From Hotel to Condominium Apartments

With its profitability affected by low hotel occupancy recorded in the capital of Panama, the hotel Esplendor has converted its 100 rooms into rental apartments.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This is the example of the boutique hotel Esplendor, which opened its doors in 2010 with an investment of $30 million, but at the end of 2012 closed due to the low occupancy rates, which made it unprofitable.

Alexander Frenkel, director of the Argentinian chain Fën, the franchise which managed the hotel until last October, stated that given the low demand prices fell sharply, which led the project owners to decide on the real estate market and to rent out the rooms that had been earmarked for the hotel.

Meanwhile, Niurka Acosta, PH administrator which operates in the building, said that 50% of the rooms are empty, and they are being converted for inclusion in the supply of apartments in the tower located in the banking area.

However, the president of the Panamanian Association of Hotels (Apatel), Jesus Sierra, ruled that it could produce a ripple effect in the tourism sector.

Sierra acknowledged that there are hotels that have lowered rates, while others are making alliances with operators and airlines in order to promote Panamanian destinations in new markets.

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