Sonesta to More Than Double in Size — Thanks to InterContinental Hotels Group

Many entities are lamenting the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — but one lodging company just took advantage of a situation which will result in its more than doubling in size as a “momentous time for the company, underscoring the continued growth and amplifying” its success for the long term due to a transfer of 103 hotel properties.

Sonesta to More Than Double in Size — Thanks to InterContinental Hotels Group

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation — which is based in Newton, Massachusetts — is benefiting from what is being called an “uncured default” of 103 hotel properties by InterContinental Hotels Group to Service Properties Trust, which is a real estate investment trust company that claims 1,138 total properties in its portfolio. The addition of those 22 full service hotel properties and 81 extended stay hotel properties in the United States — including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — and the province of Ontario in Canada means that Sonesta International Hotels Corporation will experience the largest expansion in its history.

Management will be transitioned by Sonesta International Hotels Corporation following the termination of the agreement between Service Properties Trust and InterContinental Hotels Group — which are also known as SVC and IHG respectively — on or about Monday, November 30, 2020.

“SVC made the decision to transfer these hotels to Sonesta following an uncured default by IHG”, according to this official press release. “Among the factors SVC considered in deciding on this change were its 34% ownership of Sonesta, its historical experience from the 2012 transition of 16 hotels to Sonesta from IHG and the belief that they will perform as well or better as Sonesta branded and managed hotels post-conversion. At the 16 SVC-owned hotels that were rebranded from IHG in 2012 and currently managed by Sonesta, total annual revenue and hotel EBITDA improved 14.4% and 10.3%, respectively, once stabilized.”

Currently, 77 hotel and resort properties are part of the brand portfolio of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in the United States, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Peru, and Sint Maarten — as well as three cruises on the Nile River. The acquisition of 103 hotel properties means that the lodging company will grow by a whopping 128.75 percent. With this transaction, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation will have 159 hotel and resort properties in the United States — including Puerto Rico — and 21 hotel and properties plus three cruises outside of the United States for a total of 183 entities globally, “increasing their footprint in key tourism and business regions by more than threefold.” That number does not include any future hotel or resort properties which are currently under planning or development stages.

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation was founded in Massachusetts by A.M. “Sonny” Sonnabend 83 years ago in 1937 when he purchased the Preston Beach Hotel in the tiny seaside town of Swampscott with six other investors. The lodging company was first known as Sonnabend Operated Hotels in 1944 and went through two name changes before finally becoming Sonesta International Hotels Corporation in 1970.

Affected Hotel Properties

The 103 affected hotel properties which will transfer from InterContinental Hotels Group branding to management and branding by Sonesta International Hotels Corporation are conveniently listed below in an interactive table, which can be customized:

