Apollo Provides $140M Refi for Miami Beach’s Faena District


Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance has provided a $140 million floating-rate loan to Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries to refinance the Faena Group-developed Faena District properties in Miami Beach, Fla., Commercial Observer can first report.

JLL’s Aaron Appel, Kevin Davis, Mark Fisher and Brett Rosenberg negotiated the debt.  

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The Faena District—between 32nd and 36th Street on Collins Avenue—is the creation of Argentine developer Alan Faena and totals more than 1 million square feet of branded hospitality, residential, cultural and commercial space. Apollo’s refinance is backed by Faena Hotel Miami Beach; the Casa Faena boutique hotel; the Faena Hotel Residences; the Faena Forum event space; the Faena Bazaar office and retail; and Faena Park retail and parking for residents and hotel guests.

The 169-room Faena Hotel, the district’s crown jewel, is located at 3201 Collins Avenue and was previously the Saxony hotel, erected in 1948. Faena’s business partner Len Blavatnik purchased the property in 2011, and the duo teamed up with Baz Luhrmann—the film writer and director behind The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!—and his wife Catherine Martin, an Academy Award-winning costume and production designer, to design the hotel’s interiors. It was named the No. 1 hotel in America in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice awards.

The luxury property features a 22,000-square foot spa, three restaurants and four bars, including a late-night lounge named The Saxony, a nod to the hotel’s predecessor.

HSBC provided a $300 million mortgage to Faena and Blavatnik in 2014 for Faena Hotel and  the Faena House condominium property—located at 3315 Collins Avenue—as reported by the South Florida Business Journal. One year later, HSBC lent another $80 million for underground parking to serve the two properties, plus Casa Faena.

Officials at Apollo and Access Industries could not be reached for comment. Officials at Faena Group declined to comment.