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Hyatt completes $229M purchase of Thompson hotel in Miami Beach

Hotel will now carry a new name: "the Confidante"

April 26, 2016 10:42PM
By Sean Stewart-Muniz

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The Thompson Miami Beach

The Thompson Miami Beach

Hyatt Hotels just closed its $229.4 million purchase of the Thompson Miami Beach and a mixed-use parking garage across the street.

The sale comes little more than a month after Hyatt, one of the nation’s largest hospitality corporations, announced it was in contract with Geolo Capital to buy the three-tower hotel complex at 4041 Collins Avenue.

County records show the deal also included a 76,355-square-foot mixed-use property at 228 West 40th Street, which houses ground-floor retail space and parking.

With three 18-story towers and 380 rooms, the purchase price breaks down to an astounding $603,684 per key. By comparison, San Francisco-based Geolo paid $85 million for the hotel in 2012, or about $224,000 per room.

Hyatt will now rebrand the property under its Unbound Collection, a luxury line of independent hotels that typically have their own identity. The company will also rename the hotel as the Confidante.

The hotel first opened in 1940 with a single tower known as the Lord Tarleton. Roughly 15 years later, a second eight-story tower was added and the complex came to be known as the Crown Hotel. A third tower was added in 2003, and the complex was converted to apartments.

Geolo, the hotel’s most recent owner, bought out the property nine years later and began an $82 million renovation along with rebranding the complex under its current name, the Thompson.