144 | As You Think, So Shall You Be with Snay Patel


Snay Patel is a 2nd generation hotelier born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His parents purchased a small 15 room Motel soon after immigrating to America, and he grew up living on property until the age of 26. Over the years, Snay learned the family business through hands on experience. Today, his company, Hospitality Solutions Group, Inc., operates economy and midscale hotels in California and Texas.

In This Episode, Snay Reveals:

  • What it was like growing up as 2nd Generation Indian American, his experience living on property, and whether the hotel was a source of pride or embarrassment for him.
  • What was it like transitioning into the family business, and whether Hospitality was always his passion.
  • His struggle with depression along the way, and some examples of distorted thinking and limiting beliefs that he feels held him back.
  • Several strategies he has used, including a cost benefit analysis, to work through times when he’s feeling stuck.

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  • 311 | Shelters From the Norm: Hotels used for hospitals and housing face unexpected problems

    A year ago, Darshan Patel, CEO of Hotel Investment Group in San Diego, California, was one of the first hoteliers in the U.S. to step up and offer properties to overwhelmed hospitals seeking places to care for COVID and non-COVID patients as well as vulnerable populations. As the crisis eases and Hotel Investment Group works to return the hotels to business, Patel is negotiating with local governments to pay for the wear and tear on the properties. Patel is not alone as many hoteliers are unexpectedly dealing with problems that state and local governments’ urgent decisions have created, including property damage, increased costs and eviction bans. This report is the second in a two-part series examining the pros and cons of opening hotels to alternative uses during the pandemic. It is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

  • 310 | Hotels Convert to Housing: Federal COVID-19-relief funds fuel transactions

    Dhruv Patel, president of Ridgemont Hospitality, in October shared a bittersweet moment with his parents, Pravin and Sima Patel, when the family business sold the first motel that Pravin had built from the ground up more than 30 years ago. But they rest assured knowing it was the right decision because the 22-room property is being converted into affordable housing for military veterans at risk of homelessness. The transaction is among hundreds taking place across the U.S. as state and local governments work with non-profit agencies to create affordable housing solutions for vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Episode 310 Long Live Lodging reports on the financial and legal aspects of what it takes to convert a hotel into long-term housing. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

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