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AWH Partners Announces Acquisition of a Portfolio of Eight Embassy Suites Hotels

NEW YORK – AWH Partners, LLC – a privately held, New York-based, real estate investment, development and management firm – announces today that it has placed under contract eight Embassy Suites Hotels for an undisclosed price and will close in January 2014. The transaction involved AWH Partners working through a complicated bankruptcy process involving a quick, all-cash, no-contingency closing. The ownership group will invest more than $50 million in physical upgrades to complete a substantial repositioning to the portfolio over the next two years.

“This portfolio of well-located and premium-branded assets, with multiple parallel sales processes and a complicated bankruptcy, attracted the most sophisticated and well-capitalized opportunistic investors,” says Chad Cooley, principal of AWH Partners. “Given the multi-dimensional nature of the diligence required for the investment, AWH gained an advantage by moving very quickly.”

“Our deep operating expertise through our ownership of Spire Hospitality, led by CEO Bill DeForrest, and our in-house development expertise were not only critical in allowing us to secure the deal, but also will help us execute on the business plan,” says Jon Rosenfeld, principal of AWH Partners. “This portfolio represents an opportunity for AWH to leverage its core strengths of acquiring, operating and redeveloping undercapitalized assets to generate out-sized returns.”

“The acquisition of this portfolio marks a banner year for AWH and brings our investment in hotels to more than $400 million and 3,700 keys since 2011,” says Russ Flicker, principal AWH Partners. “We are very excited about the opportunities for growth in 2014 in hospitality and beyond.”

Spire Hospitality, the hotel management arm of AWH Partners, will manage the eight hotels while AWH Development, AWH Partners’ in-house development arm, will oversee renovations.