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Another Chinese buy as insurer nabs Waldorf-Astoria for $1.9B

Hilton sells iconic hotel to Anbang Insurance Group

October 06, 2014 09:47AM

The Waldorf-Astoria at

The Waldorf-Astoria

Hilton Worldwide Holdings sold the Waldorf Astoria to Anbang Insurance Group for $1.95 billion.

Hilton reached an agreement with the Chinese carrier under which it will continue to operate the famed hotel for the next 100 years. The building will be renovated to “restore the property to its historic grandeur,” according to a press release announcing the sale.

The Waldorf Astoria New York has been the flagship of Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, since 2007. The brand includes 27 destinations around the world, with plans to expand to at least nine more cities.

“We are very excited to be entering into this long-term relationship with Anbang, which will ensure that the Waldorf Astoria New York represents the brand’s world-class standards for generations to come,” Christopher Nassetta, president and chief executive officer of Hilton Worldwide, said in the statement. “This relationship represents a unique opportunity for our organizations to work together to finally maximize the full value of this iconic asset on a full city block in midtown Manhattan.”

With the proceeds from the sale, Hilton plans to buy more hotel assets in the U.S.

According to reports, Chinese companies are the largest foreign investors in New York City real estate. Indeed, a number of large China-backed developers have invested heavily in recent months in New York property.

Insurance carriers were pegged as possibly the next big players to enter the market.

The Waldorf houses restaurants Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar’s as well as lounges, bars and the Guerlain Spa.  — Claire Moses 

  • ralphpetrillo

    Another Chinese buy is not grammatically correct.

    • patrickswqyze

      if you have the cash, you can talk that way too..i dont mind…thats if you have the cash

  • Afraid the rooms bugged? Why owner resides in “communisit society”. Allowed to purchase icon benefiting. Bankers of greed and NAIOP! Willing to sell anything USA market. Wow!
    GM building 40% owned by Chinese. Paradox are “rotten few” developers. Eager to acquire
    expanding Chinese market. Usually they stay away it’s cash. Which bankers can’t resist! Persist listing everything in NYC. Those able exaggerated interest. Shanghai building many
    high rises. Why? Not build new hotel somewhere. Establish order of profits communisit. Are coming well cash expect. You to wear suits of conformity! Basically NYC owned by Sino
    influence 2020? Assumption on my behalf horrible ideal. Establish families see loans going.
    Golden rule of the communist reminds. Me of Japanese speculators now. In demise bye.