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QUEENS, NY-With a total purchasing power of $2.5 billion, RLJ Lodging Fund II has acquired the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott for $69 million. LaSalle Hotel Properties was the seller.

With the acquisition, Bethesda, MD-based RLJ Lodging Fund, an affiliate of RLJ Development, plans to spend $11.5 million on renovating and repositioning the hotel across the street from one of the city’s main airports. Marriott International will continue to manage the asset, according to RLJ officials.

The buy marks RLJ’s entrance into the New York City lodging arena. “We are delighted to enter the New York City lodging market by acquiring the LaGuardia Airport Marriott,” CEO and chairman Robert L. Johnson says in a statement. “Our growing portfolio now stands at 120 hotels and nearly 17,000 guestrooms.”

The 11-floor hotel contains 438 rooms and nearly 15,300 sf of meeting space in 23 meeting rooms. It also has two restaurants, and guest amenities include an indoor pool, business center and fitness center. “We are thrilled to acquire this first-class asset at a significant discount to replacement cost,” RLJ president Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. explains in the statement. “We look forward to working with Marriott to upgrade and reposition this hotel in the coming months.”

Sonnenblick Goldman was the exclusive advisor to LaSalle Hotel Properties. “The acquisition of the Marriott LaGuardia Airport provides RLJ with an opportunity to have a strong position in the NYC airport markets and also participate in the extremely vibrant Manhattan hotel marketplace. Given this dual market position, we received strong interest from the hotel investment community.” says Mark Gordon, managing director, principal and head of the Sonnenblick Goldman’s International Lodging & Leisure Group.

The acquisition is just the latest for RLJ Fund II, which closed with $743 million of commitments in September, as GlobeSt.com previously reported. As of Dec. 31, RLJ Fund II had acquired 88 hotels as part of the $1.7-billion acquisition of the White Lodging Services 100 Hotel Portfolio. The remaining 12 hotels have recently been developed and will be acquired by Fund II, according to the RLJ.

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