10 October 2017 – Observatorio Inmobiliario
The summer holidays led to a slow down in hotel investment in Spain during the third quarter of 2017, after 6 months of euphoria and record-breaking deals, when more than €1,400 million was invested. By contrast, investment volumes reached just €240 million during the months of July, August and September, which represents a 55% decrease compared to the same period in 2016.
Nevertheless, the most significant operations of the quarter took place during the month of September, which, together with the major sale and purchase operations that are in the pipeline, suggests that hotel investment in Spain will accelerate again during the last few months of the year, according to CBRE Hotels. The consultancy predicts that the volume of investment may reach €3,000 million in 2017, which would represent a historical record, exceeding even the figure registered in 2015.
According to data collected by CBRE Hotels, between July and September, investors spent €240 million on the purchase of hotel assets, including not only hotels per se but also tourist apartments, aparthotels and plots of land and buildings dedicated to hotel use. In total, 22 assets were transacted (involving 2,500 rooms), with holiday hotels accounting for the lion’s share (65%) of the total amount invested (and representing 80% of the rooms sold).
In terms of the destination of investments, in the urban sphere, deals were very evenly distributed between Spain’s main cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Granada, Valencia and Bilbao. Nevertheless, in the holiday segment, investors spent 45% of their total investment in the two archipelagos (i.e. in the Canary and Balearic Islands).
In terms of the most significant operations, within the holiday perimeter, the acquisitions undertaken by Portobello Capital stand out – it was the most active investor during the third quarter of the year, starring in the purchase of several assets/stakes in hotels managed by Blue Sea Hotels & Resorts. In the urban segment, the most high-profile purchase involved Hotel Parque Central de Valencia by Senator Hotels & Resorts.
In the end, and just like during the first two quarters of the year, CBRE Hotels also brokered two operations during the third quarter. Firstly, it intermediated the sale of Hotel Dolce Sitges (5* and 263 rooms), which also became the most significant transaction of the quarter (in both the hotel and urban segments). On the other hand, the company executed the sale of a plot of land in Bilbao destined for the construction of the first hotel in the city of the Catalonia Hotels & Resorts chain. For Jorge Ruiz, Director of CBRE Hotels in Spain, “the unprecedented performance of the hotel sector during the first half of the year, both in terms of investment and operations, added to the volume transacted during the third quarter and the projects underway, suggest that investment in the sector could reach €3,000 million this year, whereby exceeding the record set in 2015”.
Original story: Observatorio Inmobiliario
Translation: Carmel Drake