Current Hotel Property NameNew BrandHotel Property AddressCityState or ProvinceZIP CodeTypeService LevelNumber of Rooms
Candlewood Suites Birmingham HooverMidscale ES Brand600 Corporate Ridge DriveBirminghamAlabama35242MidscaleExtended Stay98
Candlewood Suites Huntsville Research ParkMidscale ES Brand201 Exchange PlaceHuntsvilleAlabama35806MidscaleExtended Stay123
Candlewood Suites PhoenixMidscale ES Brand11411 N. Black Canyon HighwayPhoenixArizona85029MidscaleExtended Stay98
Candlewood Suites Phoenix TempeMidscale ES Brand1335 W. Baseline RoadTempeArizona85283MidscaleExtended Stay122
Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort AreaSonesta Hotels and Resorts1915 S. Manchester AvenueAnaheimCalifornia92802Upper MidscaleFull Service264
Staybridge Suites AnaheimMidscale ES Brand1855 S. Manchester AvenueAnaheimCalifornia92802UpscaleExtended Stay143
Staybridge Suites San Diego Rancho Bernardo AreaSonesta ES Suites11855 Avenue of IndustryCarmel MountainCalifornia92128UpscaleExtended Stay116
Staybridge Suites ChatsworthSonesta ES Suites21902 LassenChatsworthCalifornia91311UpscaleExtended Stay114
Candlewood Suites Orange County Irvine EastMidscale ES Brand3 South Pointe DriveIrvineCalifornia92630MidscaleExtended Stay122
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles AirportSonesta Hotels and Resorts5985 W. Century BoulevardLos AngelesCalifornia90045UpscaleFull Service613
Candlewood Suites Orange County Arprt Irvine WMidscale ES Brand2600 S. Red Hill AvenueOrange CountyCalifornia92705MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Garden Grove Anaheim AreaMidscale ES Brand12901 Garden Grove BoulevardAnaheimCalifornia92843MidscaleExtended Stay133
Candlewood Suites Orange County Irvine SpectrumMidscale ES Brand16150 Sand Canyon AvenueIrvineCalifornia92618MidscaleExtended Stay122
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & MarinaSonesta Hotels and Resorts300 North Harbor DriveRedondo BeachCalifornia90277UpscaleFull Service342
Staybridge Suites San Francisco AirportSonesta ES Suites1350 Huntington AvenueSan FranciscoCalifornia94066UpscaleExtended Stay92
Crowne Plaza San Jose Silicon ValleySonesta Hotels and Resorts777 Bellew DriveSan JoseCalifornia95035UpscaleFull Service304
Staybridge Suites San JoseSonesta ES Suites1602 Crane CourtSan JoseCalifornia95112UpscaleExtended Stay114
Candlewood Suites Silicon Valley San JoseMidscale ES Brand481 El Camino RealSan JoseCalifornia95050MidscaleExtended Stay122
Staybridge Suites San Diego Sorrento MesaSonesta ES Suites6639 Mira Mesa BoulevardSorrento MesaCalifornia92121UpscaleExtended Stay131
Staybridge Suites SunnyvaleSonesta ES Suites900 Hamlin CourtSunnyvaleCalifornia94089UpscaleExtended Stay138
Staybridge Suites Torrance Redondo BeachSonesta ES Suites19901 Prairie AvenueTorranceCalifornia90503UpscaleExtended Stay144
Crowne Plaza DenverSonesta Hotels and Resorts1450 Glenarm PlaceDenverColorado80202UpscaleFull Service380
Staybridge Suites Denver South Park MeadowsSonesta ES Suites7820 Park Meadows DriveLone TreeColorado80124UpscaleExtended Stay115
Candlewood Suites Denver West Federal CenterMidscale ES Brand895 Tabor StreetLakewoodColorado80401MidscaleExtended Stay122
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DCRoyal Sonesta2121 P Street NWWashingtonDistrict of Columbia20037Upper UpscaleFull Service335
Candlewood Suites ClearwaterMidscale ES Brand13231 49th Street N.ClearwaterFlorida33762MidscaleExtended Stay104
Staybridge Suites Fort Lauderdale PlantationSonesta ES Suites410 North Pine Island RoadFort LauderdaleFlorida33324UpscaleExtended Stay141
Candlewood Suites JacksonvilleMidscale ES Brand4990 Belfort RoadJacksonvilleFlorida32256MidscaleExtended Stay111
Crowne Plaza Miami International AirportSonesta Hotels and Resorts950 N.W. LeJeune RoadMiamiFlorida33126UpscaleFull Service308
Candlewood Suites Miami Airport WestMidscale ES Brand8855 NW 27th StreetMiamiFlorida33172MidscaleExtended Stay128
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena VistaSonesta ES Suites8751 Suiteside DriveLake Buena VistaFlorida32836UpscaleExtended Stay150
Staybridge Suites Alpharetta North PointSonesta ES Suites3980 North Point ParkwayAlpharettaGeorgia30005UpscaleExtended Stay118
Candlewood Suites AtlantaMidscale ES Brand3665 Shackleford Rd.AtlantaGeorgia30096MidscaleExtended Stay122
