Host Hotels & Resorts acquires two Nashville hotels

Host Hotels & Resorts has acquired the fee simple interest in a two-hotel complex comprising the 215-room 1 Hotel Nashville and the 506-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown (together, the for approximately $530 million in cash. The acquisition price represents a 12.6x EBITDA multiple or a cap rate of approximately 7.4 percent on the property’s 2024 estimated results. Other terms were not disclosed.

The property is expected to be among Host’s top-25 assets based on estimated full year 2024 results, with expected combined RevPAR of $275, total RevPAR of $435, and EBITDA per key of $58,5502, further improving the quality of the company’s portfolio.

“We are excited to add the 1 Hotel Nashville and Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown to our portfolio and establish a presence in one of the country’s most exciting cities," Host Hotels & Resorts President and CEO James Risoleo said in a statement. "The newly built property has a prime location in Nashville, a top-performing market, which had an impressive RevPAR CAGR of 7.7 percent from 2000 to 2023 even while absorbing new supply. A major leisure destination, and the #2 ranked convention destination in the United States, Nashville also has a recently expanded airport and a new stadium that is expected to attract more entertainment and sporting events. With meaningful in-place cash flow, multiple demand generators and no expected near-term capital expenditure requirements, we expect the Property will generate outsized growth as it stabilizes, enhancing the quality of our portfolio and driving additional value creation for our stockholders.”

The newly built, LEED Silver property opened in 2022 and is located two blocks from numerous live music and entertainment venues in Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway entertainment district. The Property stands directly across from the Music City Convention Center, adjacent to the Bridgestone arena, home of the NHL Nashville Predators, and within a 10-minute drive of Nissan Stadium, the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University and Centennial Park. The MCCC has continued to set record attendance numbers by attracting larger events, and it has promising definite bookings in future years. The new Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, is also expected to generate increased demand as the stadium’s dome will allow for year-round activation beginning with the 2027 season. In addition, the Nashville International Airport is the fastest growing airport in the United States with current passenger traffic 33 percent above 2019. The recent $1.5 billion airport expansion added six international gates and eight satellite gates, and another $1.5 billion expansion is already underway, with completion expected in 2028.

The Property has a combined 721 oversized rooms that average approximately 500 square feet with a 75 percent suite mix. It offers seven separate food and beverage outlets, including Harriet’s Rooftop, which provides guests with exclusive views of Music City’s skyline in an elevated nightlife setting. Among other amenities, the property has a Bamford Wellness spa with six treatment rooms, two fitness centers, a yoga studio, and 33,000 square feet of shared meeting space, including a 9,400 square foot ballroom and 9,300 square feet of pre-function space.

Supply growth is expected to continue in Nashville with most projects in the planning stages and in the select service chain scale. Host believes the Property is differentiated from the future supply as a result of its central location and diversified product offerings that provide distinct value propositions to customers. The company expects the Property to stabilize between approximately 10-12x EBITDA3 in the 2026-2028 time frame.