PwC: 58% of Manhattan Room Inventory Remains Closed

NEW YORK—The COVID-19 pandemic continued to severely impair Manhattan hotels in the second quarter, as travel restrictions and business closures remained the new normal, according to PwC.

With more than 60,000 hotel rooms currently closed, widespread cancellation of group travel, and heightened economic uncertainty, second-quarter RevPAR experienced a year-over-year decline of 81.6%. This represents the largest decline in RevPAR in modern history for the market.

Six months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manhattan’s lodging sector continues to experience record closures. As of early September, approximately 61,450 hotel rooms (representing 58% of total inventory) in Manhattan were closed, with approximately 2,700 rooms reporting to stay closed permanently. It’s not surprising that, given their operating cost structure, higher-priced hotels are disproportionately impacted, PwC reports.

Luxury and upper-upscale hotels are the most impacted, with 70% or more of hotel rooms in each of these segments closed. Upper-upscale hotels are experiencing the highest levels of permanent closures. On the other hand, lower-priced hotels have been relatively less impacted, driven by a combination of factors, including a comparatively lower operating cost structure.