Skift Take

Like many hotel chains, InterContinental is divesting ownership interest in a lot of properties, but, as with Le Grand, InterContinental will keep managing the hotel.

InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, Europe’s second-largest publicly traded hotel operator, accepted a 330 million-euro ($405 million) cash offer from Constellation Hotels Holding Ltd. for Le Grand hotel in Paris.

The terms are the same that Constellation offered in August, when the company also promised to invest 60 million euros to renovate the property, Denham, England-based InterContinental said in a statement today. InterContinental will retain a 30-year contract to manage the hotel with the right to three 10-year extensions, InterContinental said in August.

InterContinental, owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, has been divesting properties over the past 10 years as it focuses on operating hotels rather than owning them. The company closed the sales of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco and an 80 percent stake in the New York Barclay earlier this year.

The Paris sale is expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2015, according to today’s statement.

Le Grand, located in central Paris overlooking the Opera House, has 470 guest rooms, including 70 suites. It opened in 1862 and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 1982, according to the Aug. 7 statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dalia Fahmy in Berlin at [email protected] To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at [email protected] Kim McLaughlin, Robert Valpuesta


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Photo credit: An exterior shot of Le Grand hotel in Paris. InterContinental Hotels