12 December 2018 – Expansión
The Malaysian group YTL Corporation is going to formalise the acquisition of the building when it opens, in 2020. The fund is also selling the Hotel Edition in Barcelona to a group from the Middle East.
Hotels in Madrid and Barcelona are continuing to attract stratospheric investments, encouraged by the appetite of investors for Spanish property and the strong performance of tourism in the two cities. The latest to close a million-euro operation is the fund KKH Property Investors, headquartered in Barcelona, which has agreed to sell the five-star hotel that it is building in the former headquarters of Monte de Piedad, in the centre of Madrid. The buyer is the Malaysian group YTL Corporation, which is going to pay €220 million for the property when the hotel is inaugurated, at the end of 2020.
On the other hand, KKH has also sold another five-star hotel in Barcelona, for around €80 million to a group from the Middle East whose name has not been revealed. The two have operating agreements with the US chain Marriott, through its brand Edition.
KKH Property Investors is an alliance between KKH Capital, founded by the former CEO of Renta Corporación, Josep Maria Farré, and the funds Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund I, Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund II and PW Real Estate Fund III, advised by Aermont Capital LLP. The joint venture, created in 2014, has an investment budget of €500 million.
The fund’s strategy is based on the search for prime locations in Spain, the construction of five-star hotels, the agreement with major international chains and the sale of the asset once it has been inaugurated. Since its creation four years ago, the fund has planned numerous investment and divestment operations.
The two hotels that have been sold by KKH share the fact that they have been designed by the architect Carlos Ferrater, they are both five-star establishments and they will both be integrated into the Edition chain.
In the case of the hotel in Madrid, whose operation will be effective from the end of 2020 (…), it will have a surface area of 25,000 m2 spread over seven above-ground storeys and two basement floors (…).
The future Hotel Edition in Madrid, located just 200 metres from the Plaza del Sol, will have 200 rooms and suites, and like the other establishments in the brand, will place a great emphasis on design and on the restaurant offering. It is expected to have six restaurants and will result in the creation of 400 jobs (…).
In the Catalan capital, KKH Property has followed a similar pattern. In that case, the divestment, agreed a while ago, has already been formalised, given that the hotel was inaugurated in September (…).
The hotel in Barcelona has 100 rooms and employs 230 people directly. Investment in the hotel exceeded €50 million.
Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)
Translation: Carmel Drake