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Review of the Conventional Hotel Loan Program


Rate: 4.0% to 5.5%

The index used is generally PRIME. The determination of the rate is dependent on the hotel, the sponsors, and the geographic location of the hotel

Minimum Loan: 1 million

There is less appetite for our national lenders to fund smaller loans. However, for strong projects, we do consider loans below 1million

Loan to Value: Up to 65% to 80%

The determination of the Loan to Value is dependent mostly on the hotel and the geographic location. However, strong sponsorship is an additional factor considered by our lenders. It is important to note that some lenders go to 80% to 85% but of the real estate (value that is not including good will and FF&E)

Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR): 1.25

Reserves: None

Generally conventional lenders such as banks do not require reserves (although there are exceptions)

Amortization: 20 to 25 years

Prepayment: 1 to 5 Years

The prepayment is generally declining 3 or declining 5 although there are different variations depending on the source we use

Points: Generally up to 1 point

Scientific Capital generally tries to get discount on the lender point

Costs: $6.5K to $20K on the average

The cost estimate includes the following items:
  • Lender processing fee: 0K to 4K
  • Appraisal and the review: 4K to 6K
  • Environmental Phase I report: 2K (some lenders use prior report)
  • Survey: 0 to 3K (Only if a copy is not available- some lenders do not need a survey or their endorsement requirements does not madate a survey by the title company)
  • Lender legal fees: 0K to 4K  (Some lenders use outside closing attorney)
  • Misc such as credit reports, tax services, UCC search, etc.: $500 to 1K




Benefits of Conventional Loans for Financing Hotels


Rates are lower and fixed
Rates are generally fixed for 3 to 5 years


Lower costs compared to other types of hotel loans


Less paperwork intensive and easier underwriting compared to SBA or CMBS

Partial guarantee

As opposed to SBA or USDA loans, there is no mandate that all partners offer full guarantee. In fact, some lenders may offer guarantee proportional to the ownership percentage. The guarantee can be negotiated with the lender



Drawbacks of Conventional Loans for Financing Hotels



Generally the terms are five and upon the maturity of the loan, the borrower has to refinance. Some lenders do provide 10 year terms but the loan resets at the fifth year or becomes adjustable


Other than the banking or government regulations, there are no standard of requirements for these types of loans and so there is a wide range of requirements from one lender to another and from one market to another


Our Other Popular Hotel Loan Programs

Press to go to our Bridge hotel loan page Press to go to our CMBS hotel loan page Press to go to our Construction hotel loan page




Press to go to our SBA 7a hotel loan page Press to go to our SBA 504 hotel loan page Press to go to our USDA hotel loan page

SBA (7a)

SBA 504