Millenium Acquires Asturias Hotel in Madrid from Platinum for €82 Million

1 November 2019 The socimi Millenium has acquired the former Asturias hotel in central Madrid from the Platinum Estates group, which is controlled by the Hong Kong-based investor Harry Mohinani, for €82 million.

Millenium plans to refurbish the hotel and reopen it in 2021 in conjunction with Marriott’s W Hotels brand., The hotel is on the central Madrid square of Canalejas.

The 5-star, 136-room hotel will have furniture inspired by angels’ wings, round beds and bathrooms with transparent walls. The larger rooms will have work areas, dressing rooms and terraces with private jacuzzis.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Marco Aldany Founder Seeks Financial Partner for his Coliving Business

26 February 2019 – Idealista

(…). One of the founders of the chain of hairdressers Marco Aldany is strengthening his commitment to the real estate sector and, following the success of his student residence business, MiCasaInn, is raising the stakes with a search for financial partners to develop a coliving company in Madrid. According to explanations provided by Alejandro Fernández-Luengo to Idealista, the company already has three buildings in the centre of the capital that it could dedicate to this segment, although it wants a financial partner to help its growth across the rest of Spain.

This new venture into the coliving sector will arrive in the form of a spin-off. “After positioning ourselves as one of the main companies specialising in students housing in Spain through MiCasaInn, we believe that the natural step is to pilot a project for young people who have finished studying and who are joining the work place, so that they can continue with us”, said Fernández-Luengo.

Currently, the company has a portfolio of assets in which it has invested more than €50 million, in the hope of launching this project. It has one building in Plaza de Canalejas, measuring 4,500 m2, another in Puerta del Sol, spanning 7,000 m2 and a third in Chueca, which could become the group’s first coliving spaces once its new brand has been launched (…).

Original story: Idealista (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Villar Mir Engages Colliers To Accelerate Partial Sale Of Canalejas

26 September 2016 – Expansión

Grupo Villar Mir, the controlling shareholder of OHL, is making progress with its aggressive divestment plan, through which it aims to reduce its own level of indebtedness, as well as that of the construction company, and solve the financial problems that it finds itself immersed in. To this end, the industrial holding company has accelerated the search process to identify an investor willing to buy some of the complex of Canalejas buildings in Madrid.

Specifically, the Villar Mir group, which controls the project through a holding company (75%) and OHL (25%) has engaged the real estate consultancy Colliers to analyse the sale of a minority stake in the Canalejas complex, the real estate project that it is currently developing in the centre of Madrid.

The aim is to analyse the proposals that various investment groups have submitted to the owner of OHL, to participate in the project, which is expected to require an investment of €500 million. “This analysis phase will be completed in October and only then will we be able to take a decision regarding the possible partial divestment, whilst retaining control over and our commitment to the project”, said sources at the company.

According to El Confidencial, a number of possible interested parties are presenting themselves as contenders, including the international funds TH Real Estate and Lone Star.

In any case, Villar Mir will retain a majority stake in the project, given that its intention is to sell a stake of between 30% and 49%.

At the beginning of 2013, Villar Mir purchased seven buildings from Banco Santander, located between Calles de Alcalá, Sevilla and Plaza de Canalejas, for €215 million. The complex will house a luxury hotel managed by the Four Seasons chain, around 20 homes associated with the hotel, a shopping centre covering 15,000 sqm and a 500-space car park.

Initially, Villar Mir hoped to open the complex at the end of 2016, but problems with the Town Hall of Madrid relating to the renovation work delayed the project and it is now not expected to open until 2018. The construction company has launched a comprehensive divestment plan. Its portfolio of assets available for sale include 7% of Abertis, the industrial division, and the Mayacobá Mexican hotels. (…).

Original story: Expansión (by C. Morán and R. Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hotel Villa Magna In Madrid Up For Sale

16 January 2015 – idealista news

The Spanish hotel sector is on the radar of investors. The combined effects of the growth in tourism, falling price of oil and weakness of the euro bodes well for the performance of the sector; and sellers do not want to miss out on the opportunity. In the luxury segment, not only are the Ritz and Miguel Angel Hotels in Madrid up for sale, so too is the Villa Magna. Its owner, the Portuguese businessman Pedro Queiroz Pereira has expressed interest in selling the property, although the bids received so far have fallen below expectations.

Although no official sales mandate has been issued yet, the Portuguese firm Queiroz Pereira is open to offers for the purchase of Villa Magna, located in the Salamanca neighbourhood of Madrid. According to market sources, the selling price is close to €130 million, a price that no investor has been willing to pay so far.

Financial sources say that the price is inflated and that the hotel is not worth more than €90 million. Idealista.news contacted the owner of the property who declined to comment.

The Portuguese holding company, which also owns the Ritz Hotel in Lisbon, purchased the Villa Magna in 2001 from a Japanese family, the Shirayamas. Six years later, in 2007, it decided to undertake a “facelift” of the hotel, which was closed for 14 months whilst renovation work was completed. Sodim, a subsidiary of the Queiroz Pereira Group (and owner of Semapa, the main industrial group in Portugal) invested around €150 million on the hotel acquisition and remodelling work.

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Hotel Villa Magna currently has 150 rooms of between 30m2 and 290m2, as well as various conference rooms, meeting rooms and a garden for outdoor receptions and dinners. It also has a wellness club with a sauna and Turkish bath.

Hotels, an investor target

In 2014, investment in hotels amounted to €1,081 million, up 37% on the previous year, to reach levels similar to those recorded before the crisis. The following transactions were amongst those that took place in the 5 star segment: the Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona was sold by Marriott International to the Qatar Armed Forces for €78 million; the Hotel Intercontinental in Madrid was sold to the Katara Hospitality Fund for around €60 million; and the Hotel Meliá La Quinta in Marbella was also sold.

Last year was also significant because more transactions were recorded in the holiday hotel sector than in the urban sector. Transactions included the acquisition of the Guadalmina Hotel in Marbella (4 star) and the Meliá Jardines hotel in Teide, Tenerife (also 4 star) by Socimi Hispania.

The arrival of the Four Seasons chain, a boost for the sector

The arrival in Spain of the luxury hotel chain Four Seasons has increased the level of interest in the renovation of historic properties, such as the Miguel Angel and Ritz Hotels in Madrid, which are currently up for sale. This foreign chain expects to open its first property in the Plaza de Canalejas, Madrid in 2017. It will be the first Four Seasons hotel in Spain.

Original story: idealista.com (by @pmartinez-almeida and tânia ferreira)

Translation: Carmel Drake