Driftwood Capital Refinances the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel

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Driftwood Capital Refinances the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel

Hilton Cocoa Beach

COCOA BEACH, Florida—Driftwood Capital announced the $60 million refinancing of the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel, a 295-key resort in central Florida’s Space Coast.

Managing Directors Michael Weinberg and Scott Wadler and Associate Director Alec Fox of Berkadia Hotels & Hospitality secured $60 million in financing through a national bank.

“We are thrilled to announce the successful closure of a new loan for the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Sr., CEO of Driftwood Capital. “The Space Coast is experiencing remarkable growth, solidifying its position as a premier multi-segment destination in Florida, catering to leisure, corporate, and meeting travelers. Just a 45-minute drive from Orlando, the market benefits from diverse demand generators such as the Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Patrick Space Force Base, and renowned beaches. With the imminent completion of the extensive guestroom and bathroom renovations, the Hilton is poised to become the leading full-service hotel in the region.”

Berkadia arranged a three-year, floating-rate loan with two extension options, full-term interest-only payments, and no required depository relationship.

“Upon full funding, the $60 million loan offers substantial value to our investors, providing flexibility in transitioning from a CMBS loan to a balance sheet mortgage,” added Tanya Zapata Sutcliffe, vice president of acquisitions at Driftwood Capital. “We anticipate that the best-in-class renovation will empower the Hilton to capture additional market share and capitalize on the growing demand in Cocoa Beach.”

The resort is positioned only 15 minutes away from Patrick Space Force Base and 10 minutes away from Port Canaveral.

“New supply in Cocoa Beach is virtually non-existent, with extremely strict height and density restrictions preventing any new competition from entering the market,” said Weinberg. “Once the renovation is complete, the Hilton Cocoa Beach will be positioned to be the leading asset in the market, allowing the sponsor to push performance past historical peaks.”

Driftwood Capital’s investment strategies include hospitality acquisition, development, and lending. Properties in its portfolio include the Canopy Tempe and Canopy West Palm Beach; the Wylie Hotel in Atlanta; the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego; and the Margaritaville Lake of the Ozarks. It is also developing the $402 million Westin Cocoa Beach and the $200 million Riverside Wharf/Dream Hotel in Downtown Miami, both in Florida.

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