Extended Stay America opens Houston property

George Sell By George Sell
04 April 2019 | Updated 04 April 2019

US: Extended Stay America has announced the first franchise conversion in the brand’s history with the opening of the Extended Stay America Houston IAH Airport.

The all-suite property is owned by an affiliate of Provident Realty Advisors, Inc., a Dallas based developer with 27 years of real estate experience which recently purchased 16 Extended Stay America hotels. This conversion marks the first of five hotels Provident committed to build or convert as part of its acquisition of the initial portfolio. All 17 Extended Stay America properties in the Provident portfolio are being operated by Aimbridge Hospitality, the largest management company in the US.

The three-storey, 115-room hotel is located close to downtown Houston and the Houston Intercontinental Airport as well as major corporations such as Halliburton, Baker Hughes Inc, and Arco. It features an on-site business centre, large in-suite kitchen and a work desk as well as laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. The hotel will be undergoing a renovation to add some of the brand signature items including upgraded 43" TV's, converting the existing lobby to the StayPlay lobby design, adding a grab and go breakfast area, and an update to some of the guest room soft goods.

"This new ESA location represents our first opportunity as a franchisor to extend our brand quickly through a thoughtful and rapidly executed acquisition and conversion by Provident in the always-bustling Houston metro. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Provident and Aimbridge," said Jim Alderman, chief development officer, Extended Stay America, Inc. "It continues our strategy of growing the ESA portfolio of properties through development and franchising. We look forward to working with Provident, as well as all of our current and prospective owners, on expanding the ESA footprint to service our guests everywhere they need a room with a full kitchen for as long as they need to stay."

"We are excited about converting the property into an Extended Stay America hotel," said Leon Backes, owner, Provident Realty Advisors. "We have experienced success with our ESA portfolio which we credit to the great team we have in place and ESA's operating model being geared toward long-term stays. With this conversion, we are growing our ESA portfolio and plan to build off our success."

"We are excited to add another property to our rapidly expanding ESA portfolio," said Dave Johnson, CEO, Aimbridge Hospitality. "ESA is the undisputed leader in the extended-stay segment, and we expect a continuation of strong operating results as our relationship grows."

Next week's Serviced Apartment Summit Americas will incude a panel discussion on the pros and cons of franchising in the US extended stay market.

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