Walton Street Capital Pays $70M for DoubleTree by Hilton

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor Downtown Nashville keeps on getting hotter. Most recently, the 337-key DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown traded hands for approximately $206,000 per key, which is just short of a $70 million total purchase price, reported The Tennessean. The downtown hotel’s new owner is Chicago-based investment firm Walton Street Capital LLC, which [...]

Downtown Nashville keeps on getting hotter. Most recently, the 337-key DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown traded hands for approximately $206,000 per key, which is just short of a $70 million total purchase price, reported The Tennessean.

The downtown hotel’s new owner is Chicago-based investment firm Walton Street Capital LLC, which purchased the downtown asset from a joint venture comprising AEW Capital Management of Boston and Cordova, Tenn.-based Wright Investment Properties. According to information available on PropertyShark.com, the joint venture, operating as AEW/Wright Nashville Owner LLC, bought the 1979-built hotel in early 2007, paying $50 million. According to The Tennessean, the 11-story hotel recently went through a $1.5 million interior upgrade, after undergoing a $5 million renovation in 2008.

Located at 315 Fourth Ave N., the 240,423-square-foot hotel features amenities such as 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a total of 23 meeting rooms, a business center, fitness center, indoor pool, bar, lounge and on-site convenience store, snack shop and gift shop.

Buyer Walton Street Capital is not new to the Nashville market, as it purchased the 220-unit apartment component of Velocity in the Gulch in 2012. As previously reported, it had paid former Atlanta-based owner Pollack Shores Real Estate Group $37.5 million for the unsold condos turned apartments. The sale had broken Nashville’s per unit and per square foot record. Of course, thanks to Nashville’s white-hot apartment market, the records have since been broken several times over by sales such as Vista Germantown, Wyndchase Aspen Grove and most recently Elliston 23.

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