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Real Estate Investors Turn Attention to Manhattan Hotels
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Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality Group Advises
on Three Manhattan Hotel Transactions
NEW YORK- Dec. 6, 2006- Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately held commercial real estate services firm, today announced its involvement in the sale and recapitalizations of three Manhattan hotels, with a collective value of more than $250 million.  The properties include the Sutton Hotel, Hotel 57 and Thirty Thirty.

Cushman & Wakefield's Hospitality Group and New York Capital Markets Group represented Alchemy Properties in the sale of the Sutton Hotel. The newly renovated property is a historically significant, all-suite hotel on East 56th Street in the upscale Sutton Place neighborhood on Manhattan's East Side. The Sutton boasts a long history of notable guests, including Nathanael West, the author of "The Day of the Locust."

The new owners of the property, Korman Communities, will maintain the Sutton's historical market position by accommodating the luxury sector of the long-term and extended-stay markets in Manhattan.

Cushman & Wakefield's Hospitality Group also represented PMG in the recapitalization of Hotel 57 and Thirty Thirty.  Hotel 57 is located in the retail and commercial epicenter of Manhattan's East Side on the corner of East 57th Street and Lexington Avenue.  The hotel has been totally reconfigured and renovated, positioning the property as a prominent new entrant into Manhattan's burgeoning collection of intimate, high-design lodging experiences. Hotel 57 is home to Opia, one of the East Side's hottest restaurants, as well as an array of other upscale retail tenants.

Thirty Thirty, located at 30 East 30th Street, is the most significant hotel in the Madison Square district in lower Midtown. Located a few blocks north of Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building, the hotel lies in the center of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Manhattan.  Upscale residential conversions are rife throughout the surrounding blocks, and the restaurant and nightlife scene is well established.  Thirty Thirty will ultimately enter the market as one of the most attractive hotels in New York, with the guest experience enhanced by newly renovated rooms and expansive lobby-level public spaces, which are the largest of any similarly sized hotel in the market.
 


Sutton Hotel

Hotel 57

Thirty Thirty

"Considered separately, these three assets generated significant interest from hotel companies, REITs and other real estate investors, both domestic and international," said Tom McConnell, senior managing director of Cushman & Wakefield's Hospitality Group. 

"Collectively, these transactions are an excellent example of the continued strength of New York's late-decade lodging market, and the desirability for New York hotels by the real estate investment community.  Last year, each of these sales would likely have been to a residential converter, but that is no longer the case as hotels vie with office buildings as Manhattan's premier asset class."

Cushman & Wakefield, the world's preeminent provider of real estate services, established Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality with services devoted exclusively to the lodging and gaming industries. The group's professionals combine extensive hotel analysis, operations and real estate experience with local market insight, and national and international coverage.

Bringing together a team of experienced hospitality professionals with various service specialties, Cushman & Wakefield tailored its hospitality service line to address the particular needs of hotel real estate investors. Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality professionals offer core services in Hotel Transactions, Valuation and Investment Advisory, Gaming Investment Advisory, Project Management and Development Advisory.

Cushman & Wakefield is the world's largest privately held real estate services firm.  Founded in 1917, the firm has 195 offices in 55 countries around the globe, and 11,000+ talented professionals.  Cushman & Wakefield delivers integrated solutions by actively advising, implementing and managing on behalf of landlords, tenants, and investors through every stage of the real estate process.  These solutions include helping clients to buy, sell, finance, lease, and manage assets. Cushman & Wakefield also provides valuation advice, strategic planning and research, portfolio analysis, and site selection and space location assistance, among many other advisory services.  To find out more about Cushman & Wakefield, please call 1-800-376-3133, or visit the firm's Web site at www.cushmanwakefield.com.

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Contact:

Cara Greenberg
Media Relations Associate
Corporate Communications
Cushman & Wakefield
212-841-7660
cara.greenberg@cushwake.com

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Also See: Cushman & Wakefield Advises Significant Hotel Transaction; Sale of Radisson Stockton is Largest Known Hotel Transaction in this Market in the Past Few Years / August 2005
Cushman & Wakefield Completes Jacksonville Hotel Transaction / September 2005
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