{HBR_LEAD_468x60.media}

Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

AJ Capital Partners Acquires Hotel Duncan in New Haven, Connecticut to Reopen in 2019 as Graduate New Haven

NEW HAVEN, CT. September 14, 2017 – AJ Capital Partners announced today that it has acquired the storied Hotel Duncan in New Haven, Connecticut. In spring 2018, the hotel will close for a comprehensive renovation and reopen in early 2019 as Graduate New Haven. Following the renovation, the five-story hotel will offer 72 rooms, a game room, lobby coffee shop and subterranean restaurant. Located on Chapel Street adjacent to Yale University’s campus, Graduate New Haven will be the ideal location for University visitors and those traveling to New Haven for its unique history and diverse businesses.

Prominently situated in the center of Yale’s Arts Campus, a half block from Yale Center for British Arts and The Yale University Art Gallery, the hotel is easily accessible to campus and downtown New Haven’s numerous bars, restaurants and boutiques. The hotel is also a short walk to Yale New Haven Hospital, one of the country’s most elite teaching hospitals.

Created for travelers who seek memory-making journeys, Graduate Hotels are part of a well-curated, thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels that reside in the most dynamic, university-anchored cities across the country. Every property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community, while offering an extended retreat to places that often played host to the best days of our lives. Locations include Ann Arbor, Mi.; Athens, Ga.; Berkeley, Ca.; Charlottesville, Va.; Lincoln, Ne.; Madison, Wi.; Oxford, Ms.; Richmond, Va and Tempe, Az., as well as Bloomington, In.; Iowa City, Ia.; Minneapolis, Mn.; Seattle, Wa.; and New York City’s Roosevelt Island as part of the Cornell Tech campus are slated to open in 2018 and 2019.

"We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Hotel Duncan,” says Tim Franzen, President of Graduate Hotels. “Built in 1894, the hotel has been a prominent fixture in the New Haven community. We look forward to celebrating some of the hotel’s treasured history, restoring and reintroducing the community to parts of the hotel that have been lost over time, and bringing Graduate Hotels to New Haven. We are truly honored to be stewards of this precious gem for many, many years to come.”

The hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation, which will touch all guestrooms, common areas, and the hotel lobby, as well as preserving the hotel’s manually operated elevator – the oldest in the state. In addition, Graduate Hotels will introduce a lobby coffee shop, as well as a sophisticated game room and lounge in the hotel’s former ballroom.

For more information on Graduate Hotels, please visit www.graduatehotels.com.

About AJ Capital Partners

Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners, based in Chicago, is an accomplished team of hospitality and real estate investors whose innate passion is to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. The counter-culture investors acquire, design and develop transformative real estate throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In fall 2014, AJ Capital Partners launched the Graduate Hotels collection. AJ Capital Partners continues to grow its portfolio of lodging investments, firmly establishing the group as visionary leaders in the lifestyle-driven investment industry. For more information on AJ Capital Partners, please visit www.ajcpt.com.

Contact:
Meg Connolly Communications
graduate@mcc-pr.com
212.505.8200

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review




{300x250.media}
Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.