Rumour: Two Ritz Hotels, London & Paris For Sale! Not Cheap…..

Location: London, Piccadilly and Paris,

Names: The Ritz (London) and The Ritz (Paris) – Not Related

No. of Keys: London: 111 rooms and 25 suites; Paris: 142 rooms and suites (71 of each)

The Properties: Two unique hotels, once both owned by Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz…now owned by The Barclay Brothers (London), owners of several things, including the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sark in the Channel Isalnds, Ellerman Investments and Mohamed Al-Fayed (Paris), once famous owner of Harrods in London and Fulham football club, bought the hotel in 1979.

London includes the hotel, tea-room, restaurants, bar and a casino, and was opened in 1906 by Cesar Ritz…and was recently owned by the Bracewell Smith family, who built the Park Lane Hotel (now Sheraton/Marriott) in 1920, who sold the Ritz to Trafalgar House (Cunard) in 1976 for £2.76m. Sir Guy Bracewell Smith was also Chairman of Arsenal Football Club until 1962.

Trafalgar House sold The Ritz to the Barclay Brothers for £75m in 1995, via a boutique hotel agent, Tony Brett. The rumoured asking price today is £800m.

In 2018 the turnover was £47m, EBITDA of £15m.

The Ritz Paris, founded by Cesar Ritz in 1898 with chef Auguste Escoffier. The hotel was bought in 1979 by Mohamed Al-Fayed for US$20m. He then spent $250m over 10 years for renovation…In 2012 the hotel was treated to a further €400m refurb.

We could go on for hours as to the virtues and excellence of both hotels….

Main Photo: The suite bedroom at The Ritz London

Tenure: Freehold, we believe at both

Brand/Management: We guess both will be flag and management free on sale

Current Owner: As above…The Barclay brothers and the Al-Fayed family

Agent: None as yet

First Heard: Reuters and emails sent to THPT

Guide Price: Rumoured: London £800m; Paris €1.3bn

Date Posted: October 2019

THPT Comment: A rare opportunity to acquire these two delightful and iconic trophy-asset hotels. Who knows if the rumours are true, but it sounds logical. If you are brave enough contact THPT and we will prove one way or the other!

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