Kevin Carlin, owner of The Carlin Hotel in Queenstown has died at the age of 69

Property developer and owner of The Carlin Hotel Queenstown, Kevin Carlin, has died suddenly at the age of 69, the New Zealand Herald has reported.

Carlin, the owner and operator of the six-star hotel, had recently attended the HM Awards in Sydney on November 24, where he accepted the award for New Zealand Boutique Hotel of the Year.

Kevin Carlin accepting the award for New Zealand Boutique Hotel of the Year at the 2023 HM Awards; pictured with Given Angel Marcial from Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, who presented the award

The Carlin Hotel and Oro Restaurant opened in March 2022 and was welcomed onto the Small Luxury Hotels of the World network just four months later.

Carlin and his property development company, Queenstown Views Villa Ltd., designed, constructed, and developed the property.

In April 2023, the building was listed for sale with the intention that the hotel and restaurant would continue to be managed and operated by Carlin and his hospitality team.

The HM team extends its condolences to Carlin’s family, friends and colleagues.