Queenstown’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel buys The Spire

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The owners of Queenstown’s Eichardt’s Private Hotel have acquired another luxury CBD accommodation business.

Eichardt’s general manager James Cavanagh announced last night that his owners, Andrew and Sarah Cox of Imperium Capital Group, have acquired The Spire Hotel, on Church Lane, as of last Friday.

The Spire, comprising 10 rooms, a bar and a restaurant, has been owned for the past three-and-a-half years by sisters Lucy and Amelia Gain.

Cavanagh says The Spire Hotel name will remain but its food and beverage operation will be revamped under the guidance of Eichardt’s House Bar head chef Will Eaglesfield.

Tariffs will probably range from $500 a night to $1000 at peak season, Cavanagh says.

“All bookings already in place will be honoured as we make this seamless transition from the existing owners.”

The Spire was set up in 1995 while Eichardt’s Private Hotel was established when the historic Eichardt’s Hotel was transformed after the huge 1999 flood.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel in recent years has added a separate Private Residence and Lake Front Apartments to its rooms inventory.

Andrew Cox says: “The Spire Hotel acquisition is a strategic opportunity to expand the product range of the Imperium Collection in Queenstown.

“The Imperium Collection now encompasses 20 luxury suites catering to a broad range of tourism and business traveller needs.”

Cox says the recent announcement that Skyline Enterprises is planning a $6 million retail and mixed use development beside Eichardt’s Private Hotel provides another opportunity.

The new Michael Wyatt-designed building will include a luxury penthouse apartment with extensive balconies on the top floor.