Starting a Motel Business

Perhaps you are itching to start your own motel business, but you have no idea what to prepare and what to accomplish first before gaining that goal. With this article, you will no longer need to wonder and instead you can start getting your motel business up and running in no time.

Learn here how to start a mote business.

Do you love to take care of other people’s needs especially their accommodations away from home? Do you love to entertain travelers and provide them with shelter after a long day on the road? Then a motel business is the ideal enterprise for you. Here are the things that you will need to prepare if you plan to start your own motel business.

An Ideal Location for a Motel

Motels need to be placed in a location that motorists can pass by conveniently. That is why they are called motels, short for “motor hotels.” Unlike a full-sized motel, motorists that use your lodging expect to park their vehicles right outside your building. They expect to have easy access to their vehicles, something that also differentiates hotels from motels.

Friendly Staff

The staff is what makes a motel famous. You need to have friendly and accommodating staff that has the ability to make your guests feel right at home the moment they enter your establishment. You don’t need to have an elaborate lobby, just a simple receiving area is enough for your front desk. However, you should have friendly staff manning the front desk and greeting your visitors.

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Amenities for a Motel Business

Despite being smaller than hotels, your motel should be in no way inferior when it comes to your amenities. You will need excellent beds and beddings for the comfort of your guests. The furniture in your receiving area should be attractive and pleasing to the eyes, as well as comfortable. Each room should have their own televisions as well, as visitors would want to just relax inside their rooms and watch their favorite shows. You can choose to have a dining area and even your own buffet service if you can afford it. It is not compulsory, however, as most motel-goers prefer to eat outside. Other amenities would include free Internet access, both landline-based and wireless.

Acquiring a Business or Start Your Own?

Another way to starting your business is to acquire an existing motel and assume its management. The advantage to acquiring is that they already have an existing system and establishment, which will eliminate the need to construct a motel and fill it with amenities and equipment. You would need to consult the services of a broker for this, as they have extensive contacts and information on available businesses.

Whatever your decision, you would need to secure financing for your venture. The easiest and fastest way to get approved for a business loan is to prepare a business plan. A business plan gives lenders the security that they are seeking for, an assurance that you will pay back the money you have borrowed.

