HFF Announces $100M Sale of 2 Resort Hotels in St. Pete Beach, Florida

Jan 03, 2019 04:17 pm
TAMPA, Fla. -- 

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announces the $100 million sale of the Grand Plaza Hotel and the Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel, two waterfront hotels totaling 258 rooms in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The HFF team marketed the hotels on behalf of the seller, Excel Hospitality Inc. A venture led by Gencom purchased the hotels, and BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, will manage the assets.

Situated on 3.71 acres at 5250 Gulf Boulevard, the 156-room Grand Plaza Resort opened in 1975 as a Hilton Hotel and was most recently renovated between 2014 and 2016. The hotel houses the only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge in the state of Florida, Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro & Lounge, along with three other food and beverage outlets, Bongos Beach Bar & Grille, Level 11 Rooftop Lounge and The Palm Room Restaurant. Additional hotel features include direct beachfront access, beach cabanas, heated beachfront swimming pool, private balconies, water sports rentals, 24-hour fitness center, executive business center and 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

The Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel is a 102-room beachfront property on 6.27 acres at 6200 Gulf Boulevard. The two-story hotel hosts daily live entertainment and has two outdoor heated swimming pools; an executive business center; a lush central courtyard and two food and beverage outlets, Jimmy B’s Beach Bar and Grill and Players Sports Bar and Grill.

The hotels are a quarter mile apart and span across a combined 9.98 acres with approximately 450 linear feet of Gulf frontage on St. Pete Beach, which was ranked the 2018 No. 7 “Best Beach in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor and is a former No. 1 “Best Beach in the U.S.” St. Pete Beach is a barrier island at the southern end of Pinellas County 8.6 miles west of downtown St. Petersburg and less than 30 miles from downtown Tampa.

The HFF investment advisory team representing the seller included senior managing director and head of HFF’s hotel group Daniel C. Peek, director Preston Reid and associate Wyatt Krapf. The HFF Hotel Team continues to be active in the St. Petersburg area resort market, having recently advised on the sales of The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club and the Postcard Inn On The Beach.

“The Tampa Bay region continues to be a magnet for hospitality investment, drawn by its vibrant, diverse economy and tremendous leisure and recreation amenities,” Peek said.

“This transaction made it abundantly clear that there is significant institutional interest in St. Pete Beach, and we are looking forward to seeing the next chapter for these two resorts and many others on this beach in the years to come,” Reid added.

About Excel Hospitality Inc.

Excel Hospitality Inc. offers accommodations on some of the best beaches directly on the Gulf of Mexico. The company manages several St. Petersburg Beach beachfront restaurants, eloquent banquets, conference centers, meeting rooms, beach bars and entertainment and beach weddings and receptions. For more information, visit http://www.excelhospitality.com.

About Gencom

Gencom is a U.S.-based investment firm that owns, operates and develops prized real estate around the world, with an emphasis on luxury hotels, resorts and branded residential properties, and is also an active owner of and investor in hospitality operating platforms. Visit http://www.gencomgrp.com for more information.

About BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years. Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com

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About HFF

HFF and its affiliates operate out of 26 offices and are a leading provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services to the global commercial real estate industry. HFF, together with its affiliates, offers clients a fully integrated capital markets platform, including debt placement, investment advisory, equity placement, funds marketing, M&A and corporate advisory, loan sales and loan servicing. HFF, HFF Real Estate Limited, HFF Securities L.P. and HFF Securities Limited are owned by HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF). For more information, please visit hfflp.com or follow HFF on Twitter @HFF.

Daniel C. Peek
FL Lic. # SL3230371
HFF Senior Managing Director
(212) 245-2425

Preston Reid
FL Lic. #SL3333915
HFF Director
(813) 387-9900

Kimberly Steele
HFF Digital Content/Public Relations Specialist
(713) 852-3420