Peel Hotels Sells Leeds Hotel to Ambitious New Hospitality Group….Belfont Hotels

Main Photo: The Cosmopolitan Hotel Leeds

Date: August 2020

Location: City Centre Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK

Name: The Cosmopolitan Hotel

No. of Keys: 89

Seller: Peel Hotels, run by colourful character Robert Peel, with 7 other UK hotels

Buyer: Peel Hotels has sold its Leeds city centre property, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, to a new hospitality group with ambitions for nationwide growth.

Christie + Co has sold the 89-bedroom hotel on behalf of Peel Hotels as the group looks to focus on its remaining hotels in the UK, allowing Belfont Hotels to acquire its first property. Newly-formed Belfont Hotels is a joint venture owned by the Thakerar and Dhamecha families.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel will now be managed by Countrywide Hotels under its new ownership.

Alongside its 89 bedrooms, the hotel is also home to a vibrant bar and restaurant and ground-floor lounge space and will now benefit from an investment from Belfont Hotels.

Akshay Dhamecha of Belfont Hotels says: “We look forward to working with the Thakerar Family on our first hotel acquisition and further growing the Belfont Hotel portfolio. The Cosmopolitan is a landmark building in the heart of the city and with further investment to the hotel, we are confident the hotel will be very popular. We are glad to have Countrywide Hotels as our management team where their experience has proved paramount.”

Jeremy Jones, Head of Hotels Brokerage at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, comments: “When we launched The Cosmopolitan to the market earlier this year, we received a huge response from a whole range of parties. To be announcing the sale of such a substantial hotel at this time is evidence of the very real activity Christie & Co is seeing across the whole of the UK. Watch out for the announcement of further hotel sales in the weeks ahead.”

THPT Comment: Robert Peel, a serious veteran of the hotel industry, going back to his days with Trusthouse Forte, as Banqueting Manager of Grosvenor House in London, has seen them come and go…from his role as CEO of Mount Charlotte, acquisition of Thistle Hotels, he seems to have settled for a nice group of seven four-star hotels under the banner of Peel Hotels PLC…or has he? Welcome to Belfont and congrats to Countrywide, after their Talash hotels win.

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