The founder, Mansoorali Lakhani, began his long journey out of his impoverished village in his home country of Pakistan at the age of nineteen. Embarking on a cargo ship as a cleaner, he left with hopes of earning enough money to send back to his family. Traveling through Europe while working odd jobs, he finally landed in New Orleans and soon after moved to Chicago.
In 2004, Lakhani took a leap into the hospitality industry by purchasing the Holiday Inn Skokie, and thus starting Lakhani Hospitality. In 2006, Lakhani began construction on the Skokie Banquet and Conference Center, adding 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting room to the Holiday Inn Skokie. In the coming years, Lakhani purchased the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare and the Holiday Inn Oakbrook.
Mansoorali Lakhani, being family oriented, wanted to create a family business, and he did just that. Working with his wife, Shamim Lakhani, and his daughter, Sheila Lakhani Gilani, Mansoorali Lakhani looks to expand Lakhani Hospitality to continue to provide “Great Hotels Guest Love.”