William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

Condotels: Definition, Pros & Cons

A condotel, also known as a condo hotel, is a condo that operates more like a hotel. Typically, individual condotel units are owned by different investors and are managed and operated by a hotel management company. Similar to hotels, condotels provide amenities such as a registration desk, housekeeping, concierge services, room service and a fitness center.

Owners of condotels can use their units for personal stays during certain times of the year, but the primary purpose of these units is to generate rental income from short-term vacation stays. This can be done by placing the unit(s) in a hotel's reservation system for booking by potential clients.

The concept of condo hotels has gained popularity in tourist destinations and urban centers where there is high demand for short-term rentals. As a result, they have become a popular investment choice among real estate investors as they offer an opportunity for individuals to own their unit and generate passive income, without having to actively manage the property themselves. On the flip side, it is important to note that condotel investments also come with their own set of risks and considerations such as taxes and property management fees.

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

William Huston, AIF®, AIFA®

Key Takeaways
  • A condotel is a condo that operates like a hotel. Individual units are owned by separate investors and are typically managed and operated by a hotel management company.
  • Condotel owners can use their unit for personal stays, but the primary purpose is for the unit to be used as a vacation home.
  • The units feature key amenities like a registration desk, housekeeping, concierge services, room service and a fitness center.
  • The rise in investment in vacation rentals has been as a result of changing consumer preferences when it comes to privacy and safety.
  • If you're an investor looking to get into hotel and real estate investing, check out our Alt Path Fund for great residence by investment opportunities in Portugal. To get more information, schedule an appointment with our team here.

The contents of this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended to be a source of professional financial advice. You will find experts on financial planning and financial management here.

Rising investments in short-term rentals

a condotel living room

With the real estate market becoming a popular investment avenue for many individuals, investment in short term rentals has caught the interest of many investors. After the COVID-19 pandemic, accommodation preferences changed among travelers, as many opted to rent out vacation rentals as opposed to hotels due to the flexible booking options, privacy and safety reasons.

According to Macrotrends, Airbnb made a total revenue of $9.601B in 2023, an increase 19.57% increase year-over-year while Booking.com made $20.630B worth of revenue, which marked a 28.76% increase year-over-year.

With the changing travel preferences among travelers, the demand for condotels and similar properties is set to increase in the future.

How Condotels Work

modern condotel building

The concept of condotels came about as a way of hotel developers trying to manage the risks that come with investing in large scale luxurious properties. For investors, condotels provide a means to purchase and own investment property that can be used for personal stays and also as rental units for passive income generation. For holiday goers, condotels allow them to pay a bit less for a premium vacation experience by booking to stay at the unit for an agreed time period.

For investors looking to invest in condotels, here are some basics of how condotels operate.


Investors can purchase individual units within a condotel complex, whereby each unit is privately owned, just like a traditional condominium.


Unlike traditional condos where owners manage their units independently, condotels are managed by a professional hotel management company. The company oversees the day to day operations of the entire property, including rental management, maintenance, housekeeping and guest services.

Rental Income

Owners have the option to place their units in a rental program managed by the hotel. When the unit is not being used by the owner, it can be rented out to guests through the hotel's reservation system. The rental income generated is typically split between the owner and the hotel management company.

Amenities and Services

Similar to hotels, condotel owners and their guests have access to amenities and services such as housekeeping, concierge, room service, fitness centers, pools, spas and dining options. The inclusion of these services make condo hotel units a popular choice among travelers looking for short term rentals.

Usage Restrictions

Depending on the condotel's policies and rental program, owners may have restrictions on how often they can use their units for personal use. During peak seasons and high-demand periods, owners may have limited access to their units to maximize rental income for the property.

Operational Costs

Owners are typically responsible for paying monthly maintenance fees, property taxes and any other associated costs related to owning a condotel unit. The fees paid for maintenance are used for the upkeep of the property's common areas and amenities.

Potential Appreciation

Like traditional real estate investments, condotel units have the potential to appreciate in value over time. Factors such as location, market trends and the overall performance of the hospitality industry can influence the property's value.

