Hotel Empire Tycoon is an idle hotel management game from CodiGames. It lets you take complete control of a hotel, where you will have to build rooms for guests, improve hotel services, add value to each room by purchasing and upgrading basic items. Launch campaigns to attract customers and partner with a travel agency to draw more travelers to your inn.
This isn’t your typical idle game, so don’t expect to earn profits with a few taps here and there. You will have to manage expenses and at the same time offer the best services to your customers, which will require proper planning and strategy. This complete beginner-level guide will help you get started with Hotel Empire Tycoon:
Your goal is to earn income from hotel room rents and services and at the same time minimize expenses since you will also be paying wages to chefs, housekeepers and bartenders.
Check-in starts from 12 PM onwards, which means guests start thronging the front desk around noon. You will also receive one-time check in charges from a customer if there’s a room available for him.
Once a guest checks in, he/she will go to their room. A guest’s stay is charged by the hour. The game calculates hours based on the in-game clock. It is located on the top-left side of the screen. You will notice that the hours pass quickly on the in-game clock.
The rent is “per-room” and not “per-person”, so if two persons enter a double room, the rent will be calculated on a per-room basis (this is not the case with services, such as restaurant).
Every hour, you will receive rent from a room populated by a guest. If two guests enter two rooms, you will receive rent for two rooms every hour.
Each hotel service has a stipulated timing. Front desk timings are from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Restaurant timings are from 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM and so on. You can check each service’s timing by tapping the notepad icon on the bottom of the screen.
Once you are in the management screen, go to the stats bar to check timings. You can also check the icons on top left corner of the screen under timings. These icons are a graphical representation of Hotel Empire Tycoon’s timings. These icons are:
- Jug – Bar
- Cutlery – Restaurant
- Broom – Housekeeping
- Downward pointing arrow – Front desk.
Improve each room by purchasing some items. These could be decorations or appliances to keep guests entertained. Each item costs in-game money, so spend wisely.
When you purchase an item, it will increase the per hour rent of a room. Although the increase in rent will be low (in cents), you can push the rent higher by placing more items in each room and also upgrading them.
Your guests will also enjoy services from the attached restaurant and the bar. Build both services as soon as possible. You will need to place tables on the restaurant and bar and hire chefs and bartenders. Chefs will prepare food and serve customers, and bartenders will serve drinks to customers.
Hotel services are always profitable as the income is earned per person. Make sure each guest is well attended so that you don’t lose on profits.
Make sure your customers are satisfied with your services. You might want to read our guide if you want to know how to deal with angry guests in Hotel Empire Tycoon.
You will also have to pay wages to your chefs, bartenders and housekeepers. Wages are paid daily to staff and are automatically deducted from your income.
Make sure your income from hourly room rent and hotel services are more than the combined wages paid to your staff (housekeepers, chef etc.). You don’t want to be in a financial loss every day.
We have learned the basics of Hotel Empire Tycoon. With the below tips and tricks, let’s delve deeper to know what are the best ways to earn income and juggle finances so as to avoid losses and expand our virtual hospitality service:
Increase Hotel Room Rent
Each time a guest moves to a room, the hotel starts charging him by the hour. Rents are on a per-room basis, so your first objective should to increase the per-hour charges of each room.
To do this, start purchasing items, such as a bedside table, toilet, shower to increase rent. You can also upgrade them from time to time if you have accumulated a lot of funds and your daily balance in the stats section is always in green.
If you have just began managing your hotel, always try to purchase those items that do not need electricity. These are basic needs items such as sink, decor etc.
Tapping on each item will show the energy requirement. Energy has an orange lightning icon. Items with 0 beside the lightning icon require no electricity. As you purchase and upgrade items on each room, you will notice an increase in per hour income.
Launch the VIP Campaign ASAP
Once you have invested on important items to increase rent, launch the VIP campaign. It’s available on the bottom of the screen and has a “play video” icon.
The VIP campaign doubles your profits for 10 minutes, so if all rooms earn 10 per hour, you will start earning 20 per hour for 10 minutes.
You will have to watch a video to begin your VIP campaign. Don’t stop when it’s activated. Add more campaigns by watching more videos until you max out the VIP campaign.
The maximum cumulative time is 2 hours, so you can keep watching videos until the time bar fills up and the campaign maxes out. This way, you will double your rent from rooms and income from services for 2 hours at a stretch.
Level up Food at the Restaurant
You might be wondering how to upgrade food in Hotel Empire Tycoon? Well, it’s easy. Tap anywhere on the restaurant and then on the dome-shaped lid on plate.
