Värde Partners Provides $53M Refi on Kimpton Banneker Hotel in DC

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Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners has scored $52.9 million in debt from Värde Partners to refinance the newly renovated Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington, D.C., Commercial Observer has learned.

The refinance comes following Memphis, Tenn.-based Kemmons Wilson’s renovation and rebranding of the 144-room property, which opened this year as Kimpton Banneker Hotel.

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Newmark’s Dustin Stolly and Jordan Roeschlaub, along with Nick Scribani and Chris Kramer, of the firm’s New York-based debt and structured finance practice, advised the borrower in the deal. Miles Spencer and Adam Etra, the co-heads of Newmark’s lodging capital markets group, were also involved in arranging the loan.

The new rooftop bar and open-air deck space at the Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The new rooftop bar and open-air deck space at the Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington, D.C. Photo: Newmark

Kemmons Wilson bought the property for $42 million from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in the fall of 2019, when it was known as the Kimpton Rouge Hotel. The new owners then shuttered the hotel in January 2020 to begin $25 million worth of renovation work, with plans to reopen in early 2021. The work included the addition of a new rooftop bar called Lady Bird, which opened on Oct. 8, and an open-air deck, which together can accommodate more than 100 people. Seven new guest rooms were also added to the hotel, and the food and beverage offerings on the ground floor were expanded, according to Newmark. 

A year ago this month, Kemmons Wilson announced that it would rebrand the 10-story property — located at 1315 16th Street Northwest in D.C., near Dupont Circle — as the Kimpton Banneker Hotel, remaining under the flag of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Valor Hospitality Partners manages the hotel and its various operations, including a French bistro called Le Sel and the new rooftop bar, as well as its nearly 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Valor is run by McLean Wilson, who is a principal at Kemmons Wilson Companies, the parent organization of Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners.

Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners could not be reached. Värde confirmed that it made the loan but declined to comment further.

Mack Burke can be reached at mburke@commercialobserver.com.