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deal structures

citizenM acts as either owner-operator or as operator of hotels owned by third party investors.

In the case of own investments, citizenM is interested in the following deal types:

  • Freehold purchase
  • Ground lease (long term)
  • Turnkey development
  • Joint venture with land owners, developers or investors

In the case of ownership by a third party, citizenM can offer the following structures:

  • A lease agreement, containing a base rent and a performance related rent component, payable by citizenM to the landlord
  • An operating agreement, containing a performance related fee structure tailored to the citizenM value proposition, to align interests with the owner

location criteria

A citizenM hotel should be:

  • Centrally located in a vibrant, safe and walkable area in a metropolitan city
  • In or near a city center and/or central business district
  • Easily accessible by public transport

Alternatively, citizenM is also interested in terminal-linked locations at major international airports, handling more than 30 million passengers annually.

development specifications

The preferred size of a citizenM hotel is between 150 and 350 rooms, which requires ca. 4,000 sqm (44,000 sqft) to 10,000 sqm (110,000 sqft) gross floor area.

Suitable development opportunities include:

  • Greenfield sites
  • Brownfield sites
  • Redevelopments of existing (office) buildings
  • Hotel components in mixed-use schemes
  • Top-ups of existing structures (i.e. metro station)
  • Conversions of existing hotels