7. Be prepared to pay extra for accessibility upgrades.
Handicapped accessibility is nothing new but there is an increased emphasis on these requirements. Hotels are one of the largest targets for lawsuits dealing with accessibility. In all PIPs there will be requirements to conform to federal accessibility laws. For existing hotels this can be very painful and expensive. There are times when some of the more expensive changes can be excused by the brand but that still leaves the hotel owner open to lawsuits as the owner. There are ways to escape upgrades mandated by the brand, but owners will need to sign paperwork assuming all responsibility for accessibility deficiencies.
Working with the design team alternatives may be found that can effectively respond to the intent of the Federal Standard. If the property has historical significance the flexibilities are greater.
8. One of the best investments for your money is hiring quality designers and contractors.
Both parties are going to help you accomplish all the goals above. At the end of the day the disruption to your guests is going to be the most expensive part of the remodel. Having outstanding professionals help you through the job will keep the plans running smoothly and make sure the project matches as close to your vision as possible. They also allow you to stay focused on what you do best. If you want, or need, to spend long hours on this project that means you are losing time being as profitable as you can be. A great project team will relieve stress not add to it.
9. Once the renovation project is over there is still one final important piece to the cycle.
You need to take professional photography of the newly remodeled spaces. A PIP is aimed (whether it feels like it or not) to increase revenue. Customers would rather stay at a new hotel rather then the old one. In order to show off the money you have invested get quality photographs taken and put them all over your website, Facebook, Instagram, and local newspaper. Make sure the reservation services of the Brand Flag also has these photographs on their website.
10. The overarching piece to this process is everything is negotiable.
Brand corporations and circumstance may not play in your favor but with a great team having your back, the PIP can be molded into be what you make of it. Remember to take advantage of the buying power offered by your Brand Flag and promote the remodel to everyone including the local Chamber of Commerce and Convention Bureau!