Our guide to hotel management courses


Three star, four star, five star – everyone loves a good hotel! There’s the excitement of seeing your room for the first time, bouncing on the bed (yep, everyone does that), the whiter than white bed linen, the mini-bar. What’s not to love? But how do hotels function behind the scenes? And what makes a hotel good, bad or brilliant? Hotel management courses answer that question – and many more. They cover the basic principles behind running a hotel: how the business model works, what the overheads are and, crucially, where the profits lie. But much more than this, hotel management courses provide professional insights into a fascinating, historic and international industry. 


What will I study?

Just as there are many different hotels in the world, so too are there many different courses. Most courses cover the same sort of topics: how to recruit and develop staff, manage the finances, forward plan and organise (both long term and day-to-day) and how to market a hotel. Almost all courses will cover other areas within hospitality too – such as the management of restaurants or leisure centres – while some courses have modules in events management. The great thing about many of these courses is that you’ll learn transferable skills like how to process an invoice or set up a staff payroll. You can then go on to use these skills in other areas of hospitality, and even different industries.    


What types of courses are there?

Whether you want to study full time, part time, at home or just for a day, we’ve got good news – there’s a course out there for you! The range of hotel management courses is vast. Depending on how long you want to study for, you can choose a vocational course like a two year HND (Higher National Diploma) or a one-year HNC (Higher National Certificate) or a Foundation course. Alternatively, there are shorter courses aimed at giving you more precise knowledge and industry licenses.

And at the other end of the scale, are postgraduate qualifications for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in another subject but want to specialise. You can of course opt for an undergraduate degree in hotel management too.


How will it help me?

There are all sorts of ways that studying hotel management can benefit you, here are just a few…

Boost your salary: If you’re already working in the hospitality industry, doing an online or short course is a great way of showing your employer how committed you are. Once you’ve done that, asking for a pay rise suddenly feels less terrifying. 

Make you more employable: The better trained you are, the more employable you are – that’s all there is to it. With a proper qualification on your CV, you’ll show employers that you’re a skilled, ambitious professional and the interview requests will roll in.

Help you find work abroad: The hotel industry is international – so perfect for people interested in travelling or living abroad. Many hotel management courses offer modules in European hospitality to help you find work and pursue a career overseas.


Five of the coolest hotels in the world…

1. The Ritz, London

Built at the turn of the century, it doesn’t get more glam than The Ritz! Situated in the heart of London, on Piccadilly, this five-star hotel is famous for its neoclassical architecture and cuisine – high tea at The Ritz being a must-do for lots of tourists visiting London.

2. Raffles, Singapore City

Ever sipped a Singapore Sling? It was invented here! This famous hotel first opened in 1899 and is known throughout the world for its luxurious colonial-style interiors and hotel bar called ‘Long Bar’. Considered one of the best bars in the world, it’s where the first Singapore Sling cocktail was made.

3. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

Dubbed “the wave hotel” because of its unusual shape that makes it look like an ocean wave, The Jumeirah was built in 1997 and has 26 floors and more than 20 restaurants!

4. The Imperial, Delhi

Amid the wonderful mayhem of India’s capital city lies an oasis of calm – The Imperial. This hotel was built in the 1930s and alongside its 233 rooms, 44 suites and six restaurants, is a museum and art gallery which hosts the largest collection of colonial and post-colonial art and artefacts in Delhi.

5. Hotel Chelsea, New York City

If you’re a Leonard Cohen fan, then you’ll know this one already – Leonard Cohen famously wrote a song about it in the 1970s. The Hotel Chelsea (or Chelsea Hotel as Cohen called it) is famous thanks to the famous people who have stayed there. Throughout the sixties and seventies it was the go-to hangout for artists, writers and musicians like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Alan Ginsberg.


By Rebecca Hobson

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