Will this hotel be a safehouse?
Could make it one, but i had something a little different in mind. There are a few low-key buildings around the island that will have accessible interiors and will serve as safe houses. I was planning to use this building for a mission where the player would take position in a room on one of the top floors, equip a sniper rifle, and cover a drug deal taking place in the open sea. There would obviously be a set up and the player would have to prevent the enemies from killing the boss and destroying his yacht by sniping them as they approach it. When the mission is completed, the hotel room would be unlocked and used for weapon storage (rare weapons spawn inside).
At first I thought you were modeling on Max but now knowing that you're doing it on Sketchup, GJ because trying to do something that looks natural and realistic in Sketchup is like using Paint with a mouse to make a drawing of a real life picture (to me at least) nice textures too.
I can definitely see where you're coming from. Most of the sketchup-related difficulties can be overcome, but one thing in particular is making it a nightmare. I do not have the option to prelight the models and that almost always results in a dull and plain-looking environment in game. The biggest problem with this is interior models and generally at night, where everything is just black.
I'm just aiming to complete as much of the town as i can, and then request (beg) somebody who could prelight the models to do it for me! I'll probably make a topic in the modeling section soon to begin asking for help.
...like using Paint with a mouse to make a drawing of a real life picture...
You're not wrong.
That's a nice restaurant thing you got! Will it have an interior, or is it simply for show?
As i mentioned above, it will feature a small interior that will become accessible during a mission and later serve as a weapon storage room.