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  • deepak patel said on May 10, 2009
    hi, i need to migrate with my family from here and need to start motel business by taking over a well established motel on busy highway with big parking area. I am based in tanzania, east africa and am indian by origin but born and bought in tanzania and have some savings to invest in this venture with some help from usa bank. please provide broker contacts and the rest, thanking you in advance.
  • JK said on July 5, 2009
    Hi, I am Inidan born canadian. I need to migrate with my family from Canada to USA. I am interested to buy motel in North East, I need some basic guide and help from USA bank.
  • JAYNUL ISLAM said on December 7, 2009
  • Motel Buyer said on February 7, 2010
    Hi, I am from Toronto, Canada and I wish to start a motel business in Owen Sound, Canada. Please help me with tips on how to run a great motel business. Thank you very much.
  • FREDDY BALENTINE said on February 23, 2010
  • feria aznita said on March 18, 2010
    Hi...I'm Feria, A Director Marketing in Resort Hotel. But I have a plan to have own business for Budget Motel, since the town area is needed for it. I plan to have 30 - 40 rooms. The location is in Indonesia, North Sumatra. Pls help me. Start to built, set, and finishing to open. thank you, rgds, feria
  • Milan Vucenic said on April 13, 2010
    How to start small Motel business. Location: Vista, Ca. 92083.
  • clarance d' almeida said on June 22, 2010
    I want to open a motel at Off Hurantorio highway near Britannia ONTARIO CANADA
  • tirupamroy said on June 28, 2010
    hi I want to start up a motel business in Toronto / GTA
  • ariviss said on August 2, 2010
    i'm from malaysia...dear sir is it a good idea to open motel near harbour/port. Please do advise me
  • kumar said on August 25, 2010
    Hi I am from New York. I am interested in buying established motel with 20 rooms in busy high way. Pl advise.
  • Anna said on August 27, 2010
    hi, I am a Canadian. I want to start a motel business with my sister. she is US citizen in Chicago. She can get finance in the states. We are looking at Chicago area. We need advise. thanks
  • channelle said on September 7, 2010
    hi, i'm from australia and i'm wanting to start a small bed and breakfast/hotel with my best friend. we have a place with a good view but its been rundown for 2-3 years from a fire i was wondering if you could help us to start. please
  • Himanshu said on September 23, 2010
    What size of motel/hotel is profitable to run? Which destination USA or Canada is ideal in point of view of price of property? I am in Canada and Canadian citizen. What are the legal, financial and administrative requirement for Canadian corporation to run motel/hotel business in USA? Thanks, Himanshu
  • Lani Lee said on October 29, 2010
    Hi my name is Lani and i am looking for new and effective marketing ideas for the company i am working with. Kangaroo Motel is located in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. It has been taken over by new management (us) and we are trying to make known to all in town that this is so. You see the previous managers didn't manage the place properly hence it being sold and the motel isn't situated in a good area (safe area). But with the current developments of starting up a security firm as well and having the security base on premises we are hoping that people will change their minds about this place. Also the motel had a bad name in with past management as a place where their were prostitutes readily available and under the new management, we are trying to clean the place up. Please assist.
  • lali said on December 3, 2010
    Hi this is me , i and my husband was planning to start a motel in saint Louis Missouri . PLEASE HELP ME to find the good motel and the cost and of course the goodies we need to have before starting , and how much we need to loan ?
  • Mike de silva said on December 13, 2010
    Hi, I am interested in opening a small budget motel in City of Jaipur, India. I have no knowledge of motel business, I request your advise on minimum number of rooms, amenities, negative and positive points etc.etc. that would be important. Many thanks for your assistance. Mike
  • Suresh Patel said on December 16, 2010
    I have interest to buy motel out of GTA around 20 to 25 units with resident.
  • Shirley said on January 7, 2011
    Hi, I am seeking for your advice in setting up a motel in either India or Pakistan or Nepal or USA (N York).
  • latasha said on January 19, 2011
    I'm have a building in Brooklyn, new York and instead of renting the apartments would like to start a motel. Need help on what I need to do.
  • Irene T said on January 24, 2011
    I need help on setting up a motel business in Malacca. Please guide me.
  • Dan said on January 30, 2011
    Hi, I am planning to start motel business in Georgia, preferably by taking over a well established motel on busy highway with big parking area. Please provide broker contacts list. Thanks- Dan
  • William Hammond said on February 14, 2011
    I am interested in establishing a Budget lodge in Ghana a vast acres of land has already been acquired for the project on a busy hight way few kilometers from the capital Accra . I need basic guidance and financial help from U.S.A or Europe. Thanks for your cooperation. William.
  • Mark said on March 2, 2011
    I have a motel in Lubbock Texas.. I am looking for someone to live at this motel and operate it. Will provide a nice large living quarter and a monthly salary. If you are interested in operating this motel please email me
  • James expert adviser said on March 2, 2011
    @Mark, do you want your email to be added to your comment so that people can contact you?

