Denver’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sells for $100M

DENVER — Orlando-based real estate investment trust Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.(XHR) has acquired Denver’s 202-room, luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel, for $100.25 million —the 39th hotel in Xenia’s portfolio of primarily luxury and upscale hotels and the Company’s second Ritz-Carlton branded hotel.

The 14-story luxury hotel features 202 oversized rooms, including 47 suites, as well as 13,000 square feet of meeting space, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and Elway’s Restaurant. In 2017 the hotel completed an extensive renovation of its guestrooms, food and beverage outlets, spa, meeting space and lobby.

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is part of a mixed-use development called Denver Place, which also includes 25 luxury residences and 193 apartment units.

“We are excited to have added a premier luxury hotel in one of our long-term core markets to our portfolio,” said Marcel Verbaas, chairman and chief executive officer of Xenia. “As one of the few true luxury offerings in the city, and with guest rooms that are unrivaled from a quality and size perspective, the hotel’s positioning in the market is uniquely differentiated.  With the hotel having received approximately $60,000 per key in capital expenditures over the past few years, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is positioned particularly well to benefit from the many demand drivers in the downtown Denver market.”

In addition to being in excellent physical condition, the hotel has exhibited consistently strong operating results, as illustrated by its RevPAR of $247.86 during the trailing 12 months ending July 31, 2018. Xenia predicts that the hotel will generate approximately $2.5 million of Hotel EBITDA during the remainder of 2018.

“While Denver has experienced significant lodging supply increases over the past few years, strong demand growth has allowed the market to absorb these supply increases and we view the long-term market fundamentals favorably. The acquisition of this hotel further improves our overall portfolio quality and demonstrates our ability to source high-quality assets in major lodging markets at attractive prices. We believe that our asset management platform will be able to drive significant value at the property as the hotel is able to take full advantage of the recently completed renovations,” added Verbaas.

The hotel is truly in the epicenter of Denver’s corporate and entertainment district, in close proximity to the 2.2 million square foot Colorado Convention Center, over 36 million square feet of office space within one mile of the property, Coors Field, the University of Colorado Denver and the Denver Performing Arts Center.

According to Xenia Hotels & Resorts, the trust also owns two other properties in Colorado: Hotel Monaco in Denver and Residence Inn Denver City Center, both acquired in 2013.

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