OTO Development has acquired Best Western Fort Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle, adding a promising oceanfront property to the hotelier’s growing leisure portfolio. A major renovation is planned.
David Altman and Robert Hunter of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller in this transaction, which closed on February 28. OTO, which is part of The Johnson Group, develops, owns and operates select-service hotels across the country.
“Visitors are enthralled by the balmy weather, sugar-sand beaches and emerald waters of Fort Walton Beach – and as hoteliers, we are, too,” says Corry Oakes, CEO of OTO Development. “We intend to make the most of this property’s enviable position on Okaloosa Island.”
Built in 1998, Best Western Fort Walton Beach comprises six floors and 100 guestrooms, 60 of which feature balconies overlooking the Gulf. A top-to-bottom refresh is expected to begin in September with completion slated by April 2023.
OTO is partnering with Pond, a Georgia-based engineering, architecture and planning firm, for a fully reimagined design that flows from the building’s exterior through all shared spaces and guestrooms. A well-equipped gym will be added. What’s currently a small bar and tiki hut will be enhanced into a full-service restaurant with an activated lounge experience. A variety of structural and back-of-the-house upgrades are planned as well.
Best Western Fort Walton Beach is located less than one mile from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. The hotel is part of a strong drive-to market that’s popular with leisure travelers while also catering to military and government guests with proximity to Eglin Airforce Base, Hurlburt Field and private-sector defense companies.
Best Western Fort Walton Beach is located at 380 Santa Rosa Blvd. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Travelers can make reservations online or call the hotel at 850.243.9444.
About OTO Development
OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, is an award-winning, fast-growing hotel development and hospitality management company. Founded in 2004 and partnering with the Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Marriott brands, OTO’s industry leadership position is anchored by a portfolio of excellent hotels staffed by exceptional people. The company currently owns and/or operates ~70 hotels comprising approximately 8,000 room keys. OTO’s growth is focused on developing new hotels in high-barrier-to-entry markets; purchasing and repurposing existing hotel properties; and expanding management contracts with clients ranging from publicly traded REITs to private equity firms to high-net-worth individuals. For more information, visit OTODevelopment.com.