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    As I mentioned in the previous post on Types of Hotels, people would want you to believe there is no money in hotel business in Nigeria. On the contrary, there is real money in hotel and hospitality industry and you can become part of it starting from today. For a small starter, your hotel really doesn’t have to be big, just something small in form of a mini lodge, beer parlor, and small restaurant.

    This type of hotel business is most suitable in developing countries such as Nigerians, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, India, etc. Nigerians are heavy spenders when it comes to merriment and good life and hotel business in one avenue through which you can tap from such heavy spending.

    Small Hotel Business

    Tradewinds Hotel, American Samoa

    Let us assume you have a hotel with only 10 rooms and a beer parlor and charge N3,000 per night, you will be making N3,000 X 10 = N30,000 daily! That would be roughly N900,000 Monthly revenue from 10 rooms apartment, excluding revenues from foods and drinks.

    If you apply my winning formula of good customer relationship, to achieve the above sum is very easy and simple. Remember, we’re talking about local hotels – it doesn’t have to be big or situated in the happening part of the city. Now let’s get down and see how you can put things in place and get started as soon as possible.

    Get Your Hotel Business Right From The Start

    It seems like its a norm in this part of the world that every local hotel has to be dirty and unkept after all, is it not just to sleep on bed with a woman and get up the next morning? This is the  number one area where small hotel owners in Nigeria are getting it wrong.

    Hotel is beyond just a bed and mattress for sex, it should be a place for relaxation and superior comfort, different from what is obtainable in most homes. Get this aspect of your hotel business right and you are a winner in the business.

    1. Register Your Hotel Name

    Good name they say is better than silver and gold, Choose a very attractive name for your hotel, some names attracts while some are not – choose the one you think would make someone want to know “what goes on in there?” Words like: Exquisite, Delight, Deluxe, Luxury, Platinum, and Classic – are good in hotel names. Choose your name very carefully!

    Then, proceed to register your name with The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria if the name you’ve chosen isn’t yet registered by someone else. N30,000 would be enough for that

    2. Choose A Nice Location

    This doesn’t have to be exotic, just a befitting place in your location but let it be in a place that is easy to locate, property by the road side is preferable. Negotiate and acquire it except you already have a property in a good area. This would cost you some money – From N800,000.

    The prices of property varies from place to place, we can’t really put a price on this, just do your home word and try to negotiate properly.

    3. Build A Small But Nice Suits

    Face me I face you building format with all rooms en-suite is ideal for small hotel business. Don’t be too economical with the room sizes, let the rooms be a bit spacious. Carefully plan and execute the structure in such way that your guest would see the class in your hotel.

    Tastefully furnish your hotel rooms irrespective of the price you want to charge. After all, you aren’t going to be furnishing it every day! Put high quality beds and bed sheets. Let your hotel rooms reflect high class even though you’ll be charging low price.

    4. Employ The Best of Staffs

    If you have background in hotel management, that’s nice. If not, don’t worry – employ people with these skills and learn with experience. The good thing is that you’re starting small so you’ll be able to learn as you grow your business.

    You will need capable hands to manage the security of your guest and the hotel in general. Different people will come into your hotels, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Prepare for them all.

    You will need Caterers too, for the foods and services and the general well being of your guests.

    You will need Laundry men whose duty would be to wash all the bed-sheets, the towels, and the curtains. It’s a hotel abomination to give the guests bed-sheets and towels that has been previously used by another guest! Be careful of these bad practices.

    You need Barmen, Cleaners, Receptionists, Room service attendants, a Supervisor and a Manager. While you administrate your business if you can.

    Put all these in place and you’re good to go. Don’t forget that every big thing always starts small.

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    • Anonymous September 3, 2013

      mr darlinton does location matter, what do u think about area like ogba oke- ira lagos

    • Darlinton Omeh September 4, 2013

      Small scale hotel is almost suitable in every location in Nigeria

    • Anonymous September 4, 2013

      thank you mr darlinton am so grateful

    • Cosmos Echole April 4, 2014

      Thanks for this post, You have make ma day

    • Cosmos Echole April 4, 2014

      Thanks for this post, I pray that God should continue to bless me and keep my dream alive, as i always believe in my dream and i will definitely make a change one day with this plans, Big Dream


    • Anonymous September 17, 2014

      Pls i want to know the price of building a hotel?..since i already have a land to do so

    • PHILIP September 17, 2014

      Many thanks, Mr. Darlington.

      You did justice to that; simple and straightforward approach.

      I will love to have your contact; I don't feel comfortable making my phone public. Kindly leave your e-mail so I can inbox you.

      Again, thank you

    • Peter May 10, 2016

      Can one set up hotel while having office work or routine work..

    • Mr. Tijani Rafiu June 18, 2016

      Pls i have a hotel I’m constructing and its almost through but the fact is that i now need financial help. I don’t know if there is any way i can get loan for it completion. It around agbara lusada area. Pls i need advice.

      • Darlinton Omeh June 18, 2016

        Its possible you can raise the needed fund from micro finance or your commercial bank. Approach your banks and see how far they can be of help to you

        • segun emmanuel April 19, 2017

          can 7million setup a small hotel in lagos

          • Darlinton Omeh July 17, 2017

            Yes it can. All you need is to look for land in a cheap location where you can get a plot of land for less that one million. Then manage the rest to setup the building.

            However, I will advice you lease a building for 2-3million and use the rest for the furnishing as 7million will be too tight for your own building and land.

    • IdikaJacintaEbere March 15, 2018

      Does local hotel needs bush bar in Nigeria

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