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HEI Said to Plan to Buy Hotel Palomar Arlington for $45 Million

February 13, 2012

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- HEI Hospitality LLC, a closely held lodging investment and management company, is in talks to buy the upscale Hotel Palomar Arlington for about $45 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

An agreement for the $292,200-a-room purchase is likely to be completed soon, said the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.

The hotel, located near Washington, is owned by JBG Cos., a Chevy Chase, Maryland-based developer. The property is run by Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC, the San Francisco-based operator of 52 boutique hotels and 56 restaurants in the U.S. HEI owns 42 high-end properties with such brands the Le Meridien, Crowne Plaza and Westin.

Occupancy at Washington-area hotels was little changed at about 69 percent last year through November, according to Hendersonville, Tennessee-based STR Global. That compares with a 68 percent occupancy for hotels in the top 25 U.S. markets, up from 65 percent a year earlier.

“Over the long term, Washington is a good market with not much new supply coming in,” said Patrick Scholes, a New York- based analyst at FBR Capital Markets. “In the immediate term, the region has been one of the softest markets because of government-austerity measures and a decline in spending.”

Anthony Rutledge, a spokesman for Norwalk, Connecticut- based HEI, and Aimee Grove, a Kimpton spokeswoman, declined to comment. Matt Blocher, a spokesman for JBG, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

--Editors: Daniel Taub, Christine Maurus

To contact the reporter on this story: Nadja Brandt in Los Angeles at nbrandt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Taub at dtaub@bloomberg.net


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