Welcome to Royal Guest HotelsRoyal Guest Hotels’ founder and CEO Ashok Patel started his career in hospitality at the young age of 14 in 1977 when his parents bought the Davis Motel in Davis, CA. Ashok’s uncle encouraged the Patel family to move from Harrisburg, PA to Davis, CA at this time because he thought the Davis community would suit the family well. For many years, the Davis Motel was a family run operation.
Ashok’s parents would clean guest rooms, run the front desk, and handle any maintenance issues. Ashok and his sister Gita would also help out when needed after school and on the weekends. Ashok believes that his upbringing in hospitality fostered who he is today as CEO. Don’t expect to see Ashok operating his hotels from an office behind a desk. One is much more likely to see him helping his staff hands on, whether it is helping a maintenance man lift a heavy box or assisting the front desk team greet guests during busy check in times.