RLJ Lodging Sells 383-Room Hotel in Boston for $170M

by Taylor Williams

BOSTON — RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ) has sold Fairmont Copley Plaza, a 383-room hotel located in the Back Bay area of Boston, for $170 million, or approximately $444,000 per room.

Maryland-based RLJ, which merged with Texas-based FelCor Lodging Trust Inc. in September, intends to use the proceeds from the sale to cover general corporate expenses, with an emphasis on paying down debt.

The sales price represents a capitalization rate of roughly 4.6 percent on the hotel’s projected net operating income (NOI) for 2017. The buyer of Fairmont Copley Plaza was not disclosed.

The hotel, which is situated within walking distance of Boston Common as well as a variety of shopping and dining destinations on nearby Newbury Street, opened in 1912. Amenities for guests include laundry services, safety deposit boxes, a 3,000-square-foot rooftop health club and on-site restaurant OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. The property also features 23,000 square feet of meeting and conference space.

“The disposition of this asset is consistent with our objectives of selling non-core assets and unlocking shareholder value,” says Ross Bierkan, president and CEO of RLJ.

Following the sale of Fairmont Copley Plaza, RLJ’s hospitality portfolio consists of 157 hotels totaling 30,800 rooms across 26 states and Washington, D.C.

RLJ’s stock price closed at $21.63 per share on Friday, Dec. 15, down from $24.50 per share one year ago.

Taylor Williams

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