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Monopoly Hotels Strategy Guide
About the Monopoly Hotels Game
The Monopoly Hotels iPhone and iPad app game by Electronic Arts aims to compete with the popular Tiny Tower game by Zynga by using the names of the properties of the popular Monopoly board game. The game features a row of hotels in the order they would be seen on the board game starting with a small hotel named Mediterranean Avenue. The object of the game being that you build guest rooms and attractions in your hotels, collect rent and continue to earn money as you buy bigger and bigger hotels with more expensive rooms.
And while you technically cannot lose at Monopoly Hotels, there are some techniques and strategies that can be implemented in order to maximize the amount of revenue in which one can earn while playing the game. This strategy guide will not be a tutorial on how to play the game since it already walks you through in the game itself, what this guide will do is show you tips that are not published anywhere else, along with a financial analysis of which properties to develop in order to earn the maximum amount of cash.
Guest Room Valuation
How to determine the true value of your rooms
When you first start you are limited to the types of guest rooms that you can build based on your current level. And as you continue to level up throughout the game by earning experience points when collecting rent on a room, more guest rooms will become available to you. So the question is which rooms do you want to build early in the game in order to maximize your profits? The answer to that isn't always clear from simply looking at the guest rooms purchasing screen since the amount of rent that you can potentially collect isn't always the most efficient room. The way to figure this out is by plugging the numbers associated with each room into a nifty little valuation formula.
Room Value = Rent / #minutes / room space
Basically what we are looking for is a guest room that will be the most efficient at generating the most rent, so it's important to look at all of the factors of what gives a room "value." First, rent is obviously an important factor but as pointed out before, the higher the rent doesn't mean you are getting the most from that room. The other two most important factors to consider is how many minutes it takes to generate the rent and then how much space that room takes up.
Let's use the Horse Room as an example. This room generates $8 rent every 2 minutes and takes up a total of (2x1) or 2 squares. So if we plug these numbers into the formula, we get:
Value of Horse Room = $8 / 2 minutes / 2 squares = 2.00
Of course, this number won't matter much unless we also figure out the values of the other rooms so that we can compare, and determine which rooms we should build to maximize value. Below is a list of the entry level rooms:
- Horse Room = $8 / 2 minutes / 2 squares = 2.00
- Wheelbarrow Room = $50 / 5 minutes / 4 squares = 2.50
- Thimble Room = $125 / 45 minutes / 1 square = 2.78
- Koala Room = $300 / 120 minutes / 2 squares = 1.25
- Scottie Dog Room = $400 / 180 minutes / 2 squares = 1.11
As you can see in the first five guest rooms that become available to you, the most valuable room is the Thimble Room with it's ability to produce $2.78 per minute per square. Now had we not took the time to figure out the true value of each room, one might be tempted to build a bunch of Scottie Dog Rooms due to it's $400 rent, but as we can see from our formula, it is the least efficient room in producing rent.
This is not to say that you should ONLY build Thimble Rooms throughout the whole game as one of the main attractions to playing Monopoly Hotels is to collect at least one of each room type. So my advice is to do just that, collect at least one of each room type, but use your spare hotel space to add extra rooms that are the most efficient rent generators such as the Thimble room. In addition, as you continue to level up in the game, more rooms will become available in which you will need to figure out their true values by using the above formula.
Another thing to consider other than true room value is how often you will be checking into the app in order to collect your rent. Because rent is not collected automatically, you have to actually load the game and tap each room in order to receive the rent. So when building rooms you will need to weigh the efficiency of a room based on how often in the day you will be able to collect rent. For instance, the Thimble room is not valuable unless you are able to collect rent every 45 minutes. If you are a busy person, you may only check the game once or twice a day, in which case you should choose to build rooms that have the best value AND coincide with how often you play the game.
Common Guest Room Valuations
The below list is a compilation of the guest room valuations using the true value formula in the above section. Note that only common guest rooms, as in the ones in which you pay cash for as opposed to gold are listed at the moment. For a more complete valuation list see this spreadsheet wich includes all cash rooms including Attractions, Vermont Aquarium rooms, Tennessee Zoo rooms and Ventnor Museum rooms.
