'Six-star' Queenstown hotel in receivership

by Kim Bowden - Feb 26, 2024

The companies behind a boutique hotel in Queenstown touted at its opening two years ago as a 'six-star' accommodation have been placed into receivership.

The search is now on for buyers to rescue Carlin Hotel Property Management Limited and Queenstown Views Villa Limited, which operate The Carlin hotel on Hallenstein Street.

In letters to both companies today, Diana Matchett and Colin Gower of BDO are named as receivers and managers, as appointed by Pablo (Aust) Pty Limited, which holds security over the land, buildings, and business of the companies.

In a statement, Ms Matchett says they are now seeking new owners for the companies, and their assets, or both, with the hotel continuing to "trade as normal" in the interim.

"Guests can expect no disruption to their stay, while staff, suppliers, contractors, and service providers will continue to be paid as normal for all authorised post receivership goods and services supplied," she says.

The founder of the companies, Kevin Carlin, died suddenly in December aged 69.

The Carlin opened in March 2022, with room rates reportedly beginning at $1,900 a night and including an airport transfer in a Porsche or Bentley.

In March last year, Mr Carlin had attempted to sell the property, with a plan to lease it back long-term and continue to operate it as a luxury accommodation.

He lived in a penthouse at the hotel.

A first receivers' report is expected in May.

Main image (Facebook/The Carlin Hotel)

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