Newcastle-based hospitality management firm Hunt Hospitality has acquired the 170-year-old 1851-built Imperial Hotel in Maitland.
Manenti Quinlan & Associates, together with Moore and Moore Real Estate, sold the venue to the Imperial Hospitality Group owner back in 2017 and managed the off-market campaign this time around.
Built in 1851, the Imperial Hotel was established in the early days when goods were still delivered via small barges and water vessels plying the Hunter River.
The hotel has stood the test of time, serving several generations of local guests and out-of-towners looking for a fun and relaxing venue and accommodations.
From 1994, the Imperial Hotel featured Shenanigans, Maitland’s go-to Irish pub, before the most recent owners undertook a major renovation that required changing the entire look of the building from the inside out into a modern art deco establishment.
The renovation saw the Imperial Hotel winning awards from the NSW Australian Hotels Association’s for both its redevelopment and accommodation.
The venue joins The Kent, The Duke, Seabreeze Hotel, Finnians and the Ocean View Hotel within the Hunt Hospitality stable.
Steve Hunt of Hunt Hospitality stated the venue would offer an upgraded food and beverage offering and sponsor local community groups, sporting groups and charities.
The sale of the Imperial Hotel is the latest in the east coast’s bubbling transaction run that has been dominated of late by regional assets. The Tattersalls Hotel freehold in Casino traded for $9 million last week.