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Sirisena Perera said on March 10, 2011
    Dear Sir, I am from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I am keen on signing a long term lease of a property and then converting to a Budget Hotel. Any advise? What are the basic requirements?What are the pitfalls. How do I promote the budget hotel.? Regards Sirisena
  • Praveen Negi said on April 1, 2011
    I am keen to set one small motel in manali himachal pradesh. I have land but I need guidance.. how to set ..manali is based on tourists esp for snow seeing and skiing..I also wish to buy 5 snow scooters..pls advise me what wld be d total investment...
  • Ma Teresa Masanga said on May 11, 2011
    Looking for a business partner/investor who is interested to put up a resort and spa business or motel business.Location: Calauan, Laguna Philippines, Concept: Farm resort and spa (relaxing, nature lover), or a motel(far to the eye of people), Type/Style: Classic, elegant, with antique touch, a little modern with natural nature.The total area is 2260 square mtr. Interested may call at +639173483108.
  • Jacob said on May 12, 2011
    I like to open Motel business in Houston Texas but I like to know how much do I need to put down and how much do I have loan from bank. Please give me this information to my email:
  • Patty said on June 2, 2011
    Pine Mountain, Ga. I have a 14 unit motel for sale in Georgia on busy highway near tourist spots. It also has a nice owners house included with the property. I can offer owner financing on a large portion of the sales price.
  • kathy said on July 20, 2011
    Hi, I'd like to sell my 14 room motel in south lake tahoe california. 1.495 mil us dollars. this is the number one rated lodging in all of tahoe by trip all systems are in place and it could be easily converted to a b&b for additional profits.e-mail me @:
  • brij said on July 25, 2011
    Hello, i wants to buy a motel in Canada .Bank repossessed or Auction sale of Motel is highly preferred
  • otilia maphongo said on August 3, 2011
    hi,i want to open a motel in the riverbank of shashe river but side of shashe mooke village,central district,Botswana.i want advise from you please help.e-mail me
  • yasser said on October 3, 2011
    Hi, I am interested in opening up/owning a motel in the north east preferable in or around massachuestts. I would like to have info/help if possible. Thanks. Yasser
  • crossing said on October 24, 2011
    I am interested in start up of motel business in the area of fort wayne, indiana. I have no experience before. the investment I can make is about 40,000. but I know, with bank loan, I can get more. please advise me. I appreciate your kind assistance.
  • MITESH THAKAR said on November 10, 2011
  • Tahir said on November 13, 2011
    The motel location is the northern part of Ontario, Canada, 35 rooms , located on a highway kindly advise how to manage, promote and operate the motel especially its financial matters and documents such as files, invoices, vendors, suppliers, etc. I would welcome personal experiences from owners or managers of motels, my email is Thanks
  • jd said on November 29, 2011
    this is interest in the #24's help needed my name is jd and would like to talk to you about your business in lubbock, tx. i current live and work in carrollton, tx. and again would like to talk to you about your business and me. or call me at 214.493.3640
  • benson said on November 29, 2011
    hi,i want start a hotel or motel business at bruce peninsula area ontario, but i am not sure this business can make money or not, and also how to choose a good location for a new buyer, please help to give me idea about this kind of business and how to tell a good location. thanks a lot.
  • senthilkumar.G said on December 12, 2011
    HI, I am senthilkumar residing Coimbatore and I have very good place almost 14000sqft on the way to trichy to chennai place called veppr. If anyone interest to start restaurant in jv or invest please feel free to mail me. With regards business, Senthilkumar.G
  • Hetal said on December 20, 2011
