The Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok has been sold for an undisclosed price to the private Thailand-based Bhiraj Buri Group, according to JLL Hotels & Hospitality. JLL represented the sellers, Boutique Corporations PLC and Ascott Limited, throughout the transaction.
The property is located within the prime Asoke Sukhumvit district of Bangkok within walking distance to both BTS skytrain and MRT underground. Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok was sold with a total of 138 keys and the purchase marks Bhriaj Buri’s first serviced apartment acquisition.
“Thailand’s hotel market holds a perennial attraction to investors and we have seen investment activity recovering faster than other Southeast Asian markets. Prices of investment-grade hotel assets in Bangkok have held their ground throughout this period with generally no deep discounts relative to pre-pandemic levels. As we enter this transition phase, we expect investment volumes to increase in 2022 and foreign investor interest will become a bigger part due to a major easing of border restrictions since the beginning of this month,” says Chakkrit Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya, Executive Vice President, Investment Sales, Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.
According to JLL data, Thailand hotel transactions have rebounded sharply in 2021. The company forecasts a total of around 3,000 keys to be transacted in 2021 worth a combined THB12 billion (US$363.6 million) versus THB1.5 billion (US$45.4 million) in 2020. It is expected that over 20 properties are to be transacted in 2021 with 95% of the asset size transacted between THB500 million and THB1 billion (US$15.1 million to $30.3 million).
“JLL is delighted to have advised on this milestone transaction for a highly-sought Bangkok asset. As evidenced by approximately 20 investors signing the confidentiality agreement for additional information, we are seeing the improvement in market conditions and confident that positive sentiment will remain,” says Pimpanga Yomchinda, Vice President, Investment Sales, Asia, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.