BETHESDA, Md. — Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s largest lodging real estate investment trust (REIT), announced that it has acquired the fee simple interest in the 448-room Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas, for approximately $161 million in cash. Hyatt will continue to manage the property under a long-term management agreement.
“We are excited to have executed an off-market, opportunistic acquisition of a high-quality hotel in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, which continues to be a top beneficiary of corporate and people relocation,” said James F. Risoleo, president and CEO. “As travel resumes, we expect the well-located Hyatt Regency Austin to benefit from a strong rebound led by Austin’s multiple leisure and business demand drivers that are anchored in world-renowned music festivals, sporting events, and blue-chip corporations. Additionally, we are encouraged by the reported contraction in Austin’s hotel construction pipeline relative to pre-pandemic levels and by the market’s significantly lower hotel operating costs compared to other markets. We expect this acquisition to raise our EBITDA growth profile, while positively enhancing our geographic diversification by adding a market with a thriving economy and a young and vibrant population.”
Risoleo continued, “Our long-standing relationships and ability to execute quickly and with existing liquidity, provided us the opportunity to acquire this hotel ahead of a planned foreclosure auction at a very attractive yield based on 2019 performance. Our goal is for the Hyatt Regency Austin to exceed 2019 levels of revenues and EBITDA on a stabilized basis as Hyatt leverages Host’s data-driven asset management and enterprise analytics platforms to drive incremental expense reductions and productivity improvements at the hotel.”
Situated on nearly six acres in a park-like setting along Lady Bird Lake, this waterfront hotel offers scenic views and is near the city’s South Congress District with easy access to numerous leisure attractions, including the South Congress entertainment area, Zilker Park, and the Colorado River, which offers recreational water activities.
The 670,000-square-foot property underwent a rooms renovation in 2015 and a meeting space expansion in 2015 and renovation in 2018. The hotel offers 45,000 square feet of total meeting space, including ballrooms of 14,000 and 10,000 square feet, as well as two food and beverage outlets, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.
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