ATLANTA, November 29, 2017– Banyan Investment Group, an Inc. 5000 recognized hotel investment and management company that acquires and manages select-service hotels in the United States, today announced that it has acquired and will operate three Marriott-branded hotels in two separate transactions: the 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles and the 92-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville, both in Ill., and the 129-room Lansing Courtyard by Marriott in Mich., for a combined total of nearly $30 million. The properties bring Banyan’s portfolio to 14 owned and operated hotels nationwide. “We continue to have an aggressive appetite for well branded hotels in strategic markets containing numerous demand generators and higher barriers to entry,” said Andy Chopra, founding principal and chief investment officer. “We are particularly attracted to state capitals and university markets that tend to remain stable and consistent from a hotel demand perspective.”
Courtyard by Marriott Lansing
Located directly across the street from the 330,000-square-foot Eastwood Town Center, the two-story hotel is surrounded by more than 40 shops, 10 restaurants and an 18-screen movie theater. The property also is only two miles from Michigan State University and five miles from the State Capitol and is near the offices of such corporations as Oracle, Deloitte, DART and General Motors. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, media pods, GoBoard and an outdoor courtyard. Guest beds are fitted with pillow top mattresses, foam and feather-down pillows, crisp linens and custom comforters. Additional room amenities include a mini-refrigerator, oversized work desk with an ergonomic chair and 37” flat screen HD television. The hotel’s 14 suites also provide in-suite shower, microwave oven, refrigerator with ice maker and a kitchen table with chairs.
“In addition to the multiple business, leisure and educational demand generators, the greater Lansing corporate market continues to expand, with a number of new developments and corporate expansions underway,” Chopra added. “Following a complete renovation and refurbishment, the hotel will become one of the first Generation One Courtyards with the brand’s entirely new look. The hotel’s interior recently completed a full makeover of guest rooms, public spaces and back-of-house areas. We plan to commence exterior improvements in the second quarter of 2018.”
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville
Situated adjacent to the Freedom Commons development, just off of I-88, the three-story hotel is found in Chicago’s western suburbs, a collection of some of the most affluent communities in the Chicagoland area, the third largest MSA in the nation with a population of nearly 10 million. The Chicago Metropolitan area is home to 33 Fortune 500 companies and is a major transportation and distribution center. Top area employers, including BP, Exelon and Liberty Mutual, all have major presences in the area. Additional demand generators include the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wheaton University and the Chicagoland Speedway.
In addition to LCD flat panel televisions, guest rooms also include complimentary high-speed Internet access and the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Bed, incorporating custom comforters, crisp linens and thicker mattresses. Additional hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, business center and indoor pool. The hotel also provides meeting space capable of accommodating up to 10 people.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago St. Charles
Nestled across from the Geneva Commons Shopping Center and minutes to downtown Geneva and downtown St. Charles, the hotel has more than 15 restaurants within a quarter of a mile and shopping within walking distance. All rooms feature an in-room refrigerator, coffee maker and hair dryer, while the hotel’s suites also include a microwave, sleeper sofa and an additional 37″ LCD television. The property also features an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, business center and daily, complimentary hot breakfast.
“With our sister Hilton Garden Inn in St. Charles, we are very familiar with the suburban Chicago marketplace,” Chopra noted. “With the ability to share best practices and enjoy economies of scale, we are confident these hotels help solidify Banyan’s position as the St. Charles hospitality market leaders.
“Each of these deals were unique in their own way, but we seek more complex transactions that allow us to unlock further value from the hotels,” Chopra concluded. “We were able to acquire each hotel at below replacement costs, and we are confident they will exceed our stringent investment return expectations and thresholds.”
Banyan Investment Group
With offices in Florida and Georgia, Banyan Investment Group is a hotel investment and management company that acquires and manages select-service hotels in the United States. The company has been listed as an Inc. 5000 member for the past six, consecutive years. The company utilizes conservative forecasting, combined with a clear understanding of calculated risk taking, to make optimal investments with an overarching goal of exceeding stakeholder expectations of investment returns.