Room Value (Rent/#Minutes/Area)
Scottie Dog Room
Top Hat Room
Flip Flop Room
Tennis Racquet Room
Sack of Money Room
Race Car Room
Roller Skate Room
Space Shuttle Room
Keeping the Electricity On
How to avoid reduced rent when the power goes out
One very important tip that you'll want to pay attention to early in the game is that of keeping the electricity on at the Electric Company building. The good news about this is that it doesn't cost you any money to keep the juice flowing, in fact, you will actually earn money each time you power the Electric Company building up.
The bad news is that should your Monopoly town go dark and become devoid of light, the rent you collect will only be 50% of the normal rent. For instance, if you tap on a Thimble Room to collect it's rent when there is no power, you would only receive $63 instead of the usual $125. Fortunately, this can be easily avoided by simply recognizing that there is no power when you log into the game which is indicated by the darker atmosphere, going straight to the Electric Company before collecting any rent, and powering it up. Making sure you do this first thing in the morning for instance will help to ensure that you don't accidentally reduce your cash revenues by half.
How to Get Free Gold
Tips for getting gold and using it wisely
Since Monopoly Hotels is a free game, EA has chosen to support it by making real money selling in-game gold as a means for players to access some of the premium rooms and hotels. Unfortunately, if you choose to play the game without spending any real money, then it is sometimes difficult to advance, but not impossible. I myself have only spent a total 3 whole dollars on the game and have done quite well, and I believe I'd still be close to my level had I not spent one dime. You do not need to spend a lot money to do well in this game so long as you take advantage of free gold and use it very wisely. Below are some of the ways that you can earn free gold in Monopoly Hotels.
- First, you will want to sign up for an Origin account or connect your existing Origin account in the game by clicking on the gear symbol at the bottom of your game screen. This will cause the orange Origin logo to appear in the top left screen which you tap on to either login or sign-up. Connecting to Origin will get you at least 1 gold. Then once your Origin account is connected you should then add up to five friends which will net you another 5 gold bars, one for each friend. Just note that you will only get up to 5 gold regardless if you add more than 5 friends.
- Second, always be on the lookout for the community chest cards that are falling from the sky in the hotel screens. Tapping on a Community Chest card will get you a dice roll which earns money based on your roll, but if you manage to get double ones, then that will earn you 3 gold bars.
- While some of the Stickers will earn you gold when you receive them, they usually cost more gold to get the required rooms than what you would receive in return. However, there is one sticker where you can get a positive gold return if you buy the necessary components during certain sales. The YeeHaw sticker will give you 20 gold if you collect a Cowboy Hat room, American Flag and Spanish Flag all in the same hotel. Normally these three pieces would cost more than 20 gold but if you get the Cowboy Hat room during a 50% off sale and the two flags at a 50% off or more sale, then you should be able to make at least a 4 gold profit. The trick here is having patience and waiting until the sales to buy your needed pieces.
- As mentioned above, waiting until sales which happen every couple of weeks is a good way to spend your gold more efficiently and wisely. If you pay full retail price for any gold room than you are simply wasting your hard earned gold. So be patient grasshoppers!
- Finally, what will hopefully be a more reliable way to get free gold is from buying either the Golden Goose room or the Midas room. Each of these will payout consistent gold as rent, so be sure to save up for these golden revenue earners.
Other Tips and Tricks
- When you buy a new hotel, don't leave any empty space. Empty space is space that isn't earning money and though you might be saving that spot for a high end high value room, it's worth it to fill the empty space in your newly purchased hotel with cheap rooms until the time comes that you can afford to replace the cheaper rooms with a better high value room. I recommend filling any empty space with either Thimble rooms or Top Hat rooms since these rooms will break even on their costs within 1 day, so if you replace them several days later you won't be losing any money, in fact you will have earned money. It's better to earn a little rent than no rent at all.
- Don't be afraid to delete low value rooms and replace them with higher value rooms later in the game. For example, when you first start the game, you build a horse room and wheelbarrow room in Mediterranean Ave., but since these will not earn you a lot of rent later in the game, you should delete those rooms and replace them with something more lucrative like the Space Shuttle room. Also, you should be aware that you won't lose credit in your guest book or sticker book if you do delete those rooms.
- Usually when you log on you'll see a little burglar symbol at the top of your iPhone screen. This symbol indicates that the burglar character is loose somewhere in your Monopoly town, pilfering one of your guest rooms. So what do you do about this scoundrel? It's easy, all you do is find him roaming around in one of the hotel rooms and tap him, which then sends him to jail and earning you a cash reward.