    hi, i am indian and staying in newyork. i want to start my motel business in newyork or texas. but i am not sure this business can make money or not please help to give me idea about this kind of business
  • Rakesh Kaushal said on December 24, 2011
    Hi i am a canadian citizen and would like to buy a 170 suite hotel in Minnesota.. Could you please guide me with the process and how can i get financing on it..
  • smita shah said on January 27, 2012
    i am american citizen, i am running my own business last 11 years,in missouri, i would like to buy motel business in canada, please guide me .thanks smita
  • john cisneros said on March 5, 2012
    hello my name is john cisneros i was thinking about maybe going into the motel business i got alot of ambitions to do something with my life and i think the motel business would be a good opportunity to start..if you have any tips, enjoy insite , it would be very appreciated on how i could get started. denver is my location
  • Shivadeep said on March 13, 2012
    I have a Highway Motel Plan for Indian National Highways with 4 Acres of Land in NH 4 (Bangalore - Mumbai) close to a TOLL PLAZA. High potential opportunity for this location. Looking forward for a JV or Investor for building Infra. contact me :on +91 8080049291; or email:
  • Anup patel said on March 17, 2012
    I have 2 motels up for sale in Tennessee one is super 8 and other one is days inn super 8 is in tourism Town and days inn is on the hwy. I can help any one looking to get in to motel business. My cell number is 865 386 6751 thanks
  • Shivadeep said on March 18, 2012
    Hey Anup Patel,Are you interested in setting a motel on Indian highways? Please keep informed.
  • William said on April 8, 2012
    Hi, I live in Texas ane wanted to start a 400 unit motel however. I would need to know how to get the right funding for my dream. Ontop of that I know how a guest should be treated. Just point me in the proper direction on how to get the funds needed. Thank-you.
  • Shaista said on April 10, 2012
    Hi, I am in Canada ,I own a motel on a busy highway in a tourist destination. Due to some personal problem I want to give it on lease what is the best way to do this.
  • syafiq said on April 11, 2012
    how to do proposal about this motel. can u give me example of the proposal ?
  • nick said on April 28, 2012
    motel for sale in Missouri. we have 13 rooms, big apartment for manager. we also have 3 rv pad 1 mobile home, big gym, 2 tanning booth, 1 sauna. asking @225,000 or best offer. call 660 529 2233
  • minar said on April 30, 2012
    hi shaista if you are interested in giving motel on lease i will be interested to get it at earliest contact 740 616 4944
  • Ali said on May 5, 2012
    I am interested in buying a motel in central Alberta and need guidance to finance this property. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at
  • Deepak Patro said on May 8, 2012
    I am interested to build a small motel in Gunupur, Odisha, India with 30 rooms with the help of bank loan and some cash down. I may opt to use our own land to build it. However, I do not know where to start from. Please advise.
  • Kelly said on May 12, 2012
    I am interested in building a motel in Lufwanyama district in Copperbelt province in Zambia and I am looking for partners
  • Julia said on May 14, 2012
    Hi, we live in Arizona and We are interested in leasing a motel, hotel in a busy area in one of these states ca, mo, tx, arizona, il, pa. We have our own successful business of transportation for 6 years now so we work with people all the time. we use to travel a lot and we stay at the hotel all the time. We know how people should be treated and we want to know if it is profitable and what to do To start this business. We wish to buy a property but we need more money and it would take us other 2,3 years for that but we would like to start the hotel business right now if possible. Can you give us an advice please? Thank you, Julia and sam
  • Hasmita beginner adviser said on May 16, 2012
    We are selling our Super 8 motel in Arkansas!!! For more info you can reach me at the following e-mail. || Motel Consultant