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at RaviniaSonesta Hotels and Resorts4355 Ashford Dunwoody RoadAtlantaGeorgia30346UpscaleFull Service495
Crowne Plaza Atlanta AirportSonesta Hotels and Resorts1325 Virginia DriveAtlantaGeorgia30344UpscaleFull Service378
Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport SouthSonesta Hotels and Resorts4669 Airport BoulevardCollege ParkGeorgia30337Upper MidscaleFull Service190
Staybridge Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center EastSonesta ES Suites4601 Ridgeview RoadAtlanta PerimeterGeorgia30338UpscaleExtended Stay143
Candlewood Suites Des MoinesMidscale ES Brand7625 Office Plaza Drive N.Des MoinesIowa50266MidscaleExtended Stay98
Kimpton Hotel Allegro ChicagoRoyal Sonesta171 W. Randolph StreetChicagoIllinois60601Upper UpscaleFull Service483
Kimpton Hotel Palomar ChicagoRoyal Sonesta505 N. State StreetChicagoIllinois60654Upper UpscaleFull Service261
Candlewood Suites Chicago LibertyvilleMidscale ES Brand1100 N. US Route 45LibertyvilleIllinois60048MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Chicago NapervilleMidscale ES Brand27 W. 300 Warrenville RoadNapervilleIllinois60555MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Chicago OHareMidscale ES Brand4021 N. Mannheim RoadChicagoIllinois60176MidscaleExtended Stay160
Candlewood Suites Chicago WaukeganMidscale ES Brand1151 S. Waukegan RoadWaukeganIllinois60085MidscaleExtended Stay122
Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago OHare RosemontSonesta Hotels and Resorts10233 West Higgins RoadRosemontIllinois60018Upper MidscaleFull Service300
Candlewood Suites Kansas City Overland ParkMidscale ES Brand11001 OakmontOverland ParkKansas66210MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Wichita AirportMidscale ES Brand570 South JuliaWichitaKansas67209MidscaleExtended Stay81
Candlewood Suites Wichita NortheastMidscale ES Brand3141 N. Webb RoadWichitaKansas67226MidscaleExtended Stay108
Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge- University at SouthgateSonesta ES Suites4001 Nicholson DriveBaton RougeLouisiana70808UpscaleExtended Stay117
Candlewood Suites Boston BraintreeMidscale ES Brand235 Wood RoadBraintreeMassachusetts2184MidscaleExtended Stay133
Candlewood Suites Boston BurlingtonMidscale ES Brand130 Middlesex TurnpikeBurlingtonMassachusetts1803MidscaleExtended Stay149
Candlewood Suites Baltimore BWI AirportMidscale ES Brand1247 Winterson RoadBaltimoreMaryland21090MidscaleExtended Stay125
Candlewood Suites Detroit Ann ArborMidscale ES Brand701 Waymarket WayAnn ArborMichigan48103MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Detroit SouthfieldMidscale ES Brand1 Corporate DriveSouthfieldMichigan48076MidscaleExtended Stay121
Candlewood Suites Detroit TroyMidscale ES Brand2550 Troy Center Dr.TroyMichigan48084MidscaleExtended Stay118
Candlewood Suites Detroit WarrenMidscale ES Brand7010 Convention BlvdWarrenMichigan48092MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Minneapolis RichfieldMidscale ES Brand351 West 77th StreetRichfieldMinnesota55423MidscaleExtended Stay134
Candlewood Suites St LouisMidscale ES Brand3250 Rider Trail S.Saint LouisMissouri63045MidscaleExtended Stay122
Crowne Plaza CharlotteSonesta Hotels and Resorts5700 Westpark DriveCharlotteNorth Carolina28217UpscaleFull Service300
Candlewood Suites Charlotte UniversityMidscale ES Brand8812 University East DriveCharlotteNorth Carolina28213MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Jersey CityMidscale ES Brand21 2nd StreetJersey CityNew Jersey7302MidscaleExtended Stay214
Candlewood Suites Parsippany Morris PlainsMidscale ES Brand100 Candlewood DriveParsippany, Morris PlainsNew Jersey7950MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Philadelphia Mount LaurelMidscale ES Brand400 Crawford PlaceMount LaurelNew Jersey8054MidscaleExtended Stay123
Candlewood Suites SomersetMidscale ES Brand41 World’s Fair DriveSomersetNew Jersey8873MidscaleExtended Stay110
Candlewood Suites AlbuquerqueMidscale ES Brand3025 Richmond Avenue, NEAlbuquerqueNew Mexico87107MidscaleExtended Stay123
Candlewood Suites Las VegasMidscale ES Brand4034 South Paradise RoadLas VegasNevada89109MidscaleExtended Stay276
Candlewood Suites Nanuet Rockland CountyMidscale ES Brand20 Overlook Blvd.NanuetNew York10954MidscaleExtended Stay124
