Our story begins in November 1973, when Bhupendra "B.B." Patel took a leap of faith and purchased a 30-room motel in Redwood City, sight unseen. Weeks later, the 29-year old B.B. Patel drove him and his family from Pennsylvania to California, and moved into the manager's apartment at the Varsity Motel.
To B.B., purchasing the hotel wasn't just a business endeavor; It was about giving back to his family and community. A decade earlier, B.B.'s parents had saved enough money for him to travel away from their small farming village in India to attend school in the United States. Because of that sacrifice, B.B. knew it was his responsibility to provide the same opportunities for his extended family. The Varsity Motel was the perfect place to cultivate this sense of belonging.
By the late 70's, the small manager's room at the Varsity Hotel was filled with nineteen of B.B.'s family members. During this time period, B.B. worked two jobs, an engineer by day and hotel manager by night. With the same hard work and scrappiness that he inherited from his parents, B.B. grew the business one hotel at a time. With each purchase, he gave his family members the keys to their own hotel and their own life. He was giving his cousins and nieces the same opportunities his parents gave him.
This sense of hard work, humility and gratitude was something that B.B. passed down to every family member that entered the business. Over the years, the entire Patel family grew up on construction sites and on the management team. In doing so, B.B. installed the core values into this company: To be scrappy and hardworking, to be authentic and humble, to always seek to understand and be committed to growth.
In the early 2000's, B.B.'s son (Perry) and daughter (Rita) took a leadership role in the business and used their father's principles to expand the company's mission and infrastructure. Today, BPR Properties has grown into a portfolio of thirteen incredible lifestyle and branded hotels, all unique to the communities they serve. Just as our founder cultivated a sense of belonging within our family, we continue to do the same with our team members and guests. Our company is proud of its humble beginnings and the core values that have guided our mission for the last four decades. Now, they guide us into the future.