Ruebush Hospitality Group started its business during the peak of the real estate boom in Batumi. We advised our clients in selecting optimal properties to invest in, we carried out all construction works, and provided a full rental management service. Well into our first year of operations we started to observe several factors that encouraged us to change strategy for future development and shift our focus from apartments to developing boutique hotels.
The first pressing concern was the increasing rate of the rental units available on the market. In 2019, TBC Capital Research reported that the construction sector was outpacing total output growth. The sector’s value added had grown at a 21.6% CAGR over the previous 6 years to GEL 461.9mln in 2017. Construction’s share of regional GDP reached 13.7% in 2017, up from 7.6% in 2011. According to Adjara’s Ministry of Finance and Economy, residential real estate accounts for 80% of all construction in the region, followed by hotel construction with 15%. The bulk of these buildings are concentrated in Batumi.
With supply steadily on the rise, rental yields are decreasing. Average rental yields in Batumi have decreased over the last three years. The decrease can be attributed to high supply of rentals and a slowdown in the growth rate in tourist visits. Taking recent prohibitions into account, TBC Capital Research expects the yields to continue decreasing in short-term, whereas in long-term the strong tourism flow would keep a property in Batumi an interesting investment asset.
The other motivation for our focus shift was the average cost of servicing individual apartments vs hotel rooms, and the average rental yield per night. For example, with our current hospitality team of 6 housekeeping and guest services professionals dedicated to servicing our individual rental properties, we could service 50% more units, provided that they’re a part of a hotel. According to data published by PMCG Research in 2019, the average nightly rate for apartments in the region were 50-150 GEL, while hotels ranged from 137-384 GEL. In June 2019, in Georgia the hotel price index increased by 1.5% compared to May 2019. The 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel price index increased by 3.6%, while for guesthouses, the price index decreased by 0.1%.
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Despite the change in our future strategy, we remain committed to caring for the investments in rental apartments made by some of our first clients. The following is the data generated by 18 rental apartments currently under our management. It is important to note that the bulk of them became available for rent several months into 2019. As a rule, new listings need several months to garner views and reviews to appear at the top of online searches, and start generating optimal income. The occupancy data in Table 3 is generated based on nights booked out of 365.
We’re showcasing this data not despite, but because of this. To demonstrate how quickly our listings gain momentum in a short period of time, due to our dedication to providing outstanding service.
Invest in one of our projects in Batumi
We are currently developing 6 boutique and lifestyle projects in this extremely profitable market.
Different as they are, our projects have all been created with the big picture in mind. Their facilities support each other, and create a network of lodging, dining, culture and entertainment that can keep visitors engaged and entertained for a longer stay.
Our boutique properties vary in style to cater to specific demographics, and all of them are contained to a small number of rooms to ensure the highest possible yields for our hotel room investors.
64 luxury hotel rooms with panoramic views of the Black Sea, surrounded by the lavish greenery of the Batumi Botanical Gardens. Reception, concierge, conference room, health spa, fitness center, outdoor recreational areas, wedding facilities, infinity pool, bar, cafe, and restaurant.
This luxury hotel has 360 magnificent rooms with panoramic sea, mountain, and city views. A conference center, meeting rooms, fitness center, spa, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and incredible rooftop recreational area are only a few of the amenities.
This boutique hotel is the definition of luxury. From the marble counter tops, and hardwood floors, to the plush pillows and carpets, every millimetre of this property has been planned with exquisite detail. It features an upscale bar on the 35th floor, as well as a fine dining restaurant.
The Midtown Hotel is a posh urban hotel in the center of the city. It features a restaurant, meeting rooms, and an incredible rooftop terrace. It is perfect for tourists, business travelers, and locals alike. It is only a few minutes walking distance from everything important in Batumi.