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Hotel Acquisition Due Diligence: Seller's Representations and Warranties, Indemnification, Timing

Prioritizing Critical Areas; Providing Buyers More Alternatives, Fewer Costs, and More Negotiating Power

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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This CLE webinar will advise real estate counsel on the particular due diligence concerns when acquiring a hotel property. The panel will address how counsel should evaluate both physical assets as well as the operating business of the hotel. The panel will discuss best practices for assessing the findings during due diligence periods and effectively negotiating once concerns arise.


When purchasing a hotel, counsel must advise clients that the due diligence must include analysis of the physical assets associated with the property (i.e., the hotel structures, parking, systems, equipment, and inventories), as well as the operating business conducted at the hotel facility and the relevant markets and environment.

When developing a proposed acquisition price, the buyer must make assumptions about future market conditions and the hotel's performance within that market. A discounted cash flow on stabilized operating projections will reflect these assumptions. Thus, a preliminary business plan must reflect assumptions as to physical facilities and condition, management, affiliation, and other factors to assess the potential acquisition realistically.

In today's market, the time allotted for due diligence, deposits going non-refundable, and closing has been significantly compressed. All sophisticated buyers know they must act quickly. Counsel should assist in coordinating the due diligence team and start the process as soon as possible. Counsel should also coordinate with clients to prioritize and push critical areas of due diligence to identify and evaluate potential deal-breakers early.

Many buyers do not focus enough on seller representations and warranties--even with significant disclaimers in the purchase agreement. Diligent preparation can flush out critical physical and operational hotel issues that only a seller or its management company would understand. Even if the seller is unwilling to make a specific representation and warranty on a particular condition, focusing on the issue upfront will help frame the buyer's post-signing due diligence.

Likewise, indemnification clauses are not a haven for buyers. The language is typically inadequate to protect a buyer from additional costs avoidable with proper due diligence. Indemnification generally applies only for breaches of representations and warranties, and if the seller limits or qualifies its representations and warranties, the indemnification provision may not be triggered.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the legal concerns in hotel acquisition and due diligence, conducting a proper investigation, and evaluating the data to provide the buyer with more alternatives, lower costs, and negotiating power to deal with the issues.



  1. Hotel acquisition purchase agreements
    1. Seller's representations and warranties
    2. Indemnification clauses
  2. Due diligence
    1. Timing
    2. Team
    3. Evaluation of data
  3. Best practices


The panel will discuss these and other relevant topics:

  • How can counsel assist in coordinating a due diligence investigation for hotel acquisitions?
  • What representations and warranties must the seller include, and what should a buyer be aware of in the purchase agreement?
  • Are there opportunities to use indemnification clauses to protect hotel purchasers in the event of misrepresentation or discovery of concerns?


Samantha Ahuja
Samantha Ahuja

Greenberg Traurig

Ms. Ahuja focuses her practice on hotel acquisitions, operations, development and finance, hotel management agreements,...  |  Read More

Bowman, Joshua
Joshua M. Bowman

Sherin and Lodgen

Mr. Bowman brings years of experience counseling local and national real estate owners and developers, institutional...  |  Read More

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