  • bouchaib ben said on June 13, 2012
    tell me please if it good to reopen motel it already close six years ago in central florida, what i need do first before i start negosiat with the owner, the location is great ..
  • raven said on July 2, 2012
    hi there @shaista i am in canada email me with regards to your motel i am interested thanks
  • raven said on July 2, 2012
    hi any ideas am interested in owning a motel business
  • sanjiv said on July 13, 2012
    I am interested in buying/leasing a running motel 25-30 rooms within 100 miles radius of Boston area.
  • betty cabral said on July 14, 2012
    my business is located on the Island of Exuma in the Bahamas. I have four and in the process of building 8 more. The property is located on the beach in the rual settlement of rolleville. How can market this for a better all year round clients.
  • PJ said on August 3, 2012
    hi, i am indian and staying in PA. i want to start my motel business in visitor populated area. but i am not sure this business can make money or not? how much minimum investment and loan required to run about 20 rooms motel?. please help to give me idea about this kind of business
  • Prasad Ramesh said on August 3, 2012
    Anyone here have motels for sale/lease in California, texas or Arizona area let me know. thanks email:
  • Danny Talwar said on September 7, 2012
    Hi, I am moving back to US selling my 8 units plus very big house in Delhi Ontario excellent 1st time investment only 150 km from the GTA only interested person call me @ my cel. 226-387-1119. quick sale.
  • chelsie garre said on September 8, 2012
    I am looking for a motel to buy in west virginia email me if u have a response
  • roge said on September 14, 2012
    hi, i am looking into becoming someones partner in the hotel motel industry. i have 12 yrs experience in this field dont have the sufficient funds to open a hotel by myself but i do have the management experience needed to run one.. i live in houston tx anyone interested can contact me @
  • Simba said on September 17, 2012
    I am in Gambia in West Africa, this is a tourist destination for european tourists. I have constructed a 20 room appartment, I am looking for a client who is into tourism and running small hotels, to give out my building on long lease of 3 to 5 years with options to renew the lease. I am not a hotelier I am property developer. Thanks , anyone can get in touch with me at
  • Dinesh Poddar said on September 30, 2012
    Hi, I am an entrepreneur from India wanting to run a motel/serviced apartment business in New Zealand. Can someone guide me the investment required for a 15 room motel, whether leased or freehold is good, what kind of mortgages are on offer, is the business profitable and is it convenient to get work/resident permit since I wish to run the business myself.
  • Sonu Regmi said on October 21, 2012
    Hi! I am based USA with more than a decade of experience in hotel management. After gaining experience in hospitality management from the ground level to executive position I have decided to start independent hotel/motel business on my own. I would be glad to join hands with any serious investor/entrepreneur from within US or abroad who would be genuinely looking for someone dependable, and believer in business ethics.
  • Danny Lai said on October 22, 2012
    I am not only an experienced small boutique budget hotel operation manager, also a commercial focused with entrepreneurship to drive the business growth. I have pre-opening hotel experiences & I am a forward and think out of the box manager who has implement new ideas in operational procedures to tackle the ever growing competition in the service industry. I have a fantastic sales & marketing plan especially for new set up hotels to a successful and profitable revenue management program....Contact me (016-6052418)Malaysia.
  • AISHA GADDAFI said on October 29, 2012
  • Sonu Regmi said on November 4, 2012
    I am Sonu Regmi with my second posting in this thread. Also, I am prepared to partner with venturing entrepreneur anywhere anywhere within North American continent (US and Canada) provided that those places are safer with business growth potentials, which can be explored with due diligence. My email address is
  • leonardo davila said on November 23, 2012
    fairfax virginia us ..looking for legit investors to franchise a motel 6 or an independent new construction motel as i have the contractors for this 60 rooms, pool, jacuzzi, direct plumbers electricians architect engineers? need capital dc or md contact
  • Lillian Pada said on November 27, 2012
    I'm located in Lubbock, TX. I just want to know about the Mark's (# 24 & 25 above)need of someone to manage and operate his motel right in Lubbock. I wonder if that is still on / available? my contact number: 818 572 3551 . I will be back in Lubbock,TX in January, 2013. Thanks!
  • Harshan Dahya Patel said on November 28, 2012
    Dear Sirs, We have recently relocated from NewZealand to join family here in Texas .Please provide us with recommendation and advice on how to start a small motel (we have limited funds) and also which would be a good city to start from. Both my wife and myself are not strangers for hard work. As we are not familiar with this country where hoping that you could suggest some cities. Thanking you in advance
  • Mary said on November 29, 2012
    I have an existing motel with approvals for 44 rooms, I would like to build but need an investor to do so. This is in a resort town that was hit by hurricane sandy but had no damage. Please contact me at 732-330-4123
