Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 18

12 EASY
PIECES FOR
A HOTEL
RENOVATION

Keep pace
with changing
industry trends
and keep
your sanity.

by LARRY MOGELONSKY, MBA, P.ENG.
S IS THE CASE FOR MANY OF MY FELLOW BABY BOOMERS, IT WAS
time for my wife and I to downsize from a rather massive family home
to a cozier condominium. Long since achieving empty nester status and
with the kids both having gotten a foothold in their respective careers,
we needed a new project, and renovating our new apartment seemed
like just the ticket.
What started as a mere paint job and the purchasing of new appliances,
though, morphed into a $200-per-square-foot money pit comprising LED
lighting, flooring, HVAC, 'smart' technology, electric mirrors, sound systems,
kitchen furnishings and plumbing fixtures. Ultimately, we ended up experiencing a quintessential case of 'scope creep' - something that is actually quite
common for any property refurbishment. I was just lucky that, despite the
increased capital expenditure, all emotional outbursts were kept duly in check.
Hotel renovations are significantly larger in scale but nonetheless follow the same methodology. They are a necessary dread of our industry,
and as everyone knows, there will be scope creep and possibly a few tears.
Renovations are essential, however, to keep pace with the constantly changing décor trends, star-rating updates and chain-mandated requirements as
well as technological advancements that progress from value-adds to guest
expectations.
Having gone through a dozen large-scale projects of this kind over the past
four decades working in the hospitality industry, I discovered hoteliers can
keep up with changing industry trends - and keep their sanity - by following
a general guideline of the following 12 tips.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - February 2018

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Government Affairs
CEO View
The Great Extended-Stay Boom
12 Easy Pieces for a Hotel Renovation
Key Money Incentives: To Take or Pass?
How ADA Compliance Laws Affect Your Hotel Website
When Small Businesses Prosper, America Prospers
Hotel Financing Q&A
AAHOA @ Industry Events
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa Vendor Partners
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Intro
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 3
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 4
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 5
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 6
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 7
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 9
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 11
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Government Affairs
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - CEO View
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - The Great Extended-Stay Boom
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 15
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 16
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 17
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 12 Easy Pieces for a Hotel Renovation
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 19
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 20
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 21
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Key Money Incentives: To Take or Pass?
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 23
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - How ADA Compliance Laws Affect Your Hotel Website
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 25
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - When Small Businesses Prosper, America Prospers
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Hotel Financing Q&A
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - AAHOA @ Industry Events
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 29
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Aahoa Founding Members
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 31
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Aahoa Vendor Partners
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 33
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 34
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 35
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 36
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 37
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 38
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 39
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Classifieds
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 41
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 42
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 43
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 44
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - 45
Today's Hotelier - February 2018 - Advertiser Index
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