The Templar Hotel seems to be based on the real-life Rosslyn Hotel near Pershing Square in Los Angeles, being also composed of two buildings across a street from each other and with a similar sign over their roofs.
The southern bulding, located on the same city block as The Vault, makes a very strong defensive position when used effectively. Using the building as a star fort, it is possible to defend the only stairs leading to it without exposing himself too much. Waiting a player to be on the higher ladder to shoot him defenseless in the back is both a safe and effective way of preventing any access from the ground. The lack of higher buildings in the area also limits the effectiveness of parachuting on it.
The southern building is the highest building in this area reachable while on foot, without the need of a helicopter or a parachute. The northern building and the building just northeast are the only two buildings higher than it and close enough to see players on it. Any other building is either lower, or too far away to see other players.
The "Templar Hotel" sign and the two blocks on the roof also provide good protection against kamikazes and bombings. Another strength of the building is the size of its roof, which allows losing cops before they reach the roof, and is large enough to run to a safe side, if an airstrike is detected early.
- The hotels take their name from the Knights Templar, a medieval military order famous for taking part in the Crusades, and eventually depossessed of all their properties by the king of France and condemned for heresy by the Pope during early 14th century. The signs on the roofs reuse the design of the cross used by the Templars, although stretched.