Press the upgrade button. Keep upgrading food until you max out upgrades. Leveling up food improves the quality and increases the income made from restaurant drastically.
Improve Other Items
Your hotel restaurant could be the most profitable service as it’s being populated by guests at regular intervals. Also, the income earned is per-person. The more guests you have, the more profits you will earn when they visit the restaurant
Along with food, you should purchase and upgrade tables, beverages and decor. Don’t forget to upgrade the kitchen. Try to max out each item upgrades if you have extra funds. As I said earlier, the restaurant is the most profitable service and so maxing out each item will ensure a constant flow of funds, even when you are not playing.
Get Some Investment
Your hotel is frequented by the dancing “finance and advertising” expert. Tap on him and watch a video to gain bonus funds for your hotel. Along with turning on the VIP campaign, you should also get extra money for this person as he often comes in his car to visit your hotel.
Moreover, the money her offers is doubled if the VIP campaign is enabled. This double advantage will surely earn you more money in a short period of time. You can then invest the extra funds in upgrading each room and the restaurant/bar.
Should you Install TV and Climate Control?
You can, but for the first few rooms initially. Once you start expanding your hotel, the energy requirement will also increase as each room needs electricity before you can build it. Both TV and climate control add more value to a hotel room, thereby increasing renal income drastically.
Television and Climate Control runs on electricity, and so you will need to buy extra batteries to run television on newer rooms.
If you have the required funds to purchase and upgrade batteries in the “Electrical Room”, you can install in every room. Since there’s no hourly energy consumption charges, you will be good to go once you accumulate lots of funds.
How to Minimize Losses
If you want to avoid financial losses, the first thing you should do is to check your profit and expenses stats. This will give you a clear idea about the income and will help you decide how to manage finances, cut costs and which rooms and services need attention.
Tap the bar graph on the right side of the screen. Under Stats, check accommodation profits, service profits and parking profits against wage and advertising costs. If the “Daily Balance” is in green, then you don’t have to worry.
If your daily balance amount is small or negative, then you should increase profits by leveling up items in each room and the restaurant.
You will find individual stats of each room and service at the bottom of the stats page. Under rooms, you will see the electricity (lightning icon) required for each room and the earnings.
From time to time, the game will also display the most profitable room, so you may want to pay attention to such rooms and upgrade their items to make maximum profits from them.
Under services (tea cup icon), you will find a list of services such as the restaurant, bar, housekeeping etc.
The services tab also shows which service is profitable. Obviously, the clear winner is the restaurant, which is why you should focus on upgrading food and other items in the restaurant.
Building and upgrading the bar should also be in your priority list as guest will frequent this place a lot along with the restaurant and you will earn money per person. But you will also have to pay wages to your bartenders daily. If there are any losses shown under the bar stats, it’s because of the daily wages being paid to the bartenders each day and not making enough profit from the bar.
You may have noticed housekeeping losses in Hotel Empire Tycoon. While this isn’t very serious and can be ignored, it usually suggests that the wages you are paying to housekeepers are extra expenses plus there’s not profit emerging from housekeeping which is why it’s constantly shown as “losses”. You can minimize this by keeping only one housekeeper in the beginning. Try not to hire another housekeeper, especially when there are fewer rooms.
Go Low on Advertising Campaigns in the Beginning
Once you have started managing your new hotel, stick to the traditional newspaper campaign to bring in guests to your hotel.
Advertising campaign charges are by the hour, so you don’t want to spend too much on ads.
Higher forms of adverting will bring more guests, but that’s totally unnecessary if you have only 5 rooms. With newspapers, you will keep attracting customers throughout the day and they will fill all rooms from time to time.
You can disable a campaign any time by tapping the notepad icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.
We kept the advertising campaign running for a few days and then disabled it one day, but we still saw a steady arrival of guests to our hotel. There was no difference in the profits earned per day even when we were not playing the game and we kept earning profits each day.
How to get Five Stars
Getting five stars in Hotel Empire Tycoon can be tricky. The star gauge on the top-right corner of the screen shows how many stars you have earned. When you get a star, it turns golden.
The golden gauge below the five-star bar fills up every time you perform some action in the hotel.
To earn stars, follow these steps:
Purchase all items in a room (make sure you check the electricity requirement of certain items, such as the TV unit and climate control, before purchasing them) and upgrade each item.
Every time you purchase or upgrade an item, the gauge below the five-star bar fills up a bit. This also includes batteries in the electrical room
Keep upgrading items at service rooms such as the restaurant and bar to fill the gauge.
Building a room or service fills the gauge a bit more than others. Make sure you have enough funds and electricity available when you build a room.