Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour closes as operator goes into liquidation

The operator of Accor’s Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour has gone into liquidation.

Viaduct Quays Hotel (VQHL) operated the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour as leaseholder under a management agreement with Accor.

VQHL was placed into liquidation on July 6 after ceasing trade as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on “customer numbers”, according to a liquidator’s report.

While the hotel’s 139 employees would now be likely out of a job, Accor maintains the hotel closure will be temporary, and it will be repositioned as a more boutique offering when it does reopen later this year.