BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DiamondRock Hospitality Company (the "Company") (NYSE: DRH) announced today that it prepaid the $201.7 million mortgage loan secured by the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The Company funded the prepayment with proceeds from the 4.36% fixed interest rate, 10-year loan placed on the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel in October 2015, as well as a portion of a $60 million draw on its senior unsecured credit facility. The mortgage was scheduled to mature in April 2016 and the prepayment will save the Company approximately $2.7 million in net interest expense. This transaction lowers the Company's weighted average interest rate by 32 basis points to 4.08%.
After the completion of the prepayment, 18 of the Company's 29 hotels are unencumbered by property-specific mortgage debt. Moreover, the Company only has one remaining debt maturity in 2016, which is the $48 million mortgage loan secured by the Courtyard New York Manhattan / Fifth Avenue. The Company expects to refinance this loan during the first half of 2016. Following this refinancing, the Company will have successfully completed its comprehensive refinancing plan to ladder its debt maturities and lower its overall borrowing costs.
About the Company
DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of a leading portfolio of geographically diversified hotels concentrated in top gateway markets and destination resort locations. The Company owns 29 premium quality hotels with approximately 10,900 rooms. The Company has strategically positioned its hotels to generally be operated under leading global brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Westin, as well as boutique brands in the lifestyle segment. For further information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company's website at www.drhc.com.
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