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Ashford buys luxe California boutique hotel for $1.2M per key

Ashford Hospitality Prime plans to acquire the 80-room Hotel Yountville in Yountville, CA for $96.5 million ($1,200,000 per key).  Ashford intends to finance the property with approximately $50 million of non-recourse mortgage debt. 


"The acquisition of the highly-acclaimed Hotel Yountville fits perfectly with Prime's strategy of owning luxury hotels and resorts," said Richard J. Stockton, Ashford Prime's Chief Executive Officer.  "This transaction presented a great opportunity for us given the quality of this asset and its unique location in an attractive market in the Napa Valley with high barriers to entry.  We expect to achieve improvements in the performance of this hotel given the operating synergies with our nearby Bardessono property that we acquired in 2015."


Located in the heart of Yountville, CA, the Hotel Yountville is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco and enjoys a central location in the heart of the Napa Valley, widely acclaimed as the continent's premier wine and culinary destination with over 450 wineries. Known as the "Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley," Yountville boasts an array of restaurants by famed chefs, earning more Michelin stars per capita than any other place in North America. 


In addition to the valley's traditional wine and dining attractions, the region is also known as a popular leisure destination for hiking, biking, golfing, shopping and festivals.

The Hotel Yountville was originally built in 1998 and, in 2011, underwent an extensive expansion and renovation that upgraded all guestrooms, including 29 newly-built guestrooms, and added a restaurant, spa, meeting and event space, an outdoor pool, and lounge patio. 


Currently, the property has 80 luxury rooms and suites and is in excellent physical condition.  The hotel offers exceptional amenities, including large, well-appointed guestrooms and suites with private patios/balconies, the acclaimed Hopper Creek Kitchen restaurant and bar, in-room dining service, complimentary wine tastings, an on-site spa and 4,392 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.  The property's outdoor amenities are notable as well, including a resort-style outdoor heated pool and lounge, landscaping and water features, and the availability of complimentary bicycles for guest use.


Post-closing, the property will be managed by Remington Lodging. Remington has managed the Bardessono Hotel & Spa, also located in Yountville, since the Company's acquisition of that property in July 2015 and has led the successful transition of that property which produced improvements in operational results during the Company's first full year of ownership.  Over time, the Company expects that Remington will be able to provide operational synergies between the complimentary properties. 


The purchase price for the Hotel Yountville represents, as of December 31, 2016, a trailing 12-month capitalization rate of 6.2% on hotel net operating income of $5.9 million and a trailing 12-month 14.6x hotel EBITDA multiple, according to the Company's preliminary estimates based on unaudited operating financial data provided by the sellers. 


On a trailing 12-month basis as of December 31, 2016, the Hotel Yountville achieved RevPAR of $469.12, with 87.8% occupancy and an average daily rate (ADR) of $534.30, according to unaudited operating financial data provided by the sellers.  A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is included in the financial table below.


Ashford Hospitality Prime is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investing in luxury hotels and resorts.

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