ActivumSG Fund snaps up luxury Nobu Hotel in Barcelona

A fund managed by ActivumSG Capital Management, a specialist in turnaround and special opportunities investments in European real estate, has acquired the recently renovated Nobu Hotel in central Barcelona from Spain’s Selenta Group. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Selenta oversaw a EUR57 million renovation of the 24-floor property for operator Nobu Hospitality. While the works completed in mid-2020, the five-star hotel will not open until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted on business and leisure travel to the capital of the Catalan region.

 
Saul Goldstein, CEO and Founder of ActivumSG, says: “This property is a landmark on the Barcelona skyline and will set new standards in the city’s limited choice of five-star hotels. Our hotels strategy in Spain is a fantastic foundation on which to build as we look to put some of our latest fund’s capital to work in select opportunities across Europe. We have a strong track record of realising our strategic themes through direct or indirect investments and the liquidity we are bringing to the hospitality sector will contribute to its recovery from this dreadful pandemic.”
 
Located in the heart of Barcelona, the 259 guest-room luxury hotel is a short distance from the major tourist sites, offers spectacular panoramic views from its Nobu restaurant, and enjoys excellent transport links to the Camp Nou and Olympic stadiums, the Fira Barcelona Montjuic conference centre as well as to international destinations.
 
Nobu Hotel Barcelona is the sixth hotel in Spain owned by funds managed by ActivumSG. The other investments include the Hard Rock Madrid, the Palacio Solecio in Málaga and three hotels in Barcelona targeting the mid-priced to luxury segments of the market. Upon completion of two projects currently under construction, the four hotels in Barcelona owned by ActivumSG funds will provide a total of 1,150 guest rooms.
 
Brian Betel, ActivumSG’s Head of Direct Transactions in Europe, says: “This off-market deal is a feather in the cap for our team in 2020 and the result of our strong local network. Barcelona presents a compelling opportunity with strong long-term fundamentals for hotel investment as the world begins its long recovery from Covid-19. This investment will give our investors excellent exposure to a city which we expect will return to being one of Europe’s most visited destinations for tourists and a magnet for international business conferences and trade fairs.” 
 
Nobu Hotel Barcelona is an investment by ActivumSG Real Estate Fund VI, the latest fund established and managed by ActivumSG.