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Best Practices for Structuring Nevada Hotel, Casino Deals

One of the first questions clients ask when considering a hotel casino acquisition or the development of a new hotel casino project in Nevada is whether they have to obtain a gaming license. Since applying for a gaming license requires the disclosure of extensive, private personal information — and obtaining a gaming license can take several months — buyers and developers often want to learn about alternatives to the license. [caption id="attachment_211656" align="alignright" …

Union Investment Acquires The Porter Hotel in Downtown Portland for $148.8M

PORTLAND, ORE. — Union Investment Real Estate GmbH has acquired The Porter, a 294-room boutique hotel in downtown Portland, for $148.8 million. The 16-story hotel is located at 1355 SW 2nd Ave. in the city’s Central Business District. The asset is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton brand. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Widewaters Hotels is the hotel’s developer, vendor and operator. Union Investment purchased the property from Widewaters via its open-ended real estate fund Unilmmo: Global. …

Chicago Hotel Supply Growth Is in Line With Other Markets

Back in mid-2017, in a piece that was published right here in Heartland Real Estate Business, I talked about what might be in store for the remainder of the year. Specifically, I wrote that while “concerns about oversupply will likely persist in many [Midwestern] markets,” the outlook was not as grim as some industry analysts had been forecasting — a “second wind in the hotel sector” was “helping to calm the waters.” The general sense was that we would continue to see moderate …

Wave of New Hotel Supply in Metro Detroit Reflects Improved Economic Fortunes

The Detroit metropolitan area has experienced significant economic growth in recent years, fueled by a strengthening auto industry as well as the continued diversification of the local employment landscape. The hotel sector is benefitting from existing employers expanding operations locally and new entrants to the market. The Big Three automakers continue to invest in the region, while companies like e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. are building large warehouse facilities. [caption …

Summit Hotel Properties Acquires Four-Hotel Portfolio for $164M

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE: INN) has purchased a four-property hotel portfolio for $164 million. The portfolio contains a total of 652 guestrooms. The acquisition includes the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland; and the 122-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza University in Tucson, Ariz. The Courtyard …

Ashford Hospitality Trust Closes $427M Refinancing for 17-Property Hotel Portfolio

DALLAS — Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) has closed a $427 million refinancing of 17 properties within its hotel portfolio. The hotels in the portfolio are situated throughout the West, Midwest and South. The new loan is expected to result in annual interest savings of about $9.8 million. Properties included in the portfolio are — Courtyard Alpharetta, Georgia — Courtyard Bloomington, Indiana — Courtyard Crystal City, Virginia — Courtyard Foothill Ranch, California — …

Bedrock Is a Major Force in Motor City

You’d be hard-pressed to find a commercial real estate company in the Midwest more active than Bedrock Detroit. The full-service firm — which acquires, leases, finances, develops and manages commercial and residential space — has several projects in the development pipeline spread across property types. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock has located more than 160 office and retail tenants to Detroit’s “technology-centric” downtown. In addition, Bedrock and its affiliates have …

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Sells Dumont NYC for $118M

NEW YORK — Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) has sold the 252-room Dumont NYC in New York for $118 million. The transaction marks Pebblebrook’s exit from the New York market. The upper upscale hotel is located at 150 E. 34th St. at Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. It was built in 1986. The buyer was LeFrak Organization, which plans to convert the hotel into apartments, according to The Real Deal. Dumont NYC was previously part of a six-hotel portfolio Pebblebrook held with joint …

Hotel Sector is on ‘Glidepath to Oversupply,’ But Chicago Could See a Soft Landing

I am heartened to see that my projections for 2016 in the Midwest hotel marketplace — particularly Chicago, my home market — held up fairly well. In a column that I authored for Heartland Real Estate Business this time last year, I pointed out “the question of whether supply will outpace demand is changing from if to when in many of these markets.” [caption id="attachment_175002" align="alignright" width="100"] Robert Habeeb, First Hospitality Group[/caption] That trend line …

MCR Completes Renovation of Hampton Inn by Hilton in Dunn, N.C.

DUNN, N.C. — MCR Development LLC, a hotel owner-operator, has completed renovation of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Dunn, a 120-room, select-service hotel located along the I-95 corridor in Dunn, approximately 40 miles south of Raleigh. The renovations included new landscaping, the addition of LED lighting to the exterior, a fresh painting and with new beds and

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