Blackstone makes bid for Extended Stay

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Private equity firm Blackstone Group is looking to buy a minority stake in Extended Stay, a now-distressed hotel chain it sold in 2007 for $8 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Blackstone’s approximately $100 million investment would be part of a larger, $905 million potential buy-up of the troubled hotel company, made by a group of investors led by Centerbridge Partners and Paulson & Co. The companies’ bid for the 680-property hotel chain, whose bankruptcy filing is the largest ever recorded in the hotel industry, is a direct challenge to a similar buy up proposed by Starwood Capital Group, the company whose hotel branch is best known for its line of W Hotels.

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