Construction Cost per Square Foot for Motels 2012

by Dean Dalvit on May 20, 2014

Hospitality projects represent a growing body of work that EVstudio has played a role on in recent years, both for architectural design as well as structural engineering. All of these projects start with a pro forma and a fundamental question: How much does it cost to build a Motel?

Because this is time sensitive data, we try to post as much information as we can on a regular basis in order to inform our clients’ programs. This post is relevant for 2012 and the data below is excerpted courtesy of RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the construction of the buildings themselves, and do not include land costs, soft costs, financing costs or FF&E costs.

The Motels that we are studying in this post are 2-3 stories. Above is a chart, representing the construction cost per square foot for these projects, classified by region. Note, there are wide differences in cost depending on location, and New York City tops the chart at $223.42 per square foot while Winston-Salem is on the low end at $128.27 per square foot. The median falls around $174 per square foot.

It is important to note, however, that every project is unique, and index pricing cannot be relied upon solely for outlining your project budget. Many factors must be considered – not only geographic location. Building complexity, program, amenities and level of finish all serve to inform the estimated cost of the project and a qualified full service design firm like EVstudio can help design to your budget. If you would like to discuss your project, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help you with any phase from entitlements to architecture and engineering to final punchlist.

Originally posted 2012-07-30 20:22:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Dean Dalvit December 1, 2016 at 8:26 am

Thanks for your question. There are a few other factors to consider, such as number of stories, room amenities, room size, housekeeping needs, or site size and necessary improvements. But for a typical motel project, you would be looking at $150-$180 per square foot. Figure a two story building with a floor plate of approximately 50′x 180′. That would yield approximately 15′x22′ rooms with a 6′ corridor and approximately 2200 sq.ft. for lobby, breakfast, office. That would be 9,000 sq.ft. per floor x 2 floors for a total of 18,000 sq.ft.. So, for the cost range, the building construction cost would fall between $2.7M and $3.2M. This would be building cost only and not include land costs, soft costs, finance costs, site improvements or entitlements costs or FF&E. I hope that helps. If you need further assistance with your project, just let us know. Thanks!

Brian Pandey November 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

parking will be on surface.

Brian Pandey November 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Hi Dean, How much it cost to build a motel with 40 rooms, a lobby, breakfast area, no swimming pool, very simple. in florence,OR. 97439.

Dean Dalvit August 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

There are so many variables to consider in answering your question, I’m not sure where to begin. First, where is your project located? Second, what type of motel are you thinking about – a motor inn type of lodge or something more boutique? Does your location require high density vertical construction techniques with below building parking, or do you have the availability of land to build a more cost-effective building with surface parking? One or more stories? What amenity space, if any, are you considering (swimming pool, arcade, workout facilities, dining/restaurant, conference space, etc.)? Will services be provided on site? All of these things will drastically influence the amount of land necessary to build a project with 20 or 200 keys. Please let us know more information about what you have in mind and we are happy to help.

cyus July 30, 2015 at 7:41 am

hi gentlemen,

what is the estimate land required per room for a motel.
For example a 20 room motel .
I mean the land for construction also the parking and landscaping all together.
please reply ASAP.

Dean Dalvit June 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Could you tell me where the project is located? Some parts of the country are as low as $130/sq.ft. where others can run nearly double that. At $150/sq.ft, you would want to budget approximately $1 million for your project. Though site development costs and level of finish could influence that considerably. EVstudio as a team of experts that have a depth of experience with hospitality work, and we would be happy to help you with this project. Please let me know if you would like to set up a free consultation to discuss your project further. Thanks!

martin June 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

can you give me a rough estimate to build a 30 room 200 sq.ft. ea. simple motel, with office reception, and laundry 6oo
sq.ft. one floor motel.

Dean Dalvit April 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for your inquiry. We would have to know a lot more about your project in order to give you any better guidance than general guidance of between $130/sq.ft. and $150/sq.ft.. What size rooms are you looking for and is there any amenity or utility space (check-in office, breakfast room, vending, laundry, indoor pool/spa)? Also, what level of finish are you considering? These requirements can really drive costs. Let us know if you need any design assistance with your project – we’d be happy to help!

Hirak P. April 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

I would like to built a 50 rooms exterior motel in south carolina. How much would it cost per room and in per room price, what does include?

Dean Dalvit June 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Renell – It would be great to know where this project was located. Construction costs vary by location (as demonstrated by this article). Let me know and we’d be happy to help.

Renell May 31, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I would like to know how much it will cost to build 15 to 20 room motel excluding the cost of the land. Average type rooms 12 x 20.

Dean Dalvit April 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Moosa, are you talking about Square Feet or Square Meters? Because I was actually being sarcastic…a 30 sq.ft. Motel room wouldn’t fit a bed, much less have a bathroom. Typical motel room size would be around 12′x20′, or 240 sq.ft. That would be 22 sq. meters. But if you are talking square meters, then your pricing is off by a factor of 9.

moosa April 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

By the calculation 450 sf will cost 58000 usdollars which is very good. The rest fund for the land

moosa April 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Many thx Dean. I am non american citizen , so would u recommend me to go further for this project my total budget 100000 usdollars, i plan to invest at lowest cost per sq which is 129$×300sq, i plan to sale it, and does the mortage it if additional fund required?

Dean Dalvit April 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

Moosa, anything is possible. Just might not be realistic, much less legal in your jurisdiction, where that may be…

moosa April 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

I want to build motel with 10 rooms with total 300 sf. Is that possible

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