NYC's City Club ready for reno after financing secured

City Club Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is on the cusp on new construction after Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman and Starwood Property Trust jointly announced the completion of a $23 million refinancing and up to $13 million in construction financing for the. Word is the loan will allow for the construction of up to 66 additional rooms in the hotel, home also to Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne.

"The availability of creative capital for the hospitality sector continues to increase with each passing month," said Jared Kelso, a Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman Senior director. "We were pleased to secure financing in an incredibly short time frame from a lender who has a deep understanding of the New York City hotel market and recognized the demand for additional rooms at this exceptional hotel. Their ability to structure a non-recourse construction financing component speaks volumes about the outlook and availability of capital for high quality hospitality assets, particularly in major markets."

"This transaction is a great example of maximizing Starwood's capabilities. We were able to complete a highly structured, flexible deal on a transitional asset within a very short time period," said Boyd Fellows, president of Starwood Property Trust. "In New York, as in several of the nation's major metropolitan markets, hotel values have been buoyed by the strength of tourism and a rebound in corporate travel, which is driving high occupancy and rates."

In recent months, Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman's U.S. Hospitality Group has been involved in several hotel transactions, including the sales of the Hilton Long Island/Huntington, JW Marriott San Francisco and the Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, New York, and the $170 million financing of two Times Square hotels, a 9-hotel, $212 million portfolio for Felcor Lodging Trust and the Four Seasons Austin, among others. In 2011, CWSG has closed, or is currently in the market with over $1 billion of hospitality financing.

Starwood Property Trust recently originated a $165.5 million first mortgage loan, mezzanine loan and corporate loan on a portfolio of six full service hotels located throughout California. In addition, the company originated a $30 million mezzanine loan on a luxury hotel located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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