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Delaware Hotel Group paid $2 million last week for the Motel 6 Kissimmee Maingate West.
Delaware Hotel Group paid $2 million last week for the Motel 6 Kissimmee Maingate West. (Osceola County Property Appraiser)

Delaware Hotel Group owner Mike Khatiwala has acquired his 20th hotel property and first in Florida with the purchase last week of the corporate-owned Motel 6 Kissimmee Maingate West for $2 million.

The 147-room motel at 7455 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway sits on 3.2 acres just west of Reedy Creek Drive.

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The Texas-based budget hotel chain originally developed the motel in 1983 and sold it in 1998 for $5.66 million. The company bought it back in 2012 for $5.2 million before selling it again to Khatiwala.

It's the only Motel 6 in DHG's portfolio. The company primarily owns and operates Hampton Inns and Best Westerns. Officials with DHG did not respond to requests for comment.

The Motel 6, just west of Disney property, is in a hub of redevelopment activity, with tens of millions being invested in a new Walmart, CVS and Magic Village 2. The Toscana Suites next door is being renovated and will reopen as a Hawthorne Suites.
The Motel 6, just west of Disney property, is in a hub of redevelopment activity, with tens of millions being invested in a new Walmart, CVS and Magic Village 2. The Toscana Suites next door is being renovated and will reopen as a Hawthorne Suites. (staff)

The Kissimmee motel is in an area of the W192 tourism corridor that's seen a surge in new investment, in the form of a new Walmart Supercenter under construction across the street and a new CVS-anchored retail center and hotel at the intersection of W192 and Sherberth Road.

Magic Village 2, a $165 million townhome resort, is under construction immediately north of the motel.

Red Lion opened its first Florida hotel in a renovated motel across the street from the Motel 6, and Jumani Hospitality is in the process of renovating the Toscana Suites right next door. The Jumani property will reopen as two separate hotels, the first being a Hawthorne Suites.

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