US Blackstone to sell luxury hotels to Chinese group

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US investment company Blackstone Group is close to selling a portfolio of American luxury hotels to China’s Anbang Group, reports said today.

Blackstone’s deal to sell its stake in Strategic Hotels & Resorts would amount to USD 6.5 billion, Today reported, adding that the investment firm agreed to buy the hotel owner for nearly USD 4 billion, including debt, only in December.

Chicago-based real estate investment trust Strategic Hotels & Resorts owns 16 luxury hotels with a total of nearly 7,500 rooms. Some of its hotels are managed by Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton and other chains.


Anbang, which once specialized in car insurance, stormed onto the international property market by acquiring New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel for nearly USD 2 billion a year ago.

The Chinese group bought the luxury hotel from Hilton Worldwide Holdings, of which Blackstone is the largest shareholder.

By AFP Courtesy Business Standard

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