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hospitality Market News: Spanish Real Estate Intelligence

Eurostars Purchases Hotel Abba Centrum Alicante

5 December 2018 - Real Estate Press

The Eurostars hotel chain is growing in Alicante. Hotusa, one of the firms belonging to the group, has completed the purchase of the Hotel ABBA Centrum, which it has been negotiating since September.

The amount of the operation has not been revealed, although market sources calculate that it could fall in the range of €12 million to €15 million.

The intention of the chain is to reopen the hotel in January as the Eurostars Centrum, and so the work that it is going to carry out in the building is minimal. In fact, the hotel chain's website is already accepting reservations for the new hotel in the centre of Alicante from next month. According to sources familiar with the operation, the Hotusa group brand will subject the property to a detailed review to get it ready and will continue to operate it without carrying out any renovation work, at least for the time being.

With this acquisition, Eurostars is growing in Alicante and is whereby adding its third 4-star establishment to its portfolio in the Alicante capital. To date, the chain operates the Eurostars Lucentum, in the former headquarters of the now defunct Banco de Alicante on Avenida de Alfonso X el Sabio, opposite the Central Market, and the Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza, in the same square as the Town Hall. In all cases, the Eurostars hotels are 4-star establishments and offer mid-range prices, in modern buildings and in iconic urban locations.

The chain has more than 100 hotels across fifty destinations, all of which are medium-high end and, in general, housed in unique buildings. The hotel arm of the group is completed with Exe Hotels (60 establishments in Europe and Latin America) and Ikonik Hotels. In addition to its own establishments, the group has around 300 establishments associated with its hotel representation division throughout the world.

In the case of Alicante capital, and in parallel to the negotiation with ABBA Centrum, the chain has also been sounding out the market in the San Juan beach area of Alicante capital, although in that case, the operation has not come to fruition. In that area, the hotel that would be best suited to Hotusa’s plans is Alicante Golf, which is currently managed by the Husa chain, but there has not been any progress on that front for the time being.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
The Boom in Tourist Apartments Cools Down

3 December 2018 - Eje Prime

The boom in Airbnb and other collaborative economy platforms has removed thousands of flats from the real estate market in recent years. The high returns that owners receive from the overnight stays of tourists are behind the phenomenon, which has contributed to a decrease in the supply of rental homes available for residents and, therefore, to an increase in rental prices, especially in the large cities. Nevertheless, this phenomenon appears to have peaked.

At least that is according to the latest results from the Tourist Apartment Occupancy Survey published by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE). In October, Spain had 133,567 tourist apartments registered as such in the corresponding registers of the tourism councils of each autonomous region, which represented a decrease of 6,976 units with respect to the same month in 2017.

The decrease in October is the third consecutive monthly fall and the sixth so far this year; it comes after a period of continuous increases, which started in 2015. The maximum stock of tourist apartments in recent years was recorded in July of this year, with 167,241 units, coinciding with one of the months during which this indicator rises the most. Nevertheless, in August, the number of registered apartments decreased by 3.2% YoY, before falling by 2.3% in September and by 5% in October.

The decrease in the number of establishments took place in the last year to October in the five autonomous regions with the largest supply of that type of apartment. In the Canary Islands, where 45,958 apartments were recorded in October, the YoY decrease amounted to 2.9%, with 1,350 fewer establishments.

The most marked decrease, amounting to 13.1%, was recorded in the Community of Valencia, which lost 3,662 apartments, bringing the total to 24,280. The decrease amounted to 1.2% in Andalucía (with a stock of 18,442 apartments), 10.3% in the Balearic Islands (to 17,479 apartments) and 5.6% in Cataluña (to 10,895 apartments).

On the other hand, although the general trend is a decrease, in some autonomous regions, the volume of tourist apartments is continuing to rise, with increases in the double digits in some places, such as in the case of Cantabria, with an increase of 27.6% compared to October 2017 and of 14.8% in Castilla y León.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
MH Apartments Arrives in Madrid

29 November 2018 - Expansión

MH Apartments, the chain of tourist apartments founded by Javier Monguió (pictured below) in 2003, has just made its debut in Madrid with the opening of a building containing 24 apartments in the central square of Tirso de Molina and is preparing to open a new establishment in Prague, its third in the Czech city, containing 50 apartments.

With the incorporation of the building in Madrid and the upcoming opening, in March, of its third establishment in Prague, the company now has around fifteen buildings across three cities. With the two new openings, MH Apartments will have 250 apartments and around 1,300 beds.

The majority of its business is located in Barcelona, where it has 11 buildings. “Madrid formed part of our natural growth plans. This opening allows us to diversify our portfolio and take advantage of the boom in tourism in the city”, explains the founder and General Director of MH Apartments, Javier Monguió, in an interview with Expansión.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake