Xenia Hotels & Resorts acquires Ritz-Carlton for $100.25 million

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc. has acquired The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver for $100.25 million, or approximately $496,000 per key.

“We are excited to have added a premier luxury hotel in one of our long-term core markets to our portfolio,” said Marcel Verbaas, chairman and chief executive officer of Xenia. “As one of the few true luxury offerings in the city, and with guest rooms that are unrivaled from a quality and size perspective, the hotel’s positioning in the market is uniquely differentiated. With the hotel having received approximately $60,000 per key in capital expenditures over the past few years, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is positioned particularly well to benefit from the many demand drivers in the downtown Denver market.”

“While Denver has experienced significant lodging supply increases over the past few years, strong demand growth has allowed the market to absorb these supply increases and we view the long-term market fundamentals favorably. The acquisition of this hotel further improves our overall portfolio quality and demonstrates our ability to source high-quality assets in major lodging markets at attractive prices. We believe that our asset management platform will be able to drive significant value at the property as the hotel is able to take full advantage of the recently completed renovations.”

The 14-story luxury hotel features 202 oversized rooms, including 47 suites, as well as 13,000 square feet of meeting space, The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Elway’s Restaurant. The hotel recently completed an extensive renovation of its guest rooms, food and beverage outlets, spa, meeting space and lobby. The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is part of a mixed-use development that also includes 25 luxury residences and 193 apartment units.

The hotel has exhibited consistently strong operating results, as illustrated by its RevPAR of $247.86 during the trailing 12 months ending July 31, according to Xenia.

Records show an affiliate of Pearlmark Real Estate Partners sold the hotel, which it had owned since 2010.

Jill Jamieson-Nichols has been an Editor with the Colorado Real Estate Journal for more than 15 years, providing coverage of office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use development news in the Denver metro area, plus all property types in Northern Colorado, Boulder County and along the Highway 36 corridor. Prior to joining CREJ, Jill was Editor of Golden's community newspaper, The Golden Transcript. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo. When she's not keeping you up-to-date on the latest happenings in Colorado's commercial real estate market, Jill can be found cross-country skiing, exploring the outdoors with her dog, playing piano, reading, or hanging out with family and friends.