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HEI Hotels & Resorts' Fund III Acquires Doubletree Guest Suites
in Waltham, Massachusetts

Hotel to Undergo $16 million Renovation

WALTHAM, Mass. and NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 19, 2009 - HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), the nation's fastest growing private owner/operator of hotel real estate, today announced the acquisition of the 275-room Doubletree Guest Suites in Waltham, Mass. for an undisclosed amount. The all-suite hotel will undergo a renovation program totaling approximately $16 million to upgrade all public and private spaces. HEI will oversee the renovation, as well as manage the hotel.

"This is the second acquisition of our $515-million HEI Hospitality Fund III, L.P. in the past 90 days," said Steve Mendell, EVP--acquisitions and development. "There are a number of hopeful signs that the hotel acquisition market is thawing, and HEI is well positioned to be a major player in the coming months. Our acquisition pipeline is building, and we expect our acquisition activity to pick up markedly in 2010."

Located at 550 Winter Street in Waltham in the Route 128-West submarket, the hotel is convenient to Brandeis University and Bentley College and 30 minutes west of downtown Boston and Logan International Airport. Situated in the heart of Waltham's technology, pharmaceutical and professional business communities, the property is surrounded by more than 26 million square feet of corporate office space. It also is proximate to top Boston attractions and within minutes of historic Lexington and Concord.

"We approached the previous hotel owner regarding this hotel and completed the all-cash transaction," said Roger Clark, HEI's SVP - acquisitions and development. "We have significant expertise in the Boston metro market, and we see major potential in creating additional value in the asset through the implementation of our industry-leading management programs." 

The renovation will touch upon all aspects of the hotel. The project will focus primarily on the guest suites, and will include the replacement of most case and soft goods, the addition of flat-screen televisions, and significant improvements in the guest bathrooms. The capital program will also address areas of the hotel's exterior, entrance, lobby, restaurant, and meeting space.

About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI is the fastest growing privately held owner/operator dedicated to the hospitality industry. Since its 2002 inception, HEI has fully aligned acquisition/development with operations and internal fund management, creating an efficient, risk-adverse business model designed to grow at an unprecedented, disciplined rate. Our growth is both qualitative and quantitative, as we continue to build our team of top industry talent and expand our portfolio of exceptional quality properties. 

In the span of 4 years, we have: 

  • Strategically assembled 32 properties in 16 states. 
  • Expanded our relationships with 11 major brands (Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental, Independent). 
  • Grown our associate "family", significantly increasing our rate of internal promotions. 
  • Increased total assets under management. 
HEI has, and will continue to, set industry leading standards through its accelerated growth, associate development and consistently healthy investor returns. 

*These figures include assets from Fund I, Fund II, and HEI Prudential Joint Venture.


 Media Contact:
    Jess Petitt
    HEI Hotels & Resorts

Also See: HEI Hotels & Resorts Completes $7 million Renovation of the Le Meridien Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts / May 2009

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