Canberra’s Capital Executive sells for first time in 22 years

Canberra’s Capital Executive Apartment Hotel has changed hands for the first time in 22 years in a complex deal that has involved a large-scale unit buy-out.

The sale to Madison Hotel Group will see the property undergo extensive refurbishment before relaunching under their new brand as Madison Suites Canberra.

The group, run by family business partners Brett Morgan and Beverley Clench, purchased the management rights to the 87-unit apartment hotel on Northbourne Avenue along with 36 freehold units, which the vendor had acquired over a number of years.

Negotiated by Resort Brokers Australia on behalf Stanbritt Pty Ltd, headed by long-time director and sole proprietor Jim Stanwell, the sale was handled jointly by broker Russell Rogers and managing director Ian Crooks.

Mr Rogers said the sale took almost 12 months to conclude as it hinged on Madison Hotel Group also seeking to buy the balance 51 units in the building from individual investor owners.

“In the end, they have independently secured 48 of the other units, which allowed their purchase from the proprietor to be finalised,” he said.

“So it was a very satisfying result, particularly as Canberra is one of Australia’s most tightly-held accommodation markets.”

Resort Brokers Australia declined to disclose the sale price.

Madison Hotel Group, which owns a number of properties in Canberra, Sydney and regional NSW, operates both short-term and permanent residential accommodation businesses.

They also own the Chifley Plaza Hotel in Townsville, North Queensland, which is now being refurbished for planned rebranding as Madison Plaza Townsville.

Resort Brokers’ Ian Crooks said the unusual “hybrid” Canberra sale would see the Capital Executive Apartment Hotel revert from a management rights operation to a more traditional hotel-style establishment under largely single ownership.

“It is a prime property on a large 2,040 square metre corner block in Canberra’s major tourism and accommodation precinct, five minutes’ walk to the CBD,” he said.

“It has been consistently recording occupancy rates over 80 per cent, and there is strong potential to further grow the business.

“The buyers are experienced operators who will usher in a new era for the property, with refurbishment starting immediately.”

Accommodation is a mix of studio apartments and one-bedroom spa suites, while facilities include a business centre, gym, sauna, two spa pools, 24-hour undercover security parking, and an onsite licensed restaurant.

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