unique selling points that differentiate it from these competitors.

Furthermore, you should include information about the management and co-founding team, detailing their roles and contributions to the store’s success. Additionally, a summary of your financial projections, including revenue and profits over the next five years, should be presented here to provide a clear picture of your furniture store’s financial plan.

Make sure to cover here _ Business Overview _ Market Overview _ Management Team _ Financial Plan

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Business Overview

Store & location.

Briefly describe the furniture store’s physical environment, emphasizing its design, layout, and the welcoming atmosphere it offers to customers. Mention the store’s location, highlighting its accessibility and the convenience it offers to shoppers, such as proximity to popular shopping districts or ease of parking. Explain why this location is advantageous in attracting your target clientele.

Supply & Products

Detail the range of furniture and related products offered, from basic home furnishings to specialized items like custom-made pieces, home accessories, or eco-friendly furniture. Outline your pricing strategy , ensuring it reflects the quality of products provided and matches the market you’re targeting. Highlight any promotions, financing options, or loyalty programs that provide added value to your customers, encouraging repeat business and customer loyalty.

Make sure to cover here _ Store & Location _ Supply & Products

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Market Overview

Industry size & growth.

In the Market Overview of your furniture store business plan, start by examining the size of the furniture retail industry and its growth potential. This analysis is crucial for understanding the market’s scope and identifying expansion opportunities.

Key Market Trends

Proceed to discuss recent market trends , such as the increasing consumer interest in personalized furniture solutions, sustainable and eco-friendly products, and innovative design styles. For example, highlight the demand for furniture that caters to specific lifestyle needs and preferences, alongside the rising popularity of environmentally conscious furniture stores.

Key Competitors

Then, consider the competitive landscape, which includes a range of furniture stores from high-end boutiques to budget-friendly options, as well as online furniture sales trends. For example, emphasize what makes your store distinctive, whether it’s through exceptional customer service, a unique range of products, or specialization in certain types of furniture. This section will help articulate the demand for furniture store services, the competitive environment, and how your store is positioned to thrive within this dynamic market.

Make sure to cover here _ Industry size & growth _ Key competitors _ Key market trends

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First, conduct a SWOT analysis for the furniture store , highlighting Strengths (such as quality craftsmanship and a diverse product range), Weaknesses (including high operational costs or intense competition), Opportunities (for example, an increasing trend in home improvement and interior design), and Threats (such as economic downturns that may decrease consumer spending on non-essential items).

Marketing Plan

Next, develop a marketing strategy that outlines how to attract and retain customers through targeted advertising, promotional discounts, engaging social media presence, and community involvement. This could include collaborations with interior designers, staging partnerships with real estate companies, or hosting DIY furniture workshops to increase brand visibility and consumer engagement.

Finally, create a detailed timeline that outlines critical milestones for the furniture store’s opening, marketing efforts, customer base growth, and expansion objectives, ensuring the business moves forward with clear direction and purpose. This timeline should include key dates for product launches, seasonal sales campaigns, and potential entry into new markets or online expansion.

Make sure to cover here _ SWOT _ Marketing Plan _ Timeline

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The Management section focuses on the furniture store’s management and their direct roles in daily operations and strategic direction. This part is crucial for understanding who is responsible for making key decisions and driving the furniture store toward its financial and operational goals.

For your furniture store business plan, list the core team members, their specific responsibilities, and how their expertise supports the business.

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Financial Plan

The Financial Plan section is a comprehensive analysis of your financial projections for revenue, expenses, and profitability. It lays out your furniture store’s approach to securing funding, managing cash flow, and achieving breakeven.

This section typically includes detailed forecasts for the first 5 years of operation, highlighting expected revenue, operating costs and capital expenditures.

For your furniture store business plan, provide a snapshot of your financial statement (profit and loss, balance sheet, cash flow statement), as well as your key assumptions (e.g. number of customers and prices, expenses, etc.).

Make sure to cover here _ Profit and Loss _ Cash Flow Statement _ Balance Sheet _ Use of Funds

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Bread and bagels at The Works Cafe in downtown Portland. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

From New York-style boiled bagels to Montreal-inspired wood-fired ones, there’s lots of great bagels in southern Maine and several shops have the accolades to back that up.

In 2023, Bon Appetit named bagels from Rose Foods and Rover Bagel among the best in the country.

