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Embassy Suites Laredo Acquired by AWH Partners

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019

Investors Purchase Only Full-Service, Branded Hotel in Established Texas Border Market

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2019)AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, announces today the purchase of Embassy Suites by Hilton Laredo, a strategic acquisition for the company already well-versed in the ownership, renovation and operation of Embassy Suites by Hilton hotels. Located in downtown Laredo – the largest port along the United States-Mexico border – the 154-suite property is the only full-service, branded hotel in the market. Spire Hospitality, AWH’s full-service hospitality management company, is now managing the Embassy Suites Laredo and will begin implementing core strategies and procedures to grow operating revenues and profit margins.

“Our ownership and management team bring a strategic advantage in the ownership and operation of Embassy Suites hotels,” says Jonathan Rosenfeld, co-founder and managing partner, AWH Partners. “Our team acquired a portfolio of eight, distressed Embassy Suites across the nation, executing multi-million-dollar renovations and replacing management at each. The result included cost-savings initiatives and created significantly stronger value of each of the hotels in the portfolio. Our deep knowledge of the Embassy Suites brand from that extensive project, as well as from others, allows great opportunity for AWH and Spire Hospitality at Embassy Suites Laredo.”

Poised as a market leader in historic downtown Laredo, the hotel features notable Embassy Suites benefits of two-room suites and complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and evening receptions. Centrally located three miles from Laredo International Airport and a short drive from the Mexico border, the property offers 4,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space, an executive boardroom, indoor pool and fitness center. The Mall Del Norte, with over 160 stores, and Lake Casa Blanca International State Park are in close proximity, while the Laredo Energy Arena housing up to 10,000 people for annual concerts and events is also a short distance from Embassy Suites Laredo.

“Laredo has a strong, stable economic base, with continued opportunity for growth,” says Russ Flicker, co-founder and managing partner, AWH Partners. “The inland port processed more than half of all land trade in Texas last year, while the destination is also popular for weekend travelers from Mexico. In addition, the hotel demand continues to expand with a full-service convention center set to open in Laredo in 2020.”

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AWH Continues to Expand Portfolio – Now Recognized as 15th Largest Owner in Nation

Posted on: October 2nd, 2019

NEW YORK (Oct. 2, 2019) – AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, proudly announces its ranking as the 15th largest hotel owner/development firm in the United States, as identified by the Hotel Business® 2019 Owners & Developers ranking, which profiles the top 100 largest owners and developers of hotels across the country. Rankings profiled in the online publication are based on total owned properties and open rooms.

“AWH is one of a small number of hotel owners/operators that are investors first,” says Russ Flicker, co-founder and managing partner of AWH Partners, LLC. “We are trying to build a business that will be around for 100 years,” he continued. “In just a few months, we will mark our 10-year anniversary, and while we are excited about what we have built and the direction of the company, we know we need to continue to push to stay on top of technology and market changes. Being successful last year is no guarantee of success next year, so we are focused on delivering for our investors and we are confident that will lead to our success.”

Hotel Business is a widely read online publication with an audience of hotel owners, general managers and financial executives.

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DoubleTree By Hilton Albuquerque Purchased By AWH Partners

Posted on: August 9th, 2019

Investors Acquire Newly-Renovated Hotel in Emergent New Mexican Market

NEW YORK (Aug. 8, 2019)AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, announces the acquisition of DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque, marking more than a dozen Hiltons and over 1,500 DoubleTree keys acquired across the United States – and the first hotel purchased in the growing New Mexico market – for the investment firm. Located in the heart of Albuquerque’s Central Business District, the newly-renovated DoubleTree is the only hotel directly connected to the 300,000 square-foot Albuquerque Convention Center, giving the property a strategic competitive advantage over other full-service hotels in the area. Spire Hospitality, AWH’s full-service hospitality management company, is now managing the 295-room DoubleTree Albuquerque and will begin implementing core strategies, leveraging the ownership and management companies’ breadth of experience with the brand to grow operating revenues and profit margins.

“DoubleTree Albuquerque completed a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2018, including all guestrooms, public spaces and meeting rooms, and offers exclusive access to the Albuquerque Convention Center, which also recently completed a $23M+ restoration,” says Russ Flicker, principal of AWH Partners. “The product and its location, coupled with the robust market growth, a healthy convention calendar and the hotel’s proximity to tourism hot spots in Albuquerque, indicate we will continue seeing the significant upward momentum this property has seen since its renovation.”

Poised in the heart of downtown, DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque’s contemporary design features nuances of the Southwest with enviable views of the Sandia Mountains beyond the metropolitan location. The urban, full-service Hilton provides 8,100 square-feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space, along with direct, underground access to the expansive Albuquerque Convention Center. Icon Bistro invites guests for New Mexican-inspired breakfast classics, while the menu at Lounge 201 serves up lunch and dinner options in a modern, relaxed setting perfect for gatherings with friends, families and colleagues.

“Market research shows Albuquerque growing at a rapid rate, with an increasing concentration of high-tech companies moving to the destination, including a new 300-acre Facebook campus and a new Netflix production hub. More than 3,100 new high-tech related jobs have been added to the area in the last 18 months,” says Chad Cooley, principal, AWH Partners. “This economic development and the draw of the beautiful locale is driving significant hotel demand. We’re thrilled to establish AWH Partners presence in this alluring destination.”

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AWH Partners Purchases Renowned, 100-Acre Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont

Posted on: January 25th, 2019

Investors Identify Strong Growth Opportunity, Following Vail Resorts to Destination

NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2019) AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, announces the acquisition of the celebrated Topnotch Resort and Spa establishing the ownership group’s presence in the emerging ‘East Coast Capital of Skiing.’ Spire Hospitality, AWH’s full-service hospitality management company, is now managing the resort and will immediately implement its repositioning strategy, leveraging Spire’s experience at AWH’s similarly-situated High Peaks Resort (Lake Placid, NY) to drive stronger operating revenues and profit margins.

“With Vail Resorts now running the Stowe Mountain skiing operations and bringing both the industry-leading Epic Pass and Vail’s vast resources to the destination, we see great potential in this notable resort in a growing market,” says Chad Cooley, principal of AWH Partners. “Topnotch Resort fits perfectly with the AWH strategy to purchase underperforming holdings situated on desirable land with multiple avenues for adding immediate and long-term value.”

Set within 100 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield in Stowe, VT, Topnotch Resort and Spa blends the charm of a quintessential ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of a world-class resort. A consistent Condé Nast Traveler ‘Readers’ Choice Award’ recipient and  U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hotel in Vermont of 2017,’ the property offers 68 guestrooms; the acclaimed 35,000 square-foot Topnotch Spa; 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space; two local favorite, full-service restaurants – The Roost and Flannel; a premier Tennis Center with four indoor and six outdoor courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; and an indoor pool, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi and two outdoor pools with mountain views.

With appreciation for the stunning natural setting and beautiful vistas at Topnotch, AWH Partners will begin exploring expansion and redevelopment opportunities of the AAA Four-Diamond property. “In addition to our immediate strategy of repositioning Topnotch’s operations, in the long-term analysis of this acquisition, we see substantial opportunity in leveraging the property’s vast and dramatically underutilized acreage for sustainably and respectfully improving the resort’s renowned facilities.  Towards that end, we have brought on board local Vermont resident and experienced real estate executive Mark D’Angelo, and look forward to working collaboratively with our neighbors, the Town of Stowe, and the State of Vermont on any future plans,” says Jon Rosenfeld, principal, AWH Partners.

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AWH Partners, Joy Construction Corporation and Maddd Equities Expand Into Boston Market With Purchase of Three Hotels

Posted on: December 11th, 2018

NEW YORK (December 10, 2018) – AWH Partners, LLC, Maddd Equities, LLC and Joy Construction Corporation announce the purchase of three Holiday Inn (NYSE: IHG) hotels in the Boston suburbs, Holiday Inn & Suites Boston-Peabody, Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough and Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel and Conference Center in an off-market transaction. Spire Hospitality, AWH’s full-service hospitality management company, is now managing the properties. The group signed long-term franchise agreements with IHG and will begin extensive renovations to each of the hotels, including upgrades to the guest rooms, common areas and meeting space.

“The acquisition of these three Holiday Inns continues our approach of investing in value add hotel opportunities and substantially repositioning them physically and operationally,” says Jon Rosenfeld, principal of AWH Partners. “This purchase is exciting for us, as it is our first deal in the Boston area and expands our footprint into another major market.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with AWH on the acquisition of this portfolio in Boston” says Eli Weiss, principal of Joy Construction. “As one of the nation’s oldest and most successful cities, Boston is a dynamic market with both positive growth drivers and high barriers to entry. We look forward to the renovated and repositioned product, that we expect, will yield an attractive return on our investment.”
Located in activated urban infill and suburban locations surrounding Boston, one of the nations’ leading hotel markets, the Holiday Inn & Suites Boston-Peabody, Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough and Holiday Inn Boston-Dedham Hotel and Conference Center together have a total of 555 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of event and meeting space.
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AWH Partners, LLC and Opterra Capital, LLC Acquire 321-Room Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018

NEW YORK (November 29, 2018) – AWH Partners, LLC and Opterra Capital, LLC announce today the acquisition of Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter making it the third Marriott Hotel, the iconic flagship of Marriott International, in their portfolio. Starting Nov. 9, Spire Hospitality began operation and management the hotel.

“As an uncommon opportunity to buy a Marriott-branded hotel with a strong history of consistent earnings in need of material renovation, buying the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter fits directly in our strategy of identifying diversified, opportunistic investments,” says Russ Flicker, principal of AWH Partners. “Further, the hotel finished a comprehensive rooms renovation within days of our closing, leaving us the opportunity to renovate the public spaces while enjoying ramp up from the rooms.”

“We are proud to continue our long, positive track record with Marriott International,” says Glenn Alba, president of Opterra Capital. “The asset is well-positioned through its renovation to see increasing room night demand through a variety of opportunities. Now recognized as the tech capital of the Midwest, Cincinnati hosts a number of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, major convention centers, a revitalized riverfront district and a major research university.”

Conveniently connected to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, the recently renovated 14-story, 321-room Marriott at RiverCenter boasts 30 event rooms and 16 breakout rooms. Recently renovated guestrooms blend style and comfort while hotel guests enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center with indoor lap pool and the signature restaurant, 10 West, offering beautiful views of the Ohio River and Downtown Cincinnati. Just a short walk across the historic Roebling Bridge is The Banks, with everything from great restaurants and live music to family-friendly events as well as Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park.

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AWH Partners, LLC Hires Chris Russell to Lead Spire Hospitality

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

NEW YORK (May 15, 2018) – AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development, and management firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Russell as chief executive officer of its hospitality management division, Spire Hospitality. Leveraging his experience driving performance and generating tremendous growth for top hotel management companies, Russell further positions AWH as a preferred partner for institutional investors in the hospitality business. As COO of Archon Hospitality (a Goldman Sachs company) and subsequently as CEO of Pillar Hotels and Resorts (the result of Archon’s spin off), Russell built a world-class operating platform and managed assets for the largest existing private equity firms and REITs. He is widely recognized as an industry expert in property management and value creation. With Russell as CEO of Spire, AWH will continue to grow its successful hospitality investment platform and expand its capabilities as a provider of hospitality services to institutional capital.

“Highly-accomplished and well known within the industry, Russell is an exceptional candidate poised to take our management division to the next level,” says Russ Flicker, co-founder and managing partner of AWH Partners. “His impressive experience in strategic planning and execution while maximizing asset value make him the perfect fit to raise the bar for Spire Hospitality as we build on our reputation as an industry leader.”

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AWH Partners, LLC Announces Timothy Osiecki as President of AWH Development

Posted on: January 12th, 2017

NEW YORK (Jan. 4, 2017) – AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Timothy Osiecki as President of AWH Development, a new role at AWH. Osiecki will assume the day-to-day development responsibilities of the founding partners of AWH, enabling the company to deliver development services at an even higher level and freeing the partners to focus on the growth of the larger AWH platform. Taking the helm starting January 2017, Osiecki brings nearly 40 years of construction and development experience to AWH, including spending the last three decades developing high-quality, upscale select and full service hotels for award-winning Concord Hospitality.

“After an extensive nationwide search, we identified Tim as absolutely best-in-class to lead our hospitality development business,” says Chad Cooley, managing partner, AWH Partners, LLC. “His impressive experience in design, construction, major renovations, brand conversions and adaptive use projects make him the perfect fit to raise the bar in our Development division as we continue to grow AWH into an industry leader.” (more…)



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AWH Continues Impressive Growth – Now Recognized as 16th Largest Owner in Nation

Posted on: October 5th, 2016

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2016) – AWH Partners, LLC, a privately held real estate investment, development and management firm, proudly announces its ranking as the 16th largest hotel owner/development firm in the United States, as identified by the Hotel Business® 2016 Owners & Developers ranking, which profiles the top 100 largest owners and developers of hotels across the country. Rankings profiled in the online publication are based on total owned properties and open rooms.

“Our portfolio has grown to 6,695 rooms across 21 hotels in 14 states,” says Chad Cooley, cofounder and managing partner of AWH Partners, LLC. “Our strategy of identifying diversified, opportunistic investments in robust markets is evidenced in our recently acquired properties, catapulting AWH into the top rankings among ownership and development companies.”

Hotel Business is a widely read online publication with an audience of hotel owners, general managers and financial executives.
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AWH Rebrands Waterstone Resort a Curio by Hilton

Posted on: October 4th, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla. and McLEAN, Va. (October 3, 2016)  Waterstone Resort & Marina – an upscale, art deco, waterfront resort hotel at the Lake Boca Inlet – is the latest addition to Curio – A Collection by HiltonTM, a global set of distinctive upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences.

The 11-story boutique hotel’s 139 guest rooms and suites offer private balconies with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Boca or the Intracoastal Waterway. The breezy, sophisticated design is reflected throughout the property, brought to life through custom-made furnishings and fabrics, as well as dazzling artwork – especially the one-of-a-kind blend of water and stone gracing the walls of the contemporary lobby that gives the property its name.

A particularly distinguishing feature is the Waterstone Resort & Marina’s nearly 200 feet of boat docking facilities and promenade, the centerpiece for watersports, boating and sailing options as well as enchanting waterfront dining.
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