Yet Another High-End Dallas Hotel Sold as the Downtown Fairmont Goes For $69 Million

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Yesterday Bloomberg noted that high-end American hotels are being sold to buyers from Hong King, Singapore and China in the hopes of catering to "a growing number of affluent Asians traveling abroad." Among those sold: the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, now in the possession of Hong Kong billionaire Cheng Yu-Tung. Turns out, that's not the only Dallas hotel trading hands: Inland American Lodging Group, which last year bought the Marriott City Center on Pearl, says today that it's picked up the Fairmont Dallas for $69 million.

The hotel, which opened in '69, "exudes an air of elegance and luxury, combined with a dash of Texas flair," says the freshly minted press release. Hence the purchase -- and the promise of restoring the hotel to its former glory. From the release:
The Fairmont Dallas offers unparalleled accommodations that have received approximately $50 million of capital improvements since 1997, including $14.9 million ($27,300 per key) over the last four years. Inland American intends to invest in additional capital improvements that will allow the hotel to maintain and improve upon its luxury status.

"This unique asset represents a significant acquisition for Inland American at an attractive price per room," said Marcel Verbaas, president and CEO, Inland American Lodging Advisors, Inc. "The Fairmont Dallas fits all of our value and strategic investment criteria. The acquisition of this hotel will contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the overall quality of our portfolio and further diversifies our portfolio by customer and asset mix. This transaction also extends our commitment to furthering the success of downtown Dallas and the Arts District."
Inland American Lodging Group, incidentally, is based out of Illinois. And the property, on N. Akard, sits on the tax rolls at around $38 mil. Sadly, it is not available in pewter.

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Amorita Resort
Amorita Resort

Affluent Asians are not actually the ones to be catered by these luxurious Dallas hotels; truly, the way these hotels are being managed by their previous American owners can still be maintained by these Asian investors. The culture and atmosphere of these once American-owned hotels can actually be turned into something cross-cultural.=)

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

What color did they paint it  ....Our mistake is your savings brown ?

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

 Maybe it's time to revive the Mandarin Oriental hotel at Victory Park.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Not to mention the St. Regis on the Katy. Man, talk about much ado about nothing ever happened.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

And since we are talking about hotels that never materialized, I noticed that the Tower Petroleum Bldg. is no longer listed with Colliers International. Any idea if it sold?

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Wow, that was quick! Thanks for checking, anyway.

Even if all we see is ground-floor leasing at either, it would be a big step forward. 1401 Elm has so much potential for retail, especially with its parking garage ready to accommodate potential customers.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Glasscock says neither 1401 Elm nor the Tower Petro buildings have sold. They're just doing some stuff related to ground leases. He's sending me info on both.

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