Crowne Plaza White Plains DowntownSonesta Hotels and Resorts66 Hale AvenueWhite PlainsNew York10601UpscaleFull Service402
Candlewood Suites Cleveland North OlmstedMidscale ES Brand24741 Country Club Blvd.North OlmstedOhio44070MidscaleExtended Stay125
Crowne Plaza ColumbusSonesta Hotels and Resorts33 East Nationwide BlvdColumbusOhio43215UpscaleFull Service421
Candlewood Suites Columbus AirportMidscale ES Brand590 Taylor Rd.ColumbusOhio43230MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Oklahoma CityMidscale ES Brand4400 River Park DriveOklahoma CityOklahoma73108MidscaleExtended Stay122
InterContinental Toronto YorkvilleRoyal Sonesta220 Bloor Street WestYorkvilleOntarioM5S 1T8LuxuryFull Service212
Staybridge Suites MarkhamSonesta ES Suites355 South Park RoadThornhillOntarioL3T 7W2UpscaleExtended Stay120
Kimpton Hotel Monaco PortlandRoyal Sonesta506 SW Washington StreetPortlandOregon97204Upper UpscaleFull Service221
Candlewood Suites Horsham Willow GroveMidscale ES Brand250 Business Center DriveHorshamPennsylvania19044MidscaleExtended Stay110
Candlewood Suites Pittsburgh AirportMidscale ES Brand100 Chauvet DrivePittsburghPennsylvania15275MidscaleExtended Stay123
InterContinental San JuanRoyal Sonesta5961 Isla Verde AvenueSan JuanPuerto Rico979LuxuryFull Service402
Candlewood Suites KnoxvilleMidscale ES Brand10206 Parkside DriveKnoxvilleTennessee37922MidscaleExtended Stay98
Candlewood Suites Nashville BrentwoodMidscale ES Brand5129 Virginia WayNashville, BrentwoodTennessee37027MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites ArlingtonMidscale ES Brand2221 Brookhollow Plaza Dr.ArlingtonTexas76006MidscaleExtended Stay125
InterContinental Stephen F Austin HotelRoyal Sonesta701 Congress AvenueAustinTexas78701LuxuryFull Service190
Candlewood Suites Austin Arboretum NorthwestMidscale ES Brand9701 Stonelake BoulevardAustinTexas78759MidscaleExtended Stay125
Candlewood Suites Austin SouthMidscale ES Brand4320 Interstate 35 Service SAustinTexas78745MidscaleExtended Stay122
Staybridge Suites Austin ArboretumSonesta ES Suites10201 Stonelake BlvdAustinTX78759UpscaleExtended Stay121
Candlewood Suites Dallas Fort Worth Fossil CreekMidscale ES Brand5201 Endicott AvenueFossil CreekTX76137MidscaleExtended Stay98
Candlewood Suites Dallas By The GalleriaMidscale ES Brand13939 Noel RoadDallasTX75240MidscaleExtended Stay134
Candlewood Suites Dallas Las ColinasMidscale ES Brand5300 Greenpark DriveLas ColinasTX75038MidscaleExtended Stay117
Candlewood Suites Dallas Park CentralMidscale ES Brand12525 Greenville Ave.RichardsonTX75243MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Dallas PlanoMidscale ES Brand4701 LegacyPlanoTX75024MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Houston By The GalleriaMidscale ES Brand4900 Loop Central Dr.HoustonTX77081MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Houston Clear LakeMidscale ES Brand2737 Bay Area BlvdClear LakeTX77058MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites @ City Centre Energy CorridorMidscale ES Brand10503 Town & Country WayHoustonTX77024MidscaleExtended Stay122
Candlewood Suites Houston WestchaseMidscale ES Brand4033 SW Sam Houston ParkwayHoustonTX77042MidscaleExtended Stay123
Staybridge Suites Dallas Las ColinasSonesta ES Suites1201 Executive CircleLas ColinasTX75038UpscaleExtended Stay117
Candlewood Suites San Antonio Northwest Medical CenterMidscale ES Brand9350 IH 10 WestSan AntonioTX78230MidscaleExtended Stay113
Staybridge Suites San Antonio NW ColonnadeSonesta ES Suites4320 Spectrum OneSan AntonioTexas78230UpscaleExtended Stay118
Candlewood Suites Salt Lake City AirportMidscale ES Brand2170 West North TempleSalt Lake CityUtah84116MidscaleExtended Stay122
Staybridge Suites DullesSonesta ES Suites13700 Coppermine Rd.HerndonVirginia20171UpscaleExtended Stay112
Candlewood Suites HamptonMidscale ES Brand401 Butler Farm RoadHamptonVirginia23666MidscaleExtended Stay98
Staybridge Suites Vancouver Portland MetroSonesta ES Suites7301 NE 41st StreetVancouverWashington98662UpscaleExtended Stay117
Kimpton Hotel Alexis SeattleRoyal Sonesta1007 First AvenueSeattleWashington98104Upper UpscaleFull Service121
Crowne Plaza Milwaukee WestSonesta Hotels and Resorts10499 Innovation DriveWauwatosaWisconsin53226UpscaleFull Service198
Current Hotel Property NameNew BrandHotel Property AddressCityState or ProvinceZIP CodeTypeService LevelNumber of Rooms

