Are you faced with termination fees?

Do you want a fair agreement?

(773) 255-3646

Our Services

In business you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. offers experience and expertise in a wide range of areas: 


-Negotiation of termination agreements (liquidated-damage clauses)

-Negotiation of license agreements

-Expert witness services 


Termination / Liquidated Damage Claim Negotiation Assistance

The flag chosen to represent your hotel may not be delivering everything you had hoped or perhaps your property defaulted on your franchise agreement and was terminated.  Either way, we can help you negotiate and reduce the amount of liquidated damages you may owe to a franchise company.  We will negotiate termination arrangements that are fair, saving you time and money.

New  Franchise Agreement Formulation

From the beginning, the franchise company knows more about its franchising philosophies and its franchise system than does the hotel owner with whom it is negotiating a franchise contract.  We can help put the property owner on equal footing with the franchise company in negotiating the best possible franchise agreement.  No matter what your level of expertise in the areas of franchising, we can help.

We understand the intricacies of the franchising business and will use our knowledge about—and contacts within—the franchise community to negotiate the best possible deals in franchise contracts for our clients. We succeed only when our clients succeed. 

Our Experience

Steve Belmonte (Founder and Chairman Emeritus)

Since becoming the youngest general manager in the history of Holiday Inn at the age of 18 and later operating the hotel he started at, to holding the title of longest standing President and CEO of a national franchised hotel chain while at the helm of the Ramada hotel chain, Steve Belmonte brings new meaning to the phrase “from the mailroom to the Boardroom.”  In 2002, Belmonte returned to his entrepreneurial roots and launched Hospitality Solutions LLC, a full-service, nationwide consultation firm specializing in lodging industry issues at the hotel and corporate level.  Drawing on over 35 years of experience and key contacts both inside and outside of the industry, Hospitality Solutions was specifically designed to assist hotel owners in negotiating a fair franchise agreement with all major hotel franchise companies.  In addition, Hospitality Solutions negotiates the reduction of “liquidated damages” (termination fees) for hotel owners who have been terminated or desire to cancel their existing franchise agreement.

Gino Belmonte (President and CEO)

has been closely connected to the hospitality industry his entire life through the influence of his father, Steve Belmonte.  His experiences as a young child attending conferences to a young adult working by Steve’s side in the business of hotel management as well as franchise negotiations have laid the foundation for success.  Gino graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  Gino completed the General Managers Certification Training and has a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) designation through the Education Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.  Gino has worked very closely with Steve Belmonte on various areas of franchise development and franchise sales.  Before taking over as President in 2018, Gino had been training with Steve on day-to-day franchise negotiations. Along with his father, Gino is a fair franchising advocate. 

Words from our Clients


"Mr. Belmonte did a fantastic job negotiating the termination fees I owed my franchise company.

While my confidentiality provision prohibits my mentioning the name of my brand or franchise company, I can tell you that I did owe over $485,000 and they had a judgment against me. Mr. Belmonte negotiated that down to $70,000 for a savings of $415,000. What’s even more unbelievable is he did it all for a low flat fee."

Kash Patel

Clemson, SC

"Mr. Belmonte did a great job negotiating the termination fees I owed my franchise company. I was extremely happy with the way Mr. Belmonte handled my case. Because of his efforts he was able to save us the vast majority of what I owed my franchise company. I would highly recommend him to anyone facing termination of their franchise."

Gopal Patel

Sacramento, CA

"I have known Steve Belmonte for over 30 years. I have admired him as an executive, a manager and a human being. He generates results and he generates confidence and he does it with unusual passion."

Mike Leven

Former President & COO, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

"Steve Belmonte and Hospitality Solutions have my highest possible recommendation. I have used both his franchise negotiations service and insurance services and they saved me time, money and got me a great deal. You can’t go wrong with Steve."

Mike Patel

President, Diplomat Hotels, Former Chairman - AAHOA

"As you know, we were successful in our litigation regarding the Ramada Inn located in Pompano Beach, Florida. I cannot thank you enough for your assistance as an expert witness in this case.

The Judge specifically referred to your testimony in his ruling and clearly relied on your expertise in reaching his decision. Prior to getting into the hotel business, I made my living as an attorney specializing in commercial litigation. If all expert witnesses I utilized then were as knowledgeable, qualified and prepared as you, it would have made my job very simple.

Again, thanks so much to you and your team at Hospitality Solutions. You guys are the BEST!"

Daniel Lambert

Owner, Ramada Plaza Resorts

Orlando/Ft. Lauderdale Vacations

"Your work and your expert’s report were a major factor in our success in negotiating an excellent settlement. Thank you again for your efforts. We look forward to working with you again in the future."

Boyce Reid Brown

George & Brothers, L.L.P., Law Firm

Austin, TX

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Gino Belmonte

3904 West Lake Shore Drive, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097, United States

(773) 255-3646