Coronavirus: At least 139 jobs lost as Auckland's Sofitel hotel goes into liquidation

The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Photo credit:

Five-star hotel Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour has gone into liquidation leaving at least 139 people out of work.

The Viaduct Quays Hotel, the company operating the hotel, went into liquidation on Monday morning after struggling with the financial impact of COVID-19.

The company has successfully applied for the Government's COVID-19 Wage Subsidy and was granted $929,011 for 139 employees.

Liquidators Tony Maginness and Jared Booth have been appointed to investigate the company's financial affairs and are expected to put out their first report on Friday afternoon.

Booth told Newshub the Viaduct Quays Hotel operated the Sofitel from leasehold premises. 

"The liquidators have been advised that the hotel ceased trade prior to the date of the liquidators' appointment as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and that it could not be used as an isolation facility."

He said all employees have been fully paid and the liquidators have been advised that the liquidation should not result in loss to third-party creditors.

The hotel featured So Spa, Lava Dining, Sabrage Bar and 21 Viaduct Cafe and had won numerous awards including World Luxury Hotel Award's New Zealand Luxury Hotel of the Year in 2019.