Pros of Investing in Condotels

Some pros of investing in condotels include:

Potential to earn rental income. By renting out their units, condotel owners can earn passive income when they are not using the property themselves. This additional income can help offset some initial ownership expenses.

Professional management. Most condotels are managed by professional hotel management which handle the day to day operations and general maintenance. This relieves owners of the burden of managing the property themselves and ensures efficient operation.

Access to amenities. Guests and condotel owners have access to a wide range of hotel-like amenities and services such as pools, fitness centers, spas, restaurants and concierge services. These amenities enhance the overall guest experience and may attract more guests, therefore increasing the property's rental potential.

Prime location. Many condotels are strategically located in popular tourist destinations with high demand for accommodation. Purchasing a unit in a prime location can result in higher occupancy rates, increased rental income and long-term appreciation of the property's value.

Flexible usage. While condotel owners can generate rental income by renting out their units to hotel guests, they also have the flexibility to use them for personal vacations. This allows owners to enjoy the benefits of ownership while still having the option for personal use.

Cons of Investing in Condotels

Some cons of investing in condotels include:

Operational costs. Regardless of whether a unit is generating rental income or not, condotel owners are still required to cover monthly maintenance fees, property taxes and other operational costs. These costs can eat the owner's profits therefore reducing the return on investment.

Management risks. Being that the success of a condotel investment heavily relies on the competence of the management company overseeing the property, poor management decisions can lead to poor guest experiences which can in turn cause lower occupancy rates and low rental income for owners.

Limited personal use. Depending on the terms of the management agreement, some condotels can restrict the owner's ability to use the unit for personal vacations or extended stays, especially during peak seasons as the main priority is to maximize rental revenue.

Considerations for Selecting an Investment Property.

As an investor looking to invest in a condotel or short-term rental property, here are important tips for you.

When looking for a location to buy a condotel, consider properties located in high-demand locations. It is also important that you consider the property's proximity to popular attractions, entertainment venues and other basic community amenities such as malls and hospitals; as this can lead to higher occupancy rates.

Consider the rental program and income potential. Before you buy a unit, first get to understand the terms of the rental agreement, including revenue-sharing arrangements, management fees and owner usage restrictions. Be sure to also look at the property's historical rental performance and projected rental income so as to properly assess its profitability as an investment.

Another thing to look out for as an investor is the cost of investing in a condotel property. As you calculate your total expenses, be sure to consider costs such as purchase price, maintenance fees, property taxes, insurance and reserves for capital expenditures.

In addition, ensure that the condotel property complies with all legal and regulatory requirements, including zoning laws, condominium regulations and licensing requirements. Different cities have different laws around short-term rentals, and it is therefore important that you're conversant with the laws in the area that you operate in.

Lastly, be sure to do your due diligence before deciding to make any kind of investment into a condotel. With the help of a qualified financial advisor and real estate professional, conduct property inspections, and review all relevant legal and financial documents. In case of any uncertainties, speak to your advisor before committing to the investment.

Get started on your hotel investment journey today

If you're an investor interested in hotel investing in Portugal and The Bahamas, we have a great investment opportunity for you through our Alt Path hotel fund. The fund's main objective is to build, develop and operate a portfolio of new boutique hotels in these high tourist destinations.

By investing in our fund, among the benefits that you get to enjoy include investing in approved hotel development projects with 45-55% cash incentives from the Portuguese government. Furthermore, we offer assistance with citizenship by investment, and provide guidance on eligible investment options to help you obtain a second passport.

This approach allows you to diversify your real estate investment portfolio and spread risk across different markets. To read more on the Portugal golden visa, find the latest insights here.

To schedule a meeting with our team to discuss the Alt Path hotel fund, schedule an appointment here.

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In 2023, Bay Street was recognized at the Wealthmanagement.com 2023 Industry Awards in the Asset Managers: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category, for its partnership with Resthaven Properties in the real estate sector.








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