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Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Acquires Skamania Lodge

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) announced that it has acquired Skamania Lodge from Lowe Enterprises Investors acting on behalf of a pension fund client for $55.8 million.

Hotel News Resource The 254-room, upper-upscale, full-service lodge is located outside of Portland, Oregon on the Columbia River Gorge in Stevenson, Washington. The conference resort features the Waterleaf Spa and Fitness Center, the Skamania Lodge Golf Course and approximately 22,000 square feet of meeting space. The property will continue to be managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts. The transaction was funded entirely with available cash.


“Their knowledge of the market and their vision for the future of the property gives us great confidence in retaining them as the operator. We believe their approach to the property will maximize its long-term value while yielding positive results in the near future.”

“We are thrilled to acquire this unique lodge and conference resort,” said Jon Bortz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. “Skamania boasts high-quality facilities and a spectacular location that offers a wide array of recreational activities. Its close proximity to Portland makes Skamania a popular destination for both the leisure transient and the corporate group markets. This property has historically performed very well and our ability to acquire it at such a deep discount to replacement cost is an exciting opportunity for us.”

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Skamania Lodge is located just 45 miles east of the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon in Stevenson, Washington in Skamania County. Skamania County includes exceptional natural attractions such as Mount St. Helens, Multnomah Falls, Mount Hood, Beacon Rock and the Columbia River Gorge. In addition, the area is a popular destination for numerous outdoor activities including windsurfing, kayaking, golfing, boating, hunting, skiing and fishing. The property benefits from an extensive transportation network allowing for easy access to the property and strict zoning and ordinance laws that prohibit new development in the area. Skamania Lodge is located within the highly protected national scenic area of the Columbia River Gorge, which presents significant barriers to entry for any future resort or conference center development.

Built in 1993 and expanded in 2002, Skamania Lodge is a four-story building built in the tradition and spirit of the rustic Northwest, utilizing Grand Lodge-style architecture. The property has been well maintained, with approximately $4.5 million invested in capital improvements since 2007. Skamania Lodge encompasses over 175 acres along the banks of the Columbia River. The meeting and event space includes approximately 22,000 square feet of International Association of Conference Centers (“IACC”) certified indoor meeting space spread over 23 rooms, including two ballrooms, approximately 4,000 square feet of pre-function space and approximately 44,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Additionally, Skamania Lodge features an 18-hole, par 70 golf course, the full-service Waterleaf Spa and Fitness Center, a business center, heated indoor swimming pool, indoor/outdoor whirlpool spas, two tennis courts, a basketball court and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Skamania’s 254 rooms, 11 of which are suites, offer one-of-a-kind views of the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River Gorge. The hotel features original artwork, a grand 85-foot fireplace in the lobby and an approximately 7,000-square foot ballroom. The property offers three distinct dining outlets, the Cascade Room, an award-winning three-meal-a-day restaurant that features Pacific Northwest fare, the lighter and more casual River Rock Restaurant and seasonal dining near the golf course at The Greenside Grill.

In 2009, Skamania Lodge operated at approximately 48% occupancy, with an average daily rate of approximately $149. During the next 12 months, the Company currently forecasts that the hotel will generate earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) of approximately $4.6 to $4.9 million and net operating income after capital reserves of approximately $3.9 to $4.2 million.

The hotel will continue to be managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which has managed the property since 2005. Destination Hotels & Resorts is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises and a national operator that specializes in managing and marketing high-quality independent properties.

“Destination has a great understanding of, and excellent experience with, operating unique, independent resorts and conference centers,” continued Mr. Bortz. “Their knowledge of the market and their vision for the future of the property gives us great confidence in retaining them as the operator. We believe their approach to the property will maximize its long-term value while yielding positive results in the near future.”

The Company expects to incur approximately $0.4 million of costs related to the acquisition of this hotel that will be expensed as incurred.

The Skamania Lodge marks the sixth acquisition for the Company since completing its initial public offering in December 2009.

The Company has previously announced executed agreements to purchase two additional hotels:

  • $89.0 million for a hotel in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region
  • $102.8 million for a hotel in the Los Angeles, California region
Closings for these properties are expected to occur within 60 days from the filing date of the corresponding Current Report on Form 8-K. However, because these acquisitions are subject to customary closing requirements, conditions and due diligence, the Company can give no assurance that the transactions will be consummated during that time period, or at all.

About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) organized to opportunistically acquire and invest primarily in upper-upscale, full-service hotels located in large urban and resort markets with an emphasis on the major coastal cities. The company owns six hotels, with a total of 1,684 guest rooms.