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March, 2021

February 19 was a red-letter day in the lead-up to Queenstowns, and
New Zealands, first six-star hotel opening for business.
The first of six roofs went on the central Queenstown boutique hotel
thats been renamed The Carlin, after its developer, Kevin Carlin.
The same day, its managing partner, Nick Liang, arrived from Hong
Kong, after leading a team of 650-plus as manager of The Ritz-Carlton.
Liangs already put his mark on his new property  its name was his
It brings a nice regal feel and sound to the city, he says.
Opening this December, at 43 Hallenstein St, the hotel will comprise
nine generous-size suites that, with interconnecting rooms, will be able
to sleep 50 guests.
Suites range from 50 to 288 square metres, including, for all but one,
rooftop terraces with fireplaces, spas and outdoor dining.
Cascading down from Kent St, its central Queenstowns first seven-
storey building, Carlin says.
The Kent St access has allowed us to build the penthouse first 
possibly the only building to ever have a roof on before you even have a
ground-floor slab.
When the $3 million U-shaped retaining structures complete in a few
weeks, another crew will start building up from Hallenstein St.
That will include The Grand Room that will house the lobby, cocktail
lounge and fine dining area.
Asked what will make it a six-star hotel, Carlin points to most suites
having pools  swimming or spa  and a private entrance for the top
floors from Kent St for VIPs.
We have two lifts, one exclusively for the top three levels.
You also must be able to have a chef come in the room and finish off
the meal.
Average nightly room rates could range from $630 to $3000.
Carlin says the cost of the build, which hes handling, will approach
When youre trying to make a six-star statement, youre going to go
over budget.
Hes already spent $280,000 under grounding view-blocking powerlines
 yes, Im a perfectionist.
Carlins latterly been based on Australias Gold Coast but has returned
to his former hometown to supervise construction and manage the
NZ-born hotel manager Liang, meanwhile, has worked in top ultra-
luxury hotels his entire 24-year career.
I think in partnership with Kevin we can really create something
incredibly special here in Queenstown.
Hes also delighted to have skin in the game  it makes it extremely
Also winging in is operations manager, Pasquo Bowman King, whos
latterly been food and beverage director for a Four Seasons Caribbean
Liang says hes expecting to employ about 35 staff.
Well be selecting a team thats very aligned with the unique service
culture and experience were going to develop.
Carlins of course hoping the trans-Tasman bubble opens before his hotel
does  he has a private jet service ready to fly Aussies over.
But were not just looking for high-net-worth travellers  theres lots
of people in Queenstown that would love a staycation for some special

Source: Mountain Scene


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