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Hotel Planning and Design

eCornell Hospitality Student Story [Chorten]
On demand
USD 3600

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Through the five courses in this certificate program, owners, developers, and designers of full-service hotels will learn to plan and design effective, financially viable hotel properties and successfully perform their roles in the hotel development process.

The program begins with a look at hotel types, marketing concepts, branding practices, and development roles, followed by a study of initial planning decisions, the application of marketing requirements to functional areas, and the use of planning metrics. The focus then turns to specific design considerations for guestrooms, public spaces, and “back-of-house” areas.

The courses feature a set of downloadable tools containing guidelines and reference material for hotel developers and designers. A progression of course projects give participants an opportunity to apply their learning to specific hotel development scenarios.


  • Foundations of Hotel Planning
  • Initial Hotel Planning Decisions
  • Hotel Guestroom Design
  • Hotel Public Space Design
  • Hotel Back-of-House Design


  • Plan successful full-service hotels by mastering foundational concepts involving roles, markets, and hotel types
  • Make high-level decisions appropriate for the selection and placement of components of a full-service hotel
  • Plan effective guestroom areas appropriate for different types of markets
  • Ensure optimal use of space and circulation of people and goods in the public spaces of a hotel
  • Develop efficient back-of-house areas that match the needs of a full-service hotel and its market


  • Hotel Planning and Design Certificate from Cornell Hotel School
  • 40 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Who should attend

  • Architects
  • Interior designers
  • Hotel consultants
  • Architecture students
  • Owners, developers, and construction managers


Biography Stephani Robson, senior lecturer at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, worked for several years in restaurants and retail food operations in her native Canada before deciding to pursue a college degree in the field. She graduated from the School of Hotel Administration in 1988...


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