29 August 2017 – Málaga Hoy
More than 20 hotels along the Costa del Sol and in Málaga have changed hands in just three years. The exceptional data in the tourist sector and the lack of interest in other assets have converted hotel investment into a highly disputed prize. At the beginning of August, Internos Global Investors, a real estate investment fund founded in 2008 by Jos Short and Andrew Thornton, two Brits with prior experience in the real estate sector in the USA, confirmed the purchase of Vincci Posada del Patio, a five-star property located in the centre of Málaga, for €26.7 million. This is just one example of a phenomenon that seems unstoppable right now.
In July, the Hotel Príncipe Sol de Torremolinos changed hands for the second time in two years. The Meliá group sold it in 2015 to the US investment fund Starwood Capital. That operation formed part of a global agreement comprising seven hotel complexes in Spain. Nevertheless, the US firm held onto the property for just 24 months and sold it in July to the British fund London Regional Properties.
At the beginning of the year, Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios (….) acquired its third hotel in the province: namely, the NH Málaga, a complex for which it disbursed €23 million with the commitment of undertaking an extension amounting to an additional €18 million. In 2015, it acquired Vincci Málaga (€20 million) and in 2014, it purchased the four-star Hotel Guadalmina from the Moroccan businessman Judas Azuelos in an operation estimated to be worth €21.5 million.
(…) One of the Hispania’s rivals in the hotel market is HI Partners, created by Banco Sabadell in 2015 (…). That entity currently owns more than 30 establishments, of which three are located in Málaga. In 2015, it purchased the Hotel Silken Puerta Málaga, which has been renamed Sercotel Málaga (…). In 2016, it acquired Incosol (…) and at the end of last year, it bought the four-star Hotel Málaga Palacio from the AC Group (…).
In addition, at the end of 2016, the French fund Foncière des Régions spent more than €500 million on 19 hotel establishments that Merlin Properties owned in Spain, including the Tryp Alameda in Málaga. That operation was signed almost at the same time as the arrival of Activum SG Capital (….), which acquired the Marqués de Sonora building located on Calle Granada from the Azucarera Larios company, which it plans to convert into a luxury hotel with 82 rooms.
Moreover, Mazabi, an investment fund that manages the wealth of eight Spanish families, acquired the former Hotel Senator de Estepona at the end of 2015 (…).
Plenty of other groups have also expressed their interest in joining the ever-expanding list of investors with properties along the Costa del Sol, including the Mallorcan entity Logitravel, the hotel group Palia and the Catalan firm Estival Group (…).
Original story: Málaga Hoy
Translation: Carmel Drake