LuxUrban to operate boutique hotels in NYC, LA

LuxUrban Hotels Inc. has signed a 25-year master lease agreement (MLA), inclusive of two five-year options, to operate the Condor Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The company also signed a 15-year MLA, inclusive of one five-year option, to operate the Trinity Hotel in Los Angeles.

LuxUrban expects to commence operations at the Condor and Trinity on or about July 1. In total, these new properties will add 214 units to the company’s portfolio of short-stay hotel rooms. It revealed that it has commenced operations at 101 Bogart Street, a 65-unit, mix-used, seven-story property in East Williamsburg-Bushwick, Brooklyn, which includes The Bogart by LuxUrban hotel.

“New York City is expected to welcome more than 60 million visitors in 2023 and approach pre-pandemic levels of tourism,” said Brian Ferdinand, chairman/CEO, LuxUrban Hotels. “With the opening of 101 Bogart, we are currently operating six hotels in New York City and the expected addition of the Condor will add greater density and diversity to our largest market at an exciting time of growth and recovery. Downtown Los Angeles offers a wide array of cultural, entertainment, and business activities and the region’s improving hospitality market reflects the abundance of opportunities that this bustling commercial and residential hub provides.”

The Trinity Hotel, which will operate under the “LuxUrban Ultra” brand, is a 179-room property that opened in 1914 and was where the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra held its first concert in 1919. The property has undergone a complete renovation. Nearby attractions include the Grammy Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

“We are in various stages of negotiation with the owners/operators of several select, high-quality properties in new and existing markets, and expect to announce additional closings imminently,” Ferdinand said. “Our previously announced debt extension and conversion agreements, along with an improving cash flow outlook, have positioned us to begin accelerating the pace at which we close these MLAs and commence operations at the associated properties.”

He added, “We are also beginning to realize the benefits of a maturing and increasingly efficient operating structure, an elevated industry profile, strong union relationships and a reputation for quickly executing transactions of size, when necessary. Based on our current forecast, we expect to have approximately 2,000 short-term rental hotel rooms operational at the start of the third quarter of 2023, up from the 1,034 on March 31, and a significant increase from the 844 units operational at the end of last year.”