Mulpha Australia Ltd has bought the leasehold 4.5 star Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel at Quay Park in Auckland.
Colliers & CBRE declared last Thursday the hotel sale was the biggest in New Zealand since 2015 and biggest in Auckland since 2006 – without saying anything about the price of this transaction.
The 178-unit strata title development was sold subject to a new 11-year performance lease underpinned by Japanese serviced apartment conglomerate Daiwa House Group, which acquired the Australia & New Zealand Waldorf serviced apartment business in 2017 and has plans to expand in the region.
Mulpha chief executive Greg Shaw said: “We were attracted to its position in a key gateway city, strategic location in the heart of the Auckland cbd, together with several strategic opportunities to add additional value to this asset over the short to medium term, working in conjunction with the hotel operator Daiwa House Group.”
The hotel has a mix of studio, one-, 2- & 3-bedroom self-contained apartments. It has a long-term ground lease to the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board.
Mulpha Australia is a subsidiary of Malaysia-listed Mulpha International Bhd, in turn controlled by Hong Kong company Allied Group Ltd, which also controls listed Hong Kong non-bank financial institution Sun Hung Kai & Co Ltd. Lee Seng Huang, Lee Seng Hui & their sister, Lee Su Hwei – Malaysians educated in Sydney, the children of 1980s corporate raider Lee Ming Tee – operate their family interests through Allied.
The hotel was developed by Perron Developments Ltd.
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Attribution: Agency release.