Solotel continues portfolio consolidation

26 November, 2020 by Vanessa Cavasinni

After closing Little Big House in Brisbane last month, Solotel has announced the sale of the Green Park Hotel in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

The hotel has been sold to nearby to the Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital to use for hospital related patient care, training and research endeavours. St Vincent’s will not seek to extend Green Park Hotel’s existing liquor and gaming licenses.

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Instead, the venue hotel will accommodate the growing needs of St Vincent’s health services including the community mental and urban hub health services, the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation Arts for Health Programme, a studio for St V’s TV and the St Vincent’s innovation and improvement hub.

As one of the oldest pubs in the Solotel portfolio, director Elliot Solomon was pleased that the venue would continue to service the local community, albeit in a different manner.

“The Green Park Hotel has been part of the Solomon family and Solotel Group for more than 30 years. We have loved every minute of our time in welcoming the Darlinghurst community to the Green Park. We wish St Vincent’s all the best as it continues to deliver care and supports the Darlinghurst community into the future.”

Solotel CEO Justine Baker added: “The support we’ve received over the years from our much loved guests, the Darlinghurst community and the Green Park family has meant the world to us. To each and every one of you, we say thank you for making the Greeny all that it is. We look forward to giving it the send-off it deserves with our guests over the coming weeks.”

The announcement comes after it was recently made public that the group made the decision to permanently close Little Big House in Brisbane, with staff being made aware in October. The decision was made after COVID provoked some portfolio reassessment.

“Despite some of the more recent coverage on the closure we made the decision and let our staff know back in October,” stated Baker.

“Like every business in our industry, COVID-19 has of course made this more important than ever to constantly assess business viability and opportunity.

Little Big House was first closed in March at the start of the national shutdown, and hasn’t reopened since.

“The permanent closure is a business decision we made for our future so that we can focus on our other Brisbane venue – Riverbar and Kitchen and what we do best – which is providing great food and entertainment experiences,” explained Baker.

The venue first opened in December 2017, after Solotel remodelled a heritage-listed Queenslander residence.

“We have enjoyed sharing some great times with our Little Big House guests and staff over the years.”

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