Of the 103 hotel properties which are affected:

  • 61 are Candlewood Suites, which will be converted to a midscale ES brand of Sonesta
  • 20 are Staybridge Suites, which will be converted to Sonesta ES Suites
  • 11 are Crowne Plaza, which will be converted to Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
  • 5 are Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, which will be converted to Royal Sonesta
  • 3 are Holiday Inn, which will be converted to Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
  • 3 are InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, which will be converted to Royal Sonesta

Sonesta Travel Pass

The frequent guest loyalty program of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is known as Sonesta Travel Pass; and it includes two elite status tiers in addition to basic membership: Preferred, which you can earn in as few as six eligible nights; and Elite, which you can earn in twelve eligible nights.

Being a member has some interesting benefits:

  • Earn ten points for every dollar spent on a qualified room rate at participating locations.
  • Earn a free night in as few as 15,000 points earned.
  • Members of Sonesta Travel Pass always save five percent as a discount on room rates.
  • No blackout dates. Ever.
  • Complimentary upgraded internet access on every stay.
  • Exclusive member offers just for signing up as a member of Sonesta Travel Pass.
  • Earn top tier elite status in only twelve nights.
  • Elite status match from the frequent guest loyalty programs of other lodging companies.
  • Get the best price guarantee when you book at the official Internet web site of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation.
MEMBER PREFERRED ELITE
QUALIFIED NIGHTS PER YEAR 0-5 6-11 12+
AVAILABLE AT ALL PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS
Reward points to earn free nights
Complimentary upgraded WiFi — Upgraded internet is only available at locations in the United States; and some locations outside of the United States may only offer one hour per day of free Internet in the room or in the business center
Enjoy 5 percent off across locations worldwide
Express check-in and express check-out
Customized room preferences
Exclusive member-only offers
Assistance from Member Champion during stay
Exclusive priority reservations line
Guaranteed room type — bed type
Early check-in and late check-out — provided up to three hours beyond regular check-in and check-out times, as available
Priority self-parking — availability may vary by property based on parking lots operated under external management agencies
AVAILABLE AT SONESTA ES SUITES ONLY
Sip ’n snack credit is provided at check-in and carries no value upon check-out $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
AVAILABLE AT ROYAL SONESTA AND SONESTA HOTELS & RESORTS ONLY
Discount on dining and resort amenities provided at outlets operated by Sonesta only; and participation may vary 10 percent 15 percent
Complimentary room upgrade applies to the next higher room category than what was originally booked; and is subject to availability
Choice of welcome amenity
Complimentary non-alcoholic beverage per stay, with a maximum value of $15.00
Discounted suite upgrade — request a suite upgrade at check-in and receive a 50 percent discount, based on availability
Complimentary club lounge access — or continental breakfast daily — elite guests receive club lounge access where available; and at hotel and resort properties without club lounges, guests will receive daily complimentary continental breakfast instead

Summary

I have never stayed at a hotel property which is in the brand portfolio of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation; so I cannot comment on the lodging company itself — if you have stayed at one, please post about your experience in the Comments section below — but one lodging company losing 103 hotel properties to another lodging company seems rather unusual.

This is definitely not the last of what we will hear from Sonesta International Hotels Corporation — unlike what was considered to be the most confusing lodging company in the United States in 2019.

Regardless, that means that you have 103 fewer hotel properties at which you can stay in the brand portfolio of 5,918 hotel and resort properties of InterContinental Hotels Group — although 1,932 additional hotel and resort properties are “in the pipeline.”

Of the 103 hotel properties which InterContinental Hotels Group will lose to Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, 20 of them are Staybridge Suites. Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

One thought on “Sonesta to More Than Double in Size — Thanks to InterContinental Hotels Group”

  1. BSK says:

    Hmmm… If I were more cynical I would think that, since SVC owns a third of Sonesta, they’re moving their car keys from the right hand to the left.
    But since I’m not cynical, I’m sure that any tax advantages were purely incidental.

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