DESPITE THE CHALLENGES of 2020, hihotels by Hospitality International added 18 properties throughout the U.S. Most are conversions owned by Asian American hoteliers.
The five hihotels brands include Red Carpet Inn, Scottish Inns, Master Hosts Inns, Downtowner Inns and Passport Inn. Hospitality International said the brands’ franchising model includes customized support, advanced technology and overall value.
“Last June, we announced a new branding identity for the company that expanded franchisee services and development opportunities and refocused our goal of becoming the best choice for economy hotel franchising. The response has been tremendous and we look forward to building on this great momentum in 2021,” said Chris Guimbellot, hihotels president and CEO.
The new properties are:
- A Passport Inn & Suites in Corona, California, and two Passport Inns in Pomona and Whittier, California, former OYO Hotels, owned by Kanu Patel.
- A Red Carpet Inn in Washington, D.C., former Howard Johnson, owned by Anil Patel
- A Red Carpet Inn in Indian Head, Maryland, former Super 8, signed & owned by Chandan Patel
- A Red Carpet Inn in Takoma Park, Maryland, former Econo Lodge, owned by Bhupendra ‘Bobby’ Patel
- A Red Carpet Inn in Whippany, New Jersey, former Americas Best Value Inn, owned by Mehul Naik
- A Red Carpet Inn & Suites in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, former Ramada Inn, owned by Natraj PothiReddy
- A Scottish Inns in Bakersfield, California, former Knights Inn, owned by Babubhai Patel
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in Bordentown, New Jersey, former Motel 6, owned by Rakesh Patel
- A Scottish Inns in Carrollton, Texas, new construction, owned by Dinesh Patel
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in Cotulla, Texas, former Quality Inn & Suites, owned by Chandubhai “Mike” Patel
- A Scottish Inns in DeSoto, Texas, former Americas Best Value Inn, owned by Bhawanji Patel
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in Houston, Texas, former independent, owned by Viralkumar ‘Lee’ Naik
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in Houston, Texas, new construction, owned by Ashish Patel
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in La Porte, Texas, former Super 8, owned by Chandrakant Patel
- A Scottish Inns & Suites in Wharton, Texas, former Motel 6, owned by Saileshkumar Patel
- A Master Host Inns in Bronx, New York, former Days Inn
Other companies and brands saw expansion in 2020, including the AmeriVu brand founded in 2015 by Wisconsin hotelier Nick Rai, InterContinental Hotels Group’s avid and Choice Hotels International’s Cambria brand.