China's Anbang plans to convert most of classic Waldorf Astoria hotel to apartments: WSJ

Facade of Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, US. China's Anbang Insurance Group Co plans to convert  most of classic Waldorf Astoria hotel into luxury apartments, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Facade of Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, US. China's Anbang Insurance Group Co plans to convert most of classic Waldorf Astoria hotel into luxury apartments, the Wall Street Journal reported. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - China's Anbang Insurance Group Co plans to convert as much as three-quarters of the rooms at the landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel into luxury apartments, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (June 26), citing people familiar with the matter.

The Chinese insurer, which bought the New York hotel from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc in 2014 for US$1.95 billion, plans to close the Waldorf for up to three years starting next spring, the report said.

It plans to convert as many as 1,100 of the hotel's 1,413 rooms into condominiums, according to the Journal. When the hotel reopens, it will have 300 to 500 guest rooms.

The plan also calls for the hotel to cut hundreds of jobs, according to the report.

Anbang could not immediately be reached for comment.