News for the Hospitality Executive
AUSTIN, Tex./ SEATTLE, Wash., July 10, 2012—The Dow Hotel Company (DHC), a Seattle-headquartered hotel owner/investor, today announced that a joint venture between DHC and The Carlyle Group’s (NASDAQ: CG) Carlyle Realty Partners VI have acquired the Lakeway Resort and Spa near Austin, Texas. In addition, the new owners said they plan to invest more than $5 million to complete a renovation started by the prior ownership group. Operations of the resort will not be affected by the sale.
Situated on 12 acres with 1,000 feet of waterfront on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country, the AAA Four Diamond resort features 174 luxury guest rooms, suites and villas. The property is less than 30 miles from Austin and offers more than 24,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space for both business and leisure groups. Key resort amenities include the San Saba Spa, a full range of water activities and world-class tennis with 24 outdoor courts and two indoor climate-controlled courts.
“With the hotel industry in the midst of a recovery, we believe the Lakeway Resort has excellent growth potential,” said Thad Paul, managing director of The Carlyle Group. “The strong job growth we are seeing in the Austin feeder markets around Texas, and the opportunity to reposition the property through capital improvements and new management makes this an attractive investment.”
“The hotel is in good condition having recently completed a $15 million renovation in the past few years,” said Murray L. Dow II, DHC founder and president. “We will upgrade the restaurant and introduce an expanded menu and complete some mechanical improvements this year. We also will undertake a complete makeover of all the guest rooms and bathrooms. Other plans for next year also call for upgrading the ballroom, creating a unique wedding experience space and refreshing the lobby and corridors. When completed, we will have a like-new resort in a stunning destination setting on Lake Travis.”
Hospitality Funding LLC, a Palm Beach, Fla.-headquartered boutique investment firm, focused on raising equity, mezzanine and debt financing for hospitality assets, advised the buyer group on the transaction.
About The Carlyle Group
Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $159 billion of assets under management in 94 active funds and 63 fund of funds vehicles as of March 31, 2012. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Fund of Funds Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has developed expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,300 people in 32 offices across six continents. Web: www.carlyle.com.
About The Dow Hotel Company
Founded in 1997, Seattle-based The Dow Hotel Company is a hotel owner/investor and operator of 12 first-class, full-service hotels throughout the United States. The company’s portfolio of owned and managed properties consists of institutional-grade hotels, under such brands as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Sheraton, and Crowne Plaza. The company aggressively seeks to acquire, co-invest with joint venture partners and/or manage mid- to large-size, first-class, full-service hotels and resorts, especially those with extensive food and beverage capabilities.
The company currently operates 14 food and beverage facilities, ranging from casual dining to upscale, bars/lounges and Starbuck and Tully’s coffee outlets. In addition to Basil’s Kitchen and Bistro, the division’s restaurant concepts include SunSpot, BC Bistro, and Basil’s Bistro. Additional information about The Dow Hotel Company may be found at www.dowhotelco.com.
About Lakeway Resort and Spa
The Lakeway Resort and Spa is located on the shore of the renowned Lake Travis 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin and 40 minutes from the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Originally built in 1963, the property has provided spectacular lakeside experiences for decades to the Who’s Who of Texas and generations of families enjoying a retreat for vacations and celebrations.
An extensive, multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Lakeway Resort and Spa was completed in 2007. The resort now features 174 guest rooms providing spectacular lakeside views, as well as suites and condominiums. Recognized as one of the top meeting destinations in Texas, Lakeway Resort and Spa now offers 24,000 square feet of IACC-certified conference space as well as 17 meeting and conference rooms. Additional amenities include four ballrooms; San Saba Spa; a fitness center; a multi-level resort pool complex with waterslides and whirlpools; an upscale restaurant and a sports bar and grill.
A 5,200-square-foot, glass-enclosed ballroom called Vistas extends over the water’s surface to provide dramatic views of Lake Travis. The resort specializes in creating weddings and events ranging from elegant black-tie celebrations to intimate gatherings for family and friends. Advance tee times are available at four nearby 18-hole championship golf courses that are among the finest in central Texas. Lakeway also has a multi-level resort pool complex with waterslides and a luxurious spa – San Saba Spa. In addition, a marina and sailing activities are nearby. Lakeway Resort and Spa is the host of Live at the Lake, a free series of concerts held monthly each summer. Showcasing some of Austin’s top bands, Live at the Lake attracts thousands of music enthusiasts.
Lakeway Resort and Spa is located at 101 Lakeway Drive, Austin, Texas 78734. Reservations may be made by calling toll-free 800-525-3929, local 512-261-6600 or online at www.lakewayresortandspa.com.
Chris Daly, media
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