The extended down turn in the real estate, capitol markets, and hotel industries during
the late 1980s, early 1990s, and again in the early 2000s and after the 2008 financial crisis, prompted many
investors to steer clear of luxury hotels. Over-building, over-investment
and over-financing by developers and lenders unfamiliar with the hotel
industry created an oversupply of available hotel rooms resulting in
reduced room rates, low occupancy levels and distressed properties.
The depressed overall economy also caused pessimism in the hotel industry
due to lack of available capital and lower property values.