Radisson Blu bought by German investors

Royal Mile hotel sold in ‘biggest deal’ for 8 years

Radisson BluThe Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh has been sold to a German investor for an undisclosed price in what is said to be the largest hotel transaction in Scotland since 2007. It had been put on the market by administrators at Deloitte with a price tag of £59 million.

Deka Immobilien GmbH has acquired the four-star city centre hotel on behalf of WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH’s TargetSelect Hotel fund.

Acting for private and institutional investors, the Düsseldorf-based company currently manages assets worth several billion euros in 15 European countries.

The 238-bedroom hotel enjoys a prime location within Edinburgh’s historic old town – an area now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sale includes a youth hostel and retail unit plus a site to the rear with significant development potential. The hotel is currently let to Rezidor, which holds a lease until 31 October 2028, with an option to extend.

Savills and HBJGateley acted for Deka.

Manchester’s Park Inn by Radisson, which was marketed for sale with the Radisson Blu Hotel earlier this year, has been sold to UK investor The Ability Group, which has established a significant presence in the UK and European property markets, across residential, commercial and hotel sector.

It was marketed at £20m and the investor will add it to a portfolio that includes Premier Inn Glasgow, Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge, Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Liverpool Hilton and the Hilton, London Syon Park.

CBRE and JLL were appointed to dispose of the two hotels by John Reid & Peter Allen, both of Deloitte, as joint administrators and joint liquidators of the vendors.

Kerr Young, Director of Hotels and Hospitality for JLL, commented: “The Radisson Blu in Edinburgh offers not only a secure income stream with great covenant strength, but also prime real estate in Scotland’s historic capital – one of the most sought after hotel markets in Europe. Since the hotel went up for sale, alongside the Park Inn by Radisson in Manchester, we have received a huge amount of interest, underlining the appetite from investors in today’s market.”

Paul Collins of CBRE Hotels added “The hotels are fantastic assets for WestInvest and The Ability Group, and we are certain that the current buoyant investment market will continue into 2015 as disappointed investors seek alternative opportunities.”

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