Lone Star Funds and Aimbridge Hospitality to spend USD 55 mln on renovations


Global private equity firm Lone Star Funds with Aimbridge Hospitality, one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, today announced the recent completion of an approximately USD 55 million renovation project across its Aimbridge-managed Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties throughout North America.

A total of 38 hotels received renovations that included new and revitalized indoor and outdoor guest areas to exceed expectations of modern day travelers seeking the comfort of residential amenities and space while away from home.

“We are proud of the extensive renovations made on time and on budget at nearly 40 of our select-service hotels in our portfolio, and the feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Hugh J. Ward III, senior managing director at Lone Star North America Acquisitions (NY), LLC.  “We are extremely appreciative of the tireless efforts of Aimbridge Hospitality, our joint venture partner and manager, and Hudson Advisors, our servicer working in conjunction with the talented team at Hyatt to accomplish this impressive project. The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House select service hotels within our portfolio are now well positioned to capture increased market share while providing an exceptional guest experience consistent with the Hyatt brand.”

Room renovations at the Hyatt Place properties included new Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper sectionals, new carpeting, bedding, window furnishings, and updated bathrooms with stand-alone showers. To complement the new guestrooms, these hotels also transformed the public space with new furniture, technology upgrades, a revitalized breakfast and bar area offering coffee to cocktails, and the addition of a 24/7 guest market.

Renovations to the Hyatt House hotels included the addition of the brand’s signature H Bar, featuring the Sip + Snack Menu, a delicious menu including Bar Bites + Shareables, soups and sandwiches, plus premium beer and wine. The hotels’ outdoor areas, Outdoor Commons, were also enhanced with BBQs and fire pits, making them inviting places to sip refreshments, enjoy savory bites, and reconnect with friends and family.

“Hyatt is committed to supporting our owners and franchisees – and, in turn, we appreciate when they do the same with their assets, as Lone Star has done with its nearly 40 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels,” said Jim Chu, global head select service & franchise strategy, Hyatt. “It’s a strong testament to our combined commitment to product excellence.”

Susan Santiago, SVP global select & franchise operations for Hyatt added, “The relaunch of these hotels complements our recently announced new loyalty program, World of Hyatt, which is about celebrating members through the notion of understanding, and delivering what they want from our hotel brands. The Lone Star renovation is based on similar principals of recognizing and evolving our brands based on guests’ needs and expectations. With the benefit of this substantial capital investment and our brand initiatives, we look forward to what our partners and Hyatt can achieve in 2017 and beyond.”