Photo courtesy of Bartell Hotels

Photo courtesy of Bartell Hotels

San Diego-based Bartell Hotels has purchased the 211-room San Diego Airport Hilton Hotel on Harbor Island for $37.7 million, the company announced.

The seller was Square Mile Capital Management LLC of New York, represented by John Strauss and James Stockdale of brokerage firm JLL.

Bartell said in a statement that it now owns eight hotels in San Diego. The company plans $5 million in upgrades to the airport Hilton, located at 1960 Harbor Island Drive.

The nine-story hotel, which has 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, was built in 1969 and renovated in the early 2000s, when it became part of the Hilton Worldwide brand.

Founded in 1984, Bartell Hotels also owns local properties including the Sheraton La Jolla, The Dana on Mission Bay, Holiday Inn Bayside and Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites. Its local properties include three marinas, and Bartell also operates Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay at Shelter Island.