  • Ron said on December 24, 2012
    Hello. I would like to lease or find a (owner Financed) motel/Hotel in central Ohio, Would very much like to get into the motel business.
  • Gaurav said on December 26, 2012
    My uncle owns a motel in Canada and he is looking to buy another one, but he needs to raise some money for the down payment. I am a US citizen. Generally, two or more people going in the business together in the US will open an LLC. How does it work when one of them is US citizen and other one is Canadian citizen? I would appreciate if you can point me in the right direction. Thanks, Gaurav
  • Dan Abey said on December 29, 2012
    I would like to start a small motel ~50 rooms in either east coast, Mideast, Midwest, central, NC, SC, or Virginia area in USA. I would like to buy an already built one in a busy area. If you any one has please e-mail me at Also, please advise me if this is a good business. Happy New Year. Dan,
  • Charlie & Marian Leogrande said on January 2, 2013
    My wife and I have been in the construction / r.e. rental business for nearly 28 yrs. and our next goal is to own or operate a small motel. We would even be willing to work there as we transition into new owners. Fl, Va, Nc, Sc, Nj. are some areas of interest. We have some down pymt. funds avail and would be open to a conversation about other alternative arrangements. Please contact Charlie @ c.leog55@ Thank you.
  • 83. Biraj Debata said on January 23, 2013
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    Also It Has An DOMESTIC-AIRPORT ,Which Is Being Converted Into An INTERNATIONAL-AIRPORT. My Mobile Number Is 09692984955 & My Residence Land-Line Number Is 0674-2562254. My Email-Id's Are (, & ) You Can Send Me Your Reply's On These EMAIL-ID’S. Mr.Shirley As You Had Mentioned In The Message ,That You Are INTERESTED in OPENING An MOTEL In INDIA. If You Are INTERESTED You Can REPLY ME Because I Am INTERESTED. THANK YOU BIRAJ DEBATA -- 09692984955
  • Marilou Sotto said on February 20, 2013
    Hello!!! My name is Marilou Sotto, I live in Goulburn, NSW Australia 2580. I am very interested in opening my own Motel Business but i have no idea at all how to run or to start my business. Please give me the full information, guides, ideas, information from top to bottom. It would be appreciated if you can give the full ideas. Thank you very much in advance and more power to u
  • Raj Agrawal said on February 21, 2013
    Hi, myself raj, I wanna buy a hotel in newark or pensilveniya if I can get approximate budget. how do I need to invest.
  • Laura said on February 24, 2013
    Hi my name is Laura. I want to open a boutique hotel of 10 bedroom in Arusha Tanzania. I need an investor. if you are interested contact me on this number+255782999060
  • Sarah Parker said on February 25, 2013
    I have a commercial motel zoned lot 0.7 acres. Two blocks to the beach on beautiful Singer Island, Florida. Contact me immediately. Weather today is 85 and sunny.
  • Ashok Kumar said on March 10, 2013
    I have a 90 room choice brand Limited Service hotel in Massachusettes and a Commerical Trucking company for sale in New Jersey with solid profit. As I am planning to retire looking for buyer or a partner to run the business. Please email me at
  • behzad said on March 17, 2013
    i have about 09 years experience of running motel but unfortunately i dont have finance.
  • divya modi said on March 17, 2013
    I am looking for motel partner who can invest and run the motel in new mexico city.
  • Harprit Singh said on March 21, 2013
    My name is Harprit Singh. If any motel opportunities contact me at hapishyguy at hot mail
  • Mohan siva said on March 25, 2013
    I am planning to start a motel business. I still to want to keep my full time job and hire family to live there and managed my motel business. Please advise, it's a good idea or not. My email address is
  • vinny said on March 25, 2013
    Hi, My Name is vinny. i am really interested to buy a motel business. I have good motel experience. and i looking for nice motel. and also how can i run better. so please send me information on my email.
  • tejas said on June 19, 2013
    Which state and location best for motel business for a first time buyer and limited finance.
  • violet said on July 28, 2013
    hi I also want to run a motel can u pls help me sand me the guide line to my email address
  • Kelly said on August 11, 2013
    Very interested in starting a motel but I don't have any business experience or schooling. Can you send me some useful information. Thank you
  • barbara smith said on August 12, 2013
    14 room motel with beautiful managers apt. big lobby could be used for several different retail business. one block from ocean and pier in emerald isle nc.asking one million obo. some owner financing available.
  • Donald said on August 15, 2013
    Hi. I want to buy a motel in Canada. I currently live in Vancouver, BC. My target price range from $300k -$600k, with sales over $100k. Please email me if you have useful information at Thank you.
  • Joe Shah said on September 12, 2013
    I am wanting a motel on lease or want an investor to acquire a reo motel property. email -
  • Ricky said on September 17, 2013
    I am planning to go in lodging industry and trying to find a motel. What information one should try to get to determine the business and the right price of the property. Please guide me. Thanks. Ricky
  • ADAM said on September 19, 2013


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