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Investor Ben Mallah to sell several hotels

After the pandemic, the developer said he expects to see a 20 to 25 percent decrease in his hospitality properties’ values.
The Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive is located less than two miles from Universal. It's one of four hotel properties developer Ben Mallah plans to sell.
The Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive is located less than two miles from Universal. It's one of four hotel properties developer Ben Mallah plans to sell. [ Courtesy of Preston Reid ]
Published Jun. 11
Updated Jun. 12

After more than a year of financial hits to the tourism industry, real estate developer Ben Mallah has listed four of his hotel properties for sale.

Mallah said he made the decision to sell several of his hotels after more than a year of “bleeding” money to keep them open. To maintain the hotels, he had to spend about $200,000 a month per hotel — losing roughly $1 million per month.

“Things aren’t as pretty as everybody thinks right now,” Mallah said. “Things are slowly coming back but we still have no corporate, we still have no sports, we still have no cruise ship business, we still have no concerts.”

As a result, there’s more competition in the tourism industry, with a wider range of businesses competing for a smaller pool of travelers, Mallah said. And with the pandemic, the value of his properties has also decreased.

“We’re looking at probably taking a 20 to 25 percent hit in value,” he said.

Mallah’s properties are listed on the website of commercial real estate company, Berkadia.

Mallah is selling two hotels near Tampa International, including the Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore and the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, as well as the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive and Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek.

The Four Points by Sheraton Suites in Tampa features an atrium with a 100-foot-high glass ceiling, waterfall and plants, as well as a restaurant, gym and indoor pool. It has 263 two-room suites. The Holiday Inn in Tampa has 282 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, with a restaurant, pool and gym.

The atrium of the Four Points by Sheraton Suites in Tampa.
The atrium of the Four Points by Sheraton Suites in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Preston Reid ]

Mallah’s Four Points by Sheraton in Orlando — known for the globe on its roof — is a partnership with Universal. Located on International Drive, it’s less than two miles from the theme park. Tickets for the park are available for purchase in the hotel’s lobby. Amenities also include an exotic car rental, more than 11,500 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a gym and a swimming pool with a children’s water park. The hotel features 303 rooms.

The pool area of the Four Points by Sheraton in Orlando.
The pool area of the Four Points by Sheraton in Orlando. [ Courtesy of Preston Reid ]

The Sheraton Suites in Fort Lauderdale has 258 two-room suites, 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, as well as an atrium, a pool and gymnasium.

Across the country, Mallah has seen more hotels hit the market.

“It’s just a really sad situation,” he said. “It’s like starting from scratch again.”