Grupo Comatel Buys a Building in Valencia to Open a New Hotel

19 June 2019 – Valencia Plaza

Grupo Comatel has purchased a new 7-storey building on Avenida Germanías, 3, in the centre of Valencia, where it plans to open an MyR hotel.

In this way, the group led by Fidel Molina is continuing to grow its portfolio in the Mediterranean city, where it has set itself the objective of becoming the main luxury hotel chain.

Comatel’s began its quest in 2017, with the opening of its first establishment, Hotel Plaza Mercado, with 24 rooms and an investment of €12.6 million.

Last year, it opened 5 more hotels with an investment of €56 million, including a luxury aparthotel on Calle Calabazas, with 13 rooms and Marqués House, located in the former Café Madrid building, with 30 rooms and a 5-star rating.

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by Begoña Torres)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Azora Buys Hotel Pez Espada & Hotel Riviera in Málaga from Med Playa

9 May 2019 – Diario Sur

The Azora group has purchased the iconic Hotel Pez Espada in Torremolinos and Hotel Riviera in Benalmádena from Med Playa, as part of a larger operation involving seven establishments located in Benidorm and along the Costa del Sol.

In total, the investment group has added 1,670 rooms to its portfolio as a result of the transaction and it expects to invest €30 million in the repositioning of the seven hotels. The chain Med Playa will continue to manage all of the properties for a period of up to 35 years.

Hotel Pez Espada has 235 rooms, a 4-star rating and was refurbished by Playa Med as recently as 2017. It was inaugurated in May 1959 and was one of the first establishments to be built on the Costa del Sol at the start of the tourist boom. Its clientele included Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, amongst others.

Meanwhile, Hotel Riviera, which is also a 4-star property, is located next to Puerto Marina, serves adults only and has a sauna, spa, restaurants, gym and solarium.

From this operation, it is clear that Azora is committed to investing in tourist destinations with assured success, such as the Costa del Sol and Benidorm. It is currently creating a new fund to invest in holiday hotels along the Mediterranean and in hostels in the main European tourist cities.

Original story: Diario Sur (by Pilar Martínez)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

HG Inaugurates its First Urban Hotel & Prepares another Vacation Project

15 January 2019 – Alimarket

The chain HG Hoteles has opened the 4-star HG City Suites Barcelona aparthotel containing 58 accommodation units on Avenida Vía Augusta 89, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. The establishment is the result of the purchase and complete renovation of a building that used to house the Hotel NH Belagua (3* and 72 rooms), which was active until March 2017. The renovation project has resulted in both an increase in the category of the property from 3* to 4*, as well as a reduction in the number of rooms in order to offer units that are apartment-suites and studios.

The new HG City Suites Barcelona is located just a few minutes walk from Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia. It is surrounded by services, is next to some of the most prestigious medical centre in Barcelona, and is very close to the Sant Gervasio, Plaza Molina and Fontana metro stops”, explained the company. With his hotel, HG, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is making its debut in the urban hotel segment and is opening a new path of expansion.

Cristian Park will open in 2020

Nevertheless, the company’s next new property will be in the vacation sector and is scheduled for opening at the end of 2020. As Alimarket Hoteles reported, it will consist of the opening of a 4* new build aparthotel, to be operated by the owner, in the south of Tenerife, where HG Hoteles already has several apartment blocks: ‘HG Cristian Sur’ (3* and 90 rooms) and ‘HG Tenerife’ (3* and 189 rooms), in Los Cristianos. Indeed, it will open the future HG Cristian Park in that same town, with 202 accommodation units.

HG’s sun and beach offer is completed with the HG Lomo Blanco apartments (3* and 131 rooms) in Lanzarote, as well as some aparthotels in Menorca, namely: the ‘HG Jardín de Menorca’ (4*-144) and the ‘HG Cala Llonga’ (3*-30). The rest of its portfolio is made up of ski and mountain properties, including: the Huesca hotels ‘HG Alto Aragón’ (4*-134) and ‘HG Cerler’ (3*-101), the Girona-based ‘HG La Molina’ (4*-65), the Navarran ‘HG Isaba’ (3*-49) and the Granada-based ‘HG Maribel’ (4*-30).

Original story: Alimarket (by Paco Mota)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hispania Buys Hotel Fergus Tobago In Mallorca For €20M

27 June 2017 – Expansión

Hispania, at the half-way point of its life, is remaining firm in its commitment to the hotel segment, whilst continuing to divest its office and residential businesses.

As part of this strategy, the company in which George Soros holds a stake, has purchased Hotel Fergus Tobago, located on the island of Mallorca, for €20.2 million, which it has financed entirely using its own funds.

The company plans to invest an additional €10 million on the refurbishment of the hotel, which has 275 rooms and a 3-star ranking. With the repositioning work, the company hopes to increase the category of the establishment and improve its services. The Socimi plans to carry out this renovation once the 2018 season has come to an end.

Hotel Fergus Tobago recorded an average occupancy rate of 88% last year, according to data released by the Socimi.

Following the acquisition, Fergus Hotels will continue as the operator of the hotel, through a lease contract with fixed and variable components.

This purchase comes after the operation that the group undertook a few weeks ago when it acquired a hotel in Benidorm for €15.6 million. It plans to spend between €17 million and €19 million on the complete refurbishment of that asset.

Hispania now owns 11,296 rooms in 39 hotels and has consolidated its position as the largest hotel owner in Spain, ahead of the chain Melia.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake