LaSalle buys Alexis in Seattle

LaSalle Hotel Properties has acquired the Alexis Hotel in Seattle, Washington, for $38.0 million. The 109-room Four Diamond, independent full-service hotel is located on First Avenue in the heart of downtown Seattle. Included in the purchase price is 19,000 square feet of retail space currently 100 percent leased to third-party tenants.

The historic Alexis Hotel is located in the heart of the central business district of downtown Seattle, in close proximity to attractions such as the Waterfront, Seattle Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as several Fortune 500 companies including Washington Mutual, Safeco Corporation, Amazon.com and Nintendo. The hotel is decorated in European decor with rich fabrics, classic furniture, original artwork and antiques. The hotel’s dining options include the Library Bistro and The Bookstore - Bar & Cafe, which feature contemporary American cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. The Alexis Hotel features very large guest rooms, including 44 suites and also offers 2,900 square feet of convertible meeting space, a fitness center, a business center and Aveda Salon and Spa.

“We are excited to further our presence in the Seattle market with the acquisition of this upscale asset,” remarked Jon Bortz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties. “The hotel benefits from a number of leisure and commercial demand generators in downtown Seattle. We believe the hotel is in a perfect location to benefit from Seattle’s strong economic growth from high-tech, biotech and manufacturing and retail industries as well as its growing presence as a gateway market between the U.S. and Asia.”

The hotel will continue to be managed by Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC, which manages six other hotels for LaSalle located in Washington, D.C., and Boston, MA. Kimpton operates upscale and luxury boutique/lifestyle hotels in the U.S. and Canada, and has had a strong relationship with the Company since 2001.

“We are excited to expand our long-standing relationship with Kimpton,” continued Mr. Bortz. “They are knowledgeable of the unique urban hotel market and have substantial experience operating distinctive independent properties such as the Alexis Hotel.”

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“Being chosen to manage a seventh hotel for LaSalle Hotel Properties is a major vote of confidence for Kimpton - for our operations expertise, the heartfelt care we provide our guests at every touch point, and for our unique culture that gives Kimpton-managed hotels a distinct competitive advantage,” said Kimpton President Mike Depatie. “We are extremely delighted that our strong relationship with LaSalle on the East Coast, which is built on mutual trust and respect, and solid financial results, is now extending to the West Coast.”
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