Two years before that,  Food & Wine Magazine put Rover, Forage and Scratch Baking Co. on its list of best bagels in the U.S.

Whether you like yours toasted with cream cheese or as the bread for your breakfast sandwich, you can find plenty of styles and flavors from Biddeford to Brunswick.


The offerings at Beach Bagels include a French toast and marble bagel, and the cream cheese menu comprises spreads like strawberry, olive and honey walnut. Along with breakfast sandwiches, Beach Bagels has hearty breakfast options like omelets and pancakes. Best of all, you’re steps away from a beach stroll. Just don’t let the seagulls steal your bagel. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily WHERE: 34 Old Orchard St., Old Orchard Beach. beachbagels.yolasite.com ______________

Dutchman’s opened in 2022 as a pop-up housed at Nomad pizza in Brunswick’s Fort Andross building. It’s since become a permanent fixture there and uses the pizzeria’s wood-fired ovens to bake its bagels. The hand-shaped, honey-boiled bagels come in plain, roasted garlic, poppy and a bagel-of-the-day flavor.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to Sunday WHERE: Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. dutchmans.me ______________


Making bagels at Forage Market involves a two-day aging process. The bagels are naturally leavened with wild yeast starter and baked next to a hardwood fire. There are usually five flavors available, including sesame and garlic. Breakfast sandwiches (including vegan options) are available. Forage also has a location in Lewiston. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday WHERE: 123 Washington Ave., Portland. foragemarket.com _____________


There are 10 or so Mister Bagel locations in Maine, including South Portland and Falmouth. It all began with the Portland location, which was the first bagel shop to open in Maine. The late Rick Hartglass started Mister Bagel in 1977, and it is still a family business. Music fans will appreciate the breakfast sandwich menu, which includes The David Bowie (bacon, egg and American cheese), the Jimmy Buffett (egg with roast beef and cheddar) and The Lady Gaga (avocado, salt and pepper, with or without egg).

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday WHERE: 599 Forest Ave., Portland. misterbagelforestave.com ______________

At Rose Foods, the menu varies depending on the day, but there are usually six to eight flavors available. For example, should you pop in on a Friday, you’ll find a poppy and onion bialy (a cousin of the bagel that is not boiled). Rose Foods also makes a number of bagel sandwiches, including the Classic Nova with Nova lox and the Classic Whitefish. Advertisement

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily WHERE: 428 Forest Ave., Portland. rosefoods.me



At Rover Bagel, you’ll find wood-fired plain, poppy, sea salt, sesame and everything bagels available most of the time, and the spread game here is strong with cream cheese options like lemon-thyme-honey cream and chili-garlic.

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: 10 West Point Lane Suite 10-204, Biddeford (Pepperell Mill). roverbagel.com

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You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the line of devoted fans waiting for Scratch Baking Co. to open, especially on weekend mornings. Along with the popular Maine sea salt, plain and other everyday flavors, Scratch has a daily special bagel. There’s honeyed rosemary on Wednesday and jalapeno cheddar on Thursday. Scratch is also famous, at least to locals, for its P-Cheese spread. It’s a pimento cheese recipe made with cheddar, mayo, roasted red peppers and seasoning and was passed down to co-owner and head baker Allison Reid by her grandmother, Mern.

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon Sunday WHERE: 416 Preble St., South Portland. scratchbakingco.com ___________


The Maine Bagel is a drive-thru with several breakfast and other kinds of sandwiches available. With a bagel list that features egg and bialy among the standards, the family-owned spot is the perfect place to stop on your way to Pine Point Beach. The Maine Bagel really shines with a dozen kinds of cream cheese spreads, including raisin-walnut, lox, strawberry, cranberry-nut and bacon-chive.

WHEN: 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: 117 Route 1, Scarborough. themainebagel.com Advertisement


The Works Cafe is an institution on the edge of the Portland’s Old Port. It opened in 1990 as Bagel Works before it changed its name in 2002. The original shop in this regional chain opened in Manchester, Vermont, in 1988, and there are 11 locations around New England, though just the one in Maine. Gone are the ’90s-era banana-walnut bagels and cold pizza cream cheese, but The Works Cafe is still a reliable place to grab a salt, multigrain or cinnamon raisin bagel, among others. The menu also has bowls, sandwiches and smoothies.

WHEN: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily WHERE: 15 Temple St., Portland. workscafe.com

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