Monopoly Hotels Stickers - A list of all the sticker requirements
This is a list of what rooms, attractions and decorations that are needed to earn the various stickers in the game. Note that in order to earn each sticker, the required rooms, attractions and/or decorations for that sticker need to be built in the same hotel.
1. Packed in Tight (level 4): Fill a hotel with guest rooms only
2. Apple for Trixie (level 3): Build Horse Room and Wheelbarrow Room
3. Ancient Artificats (level 6): Build Koala Room, Scottie Dog Room and Cannon Room
4. A Stitch in Time (level 4): Build Cannon Room and Thimble Room
5. Fish with Horns? (level 11): Build Top Hat Room, Sack of Money Room and Fancy Restaurant
6. Destination Station (level 8): Build 4 unique attractions
7. All Decked Out (level 7): Cover a hotel with decorations (BALTIC AVENUE)
8. Go Sharks! (level 8): Build Shoe Room, Scottie Dog Room, Thimble Room and Fancy Restaurant
9. Mani-Pedi (level 13): Build Thimble Room, Horse Room, Flip Flop Room and Salon
10. Old War Stories (level 12): Build Battleship Room, Cannon Room and Koala Room
11. Shoe Sale! (level 17): Build Purse Room, Tennis Racquet Room and Roller Skate Room
12. Save the Turtles (level 15): Build Cruise Room, Flip Flop Room and Scottie Dog Room
13. Box Office Boost (level 24): Build Space Shuttle Room, Race Car Room, Sack of Money Room and Theater Room
14. Ready... Set... Go! (level 19): Build Race Car Room, Bamboo Room and Skyline Room
15. Boy's Night In (level 24): Build Space Shuttle Room, Race Car Room, Koala Room and Top Hat Room
16. Frosting on Top (level 26): Build Cupcake Shop, Bamboo Room and Flip Flop Room
17. Monster Movie: Build Top Hat Room, Tennis Racquet Room, Theater Room and Gargoyle
18. Bamboo Grass: Build Bamboo Room, Oriental Bay Window, Round Chinese Lantern and Square Chinese Lantern
19. Odd Spacity (level 16): Build Space Shuttle Room, Purse Room and Satellite Dish
20. And The Winner Is... (level 4): Build Film Reel Room and Salon
21. Two of a Kind (level 4): Build Huge Pearl and Tiki Head (in Aquarium)
22. Tactical Strike (level 4): Build Bowling Alley, Bowling Sign and Cannon Room
23. Royal Repair (level 4): Build Crown Room and Jewelry Shop
24. All Fun And Games (level 4): Build Casno Suits Sign, Gold Dice Sign, Sailboat Room and Top Hat Room
25. More Power to You (level 14): Build Casno, Red Arrow Sign, Building Lamp and Surveillance Camera
26. Winged Victory (level 4): Build Football Helmet Room and Baseball Glove Room
27. Happy Birthday (level 4): Build Pink Ballons, Floral Shop and Film Reel Room
28. Yeehaw (level 4): Build Cowboy Hat Room, American Flag and Spanish Flag
29. B.F.F. (level 4): Build Tennis Racquet Room and Double Decker Bus Room
Other External Resources
- Monopoly Hotels Tips
A blog dedicated to comprehensive tips, tricks and strategy for playing the Monopoly Hotels game. Includes in-depth guides, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and message board for discussing the game and sharing screen shots of your hotels and rooms.
- Basic Room Valuations and Cost Spreadsheet
This is my personal spreadsheet which has all of the valuations for rooms you buy with cash including ones in the Aquarium, Zoo, Museum and the Attractions. It also includes the total build costs associated with each and its respective minimum time t
- Detailed Room Analysis & Informational Spreadsheet
The unofficial Monopoly Hotels Community on Facebook has published a publicly viewable spreadsheet with up to date room information and detailed valuation analysis.
- Unofficial Monopoly Hotels Community Facebook Page
There is lots of good information, discussion, tips and tricks here.
- EA's Official Monopoly Hotels Facebook page
This mostly has promotional information with updates, but not a great resource for tips and tricks. Also, if you need to complain about something in the game, this is the place to do it.
Do you have a question or confused about some aspect of the game? If so, feel free to ask in the comments below and I will do my best to help you out. Also please feel free to leave your own comments, tricks and tips for playing Monopoly Hotels!