May 30, 2024


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Ritz-Carlton South Beach front Scores $230M Refi, Merges With Sagamore

Diego Lowenstein, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Paul Kanavos, and Ronny Ben Josef, with The The Sagamore (Credit: The Sagamore Hotel)

Diego Lowenstein, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Paul Kanavos, and Ronny Ben Josef, with The Sagamore (Credit score: The Sagamore Resort)

The a few people that individual Ritz-Carlton inns in South Seashore and Bal Harbour, as well as the Sagamore Resort in Miami Beach front, merged possession of their qualities.

The Ben-Josef Group, which owns the Sagamore, and partners Flag Luxury Group and Lionstone Group, which very own the two Ritz-Carltons, secured a joint merger, and could bring the Sagamore less than the Ritz-Carlton flag, reported Diego Lowenstein, Lionstone Group CEO.

At the identical time, Lionstone and Flag closed on a $230 million refinance of The Ritz-Carlton, South Seashore at 1 Lincoln Highway, Lowenstein instructed The True Deal. The loan company is Deutsche Financial institution and BHI United states of america (Financial institution Hapoalim).

The inns are all oceanfront. Jointly, the three properties overall a lot more than 600 hotel rooms. The Ben-Josef, Kanavos and Lowenstein people will co-take care of the new joint enterprise. The 3 lodges reopened in July, and a $90 million renovation of the Ritz South Beach was completed in February.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour (Credit: Flag Luxury Group LLC)

The Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour (Credit rating: Flag Luxury Team LLC)

The Sagamore, at 1671 Collins Avenue, and the Ritz South Beach are next to each individual other.

The families’ ties go back a long time. Principals Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos of Flag Luxurious Team and Ronny Ben-Josef have regarded every other because high college. Lowenstein reported that Lionstone and Flag had looked at acquiring the Sagamore “several times around the earlier decade” and began talks with the Ben-Josef loved ones previously this year, prior to the pandemic.

“From an asset standpoint and an financial standpoint, it produced all the feeling in the globe,” Lowenstein mentioned.

His spouse and children has owned The Ritz-Carlton, South Seaside considering that the early 1970s. The Ben-Josef Team partnered with InSite Team to get the Sagamore in 2016 for $63 million, and InSite Group later on offered its posture in the assets, in accordance to its site.

Lowenstein said the new joint undertaking possession is planning a total renovation of the Sagamore, holding its focus on artwork. It is envisioned to be completed in 2022, and will be managed as component of The Ritz-Carlton, South Seaside.

“We’re holding a large amount of the legacy of the Sagamore intact,” Lowenstein said, including that the households strategy to keep onto the homes for generations. “Unlike numerous other resorts that have traded and flipped more than the several years, we’re really significantly generationally minded.”

The hotel industry nationwide has struggled during the pandemic, as global and domestic travel remains lower. A amount of qualities have closed or are in the foreclosure procedure. Lowenstein mentioned there are “tremendous opportunities” to get much more accommodations thanks to the pandemic.

But he is also optimistic about the hospitality sector recovering in Miami, pointing to an enhance in vacationers to hotter climates.

“December and the early months of 2021 glimpse incredibly promising,” he explained.